Eric Peters: Getting around ‘Uncle’

Eric Peters: Getting around ‘Uncle’

By Eric Peters There is a way out. Of half a dozen (or more) air bags and seat belt buzzers and back-up cameras and narc-you-out black boxes and automatic braking (soon to be a mandatory“feature” in all new cars). Just don’t buy a car.    Buy a “motorcycle” that just happens to be a car… […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage new car review

By Eric Peters The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage costs no more than the 2014 Mirage – despite a horsepower infusion (not that it’s a lot, but still) excellent fuel economy (preliminary estimates are 44 maybe even 45 MPG on the highway) and a major wheels-up re-bop of the body/cosmetics/features (the latter of which now includes an […]

Eric Peters: The attack on VW picks up

Eric Peters: The attack on VW picks up

By Eric Peters The assault on VW for “cheating” Uncle is metastasizing. The little Uncles – state governments – are piling on. Five of them (New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky and West Virginia) have formally filed civil lawsuits over the TDI diesel emissions “scandal,” seeking millions of dollars in fines. 48 state-level attorney generals […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Toyota Avalon new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Toyota Avalon new car review

By Eric Peters The Toyota Camry comes in two other forms – a slightly larger/much more luxurious version called the Avalon – and a much more expensive (and only slightly nicer) version called the Lexus ES350. All three spring from the same basic platform – car industry jargon for a common chassis – and share […]

Eric Peters: Automated braking to be made mandatory

Eric Peters: Automated braking to be made mandatory

By Eric Peters Well, that didn’t take long. The car companies have decided – on their own – to install automated braking in all the cars they make by the 2022 model year, just eight years from now. They have come to love Big Brother. No, they have become Big Brother. Anticipating a federal mandate, […]

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Passat new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Passat new car review

By Eric Peters Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat’s standard engine in favor of aslightly more fuel-efficient (but more expensive and complicated) four cylinder turbocharged engine. This year, Uncle’s nixed the extremely fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine that used to be optionally […]

Eric Peters: Don’t buy new

Eric Peters: Don’t buy new

By Eric Peters Whatever you do, don’t buy new. It no longer makes sense – and can be very bad for your wallet. I advise this as an automotive journalist, a guy who writes about new cars for a living. This is probably not a good idea. I am not supposed to advise people against […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek new car review

By Eric Peters The Subaru Impreza (yes, you’re reading the right article) is a versatile car. As it sits, it’s basically an economy car. But put into the weeds (4.9 inches of ground clearance) and put a powerful turbocharged engine under its air-scooped hood … and it becomes the high-performance WRX, an asphalt-ripping Rally car. […]

Eric Peters: The Glaucomic Google car

Eric Peters: The Glaucomic Google car

By Eric Peters Old people tend not to drive fast. Or even the speed limit. They sometimes drive into things, too. This is understandable. They are, after all, old. One day – if we’re lucky – we’ll all be old. What grates is the deliberate obliviousness of some older drivers. Nothing like getting caught behind […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

By Eric Peters The pressure is getting heavier to make Uncle happy – no matter how much it costs us. That’s not how it’s presented, of course. The car companies tout the wonderfulness of the new fuel-saving technologies -including micro-turbo engines that seem way small for the size of the vehicle – and engines that stop […]

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