Eric Peters: The next “safety” jihad

Eric Peters: The next “safety” jihad

By Eric Peters When things get ridiculous they tend to become hilarious. Or, pathetic – and aggravating. Example: The government wants to require that hybrid and electric cars be fitted with devices that make them noisy, so that the blind will be aware of their presence. See here. Apparently, there is an epidemic of blind […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX

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 […]

Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

By Eric Peters I always read the owner’s manuals that come with the new cars I test-drive and review. They’ve morphed from pamphlets to Moby Dick-esque semi-novels over the past 20 years or so. And like Moby Dick, getting through them can be a challenge. So I thought I’d give you the Cliffs Notes version. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

By Eric Peters Lincoln is working to rebuild itself; to rejoin the first rank of luxury brands and compete directly – on equal terms – with Cadillac, Lexus, BMW, Acura, et al. First, it will need to shed some pounds. And some price. I just spent a week in the 2016 MKC, which is Lincoln’s […]

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

By Eric Peters Once upon a time, there was a simple mechanical device that fed fuel to your car’s engine. It had no electrical hook-ups, was not dependent on sensors nor controlled by a computer. It was held in place by four bolts and could be physically removed from the engine in less than five […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Jeep Cherokee new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Jeep Cherokee new car review

By Eric Peters One of the reasons for the popularity of crossover SUVs is that there are so many crossover SUVsalready out there. If you’re one of the few who’s still driving a car, you probably feel surrounded – and invisible. You’re down low – they’re up high. You can’t see. They can. Buying a […]

Eric Peters: New car review: 2016 Nissan Altima new car review

Eric Peters: New car review: 2016 Nissan Altima new car review

By Eric Peters There is just one thing missing – but maybe it doesn’t matter anymore. A manual transmission. This is, after all, supposed to be a sport sedan. But then, the Youth no longer care much, if at all, about shifting for themselves. Most don’t even knowhow. The manual transmission is therefore going the […]

Eric Peters: Doomed: AMC Eagle, 1979-1988

Eric Peters: Doomed: AMC Eagle, 1979-1988

By Eric Peters American Motors Corp had a rep for being, well, different. Broke, too. The lack of money tied into the different drummer-ness. Oddities like the Ambassador and Matador, the Hornet and Gremlin … and of course, the hilarious Pacer. These were cars born of financial desperation, a kind of stamped steel “hey, look […]

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW 640i Gran Coupe new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW 640i Gran Coupe new car review

By Eric Peters What price, beauty? About $79k – to start. That’s the entry price point of BMW’s sheetmetal Ashley Madison, the other woman who’s tempting as hell … but you might want to think twice about her before your wife finds out. WHAT IT IS The “Gran Coupe” is actually a sedan – but […]

Eric Peters: Speed averages

Eric Peters: Speed averages

By Eric Peters Few people with working brains respect the obviously stupid. Which explains why almost everyone disrespects posted speed limits … by ignoring them. Any law or edict that is almost universally ignored can be safely presumed stupid. Or – as here – cynically dismissed as a tool for separating people’s money from their […]