Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

By Eric Peters Everyone knows Rocky – the movie character. Not many people know Chuck Wepner – the real-life boxer who went 15 rounds with Ali – and knocked him down, too. Wepner became the inspiration for the movie character. Similarly, almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STi – the all-wheel-drive Rally Race drifter. Fewer […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Yaris iA new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Yaris iA new car review

By Eric Peters One of the best little Toyotas isn’t. It’s the Yaris iA. Which was badged as a Scion last year. But it’s not that anymore, either. It’s actually a Mazda2 . . . which you can’t buy at a Mazda store. Toyota will sell you one, though. WHAT IT IS The iA is a […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac Escalade new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac Escalade new car review

By Eric Peters The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous – but then, so is my orange Trans Am. Both are (or were, in the case of my ancient Pontiac) designed to meet emotional rather than practical needs. Excellent. We could stand more of that. The Escalade is, in its way, the closest thing new to something […]

Eric Peters: 2017 VW GTI new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 VW GTI new car review

By Eric Peters The ’17 VW GTI may not look much like a Corvette, but in several ways, it reminds me of one. Well, not a new one. My high school buddy’s 1978 L-82 coupe Wait. Give me a minute. The GTI has 210 hp – 220 if you buy the Sport, SE or top-of-the-line Autobahn […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S new car review

By Eric Peters You make the rules, we’ll find new ways around them. That could be AMG’s motto and maybe is . . . unofficially. The Rhinoceros Thing you see before you is somehow fully compliant with every government reg; and yet… well, just look at it. Al Gore does not approve. But it’s all – […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

By Eric Peters The latest Mini is bigger  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

By Eric Peters If you miss reasonable-sized trucks – what 1500 series trucks used to be before Codpiece Fever overtook the country – you might want to have a look at a “mid-sized” truck like the 2017 Tacoma. Would you be shocked, Geraldo-style, to discover that a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab with a six foot […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

By Eric Peters Size no longer matters. Well, size can be deceiving. Sometimes, a smaller-on-the-outside vehicle has more room inside than a larger-on-the-outside vehicle. The BMW X1, for instance. It is BMW’s smallest crossover SUV but it has about the same (slightly more, actually) interior space as the significantly larger-on-the-outside BMW X3. Which is . . . […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters Six figure hybrids make sense like trying to lose weight by having a glass of water with your biggie order of onion rings and triple patty cheeseburger. Maybe it helps a little. But then, the thing to understand is that it’s not about making sense. It’s about politics. About having to build […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

By Eric Peters Did you know that after the F-150 pick-up, Ford’s best-selling model is . . . the Escape? This is quite something given that unlike the F-truck, which only has to compete against two major and a small handful of minor rivals, there are at least a dozen compact-sized crossover SUVs in the […]

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