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 […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Honda HR-V new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Honda HR-V new car review

By Eric Peters The new Honda HR-V is – technically – a subcompact. A notch down in size from the compact-sized CR-V (which Honda sells a bunch of). But the difference between the two is mostly footprint-wise. The newest littlest Honda crossover is about a foot shorter overall than the CR-V. Inside, though, the subcompact […]

Renewable fuel standard mandates, or not?

Renewable fuel standard mandates, or not?

By Belinda Silva / NCPA The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) provisions of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), mandates an increasing blend of renewable products into our domestic fuel supply. The law amends the Clean Air Act, and allows for an initial blending of food-based ethanol (corn), beginning in 2008. In subsequent […]

Eric Peters: How to embarrass a muscle car

Eric Peters: How to embarrass a muscle car

By Eric Peters The new Chevy Camaro has 335 hp and does zero to 60 in about five seconds flat. That’s with the V6. Which is the one to buy. Because it is affordable – $27,195 – vs. $36,300 for the V8 powered Camaro SS. Which isn’t. Either to buy – or to insure. Nor […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Buick Enclave new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Buick Enclave new car review

By Eric Peters GM still has two “near luxury” brands – Buick and GMC – which is double what other car companies have. They have the mass-market line (Toyota, for example) and then the luxury line (Lexus). Theres nothing in the middle. With GM, you can go incrementally up two steps from the mass-market brand […]

Eric Peters: The VW “Fix”

Eric Peters: The VW “Fix”

By Eric Peters Never take a wooden nickel. Or a “credit card” from VW. Reportedly, the under-siege automaker is going to send out prepaid crest cards (see here) to people who own one of the diesel-powered models VW adjusted to “cheat” government emissions tests. But the catch is that you have to bring the car […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Forester XT new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Forester XT new car review

By Eric Peters I don’t look at the Subaru Forester XT as (god help us) another crossover SUV. I look at it as what it is… A stealth WRX. An M80 in a ladyfinger wrapper. Did you know you can get one with more or less the same engine – turbo’d, intercooled boxer four – […]

Eric Peters: Things you won’t find in your next new car

Eric Peters: Things you won’t find in your next new car

By Eric Peters It’s almost impossible to find a new car that doesn’t come standard with amenities that used to be expensive options such as air conditioning (usually, automatic climate controlled air conditioning), power windows and locks, cruise and (usually) at least a four-speaker stereo system. But there are also items that used to be […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Equinox new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Equinox new car review

By Eric Peters If you’re looking at this medium-small crossover SUV, there are two things to know before you pull the trigger. First – in its favor – it offers the strongest V6 you can get in this price range. The same basic V6 that’s used in the sporty Camaro (and also the luxurious Cadillac […]