Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

By Eric Peters The latest Mini is bigger  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s […]

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… worthless dollars

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… worthless dollars

By Eric Peters Did you know that gas is cheaper now than it was 50 years ago? It may not feel it . . . but: Find an inflation calculator; for example the federal government’s Bureau of Labor statistics Consumer Price Index calculator (here). Select 1965 as your starting year. Enter 30 cents – the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

By Eric Peters If you miss reasonable-sized trucks – what 1500 series trucks used to be before Codpiece Fever overtook the country – you might want to have a look at a “mid-sized” truck like the 2017 Tacoma. Would you be shocked, Geraldo-style, to discover that a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab with a six foot […]

Eric Peters: The compliance car

Eric Peters: The compliance car

By Eric Peters There’s a new model out you may not have heard about – the compliance car. It’s a car that, for one reason or another, almost no one is willing to buy – and so must be given away at a loss. Well, that part isn’t new. From the Edsel to the Pacer […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

By Eric Peters Size no longer matters. Well, size can be deceiving. Sometimes, a smaller-on-the-outside vehicle has more room inside than a larger-on-the-outside vehicle. The BMW X1, for instance. It is BMW’s smallest crossover SUV but it has about the same (slightly more, actually) interior space as the significantly larger-on-the-outside BMW X3. Which is . . . […]

Eric Peters: Silence of the Lambs?

Eric Peters: Silence of the Lambs?

By Eric Peters You’d think maybe he killed someone. Oliver Schmidt is facing 169 years in prison. Earlier this week, the 48-year-old German national was frog-marched before the judge who will preside over his coming criminal trail, shackled at the ankles and waist, wearing an orange, Hannibal Lector-style one-piece jumpsuit. All that was missing, really, was […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters Six figure hybrids make sense like trying to lose weight by having a glass of water with your biggie order of onion rings and triple patty cheeseburger. Maybe it helps a little. But then, the thing to understand is that it’s not about making sense. It’s about politics. About having to build […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

By Eric Peters Did you know that after the F-150 pick-up, Ford’s best-selling model is . . . the Escape? This is quite something given that unlike the F-truck, which only has to compete against two major and a small handful of minor rivals, there are at least a dozen compact-sized crossover SUVs in the […]

Eric Peters: Cash for not clunkers

Eric Peters: Cash for not clunkers

By Eric Peters You’ve heard the saying that history repeats . . . as farce? Well, here we are. Not quite ten years after the government paid people to throw away perfectly good used cars to “stimulate” demand for new ones – the despicable Cash for Clunkers program – the government is doing the same […]

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