Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

By Eric Peters It’s an odd thing when you stop to think about it, but small, inexpensive cars increasingly give you more in the way of choices (and features for the dollar) than higher-dollar cars. For instance, this Kia Forte. You can get it three different ways – sedan, hatchback sedan and two-door hatchback Koupe (spelled […]

Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

By Eric Peters It’s bad enough getting arrested – especially when you didn’t do anything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for arresting someone is very low. It can be done by any cop, pretty much anytime – without much in the way of legal justification. He has the gun – and […]

Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

By Eric Peters VW has tried this twice. Both good tries. The problem – first with the Phaeton – and now with the CC sedan – has always been not enough cachet. . . And a too-high price. VW, after all, is Volkswagen. The people’s car. Both the Phaeton and the CC pushed that concept probably […]

Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

By Eric Peters Every new car (even the Nissan Versa sedan, the least expensive new car you can buy) comes standard with air conditioning – and most come standard with power windows and locks, too. Push-button keyless ignitions and cheerily glowing LCD touchscreens are becoming common and will likely soon be as expected (and standard) […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes S550e new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes S550e new car review

By Eric Peters A $100,000 hybrid makes me think of Gloria Steinem’s quip about a woman needing a man like a fish needs a bicycle. But I’d still much rather have the Mercedes 550e than a Prius. They are both hybrids (the Benz is a plug-in hybrid) but they otherwise have as much in common […]

Eric Peters: New Year’s wishes

Eric Peters: New Year’s wishes

By Eric Peters I got what I wanted for Christmas – Hillary’s face (and that voice) will not be everywhere for the next 4-8 years. But how about for the New Year? Here’s a short list of wishes: *Move right … please –  Trump has promised to rebuild infrastructure, including roads, but traffic will still be […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda CX-9 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda CX-9 new car review

By Eric Peters Which major car company only sells four cylinder-powered cars? The answer is surprising. It’s Mazda. It’s surprising because Mazda is the “zoom zoom” brand – and four cylinder engines are not generally known for having much of that. Particularly when installed in a full-size (three row) crossover SUV like the CX-9.  It […]

Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

By Eric Peters Contrary to conventional wisdom, maintaining a modern car isn’t always hard. Sometimes, it’s easier than working on an older car. It depends on which car you’re working on. Or, truck. Some of you already know I recently re-acquired my 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up, which had been on extended loan to my wife-at-remove. […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Camry new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Camry new car review

By Eric Peters The Toyota Camry is like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. With the V6, the “Kessel Run” (0-60) is doable in six seconds. On top, 140 is achievable. Plenty to outrun most “imperial” star cruisers, even the big […]

Eric Peters: To buy a diesel… or not?

Eric Peters: To buy a diesel… or not?

By Eric Peters Is it still a good idea – from an economic point-of-view – to buy a diesel-powered car? The answer’s no longer as clearcut as it used to be, when the answer was an unqualified yes. When diesel engines were simpler, cheaper to operate and more durable than gas engines. When their mileage […]