Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Forester new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Forester new car review

By Eric Peters You may have noticed that there are lots of Subarus (all kinds, including ancient Brats from the ’80s) running around places where it snows a lot. This is what they call in law enforcement a clue. Subarus are not popular because they’re sexy. They are popular because they’re almost as unstoppable as a […]

Eric Peters: The hybrid Mustang is like the Pope in shorts

Eric Peters: The hybrid Mustang is like the Pope in shorts

By Eric Peters At the Detroit Auto Show reveal of the soon-to-be-produced hybrid Ford Mustang, marketing manager Mark Schaller said the following: “The world has figured out a way to take that technology and use it for performance… that will be the way we use that technology for this car . . .  it’s not meant […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Hyundai Elantra new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Hyundai Elantra new car review

By Eric Peters First, they aren’t twins. The Hyundai Elantra – and the Kia Forte. This isn’t Camaro/Firebird – or Tahoe/Escalade. The same thing sold under two different labels. Usually for two very different prices. There are meaningful – functional and physical – differences between the Elantra and the Forte (which was reviewed here, earlier). […]

Eric Peters: Skydiving without a parachute

Eric Peters: Skydiving without a parachute

By Eric Peters Given how expensive traffic tickets are, it’s amazing so many people won’t buy a good radar detector. Unlike the car you’re driving, it actually is an investment – and not just in terms of the money it will save you. A good radar detector will also make driving enjoyable again. Instead of […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS350 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS350 new car review

By Eric Peters This whole business of the luxury sport sedan is kind of strange . . . like expecting Usain Bolt to block for the Giants. World class sprinters tend not to be built like linemen. Now toss in a third variable – the value-priced luxury sport sedan. Sure. It’s as simple as designing a […]

Eric Peters: Economic obsolescence

Eric Peters: Economic obsolescence

By Eric Peters Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is an example and so is the small block Chevrolet V8. Both were in continuous production for decades. For generations. Beetles were still being produced (in Mexico) until the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

By Eric Peters It’s an odd thing when you stop to think about it, but small, inexpensive cars increasingly give you more in the way of choices (and features for the dollar) than higher-dollar cars. For instance, this Kia Forte. You can get it three different ways – sedan, hatchback sedan and two-door hatchback Koupe (spelled […]

Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

By Eric Peters It’s bad enough getting arrested – especially when you didn’t do anything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for arresting someone is very low. It can be done by any cop, pretty much anytime – without much in the way of legal justification. He has the gun – and […]

Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

By Eric Peters VW has tried this twice. Both good tries. The problem – first with the Phaeton – and now with the CC sedan – has always been not enough cachet. . . And a too-high price. VW, after all, is Volkswagen. The people’s car. Both the Phaeton and the CC pushed that concept probably […]

Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

By Eric Peters Every new car (even the Nissan Versa sedan, the least expensive new car you can buy) comes standard with air conditioning – and most come standard with power windows and locks, too. Push-button keyless ignitions and cheerily glowing LCD touchscreens are becoming common and will likely soon be as expected (and standard) […]