Eric's Autos / Automotive

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 VW Touareg TDI

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 of this ...

Eric's Autos: Return of the Triples!

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 buy several new cars with three cylinder ...

Eric's Autos: Why It Takes Forever to Get Anywhere

Because, Clover! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyWrRUig1_Y The video above is just once incident. Writ large, these incidents - which congeal traffic all over the country - explain why it takes forever to get anywhere. Just one Clover can gum...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Scion tC

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 to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly...

Eric's Autos: Muscle Cars Were Slow - Part II

I wrote a column a couple years ago 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 (or more) to get to 60 MPH, a car that could get there in ...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 VW Jetta TDI

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 Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only ...