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Eric's Autos: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Part of the allure of buying a high-end car is exclusivity -- you'll be driving something everyone else isn't. Take the Alfa Romeo Giulia. It's a spicy meatball. And if you haven't heard of it yet, well, that's part of the allure.

What It Is

The Giulia is a compact luxury-sport sedan made (with some help from Ferrari) by Alfa Romeo, ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

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How do you make a sedan more practical without making it into something else?

Make it a hatchback sedan.

Buick calls the new Regal hatchback sedan a Sportback, but it amounts to the same thing. Instead of a traditional small-opening trunk that most sedans have, this one has a tall opening. And with the back seats laid flat, the car has enough ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford F-150

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When you get down to it, big power and big capability are the things most esteemed by most of the people who buy big trucks. Does it matter whether that power and capability arise from a big V-8, or a small V-6 that has bigger horsepower and delivers more capability?

Ford's bet is that buyers want the horsepower and torque, and that if a V-6 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Eco Sport

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Really small SUVs aren't a new idea. You may remember old-school examples, such as the Geo Tracker (later the Chevy Tracker) of the '90s, for instance.

But the idea is making a comeback.

And it's not a bad idea ... if you're looking for SUV capabilities (and capacities) in something with a footprint that's about the same size as a ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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Let's talk about a different kind of hybrid: the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

It hasn't got electric motors, and the only battery it has starts its gasoline-burning engine. So what's all this talk about a hybrid?

Well, the Jeep is a car-based crossover SUV. But it has the off-road and towing capabilities of a truck-based SUV -- a combination that makes...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 VW Passat

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The Volkswagen Passat is not just German -- it's a close cousin of German luxury sedans made by Audi, the luxury division of the Audi-VW conglomerate. It's just without the Audi luxury car price. It's also roomier inside than most of the cars in its price range without being as large on the outside as some of them are. And it has something else ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ram 1500 Diesel

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Two things used to almost be givens in trucks -- or at least available: manual transmissions and diesel engines. Today, it's impossible to find a new full-size truck with a manual transmission. Regardless of brand, they are all automatic. But there is one new full-size truck that still offers a diesel engine. It's the Ram 1500.

There may be ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Expedition

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Sometimes splitting the difference hits the sweet spot.

The Ford Expedition is bigger -- and roomier -- than a Chevy Tahoe. But it's not as "yuge" as a Suburban. It's also unusual in another way -- two other ways.

First, it's wrapped in lightweight aluminum. All the other SUVs in its class -- the Tahoe, Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Cadillac Escalade

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The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous -- but then, so is my orange 1976 Trans Am. Both have a huge engine and a huge personality. But the Cadillac is quicker than my old muscle car. Plus, it can carry eight people. It gets better gas mileage, too.

What It Is

The Escalade is the end product of giving Cadillac designers a Chevy Tahoe and a blank ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

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Mini Cooper's slogan is "Let's Minimize!" They're small, cute -- and fuel-efficient. How about no fuel at all? Well, no gas , at least for about 12 miles. That's how far you can drive the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid on the batteries before the gas-burning engine steps in -- until you can plug in again.

What It Is

The Countryman,...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler 300

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If you want a big luxury sedan with a big V-8 but don't want to spend big money, the Chrysler 300 has what you're looking for. It's literally the last of the Mohicans ... it's the only full-size V-8-powered luxury sedan that you can still buy for less than $40k.

Everything else that's similarly equipped costs at least $15k more. Most ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 BMW X3

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2018 BMW X3

Two things are getting hard to find in a compact crossover -- and in new cars in general: six-cylinder engines and a rear-wheel-drive-based layout.

The BMW X3 still has both.

It hasn't gone to four-cylinder-only, as is becoming the trend, even in higher-end cars. It also has much more headroom than most of its rivals -- and more ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e

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Don't buy the hybrid version of the Mercedes C-Class for the gas it'll save you.

Buy it for the speed it will give you.

The hybrid version of the Mercedes C sedan has almost 500 foot-pounds of torque awaiting your right foot -- which is much more fun than the plug that's in the trunk.

What It Is

The C350e is the hybrid gas-electric ...Read more


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