Eric Peters: 2018 Infiniti Q50 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Infiniti Q50 new car review

By Eric Peters Infiniti’s cars are not named well. The Q50 sedan, for instance. Neither the letter nor the number seems to stand for anything identifiable about the car. Besides which, it just sounds bland and boring. The good news is, the car’s not. You can get it with a 400 hp, twin-turbo V6 – and without all-wheel-drive, as a for-instance. […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

By Eric Peters Kia and Hyundai are – today – like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon a time, Mercury was the higher-line (and sightly higher-priced) version of the same basic thing sold under the Ford label. Kia serves the same purpose today. Its models […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

By Eric Peters Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan – a notch down in size and price from the mid-sized, mid-priced Camry sedan. Well, when it comes to what it costs. But when it comes to passenger space, the Corolla has almost the same interior space; more space when it comes to backseat […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Chevy Camaro Turbo new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Chevy Camaro Turbo new car review

By Eric Peters Muscle cars, by tradition, are supposed to have big V8s as their centerpiece attraction. But what happens when a four cylinder makes as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V8s used to? You go faster – and get much better gas mileage. That’s the 2018 Chevy turbo Camaro. WHAT IT IS The Camaro […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters It’s hard to make an economic case for any converted hybrid right now. This means all hybrids on the market right now, except for the Toyota Prius – which is the only hybrid built from the wheels up to be a hybrid. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? Converted hybrids began life as non-hybrids. Later […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Mazda CX-9 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Mazda CX-9 new car review

By Eric Peters One of the oddities of our era is that cars are getting bigger – and heavier – but engines are getting smaller. It’s because the government hasn’t – yet – mandated the downsizing of cars. On the other hand, it has mandated the downsizing of engines – effectively – via ever-upticking Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that the […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar new car review

By Eric Peters Volvo’s got something pretty much no one else has – a high-performance compact wagon. It’s the Polestar version of the V60 wagon, 367 horsepower and all. You may not have heard of Polestar. It is to Volvo what M is to BMW and AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. It means speed. And it’s smart […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

By Eric Peters Last year, the average price paid for a new car was about $35,000. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay $35k to drive home a new car. A nice new car. Heat did come standard . . . You could, for example, buy a brand-new Nissan Versa – with AC, with a four […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

By Eric Peters The one thing wrong with the Miata – for some people – Mazda just fixed. That thing being the Miata roadster’s convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top – including some people who really like the Miata. Soft tops, though much improved in terms of protection from the elements – still […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica new car review

By Eric Peters Give ’em credit for not giving up. Chrysler – the company that invented the things – is the last of the Big Three to still have a minivan in its lineup. GM and Ford long ago said to hell with it – ceding this market to the Japanese (and Koreans). Which the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna […]

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