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Eric's Autos: Last Call

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Some of you may have caught my recent article about the almost muscle cars of the mid-late 1970s (see here, if not). Cars like the Chevy Monza (and its Buick/Pontiac/Oldsmobile-badged twins), the Ford Maverick ... and so on. A side thread was that these cars - which are looking better and better in retrospect - might be the last opportunity for...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2016 Audi A3 TDI

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If you've been considering a diesel-powered, compact-sized entry-luxury sedan, you might want to consider this: The 2016 Audi A3 TDI's city mileage is nearly as good as the Mercedes CLA250's highway mileage. And the Audi's highway mileage (43 MPG) is 10-15 MPG better. So says the EPA.

In real-world driving, you will find the Audi TDI's mileage ...Read more

Eric's Autos: New Car Buying Jedi Mind Tricks

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Remember the famous scene from the original Star Wars? Obi Wan and Luke run into an Imperial checkpoint heading into Mos Eisely spaceport. Using his Jedi powers of suggestion, Obi Wan whispers to the imperial stormtrooper, "You don't need to see his identification... These aren't the droids you're looking for... he can go about his business." ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2016 Lexus ES350

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Why does Lexus sell so many ES350s? Probably for the same reasons Toyota sells so many Camrys. Oops! The cat just jetted out of the bag… .

Yes. It's true. The ES350 and the Camry are related ... in the same way that Eric and Julia Roberts are related. One's just a bit prettier than the other. But the two cars share the same qualities that ...Read more

Eric's Autos: No More Affordable Diesels

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VW was the only major automaker selling affordable diesel powered passenger vehicles in the United States. You could, for instance, buy a diesel-powered Jetta sedan, Golf or Beetle for about $22k. Not anymore. At least, not for awhile.

VW announced yesterday (Wednesday; see here) that it will withdraw emissions certification applications ...Read more


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