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Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em!

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun - and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. ...

2014 BMW 320i Review

Posted on April 17th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Don't say it out loud -- but there's now an economy version of the BMW 3 Series sedan. Well, a more economical -- to buy and drive -- version. It's the 320i -- and it comes ...

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before

Posted on April 14th, 2014 in , , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Trucks, like high-performance sports cars -- like minivans for that matter -- are specialty vehicles. Which means they're compromised vehicles. Some things, they're very good at -- usually, much better at them than a jack-of-all-trades family car.

2014 Mercedes CLA Review

Posted on April 10th, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The new Mercedes CLA is one thing no previous Mercedes-Benz has ever been -- front-wheel-drive (with AWD optional) and also another thing very few Mercedes Benzes have ever been -- fairly inexpensive. If you can afford a ...

Another “Option” Now Mandatory?

Posted on April 7th, 2014 in , , | 6 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Rearview cameras are now mandatory -- or soon will be, starting with model year 2018 vehicles (see here for more). The government takes the position that you and I cannot back into a parking spot or ...

2014 Nissan Versa Note Review

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist In '07 Nissan introduced the Versa hatchback, which stood out among economy cars -- literally -- because it was taller-roofed and had a much roomier (almost mid-sized car's) back seat and an open, airy feel because ...

Odds & Ends

Posted on March 31st, 2014 in , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Ever wonder why muscle cars -- and RWD performance cars generally -- suck in the snow? It's not the rear-wheel-drive so much that leaves you spinning your wheels. It's the tires.

2014 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Lexus was originally -- and for the most part has remained -- a brand devoted primarily to luxury. To poshness, softness, quietude and comfort. ES, RX, LS. These have been the big-sellers, the money-makers. Over the years, ...

It’s Not Hard To Buy a New Car

Posted on March 24th, 2014 in , | 20 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Assuming you have the money, buying a new car has never been easier -- or less stressful. If, that is, you aren't still buying cars the way people did back in the '90s . . . ...

2014 Cadillac XTS Review

Posted on March 20th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Remember when Cadillac's thing was big -- and big-engined -- land yachts? Here's a measure of how much has changed since then:




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