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 […]

Eric Peters: The C02 trump card

Eric Peters: The C02 trump card

By Eric Peters It had to happen – and now it has. VW – and soon, everyone else, inevitably – is under the gun over “emissions” that aren’t even pollutants. Carbon dioxide. This inert gas (look it up if you missed it in high school chemistry) doesn’t contribute to smog, cause acid rain, deplete the […]

Eric Peters: Last call for ‘muscle’ cars

Eric Peters: Last call for ‘muscle’ cars

By Eric Peters Some of you may have caught my article about the almost muscle cars of the mid-late 1970s (see here, if not). Cars like the Chevy Monza (and its Buick/Pontiac/Oldsmobile-badged twins), the Ford Maverick … and so on. A side thread was that these cars – which are looking better and better in […]

Eric Peters: Media frenzy over VW ‘scandal’

Eric Peters: Media frenzy over VW ‘scandal’

By Eric Peters Remember that old Eagle’s tune about the bubble headed bleached blonde who comes on at five? She can tell you about the plane crash, with a gleam in her eye. The song neatly describes the vacuous but vicious nonetheless media feeding frenzy over the VW diesel “cheating” scandal. What could be better […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Cooper JCW new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Mini Cooper JCW new car review

By Eric Peters It is a $10k jump from a standard-issue Mini Cooper to a hopped-up John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the same car. A $6k jump from the hopped-up slightly less Mini S – which gets to 60 in about 6.3 seconds vs. about 5.9-6 flat for the JCW. Speed really is a […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Audi A3 TDI new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Audi A3 TDI new car review

If you’ve been considering a diesel-powered, compact-sized entry-luxury sedan, you might want to consider this: The 2016 Audi A3 TDI’s city mileage is nearly as good as the Mercedes CLA250’s highway mileage. And the Audi’s highway mileage (43 MPG) is 10-15 MPG better. So says the EPA. In real-world driving, you will find the Audi […]

Eric Peters: New car buying Jedi mind tricks

Eric Peters: New car buying Jedi mind tricks

By Eric Peters Remember the famous scene from the original Star Wars? Obi Wan and Luke run into an Imperial checkpoint heading into Mos Eisely spaceport. Using his Jedi powers of suggestion, Obi Wan whispers to the imperial stormtrooper, “You don’t need to see his identification… These aren’t the droids you’re looking for… he can […]

Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe

Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe

Volkswagen says it will recall around 8.5 million diesel cars in the European Union which have manipulated engines, beginning in January. The move comes after the German authorities ordered VW to recall and refit 2.4 million diesel vehicles early next year because of rigged emissions tests. Meanwhile Italian finance police have reportedly raided VW’s Italian […]