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Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus GS350 new car review

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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 […]


Eric Peters: Economic obsolescence

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Eric Peters: Economic obsolescence

By Eric Peters Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is an example and so is the small block Chevrolet V8. Both were in continuous production for decades. For generations. Beetles were still being produced (in Mexico) until the […]


Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

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Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Forte new car review

By Eric Peters It’s an odd thing when you stop to think about it, but small, inexpensive cars increasingly give you more in the way of choices (and features for the dollar) than higher-dollar cars. For instance, this Kia Forte. You can get it three different ways – sedan, hatchback sedan and two-door hatchback Koupe (spelled […]


Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

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Eric Peters: “Services” rendered. . .

By Eric Peters It’s bad enough getting arrested – especially when you didn’t do anything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for arresting someone is very low. It can be done by any cop, pretty much anytime – without much in the way of legal justification. He has the gun – and […]


Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

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Eric Peters: 2017 VW CC new car review

By Eric Peters VW has tried this twice. Both good tries. The problem – first with the Phaeton – and now with the CC sedan – has always been not enough cachet. . . And a too-high price. VW, after all, is Volkswagen. The people’s car. Both the Phaeton and the CC pushed that concept probably […]


Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

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Eric Peters: Automotive democratization

By Eric Peters Every new car (even the Nissan Versa sedan, the least expensive new car you can buy) comes standard with air conditioning – and most come standard with power windows and locks, too. Push-button keyless ignitions and cheerily glowing LCD touchscreens are becoming common and will likely soon be as expected (and standard) […]


Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes S550e new car review

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Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes S550e new car review

By Eric Peters A $100,000 hybrid makes me think of Gloria Steinem’s quip about a woman needing a man like a fish needs a bicycle. But I’d still much rather have the Mercedes 550e than a Prius. They are both hybrids (the Benz is a plug-in hybrid) but they otherwise have as much in common […]


Eric Peters: New Year’s wishes

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Eric Peters: New Year’s wishes

By Eric Peters I got what I wanted for Christmas – Hillary’s face (and that voice) will not be everywhere for the next 4-8 years. But how about for the New Year? Here’s a short list of wishes: *Move right … please –  Trump has promised to rebuild infrastructure, including roads, but traffic will still be […]


Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda CX-9 new car review

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Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda CX-9 new car review

By Eric Peters Which major car company only sells four cylinder-powered cars? The answer is surprising. It’s Mazda. It’s surprising because Mazda is the “zoom zoom” brand – and four cylinder engines are not generally known for having much of that. Particularly when installed in a full-size (three row) crossover SUV like the CX-9.  It […]


Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

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Eric Peters: Sometimes they’re easy to fix…

By Eric Peters Contrary to conventional wisdom, maintaining a modern car isn’t always hard. Sometimes, it’s easier than working on an older car. It depends on which car you’re working on. Or, truck. Some of you already know I recently re-acquired my 2002 Nissan Frontier pick-up, which had been on extended loan to my wife-at-remove. […]