Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Cruze new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Cruze new car review

Eric Peters The Chevy Cruze was the last man standing – so to speak. It was the only other affordable diesel-powered car you could buy … other than VW’s diesel-powered cars. Which you can’t buy anymore. At least not now. Not until Uncle says ok. Which he may never. That left the Cruze diesel. It […]

Eric Peters: Gas vs. diesel: Which makes most sense?

Eric Peters:  Gas vs. diesel: Which makes most sense?

By Eric Peters It used to be true that diesel engines were simpler, cheaper to maintain and much more fuel-efficient as well as longer-lived than gas engines. It’s not as true today. Current diesel engines are very complex – especially their emissions control systems. They have to be, in order to pass muster with Uncle […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Cooper convertible new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Cooper convertible new car review

By Eric Peters Really small convertibles are really rare. There are just two. They are the Mini Cooper convertible and the even smaller Fiat 500 convertible. Both are retro-cute, very fun and not (if you’re careful about options) unaffordable. But which of them to pick – and why? The relative pros – and cons – […]

Eric Peters: Particulate filters for everyone!

Eric Peters: Particulate filters for everyone!

By Eric Peters VW – desperate to appear chastened over its “cheating” sins – has just announced it is going to fit particulate filters to its 2017 model year cars inanticipation of the next round of Uncle’s emissions fatwas. No surprise, right? Diesel-powered cars have had particulate filters for years. They’re used to catch… particulates, […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus NX200t new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus NX200t new car review

By Eric Peters The original Lexus RX was an automotive rogue wave when it appeared way back in ’98. At that time, there was nothing else like it: A luxury crossover SUV. Not a pick-up truck converted into an SUV. Today, everyone – almost literally – sells something like the RX. Even Porsche. So, selling […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Malibu new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Malibu new car review

By Eric Peters History does repeat – in unexpected ways. When Japanese (and later, Korean) car companies challenged the family car hegemony of Detroit’s Big Three back in the ‘70s ands ‘80s, they did so with smaller-engined/high-efficiency/value-priced (but still very nice) cars. Cue Role Reversal. While Japanese family cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda […]

Eric Peters: The anti-Tesla

Eric Peters: The anti-Tesla

By Eric Peters It’s interesting that the car That Makes Sense – economically and functionally – gets almost no press while cars that don’t (like the Tesla and other electric cars) do. Elio Motors (company web site here) had a near-production-ready car on on display at the New York Auto Show last week. Company founder […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Titan XD new truck review

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Titan XD new truck review

By Eric Peters Straddling the middle is no easy thing – but that’s what Nissan hopes to do with its new Titan XD. It is tougher – in terms of the beefiness of its frame, the grunt of its engines (including a standard gas V8, with a turbodiesel V8 available optionally) and its ability to […]

Eric Peters: The cost of the VW scandal… so far

Eric Peters: The cost of the VW scandal… so far

By Eric Peters The VW emissions “cheating” scandal has been below the fold for a couple months now, but the repercussions are beginning to hit home. Literally. At home. If you are among those who own a diesel-powered VW – whether “affected” of not – its resale value has dropped by about 20 percent, according […]

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