Eric Peters: 2016 Audi A3 TDI new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Audi A3 TDI new car review

If you’ve been considering a diesel-powered, compact-sized entry-luxury sedan, you might want to consider this: The 2016 Audi A3 TDI’s city mileage is nearly as good as the Mercedes CLA250’s highway mileage. And the Audi’s highway mileage (43 MPG) is 10-15 MPG better. So says the EPA. In real-world driving, you will find the Audi […]

Eric Peters: New car buying Jedi mind tricks

Eric Peters: New car buying Jedi mind tricks

By Eric Peters Remember the famous scene from the original Star Wars? Obi Wan and Luke run into an Imperial checkpoint heading into Mos Eisely spaceport. Using his Jedi powers of suggestion, Obi Wan whispers to the imperial stormtrooper, “You don’t need to see his identification… These aren’t the droids you’re looking for… he can […]

Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe

Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe

Volkswagen says it will recall around 8.5 million diesel cars in the European Union which have manipulated engines, beginning in January. The move comes after the German authorities ordered VW to recall and refit 2.4 million diesel vehicles early next year because of rigged emissions tests. Meanwhile Italian finance police have reportedly raided VW’s Italian […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus ES350

Eric Peters: 2016 Lexus ES350

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: No more affordable diesels

Eric Peters: No more affordable diesels

By Eric Peters VW was the only major automaker selling affordable diesel powered passenger vehicles in the United States. You could, for instance, buy a diesel-powered Jetta sedan, Golf or Beetle for about $22k. Not anymore. At least, not for awhile. VW announced yesterday (Wednesday; see here) that it will withdraw emissions certification applications tendered […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Kia Sorento new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Kia Sorento new car review

By Eric Peters Remember Harvey Dent – aka, Two Face – from the Batman comics? Half good – half evil. Split personality. Conflicted, confused. I had such thoughts while test driving the Kia Sorento minivan. Well, ok, it’s technically a crossover SUV. But except for the absence of sliding doors, this is a minivan. A […]

Eric Peters: Hardley Abelson electric starter odyssey

Eric Peters: Hardley Abelson electric starter odyssey

By Eric Peters If you’ve never dealt with an AMF-era Ironhead Sportster electric start problem, perhaps this will help you deal with it – learning from my fumbling around. Here’s the scenario: I agreed to try to sort out an ’80 Sportster that had been sitting for a long time. Bike needed a pretty major […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Hyundai Tucson new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Hyundai Tucson new car review

By Eric Peters Why make another of what everyone else is making – and hope it’ll sell? Wouldn’t it be smarter to offer something no one else is making instead? That would probably sell. This new Hyundai Tucson is another crossover SUV – but it’s not “just another” crossover SUV. What they’ve done is bridge […]

Eric Peters: 2015 Dodge Hellcat new car review

Eric Peters: 2015 Dodge Hellcat new car review

By Eric Peters I have been waiting for you… It took 45 years, but the moment has finally arrived. A real muscle car is once again available. Scary. Dangerous – in the hands of a fool or a novice. A car that’s got more engine than traction and you’d damned well better respect that. 707 […]