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2015 Subaru Forester Review

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                        Photo courtesy of CARICOS You can learn some important stuff about cars by taking note of who buys what -- and how the cars are used. And whether they stand up to the uses to which they're ...

Things to Know About Tires

Posted on May 18th, 2015 in , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The invention of the wheel was a pretty big deal -- rolling stuff being a lot easier than carrying (or pushing or dragging) it. The invention of tires was the next great leap forward. Rubber tires allowed ...

2015 VW Passat TDI Review

Posted on May 15th, 2015 in , | 6 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                          Photo courtesy of CARICOS When you're the only game in town, you've pretty much got the market cornered. But it helps when what you're selling is also what people want. People want Passats.

Worst Car Design Trends

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in , , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Looks may be in the eye of the beholder -- we can argue about the aesthetic appeal of the Pontiac Aztek all day long without anyone proving they're right -- or wrong. But functional flaws are objective. Here ...

2015 VW Golf R Review

Posted on May 8th, 2015 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS Subaru's WRX STI is the fastest n' most furious turbo all-wheel-drive thing going… right? Wrong. At least, not anymore.

The Syclone That Came… and Went!

Posted on May 4th, 2015 in , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist How many appealing vehicles can you name that were only sold for one year? Even the Edsel lasted three. Here's one that came -- and went -- as fast as it went: the 1991 GMC Syclone. Zero to 60 ...

2015 Audi Q5 Review

Posted on May 1st, 2015 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                          Photo courtesy of CARICOS In the U.S., diesels are sold at least as much on the strength of their performance as their economy -- the reverse of the usual dynamic. Which explains why they are almost ...

The Last Thunderbird

Posted on April 27th, 2015 in , | 4 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist All of us know -- or have heard about -- the apparently healthy, successful person who one day just drops dead unexpectedly. In a way, this is the story of the Thunderbird. For decades, it was one ...

2015 Nissan Altima Review

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I've written before about the fact that federal fuel-economy mandates are subtly but significantly eroding away the choices available to consumers -- and increasing the cost of the diminishing choices that remain. The '15 Altima being ...

The End of AM/FM Radio?

Posted on April 20th, 2015 in , | 4 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist A new car without a radio? It sounds as unthinkable as a new car without floor mats or a heater. But there is a real danger that your next new car might come without an AM/FM receiver. Or, ...




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