Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

By Eric Peters Contrary to conventional wisdom, maintaining a modern car isn’t always hard. Sometimes, it’s easier than working on an older car. It depends on which car you’re working on. Or, truck. Some of you already know I recently re-acquired my 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up, which had been on extended loan to my wife-at-remove. […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Camry new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Camry new car review

By Eric Peters The Toyota Camry is like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. With the V6, the “Kessel Run” (0-60) is doable in six seconds. On top, 140 is achievable. Plenty to outrun most “imperial” star cruisers, even the big […]

Eric Peters: To buy a diesel… or not?

Eric Peters: To buy a diesel… or not?

By Eric Peters Is it still a good idea – from an economic point-of-view – to buy a diesel-powered car? The answer’s no longer as clearcut as it used to be, when the answer was an unqualified yes. When diesel engines were simpler, cheaper to operate and more durable than gas engines. When their mileage […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS450h new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS450h new car review

By Eric Peters How much is a (roughly) 10 MPG improvement worth to you? How about $12,940? That’s the price spread between the hybrid GS450h and the non-hybrid (but otherwise pretty much the same) GS350. $63,635 vs. $50,695. From an engineering point of view, the hybridized Lexus is pretty cool. It’s like the Prius – […]

Eric Peters: Good names… bad cars

Eric Peters: Good names… bad cars

By Eric Peters The good thing about a bad car name is you’ve got no expectations. Not much to live up to – and so, little to disappoint you. Achieva, for instance. But wasting a good name on a bad car is almost a moral crime. Like Dancing With The Stars. Here are ten good […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Honda Ridgeline new truck review

Eric Peters: 2017 Honda Ridgeline new truck review

By Eric Peters Everything makes a comeback. The El Camino, for instance. Only today it’s called the Ridgeline – and Chevy doesn’t make it. Honda does. But it’s the same thing, basically: A car with a pick-up bed. Better, in some ways. Because it has four doors instead of just two, no driveline hump dividing […]

48 volts power up cars for fuel economy, new features

48 volts power up cars for fuel economy, new features

The tipping point for cars to adopt more powerful 48-volt electric systems may be near as automakers turn to small electrically powered superchargers and other systems to deliver more performance from smaller engines. “The initial conversion will be driven by the need to make vehicles that are fun to drive,” Matti Vint, powertrain research and […]

Hyundai Motor unlikely to sell all-new Grandeur in US market

Hyundai Motor unlikely to sell all-new Grandeur in US market

Hyundai Motor is considering not exporting the all-new Grandeur mid-size sedan, called the Azera, to the U.S. market due to a weak performance in the world’s No. 2 automotive market, an official said Sunday. The country’s largest automaker had been selling the brand there with the introduction of the Grandeur XG in 2000. If Hyundai […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus NX300h new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus NX300h new car review

By Eric Peters Hybrids have become a harder sell – because gas has become an easier buy. At $4 a gallon (and sweating the possibility of $5 or $6 a gallon) spending an extra $5,000 on the car – to get the fuel-sippy hybrid powertrain – might make economic sense. But when gas costs $2 […]

Eric Peters: More electric car Kool Aid

Eric Peters: More electric car Kool Aid

By Eric Peters I had planned to review the new Chevy Bolt electric car based on a test drive – but GM has rescinded my privileges for reasons knownst only to them but strongly suspected by me. So, this review will focus on the things that are knownst about the Bolt without actually having driven […]

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