Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

By Eric Peters I always read the owner’s manuals that come with the new cars I test-drive and review. They’ve morphed from pamphlets to Moby Dick-esque semi-novels over the past 20 years or so. And like Moby Dick, getting through them can be a challenge. So I thought I’d give you the Cliffs Notes version. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

By Eric Peters Lincoln is working to rebuild itself; to rejoin the first rank of luxury brands and compete directly – on equal terms – with Cadillac, Lexus, BMW, Acura, et al. First, it will need to shed some pounds. And some price. I just spent a week in the 2016 MKC, which is Lincoln’s […]

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

By Eric Peters Once upon a time, there was a simple mechanical device that fed fuel to your car’s engine. It had no electrical hook-ups, was not dependent on sensors nor controlled by a computer. It was held in place by four bolts and could be physically removed from the engine in less than five […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Jeep Cherokee new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Jeep Cherokee new car review

By Eric Peters One of the reasons for the popularity of crossover SUVs is that there are so many crossover SUVsalready out there. If you’re one of the few who’s still driving a car, you probably feel surrounded – and invisible. You’re down low – they’re up high. You can’t see. They can. Buying a […]

Eric Peters: New car review: 2016 Nissan Altima new car review

Eric Peters: New car review: 2016 Nissan Altima new car review

By Eric Peters There is just one thing missing – but maybe it doesn’t matter anymore. A manual transmission. This is, after all, supposed to be a sport sedan. But then, the Youth no longer care much, if at all, about shifting for themselves. Most don’t even knowhow. The manual transmission is therefore going the […]

Eric Peters: Doomed: AMC Eagle, 1979-1988

Eric Peters: Doomed: AMC Eagle, 1979-1988

By Eric Peters American Motors Corp had a rep for being, well, different. Broke, too. The lack of money tied into the different drummer-ness. Oddities like the Ambassador and Matador, the Hornet and Gremlin … and of course, the hilarious Pacer. These were cars born of financial desperation, a kind of stamped steel “hey, look […]

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 […]