Eric Peters: Five months in…

Eric Peters: Five months in…

By Eric Peters It is almost halfway through 2016 and – still – no (new) diesels for you. Not from VW, at any rate. Uncle has still not given his permission for the sale of any 2016 model year TDI (diesel) powered VW cars. The entire inventory sits and waits. Perhaps forever. But another couple […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru WRX new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru WRX new car review

By Eric Peters Speed is indeed a question of money … and not only in terms of how fast do you want to go. Last week, I test-drove the 2016 BMW 340i (review here) which is a ripper in luxury sedan drag. Spool up the turbos and dump the clutch… the thing will leave twin […]

Eric Peters: The new vs. the old

Eric Peters: The new vs. the old

By Eric Peters I got into a debate the other day with a reader about the future of the car hobby; about whether today’s cars are fundamentally disposable appliances that work great for a long time – their chief virtue – but when they do finally begin to wear out, the cost to replace their […]

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW 340i new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW 340i new car review

By Eric Peters I like a plain brown wrapper. Why advertise what you’re up to? I mean, if you plan to actually do it as opposed to just thinking about doing it…? Well, maybe a white wrapper… like this one. This innocent-looking all-white BMW 340i they sent me. Or silver. Blue’s ok, too. Who’d suspect? […]

Eric Peters: Gas hogs?

Eric Peters: Gas hogs?

By Eric Peters It’s taken as gospel that pre-modern cars, especially those made in America, and particularly those with big V8s, were “gas hogs.” But were they, really? And are new cars as fuel-efficient as advertised? The answer may surprise you. Modern cars have, in general, smaller engines. These are tasked with moving cars that […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Hyundai Veloster new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Hyundai Veloster new car review

By Eric Peters The problem with two-doors is it’s hard to take more than one person along for the ride. Even if the car has four seats. Getting to them – and out of them – is a chore, even if you’re young and nimble. Hyundai decided to split the difference by adding a third […]

Eric Peters: And now Mercedes…

Eric Peters: And now Mercedes…

By Eric Peters Looks like Mercedes is in Uncle’s gunsights now. With VW shot full of holes and sinking fast over the diesel emissions “cheating” scandal, the heavy artillery has been retrained, azimuth and altitude calculated, the breech closed. The nextsalvo’s ready to fire. At the three pointed star. At its line of BlueTec diesel engines. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Sentra new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Sentra new car review

By Eric Peters Why buy a sedan? Aren’t crossovers the thing now? Yes, exactly. Hence the sedan’s appeal. They cost less as advertised – and you’re in a stronger position, haggle-wise, to knock that down. With crossovers – which are popular right now – your position is weaker, because if you don’t buy this afternoon, […]

Eric Peters: A nationwide “safety” inspection mandate?

Eric Peters:  A nationwide “safety” inspection mandate?

By Eric Peters One of the most obnoxious trends lately is the leveraging of government force to pad the pockets of private businesses. Obamacare is perhaps the most grotesque example (pssst… you don’t get “free” or even “reduced cost” medical care; you are forced to buy an insurance policy, and that is something quite different) […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Maxima new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Maxima new car review

By Eric Peters Toyota’s got the Avalon … for people who want a larger, nicer Camry. That’s more or less the role the Maxima has played lately in Nissan’s lineup. In theory, it’s the car for people who want something a bit more than the Altima offers, especially performance and style-wise … but not quite […]

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