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 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 VW Passat new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 VW Passat new car review

By Eric Peters Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat’s standard engine in favor of a slightly more fuel-efficient (but more expensive and complicated) four cylinder turbocharged engine. This year, Uncle’s nixed the extremely fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine that used to be […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Forester new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Forester new car review

By Eric Peters You may have noticed that there are lots of Subarus (all kinds, including ancient Brats from the ’80s) running around places where it snows a lot. This is what they call in law enforcement a clue. Subarus are not popular because they’re sexy. They are popular because they’re almost as unstoppable as a […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Hyundai Elantra new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Hyundai Elantra new car review

By Eric Peters First, they aren’t twins. The Hyundai Elantra – and the Kia Forte. This isn’t Camaro/Firebird – or Tahoe/Escalade. The same thing sold under two different labels. Usually for two very different prices. There are meaningful – functional and physical – differences between the Elantra and the Forte (which was reviewed here, earlier). […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS350 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS350 new car review

By Eric Peters This whole business of the luxury sport sedan is kind of strange . . . like expecting Usain Bolt to block for the Giants. World class sprinters tend not to be built like linemen. Now toss in a third variable – the value-priced luxury sport sedan. Sure. It’s as simple as designing a […]

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