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2015 Honda Fit Review

Posted on October 31st, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Last week, I test-drove the new three-cylinder (and turbocharged) Ford Fiesta. It's a neat little car -- emphasis on little. This week, I have the new Honda Fit, which is also little -- but isn't small. At least, ...

If the Tesla D’s Such a Great Car..

Posted on October 27th, 2014 in , , | 14 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist My teeth hurt. Over the past week, I've been assaulted by one "news" story after the next about the latest fruit of government motors. Not GM. Tesla. The Model D. It is very slick! And very quick! ...

2014 Lexus IS250 Review

Posted on October 24th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Good things come in small packages -- but sometimes, they're maybe a bit too small. Hence, Lexus' re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It's bigger now -- with a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike its most obvious competitor -- ...

New Car “Buyers”

Posted on October 20th, 2014 in , , | 4 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Who can afford to spend $30,000 -- the average purchase price paid as of 2013 -- on a new car? The answer is ... very few. Most new car "buyers" are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents ...

How to Make Your Automotive Dollar Go Farther!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 in , , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There's not much we can do about the cost of buying a new car, but I can give you some advice that may help you reduce the cost of owning (and driving) it.

2014 VW Touareg TDI Review

Posted on October 10th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There are three mid-sized (and real-deal, with off-road capability) German-brand crossover SUVs that consume not much more fuel than many current economy cars. The fuel, of course, is diesel. And the three are: VW's Touareg TDI -- subject ...

Return of the Triples!

Posted on October 6th, 2014 in , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You may have noticed the general downsizing trend that's going on under the hood. V-8s gave way to sixxes -- and sixxes, to fours. Now, it's down to three. For the first time since the '90s, you can ...

2014 Scion tC Review

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist By the early '70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive ...

Muscle Cars Were Slow – Part II

Posted on September 29th, 2014 in , , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I wrote a column a couple years ago (see here) that mentioned an unspeakable truth: Relative to now -- classic muscle cars were slow. Back in the day, when the typical passenger car took 10 seconds ...

2014 VW Jetta TDI Review

Posted on September 26th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few -- one of the two -- that's not is VW's Jetta TDI. Its only competition is the ...




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