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 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes C300 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes C300 new car review

By Eric Peters Conan told us what is best in life:  Crush enemies, see them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women. It’s a good description of the Mercedes C coupe. Which can be ordered with engines ranging from a turbo four to a turbo V8 – with a twin turbo V6 in the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Land Rover Discovery new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Land Rover Discovery new car review

By Eric Peters The V8 is long gone – probably for good – but the Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees. The Land Rover Disco. No V8, though – but that’s ok. The supercharged V6 makes it easy to forget about the old (and it was really old) V8 that powered the Series 1 (1989-1998) and Series II […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

By Eric Peters The market for really small cars like the Fiat 500 has never been really big in this country – land of (usually) inexpensive gas and super-sized SUVs. And BMW’s Mini got there first. No one else offered anything as cute – and as small – as the Cooper hatchback. It had the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

By Eric Peters It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

By Eric Peters For Lexus, the RC is a “radical coupe.” Radical looking, certainly. And it offers a V8. Circa now, that’s pretty rad. You may have noticed these are disappearing elsewhere. Including under the hoods of rival BMW coupes, which are four-and-six-cylinder-only now. But then, conservatism rears its head. No manual transmission – even with the […]

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