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Test Drive: 2014 VW CC

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 22 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Volkswagen CC has always been a stylish car. Has a redesign made it better?

Test Drive: 2014 VW CC

Some people say the E-Type Jag lost something when the sweet-singing inline 3.8 liter (later 4.2 liter) in-line six was replaced (in 1971) with a more relaxed-fit 5.3 liter V-12 . . .  and power steering was made standard. The car was somehow more like once-a-month Saturday afternoon sex with your wife of 20 years. Still fun, sure. But not quite the same as it was that first year, before the kids came along … .

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 17 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Beetle ownership can be rewarding, but it will also require more from you in the way of patience and personal comfort than you may able to handle.

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

My friend (and web ninja master of EPautos) Dom asked me the other night what I thought about getting an old VW to replace his modern car as his everyday driver. He hasn’t owned an old Beetle before. I have owned two – and drove one of them (a ’73 Super Beetle) in DC traffic (the Ultimate Test) as my everyday commuter for several years back in the early ’90s. Here are some thoughts about the pros – and cons – of driving an old Beetle as an everyday car:

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Muscle cars are just as great now as they were back in the day. One of the challenges of owning one is finding appropriate tires.

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

It’s easy enough to find new tires for an old muscle car.

Just not performance tires.

Not for the stock wheels, that is.

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Azera

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 15 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Hyundai excels at proving value for money, and with the 2014 Azera they continue the trend.

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Azera

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, my family had one not-quite-Cadillac after the next. A succession of Oldsmobiles that had many of the same features, but cost my folks less to buy because an Oldsmobile wasn’t a Cadillac – even if only in name.

Test Drive: 2014 Infiniti QX80

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 11 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a huge traditional SUV. Despite its somewhat quirky looks, this giant truck might just be the best in its class.

Test Drive: 2014 Infiniti QX80

I’ve got five bikes, an old muscle car – and lots of guns. Some people will sneerily say I don’t need these things. They’re the same people who get all upset and control-freaky about large (and loaded) SUVs like the Infiniti QX80. It’s too big. It uses too much gas. It’s ostentatious

Buying a Used Car: Pros and Cons

on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Buying a used car can result in substantial savings as compared to buying new. Just watch out for some of the common problems that can come with used cars.

Buying a Used Car: Pros and Cons

New cars, once purchased have always undergone rapid depreciation. If anything, that's gotten worse in recent years. The alternative is to buy used cars that have already depreciated. For prospective buyers there are several benefits and drawbacks of buying used cars.

The Advantages of Being Car-Hip

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 02 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The more you know about cars, and your car in particular, the longer you'll be able to keep it and the more money you'll be able to save.

The Advantages of Being Car-Hip

People sometimes pre-emptively get rid of a car simply because it’s “old” or “has high miles.” Even if it’s still running great – and hasn’t given them any real trouble so far – they fear that if they hang onto it, problems are likely to arise.

Test Drive: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 30 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Cheap and basic, the new Mitsubishi Mirage for 2014 is the poor-man's Prius. Plus, it costs much less and gets terrific gas mileage.

Test Drive: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

The Metro’s back!

In spirit if not name.

And in form and function, too.

The Best Case Scenario

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Wednesday, 25 September 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

After being taught by experience, perhaps the American people will learn to see the shackles that socialism represents and finally throw them off.

The Best Case Scenario

Ok, so Congress is deadlocked and can’t make a decision, the President is eager to enter a new war, and the Fed can’t taper…all’s well the ends well, right?

Test Drive: 2014 VW Beetle TDI

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The newest Beetle from VW has gained some attitude and sports a pretty good diesel. Formerly a car that appealed mainly to women, the updated Beetle now has broader appeal.

Test Drive: 2014 VW Beetle TDI

In some ways, the current Beetle is nothing like the original whose spirit it tries to conjure:

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Prius V

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 18 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Prius V is the cargo hauler of the Prius line. But the long-in-the-tooth model gains weight and loses performance as a wagon, something no current-model Prius can afford to do.

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Prius V

Most reviews of hybrid vehicles talk up their gas mileage – an important consideration, no doubt. But there are other considerations.

Test Drive: 2014 Audi A6 TDI

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

A muscle car that also gets 40 mpg? It's not a myth - it's the 2014 Audi A6 TDI. Automotive journalist Eric Peters finds out what else is great about the new diesel Audi.

Test Drive: 2014 Audi A6 TDI

What luxury car leaps forward like a bracket-racing muscle car – you’ll swear you’re getting daylight under the front tires – but also gives you almost 40 MPG on the highway?

Test Drive: 2013 Mazda2

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Mazda2 is in its final year in its current form. But that doesn't mean it isn't a good car. While lacking in some areas, it's still a solid contender that bests its competition in some ways.

Test Drive: 2013 Mazda2

If you want a really small car – but still need four doors then you’ve pretty much got two choices:

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 02 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Corolla is Toyota's bread and butter sedan, and the best selling car in the world. Will the latest redesign build on that success?

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Here’s scary:

You’ve been assigned the job of restyling – and re-engineering – the company’s Number One Seller. It’s on you to get it right.

Tablets for Small Businesses

on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Small Business, Computers, Business, Sci/Tech

The lightweight, portable nature of tablet devices is conquering the business world. But with many options to choose from, before buying for your business, carefully evaluate which features you need.

Tablets for Small Businesses

More and more businesses are making use of tablet PCs in their daily operations. A 2011 study by Model Metrics showed that 22 percent of companies had begun deploying tablets for their businesses, with 78 percent planning to have tablets in use by 2013.

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