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Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Focus

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A great time to buy a new car is when an even newer car is on the way. Next year, there will be an all-new Ford Focus. That means there are deals to be had on the 2018 Focus.

And you might just like this one better anyhow.

Spy shots of the 2019 show a racier-looking shape, and while there's noting wrong with that, it might not be right for you...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes GLC 350e

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Maybe you like the idea of driving an electric car but not the idea of worrying about how far you can drive before you run out of electricity. Or how long you'll have to wait while it recharges. Behold the plug-in hybrid, the part-time electric car, a more practical electric car.

It can get you down the road without burning any gas -- if your ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

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Electric cars have to plug in, and recharging takes time. Plug-in hybrids like the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi can plug in, but they don't have to. They can operate as electric cars do until the charge runs low and then switch to gas without having to stop.

That's called having your cake and eating it, too. But there's one catch: the cost.

What It...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 VW Jetta

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Where would Rocky Balboa have been without his ability to take a punch? Probably on the mat, with Mr. T doing a victory dance around the ring.

Volkswagen is in a similar spot, having lost the turbo-diesel punch (and near-hybrid mileage) that gave cars like the Jetta sedan something other cars in their class couldn't match.

Then came the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler 300

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The B-52 bomber has been around a long time. Most of them are older than the pilots who fly them. This tells you something about the soundness of their design. Same goes for the Chrysler 300. In car terms, it's ancient.

The current 300 hasn't been significantly updated since 2011, and its underthings -- the basic chassis -- date all ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 BMW 640i GT

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American car buyers, for whatever reason, generally do not like station wagons. This is why you don't see many new station wagons, especially high-end wagons, even though high-end car companies like BMW sell a wagon version of almost every car it makes.

You just don't see them here.

Meanwhile, there are hatchbacks. These do sell, but there is ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Seven hundred and seven is a lot of horsepower. It is three or four times the horsepower found under the hood of the typical new car. But then, the typical new car does not get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. How about a Jeep that does?

What It Is

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a three-seconds-to-60 Dodge Challenger Hellcat in Grand ...Read more

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

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