Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

By Eric Peters Over the course of its long life, Chevy has almost cancelled the Corvette at least twice. Ford once gave thought to dropping the Mustang. Yes, really. Wisely – as it turned out – neither car was given its walking papers when sales temporarily drooped. The people in charge were savvy enough to see the bigger picture; they […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

By Eric Peters It’s odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others in its class. The car is the Mazda6 – and it comes only with a four. Meanwhile, you can get a V6 in rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But don’t blame Mazda for […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Highlander new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Highlander new car review

By Eric Peters First of all, there are no turbos. That fact alone sets the current Toyota Highlander apart from almost all other mid-sized crossover SUVs – most of which either come standard with or offer turbocharged engines. Neither of the Highlander’s two available engines is hooked on boost – which means neither one will ever […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Niro new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Niro new car review

By Eric Peters The Prius has a rival that no one seems to know about – probably because Kia hasn’t done much to market its hybridness. It’s the Kia Niro – and you probably haven’t heard about it. And if you’ve seen one, you probably assumed it’s yet another mini-me crossover SUV. It certainly looks that part. But while […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 5 Series new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 5 Series new car review

By Eric Peters There is a Moore’s Law for cars, too. Like computers, they get faster – and cheaper – with each new generation. BMW’s new 5 Series is a case in point. It is now almost as large as the 7 Series used to be – and it offers many of the amenities (including […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat Spider new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat Spider new car review

By Eric Peters Is there room enough for two of basically the same thing? It depends how different they are. Back in the ’70s, GM was able to successfully sell two iterations of the same thing – the Chevy Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. They both sprang from a common “F” platform – and had near-identical frames, […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette new car review

By Eric Peters One reads that the current Corvette is the best Corvette ever, but is it? It is certainly the best-performing Corvette ever. That can’t be debated. The numbers tell the tale. It accelerates more quickly, has the highest top speed and can lap a track at a pace no previous Corvette could match. But do […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Cadenza new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Cadenza new car review

By Eric Peters One of the most successful luxury cars ever is the Lexus ES. Along with another Lexus – the LS – it ate Mercedes’ and BMW’s lunch  . .  . and didn’t leave a tip. Lately, the Koreans – the Kia-Hyundai conglomerate – have been trying to do to the Japanese what they did to the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lincoln Continental new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lincoln Continental new car review

By Eric Peters Comebacks are never easy – but they are doable. Ask Cadillac. Not so very long ago, GM’s luxury car division was on the mat, the count at seven or eight. Cadillac had lost its mojo, traded it for Metamucil. Its cars weren’t even gaudy anymore. Just old. Then an ether-fed cold start. Over […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru BRZ new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru BRZ new car review

By Eric Peters What if Porsche sold minivans? Even if it was a really top-drawer minivan, it’d be a tough sell – because most Porsche buyers aren’t minivan buyers. Eskimos and ice. Subaru faces a similar challenge trying to find buyers for its rear-wheel-drive/two-door BRZ coupe. Subaru people like cars with more than two doors – and […]

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