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Eric's Autos: 2020 Nissan Altima

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For a long time, Nissan's Altima and Maxima have been so similar it's been hard to tell them apart -- and not just in terms of their looks.

They're almost exactly the same size, and for several years, they offered the same engine, Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6.

Now the Altima's got a new engine, one not available in the much more expensive Maxima.

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Eric's Autos: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you'd like an Escape with a bit more exclusivity ... and a lot more power?

Lincoln's got you covered.

What It Is

The Corsair is an upscale version of the Ford Escape sold under the Lincoln label. Both models share a common basic platform, but the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota 86

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Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas, which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that depreciate less fast than cars with other badges.

But how about a Subaru with a Toyota badge? Does the mojo transfer?

What It Is

The Toyota 86 sport coupe is the only Toyota made by another car company -- with another car company's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 BMW M35i

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Why sell the same basic car two different ways?

Well, first of all, you make it not quite the same in order to appeal to two different buyers. This is why, for several decades, GM sold two versions of the Chevy Camaro -- the other being the Pontiac Firebird. They were similar but not identical, like fraternal twins.

The Camaro was the value ...Read more

Eric'a Autos: 2019 Chevy Blazer

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Whether you like the reincarnated Chevy Blazer may depend on whether you expect it to be like the original Chevy Blazer -- which was a rugged (and spartan) 4-by-4 with a removable top and a roll bar. Just the ticket for crabbing up backwoods fire roads and rooster-tailing sand at the beach.

The new Blazer is nothing like that.

It's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota Corolla

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Only two cars rival the success of the Toyota Corolla. They do not exceed it.

They're the Model T Ford and the Volkswagen Beetle -- the original Beetle (the one made from the mid-1930s through the early 2000s ... Hecho en Mexico ), which is on a continuous production run of 70-something years.

Toyota has sold twice as many Corollas -- ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 BMW M850i

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High-end cars are easier to buy -- assuming you can afford them -- because there are fewer choices at this altitude.

Take the BMW 8 Series coupe/convertible, for instance. It has the ledge all to itself.

What It Is

The 8 Series is BMW's full-size four-seater luxury-sport coupe -- or convertible.

The availability of hard top or soft top, and ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

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Given that almost every new car -- including $25,000 cars -- either has or offers climate control air conditioning, seat heaters and an LCD touch screen, are there sound reasons to spend $50,000 on a car?

Several, actually.

How about massaging seats that automatically slide you out of the way of a pending T-bone impact? Heated armrests? The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mazda CX-5

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The CX-5, Mazda's compact crossover SUV, isn't exactly a muscle car. But now it has something in common with muscle cars.

Mazda decided to turn up the heat for 2019 by offering a 250 horsepower optional engine, the strongest available in a crossover in this class.

The result is a family car that hauls a family.

What It Is

The CX-5 ...Read more

 

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