Automotive

Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes GLA250

Written by Eric Peters on Sunday, 01 March 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Mercedes Benz gets into the sporty crossover wagon segment with the GLA250. And it looks like their new entry in the segment is a winner.

Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes GLA250

Everyone wants to get in on the compact crossover sporty wagon action – even Mercedes, which until recently refrained from entry, preferring instead to concentrate on coupes and sedans and SUVs (all of them built on rear-wheel-drive-based layouts).

Test Drive: 2015 VW Jetta

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 27 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Volkswagen Jetta is plain, practical, and affordable. For 2015 it remains a winner for those looking for a competent transportation machine.

Test Drive: 2015 VW Jetta

VW’s Jetta sedan hasn’t got a lot of sex appeal.

Retro Review: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 27 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Oldsmobile is but a memory, and its last gasp as a real automaker was the mid-80s Hurst Olds and 442 models - cars that looked back to the storied muscle-car past.

Retro Review: 1983-1984 Hurst Olds and 1985–1988 442

Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history—and suffered a slow, painful death.

Test Drive: 2015 Mazda3

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

For 2015 the Mazda3 is better than ever, and better than cars more than double its price. That includes the BMW 3 series.

Test Drive: 2015 Mazda3

I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Two “shoes,” actually.

Test Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Written by Eric Peters on Saturday, 14 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Hyundai has long offered great value, and the 2015 Sonata continues that tradition.

Test Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Should Toyota be worried?

What The Car Salesman Won’t Tell You

Written by Eric Peters on Saturday, 14 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Buying a new car is not always easy, and sometimes it's not wise. Here are some tips from a pro to make sure you don't get fleeced.

What The Car Salesman Won’t Tell You

Car salesmen are… salesmen. Their job is to sell you stuff. Whether you need it or not.

Test Drive: 2015 Acura TLX

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you’re considering a new Altima, Mazda6 – or BMW 3/5 – you ought to at least take a look at the new Acura TLX. It’s a deal compared with all of them.

Test Drive: 2015 Acura TLX

It’s rare for a luxury car’s price to go down for the new model year. Rarer still for that to happen when the car in question is “all new.”

Test Drive: 2015 BMW X4

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 05 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

As a sporty SUV, BMW's new X4 is compelling, featuring style, performance, and practicality that is as good as, or better than, any of its competitors.

Test Drive: 2015 BMW X4

BMW calls the new X4 a “sports activity coupe” – notwithstanding its, uh, four doors.

Classic Car Pros… and Cons

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Classic and collectible cars are great fun, and often a good investment, but they differ markedly from today's transportation appliances.

Classic Car Pros… and Cons

It’s fun to own a “classic” (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, both good – and bad.

Test Drive: 2015 Infiniti QX80

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 30 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

It's big, it's bad, and it might be counted the best in its class. For 2015 Infiniti's QX80 carries on the big SUV tradition.

Test Drive: 2015 Infiniti QX80

Well, gas is cheap again.

Test Drive: 2015 Kia K900

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

Kia has Mercedes in its sights with the new K900 luxury car. And, they have hit their target.

Test Drive: 2015 Kia K900

"K900" sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and its warheads are targeted at Mercedes and BMW.

A Good Time to Buy a Hybrid?

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

With the price of gas falling, hybrid cars are not as attractive, but this also makes buying one now potentially a good idea.

A Good Time to Buy a Hybrid?

Cheap gas is making hybrids seem like less of a deal. Which in turn is making them harder to sell.

Test Drive: 2015 Toyota Camry

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 23 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

The old Camry was a good car, and not in need of fixing. Good thing, then, that Toyota has only made a good car even better for 2015.

Test Drive: 2015 Toyota Camry

Don’t worry – they didn’t mess it up.

Keeping It On The Road

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

A little bit of WD-40 can go a long way ... toward keeping your car on the road.

Keeping It On The Road

Most of us would like our vehicles to last a long time – and cost us as little money as possible during that time. Here are a few tips toward that end:

Test Drive: 2015 VW Golf

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 15 January 2015. Posted in Automotive, Business

VW's Golf has always been popular and with good reason. Its improvements for 2015 should keep that popularity going.

Test Drive: 2015 VW Golf

The Beetle is cute and lately, butch – but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf …  which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in the late ’70s… by which time it could no longer comply with Uncle’s ever-more-demanding laundry list of “safety” and “emissions” requirements.

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