Automotive

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Yeah, it’s pretty vanilla. But that is one of the secrets of its enduring appeal. It’s a car anyone can feel comfortable in because it doesn’t make an issue of itself.

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Does the Camry hybrid – vs. the regular Camry – make economic sense?

Test Drive: 2014 Audi A8

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 09 April 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Audi A8 arguably is closest to the ideal of what a luxury car ought to be. It is graceful, elegant, super comfortable – and most of all, tasteful.

Test Drive: 2014 Audi A8

Two things about the Audi A8.

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before...

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Yes, trucks are different than cars. They offer more capabilities, but have some drawbacks too. Before you buy one, here's what you need to know.

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before...

Trucks, like high-performance sports cars – like minivans for that matter – are specialty vehicles. Which means they’re compromised vehicles.

Ethanol Assault

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

Remember those ’80s-era PSAs that warned, “this is your brain on drugs” – cue video of an egg frying in a pan? Well, here’s your old car’s engine on ethanol.

Ethanol Assault

Remember those ’80s-era PSAs that warned, “this is your brain on drugs” – cue video of an egg frying in a pan? Well, here’s your old car’s engine on ethanol.

Test Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 01 April 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Other than having an on-the-small-side cargo area, the new Cherokee is everything the old Liberty (and Commander) was not.

Test Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Here’s what didn’t work:

Liberty (2002-2012).

Commander (2006-2010).

Which probably accounts for the new Cherokee . . . and what it’s not.

Never Get in Trouble Trying to Fix Your Car

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

The most important thing – above all else – is not to proceed when you are not sure. Stop. Refer to the manual. If that doesn’t help, do not forge ahead. Read more – ask a wider circle. Wait.

Never Get in Trouble Trying to Fix Your Car

Probably the main reason many people don’t dare do it themselves is they’re afraid of not doing it right. More to the point, they’re afraid of doing it wrong – breaking something, or making a problem worse.

Test Drive: 2014 BMW 328d

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

This car is a sign of the changing times. Whether because of pressure from Washington (CAFE) or pressure from the economy (people have less to spend) or some combination thereof, there is an ever-more-noticeable tack toward the sensible side under way.

Test Drive: 2014 BMW 328d

Downsizing is hitting diesels too.

I wrote a week or so ago about the 2014 BMW 320i – a new, economy-minded (for a BMW) and smaller-engined/lower-powered version of the 3 sedan.

The Test Ride . . . And How to Get One

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 25 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Buying a new bike is not like buying a new car, but it's still important to get a test ride if you can. Here's how to go about it.

The Test Ride . . . And How to Get One

One of the weird things about buying a new motorcycle is buying it before you’ve actually ridden it. This happens a lot with bikes. It almost never happens with a car buy – because it’s contrary to practice and what people expect. With cars, a test drive is obligatory, part of the process. In fact, most car dealers – most car salesmen – will do their all to get you behind the wheel, to foster an emotional attachment between you and the car. It’s a proven winner. Sometimes, they’ll even offer to let you take a demo home for the night – knowing this will almost certainly cinch the deal.

Test Drive: 2014 Honda Insight

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 25 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you’re looking for a new hybrid that will save money as well as gas, the 2014 Honda Insight offers a compelling option when compared to its Prius competition.

Test Drive: 2014 Honda Insight

There are two hybrid models on the market that address what’s arguably the most persuasive argument against buying a new hybrid:

When New Cars Get Old

Written by Eric Peters on Sunday, 23 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Older cars are easy to fix and parts are relatively cheap. But when today's cars get old, that won't be the case.

When New Cars Get Old

All cars become old cars, eventually.

But the aging process is different for modern cars – by which is meant cars built since (roughly) the latter-half of the ’80s, when computer controlled engine management and fuel injection came online. Like a genetically gifted athlete who works hard to maintain his body, they remain “youthful” much longer than cars built before modern engine management, fuel injection and the superior quality control (largely due to the automation of manufacturing) of the modern era.

In the Internet Age, It's Easy to Buy a New Car at a Great Price. Here's How.

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

You're no longer at the mercy of the salesman when you buy a new car. Using today's information tools, it's easy to buy a new car and get a great deal, without all the stress.

In the Internet Age, It's Easy to Buy a New Car at a Great Price. Here's How.

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 . . .  before the Internet.

Test Drive: 2014 BMW 320i

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

BMW has a new budget version of the ultimate driving machine in the new 320i. Is it worthy of the BMW badge?

Test Drive: 2014 BMW 320i

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 with a slightly less powerful version of the 2.0 liter engine found in the 328i...and a 36 MPG (highway) EPA rating.

New Things to Know About New Cars

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 14 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

The car, more than a century old, has been swept up into the slipstream of technological advancement. Here are some of the latest tech trends in autos.

New Things to Know About New Cars

You’ve heard of Moore’s Law? Applied to computers, it states that processing power doubles – roughly – every two years.

Dodge Dart Belly Flop . . . Canary in the Coal Mine for Chrysler?

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Chrysler has a flop on its hands in the form of the Dart. Will parent company Fiat keep Chrysler around if the American company can't build a viable small car?

Dodge Dart Belly Flop . . . Canary in the Coal Mine for Chrysler?

Just the other day, it was announced that sales of the Dodge Dart – one of the first post-bankruptcy new-design Chrysler products – are down 33 percent this year so far. Toyota has sold nearly five times as many Corollas during the same period. The Dart is now in 9th place in the segment, sales-wise.

Test Drive: 2014 Mercedes CLA 250

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Mercedes has a habit of making solid, quality cars. But, do they have what it takes to launch a new, affordable front-wheel-drive car?

Test Drive: 2014 Mercedes CLA 250

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.

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