Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus ES350 new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus ES350 new car review

By Eric Peters Why does Lexus sell so many ES350s? Probably for the same reasons Toyota sells so many Camrys. Oops! The cat just jetted out of the bag… . Yes. It’s true. The ES350 and the Camry are related … in the same way that Eric and Julia Roberts are related. One’s just a […]

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… big trouble

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… big trouble

By Eric Peters Some happy news: Gas is officially cheaper than it’s ever been. In my area – southwest Virginia – it is about $1.59 per gallon as of Feb. 7. Of this, about 60 cents (18.4 cents federal, 36 cents state)  is taxes, so the actual gas costs about $1 right now. Back in 1967, […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Clubman new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Clubman new car review

By Eric Peters Mini is relative. Relative to the Mini hatchback, the just-updated Mini Clubman is a much larger car. Especially on the inside. It has about twice the cargo capacity – and several inches more backseat room. But relative to other cars, the Clubman is still a small car. On the outside, that is. […]

Eric Peters: Paying for electric cars… twice

Eric Peters: Paying for electric cars… twice

By Eric Peters Imagine that the government decided to tax you to finance a step ladder project to the Moon. In a very real way, that’s exactly what’s happening. In California right now – and probably soon, other states as well. The “moon shot” in question is a $22 million project (just for openers) to […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Mazda CX-5 new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Mazda CX-5 new car review

By Eric Peters Crossover SUVs are like M&Ms in a bowl. Lots of different colors, but they’re all pretty much the same. With a few exceptions. There is this Mazda CX-5, for instance. It is one of the almost-nil vehicles of this type that you can still buy with a manual transmission. The other major […]

Eric Peters: Three things to know about oil changes

Eric Peters: Three things to know about oil changes

By Eric Peters You’ve heard the saying, your mileage may vary? The same applies to oil and filter changes, too. The intervals (time and mileage accrued) are general recommendations that may not apply in your specific circumstances. Variables that affect change intervals include: How old the car is; how often the car is driven; how […]

Eric Peters: Before you buy a bike

Eric Peters: Before you buy a bike

By Eric Peters Motorcycles are a lot of fun. They’re also relatively inexpensive to buy – and they get great gas mileage. But if you’ve never ridden before, there are some things you should consider before you buy your first bike: * Motorcycles (and scooters) take more skill and involvement to operate than a car […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Scion iA new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Scion iA new car review

By Eric Peters Does it matter what the wrapper says if it’s the exact same Snickers bar inside? That, as the saying goes, is the question. Toyota’s small car spin-off needed a new model; Mazda had one to spare. A deal was struck and – voila – the (ahem) Scion iA. Mechanically, it’s a Mazda2 […]

Eric Peters: Why the old stuff was cool

Eric Peters: Why the old stuff was cool

By Eric Peters It’s hard to imagine a 7.4 liter V8 that only made 200 hp. It did. Back in ’76, the year my Pontiac Trans-Am left the Norwood, Ohio line. And my car was pretty much top-of-the-pile. The typical V8 of that era offered up perhaps 170 hp. Some less. Seems sad, right? Sure. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX new car review

Eric Peters:  2016 Acura ILX new car review

By Eric Peters When you pay almost $30k for a luxury-sport sedan, you expect better performance than you’d get out of a $20k economy sedan. Acura’s ILX – the upmarket cousin of the Honda Civic – didn’t deliver it when it was launched two years ago as an all-new 2013 model. Well, not with its […]

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