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 […]

Eric Peters: The one thing to know about used cars…

Eric Peters: The one thing to know about used cars…

By Eric Peters Want to know the single most important thing about shopping for a used car? It’s not the make or the model or the year or the mileage. A given used car is an individual – distinct from the thousands of others of the same make/model that rolled off the line that year. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Mazda Miata new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Mazda Miata new car review

By Eric Peters If it had an accessible power point, it’d be the perfect car. That’s my only beef. No place to plug in the radar detector. Which is as necessary in this car as a dozen juice box holders are in a minivan. Well, no good – that is, accessible – place. It took […]

Eric Peters: Electric cars could work…

Eric Peters: Electric cars could work…

By Eric Peters The tragedy is, electric cars could probably work. If the government would get the hell out of the way. The feds postulate requirements – basically, design parameters – that are at odds, that conflict – and make an economically sane electric car absolutely out of the question. The government insist, for example, […]

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, […]

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