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Eric's Autos: 2021 Kia Seltos

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There's not much ... diversity in the compact crossover segment. Badges, yes. Differences, not so much.

Which is why it's happy news about the 2021 Kia Seltos.

Superficially, it's similar to other small crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. But have a look under the skin.

Or rather, under the hood.

That's where you'll find something...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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There are three main contenders in the three-quarter-ton class, but only one of them is in the four-figure class ... when it comes to torque.

The Ford F-250's 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine makes more than 1,000 foot-pounds of it. This explains why it can pull more than 20,000 pounds.

That's another figure that puts this Ford in a class by ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes A35 AMG

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Last year, Mercedes made news by doing something Mercedes had never done before: putting the three-pointed star on a front-wheel-drive car.

The A-class sedan became the first.

And now it's become something else: the fastest, least-expensive Mercedes ever ... if you buy the AMG version of this smallest Mercedes sedan ever.

What It Is

The A35 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel

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Arnold said, "I'll be back", but Ram meant it.

The No. 2 bestselling truck brand had to pull its "Eco" diesel V-6 off the market last year because of emission-certification troubles. But the diesel is back and stronger than ever.

It's so strong, in fact, that a Ram so equipped pulls 12,750 pounds -- as much as the gas V-8-equipped Ram can ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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There are so many small crossovers on the market it's hard to figure out which one to pick. Unless, of course, you want something different.

How about a V-6 engine, for instance? So you can pull more than a small car can?

How about an optional transmission that isn't a continuously variable automatic transmission.

How about a third row -- in ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes AMG E53

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Many people think the defining element of a high-end car is a powerful V-8 engine -- or, even better, a V-12 engine.

But some of the most iconic high-end cars -- models like the Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing of the '50s, for instance -- were powered by in-line sixes. They had two fewer cylinders but were smoother than a Bill Clinton interview -- and...Read more

Eric's Autos: Buying a Car Post-Coronavirus

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People who've longed to buy a classic car may be thinking now is a great time to go shopping for one.


But classic cars are not like new cars or even used cars. Classic cars are an indulgence, while new/used cars are necessary appliances. No one needs a classic car. Those who own them tend to be people who can afford the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 GMC Savana

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There aren't many new vehicles that are almost 25 years old. The GMC Savana van is, in fact, the only one.

If, of course, you don't count its Chevy-badged cousin, the Express.

Both of these full-size vans haven't changed much since 1996 -- because why would they? No one else makes vans like them anymore: body-on-frame construction, 12-15 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Buick Regal TourX

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Some of the best deals going are on the cars no one knows about -- which stands to reason. But how do you buy something if you're unaware it exists?

How about the Buick TourX wagon?

It's the unknown soldier of the new car market -- probably because General Motors hasn't been marketing it much. And that probably has to do with the fact that the...Read more

Eric's Autos: Wider Stance

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My little pickup truck -- with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine -- has exactly the same size wheels and tires (225/70R-15) as the ones my 1976 Pontiac Trans Am -- with a 7.5-liter V-8 engine -- was shod with when it rolled off the Norwood, Ohio, assembly line back when Jimmah Cahter was angling to be the country's next decider.

No classic ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Genesis G70

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It was once a kind of automotive axiom that if you liked to drive, you aspired to own a BMW. They were, after all, the ultimate driving machines -- and that wasn't advertising hype. It was behind-the-wheel fact. BMW was among the first to make four doors and fun driving not mutually exclusive -- by putting a third pedal in its sedans, among ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Honda Civic

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The best car is one that comes more than one way.

Honda's Civic comes three ways -- two doors, four doors or five doors -- and with your pick of four different engines, paired with your choice of two different transmissions.

Which makes it hard to find a Civic that doesn't fit almost anyone's needs.

What It Is

The Civic is Honda's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

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Many car companies have given up on sedans altogether. Ford and General Motors, for instance, have stopped making most of the ones they used to make.

And good luck finding a sedan with a manual transmission, if you swing that way. Especially one that's available in anything other than the base trim version.

Unless the car you're looking at ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Toyota Tundra

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A lot has changed recently -- and not just because of the coronavirus. The market for half-ton trucks is changing, too.

For the first time in decades, the no. 1 bestseller, Ford's F-150, is threatened by the truck that, for decades, had been the third-bestseller, the Ram 1500. Which has already supplanted the decades-long hegemony of the Chevy ...Read more

Eric's Autos: A Car Story

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Today is a good time for a car story, to take our minds off the other story.

This story's related to my story from about a month ago, about upgrading the out-of-date, factory-installed, CD-playing (but no Bluetooth-playing) stereo in my '02 Nissan Frontier with an up-to-date system.

Well, I just attempted the reverse.

I ...Read more


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