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2015 GMC Canyon Review

Posted on December 19th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Stay smallish -- or go bigger? That was the question GM product planners had to ponder when considering which way to go with the Chevy Colorado and its GMC-badged cousin, the Canyon (subject of this review).

Worst New Car “Safety” Features

Posted on December 15th, 2014 in , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Some of you might remember the '90s sci-fi flick, Demolition Man. It starred Sylvester Stallone and portrayed a future world obsessed with "safety." That's our reality, today. If you've seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where ...

2015 Subaru WRX Review

Posted on December 12th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Sometimes, less is more. The just-updated Subaru WRX, for instance. It has less engine than previously -- but more power. Performance is better -- and gas mileage has upticked noticeably. Also noticeable is the new six-speed manual transmission, ...

“Safety” Inspections

Posted on December 8th, 2014 in , , | 4 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Government is nonsense and force -- assembled in either order. Those mandatory "safety" inspections most of us are forced to deal with every year, for instance.

2015 Mini Cooper Review

Posted on December 5th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The latest Mini is a bit bigger now -- and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that's a recipe for slower -- and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also goes faster -- and ...

Buggy Mini…

Posted on December 1st, 2014 in , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist New cars aren't necessarily problem-free cars. The 2015 Mini Cooper press car I've got this week has developed some hiccups. Not "it's broke, let's fix it" hardware issues. Intermittent software weirdness.

2015 BMW M235i Review

Posted on November 28th, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The best fights are not one-round knockouts. They're the savage slugfests. Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. The new M2 vs. the new M4. It's not what BMW intended. But the match-up is inevitable.

Winter Tips

Posted on November 24th, 2014 in , , | 9 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al? The opposite is happening. The globe is cooling. Brutally so. Here in the "South" -- where it's supposed to be warm -- it has been getting colder and colder ...

Features New Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

Posted on November 17th, 2014 in , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I've ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary -- stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all the time, even in bright ...

2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review

Posted on November 14th, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn't high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility -- the affordability -- of those horses.




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