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 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW M2 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW M2 new car review

By Eric Peters Speed is not – contrary to the saying – always just a question of money. Sometimes, you get to pay less to go just as fast. And get some other worthwhile things, too. In the BMW M2 coupe, for instance. It’s just as quick as the very similar in shape and layout […]

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 . . . weird. […]

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: 2018 Mercedes GLC300 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Mercedes GLC300 new car review

By Eric Peters Well, the diesel’s gone. It never even arrived, to be precise about it. Mercedes thought about offering it – had planned to offer it. Had even announced it was coming – back in early 2016, when the then-all-new-GLC was announced as the replacement for the GLK. But then Dieselgate happened and while it was […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Impreza new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Impreza new car review

By Eric Peters Subaru has at least four things going for it. With the exception of just one model – the BRZ sport coupe, which is a quasi-Subarau, a step-Subaru that’s really half-Toyota – every car they sell comes standard with all-wheel-drive. This is particularly standout in the lower-priced sedan/wagon market, where Subaru’s entry-level model, the Impreza, […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Diesel new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Diesel new car review

By Eric Peters The snow leopard is a big cat, too. Like the jaguar – except it is built to deal with snow. So also the F-Pace, which is the snow leopard of Jaguars. It has more than twice the ground clearance (8.3 inches) of an XJ sedan or an F-Type coupe and comes standard with claw-the-road […]

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 […]

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