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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2015 Acura TLX

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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." Well, here you are - the 2015 TLX.

It replaces the TL luxury sport-sedan and (more or less) fills the same slot in Acura's lineup, targeting the same general buyer pool. But it does so at a much lower entry...Read more

Eric's Autos: New Car Features to Think Twice About

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It's the "bells and whistles" that get the headlines - and grab your attention. But they might also grab your wallet once the warranty runs out. A classic example from long ago is the aluminum block four-cylinder engine GM trotted out back in the mid-1970s. It was a revolutionary design based on a high-silicon alloy that eliminated the need for...Read more

Eric's Autos: Self-Driving Cars

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You've heard about the "self-driving" car? Here's a preview: This is me driving a 2015 Acura TLX. Actually, it's the Acura TLX driving me.

The car (and other Acuras, including the new MDX) has a "steering assist" feature that uses cameras to keep the thing in its lane - more accurately, in between ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2015 Infiniti QX80

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Well, gas is cheap again. Does it mean big SUVs (with big, thirsty V8s) will make a comeback? I doubt it. Even though the cost of fuel is down, the cost of everything else has gone up. I don't buy the happy talk about the "recovery." No one I know has "recovered." Most of us are just trying to pay the bills. Barely.

But, I am happy in the way ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Classic Car Pros and Cons

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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. The good:

Pre-modern cars have personality; they're interesting - something homogenized, same-same modern cars aren't. Cars built in the '70s and before were designed largely the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Electric Lemonade

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Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Welcome to the wacky world of electric cars! Going on 100 years now - and they keep churning them out (with "help" from Uncle, natch).

There are now at least a dozen different makes - and models - to choose from. VW just debuted an electric...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2015 Kia K900

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"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. Kind of like Lexus did, back in the day. The concept is similar: Offer more car (literally) for less money.

Thus, the K900 is bigger - and a great deal roomier - than an E-...Read more

Eric's Autos: Sensible Traffic Laws… For a Change!

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Virginia - home of the dumbed-down "reckless driving" statute (drive faster than 20 MPH over any speed limit and you automatically qualify; see here) has actually done something sensible for once, with regard to its traffic laws.

Flashing yellow "proceed when clear" signals are replacing Thou Must Sit And Wait red lights at left turn lanes. ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Keep Your Bike From Overheating!

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If your motorcycle has a water-cooled engine - and you'd like for it not to overheat - then it's a good idea to keep the cooling system in good "tune." Let's have a quick look:

The basic system is similar to a car's. You've got a radiator - usually (in modern bikes) with a thermostatically controlled electric fan that comes on if the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2015 Toyota Camry

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Don't worry - they didn't mess it up. The "bold" and "sporty" 2015 Camry is - wisely - more or less the same as it was before. Yes, it has a new face. And there is a new (and "sportier" optional gauge cluster). But it's no Altima/Maxima/Mazda6/Accord ... thank god. Toyota isn't stupid, after all.

And it would be exceptionally stupid to take ...Read more

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