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 […]

Eric Peters: Things to know about tires

Eric Peters: Things to know about tires

By Eric Peters The invention of the wheel was a pretty big deal – rolling stuff being a lot easier than carrying (or pushing or dragging) it. The invention of tires was the next great leap forward. Rubber tires allowed wheels to travel more smoothly on rough/uneven surfaces and at faster-than-walking pace without shaking themselves […]

Eric Peters: 2015 Subaru Forester new car review

Eric Peters: 2015 Subaru Forester new car review

By Eric Peters You can learn some important stuff about cars by taking note of who buys what – and how the cars are used. And whether they stand up to the uses to which they’re put. Texans, for instance, know trucks. Forget the TV commercials and advertising flapdoodle. Check out which makes/models of pick-up […]

Eric Peters: Live agent connectivity

Eric Peters: Live agent connectivity

By Eric Peters Things necessarily begin somewhere. Usually, that somewhere is a backwater of some kind; only a few people are involved and the majority either are unaware it’s happening at all or they don’t care because hey, it’s not happening to them. Until, one day, it does. Over the road truckers were the first […]