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 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Compass new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Compass new car review

By Eric Peters It’s a really good sign that Fiat continues to invest money in new Jeeps – like this just-updated 2017 Compass. It suggests there is a future for Jeep. Probably because Jeeps sell. For Chrysler, the future looks iffier. Not much investment – and just two models available for sale, one of them (the 300 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Prius new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Prius new car review

By Eric Peters The burden on the Champ is to remain the Champ – or know when to retire before retirement is forced upon you. The Toyota Prius is still the Champ – and has been the Champ for 20 years’ running. No other hybrid matches its combination of mileage and cost-to-benefit ratio. Meaning, the cost […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda3 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda3 new car review

By Eric Peters In the last Terminator movie, an aging, saggy Arnold tells his younger, time-traveling and still-buff self: I have been waiting for you. Well, me too. For the SkyD diesel engine that Mazda was going to offer in the Mazda3 sedan/hatch. This was supposed to have happened in 2015, as a follow-up to […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes Metris new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes Metris new car review

By Eric Peters When you hear “minivan,” probably the first thing that pops to mind is not Mercedes. But in Europe, Benzes are dominant in the commercial/work fleet – everything from taxis to buses to other types of haulers. Like this Metris. For about the same as you’d pay to drive home in  a Dodge […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac ATS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac ATS new car review

By Eric Peters It was the late ’90s and Cadillac was trying to shed the AARP Aura that had enveloped the brand like a sickly fog of Vicks Vapor Rub since at least the late 1970s. GM’s luxury line had been slick and cool and most of all, young  . . . back in its Mad Men-era […]

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 […]

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