Eric Peters: 2018 Mazda CX-9 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Mazda CX-9 new car review

By Eric Peters One of the oddities of our era is that cars are getting bigger – and heavier – but engines are getting smaller. It’s because the government hasn’t – yet – mandated the downsizing of cars. On the other hand, it has mandated the downsizing of engines – effectively – via ever-upticking Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that the […]

Eric Peters: The dangers of the “donut”

Eric Peters: The dangers of the “donut”

By Eric Peters If the government is so concerned about our “safety,” why doesn’t it require cars to have real spare tires? As you may know, most new cars don’t … because of the government. Well, because of government fuel economy mandates – which pressure car companies to shave off weight wherever possible in order to lighten up the […]

Eric Peters: Is it a cop running radar? Or a new car running K Band?

Eric Peters: Is it a cop running radar? Or a new car running K Band?

By Eric Peters Radar detectors have always had to keep up with the latest developments in police radar – from X to K to Ka band (and laser, too). But in recent years, it’s civilian radar that’s been giving radar detector makers  – and owners – fits. It began about five years ago, when “safety” (really, lazy driver/idiot-proofing) […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

By Eric Peters Volvo’s got something pretty much no one else has – a high-performance compact wagon. It’s the Polestar version of the V60 wagon, 367 horsepower and all. You may not have heard of Polestar. It is to Volvo what M is to BMW and AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. It means speed. And it’s smart […]

Eric Peters: The best kept secret

Eric Peters: The best kept secret

By Eric Peters The best-kept secret about new cars is how little you have to spend to get a luxurious car. The car industry doesn’t want you to know this, of course – so it has shifted the definition of luxury in order to get you to spend luxury car money. The definition of luxurious used to mean […]

Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

By Eric Peters The more I work on the ’72 Beetle – aka Sexual Chocolate, the car I am helping my teenage protege learn to work on – the more I realize why most teenagers have lost interest in cars. It’s the money, mostly. The Beetle is not just easy to work on, it is […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

By Eric Peters Last year, the average price paid for a new car was about $35,000. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay $35k to drive home a new car. A nice new car. Heat did come standard . . . You could, for example, buy a brand-new Nissan Versa – with AC, with a four […]

Eric Peters: Cowboys, truckers and us

Eric Peters: Cowboys, truckers and us

By Eric Peters Being a trucker – especially an owner-operator – used to be a lot like being a cowboy was back in the 1800s. On your own timetable, beholden to none – so long as the cows (or the cargo) got where they needed to be on time. Independent, free. Which, naturally, is why both […]

Eric Peters: Another reason for the electric car push

Eric Peters: Another reason for the electric car push

By Eric Peters Whenever the government is rabidly enthusiastic about something you can be reasonably sure you shouldn’t be. Electric cars are being pushed for all kinds of reasons, none of them beneficial to us. If that weren’t the case, then it wouldn’t be necessary to push (mandate, subsidize) electric cars. They would be embraced as naturally – as freely […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

By Eric Peters The one thing wrong with the Miata – for some people – Mazda just fixed. That thing being the Miata roadster’s convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top – including some people who really like the Miata. Soft tops, though much improved in terms of protection from the elements – still […]

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