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Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Corolla

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Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan -- a notch down in size and price from the midsized, mid-priced Toyota Camry sedan.

But when it comes to passenger space, the Corolla has almost the same interior space and more back-seat space, 41.4 inches instead of 38 inches.

You also get adaptive cruise control, a 6.1-inch LCD...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Kia Rio

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Kia and Hyundai are today like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon a time, Mercury was the higher-line (and slightly higher-priced) version of the same basic thing sold under the Ford label. Kia serves the same purpose today. Its models are Hyundai models, slightly sportier in looks than their Hyundai ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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cars, by tradition, are supposed to have V-8 engines. But what happens when a four-cylinder has as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V-8s used to? You go faster -- and get much better gas mileage.

That's the 2018 Chevy Camaro turbo.

What It Is

The Camaro is GM's iconic muscle car. It's still available with a muscle car V-8 if you...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Nissan Versa

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The average price paid for a new car last year was about $35,000. But that doesn't mean you have to pay $35k to drive home a new car -- a nice new car. You could buy a brand-new Nissan Versa -- with air conditioning, a four-speaker Bluetooth-ready stereo and intermittent wipers -- and pay less than $12k.

A Pinto reimagined it's not.

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Eric's Autos: 2018 Lexus NX300

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No one knows who invented the shoe, but not surprisingly, it caught on.

The crossover is another such idea -- and we know whose that was.

Back in '98, Lexus took a car -- the ES 300 sedan -- gave it a lift kit and all-wheel drive and hey! Presto! The RX 300.

It's obvious now. It was radical and brilliant back then.

It gave people ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar

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The thing that Volvo used to sell, safety, is something everyone sells now. Which is why it's smart for Volvo to start selling something else.

How about a high-performance compact wagon with a turbo and supercharged engine -- and almost 400 horsepower -- that can go from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds?

P.S. It's perfectly safe, too. ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Buick Cascada

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Impractical convertibles seem to do OK. The practical ones, not so much.

The Toyota Camry Solara, the Chrysler 200 convertible and the Volvo C70 convertible all withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares -- notwithstanding back seats that were both present and usable by adults as well as trunks large enough to hold more than a...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 VW Golf

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Every successful car company has a sell -- something that defines it, makes its cars different. Volkswagen's main sell is that it's a German brand, like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It's also related to Audi, which is a German luxury brand.

This means that VW models like the 2018 Golf have much in common with Audi models like the A3. Well, except for...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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Minivans were once the rage. Then along came crossovers. They are similar in layout and road manners but sexier in appearance. Then, minivans receded. Ford and GM stopped selling them altogether. So it's brave of Chrysler to bring out a brand-new one because there's a lot riding on it.

What It Is

The Pacifica is Chrysler's full-size minivan.

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Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes E400 Cabriolet

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When you go to a five-star restaurant, you expect a great steak, but it's surprising when the bill turns out to be reasonable.

The Mercedes E400 cabriolet is like that great steak you thought would cost more than it actually did.

What It Is

The E400 cabriolet is the convertible version of the Mercedes E400 coupe, which is the two-door version...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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When everyone makes a crossover SUV, how do you make your crossover SUV stand out?

First, you split the difference between compact-sized crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and mid-sized crossovers like the Honda CR-V. You give it a roomy back seat -- and a roomy cargo area -- but a small overall footprint. Next, make all-wheel-drive standard. It's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Mazda Miata RF

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The one thing wrong with the Miata -- for some people -- is something Mazda just fixed. That thing is the Miata roadster's convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top, including some people who really like the Miata.

Soft tops, though they are much improved in terms of protection from the elements, still don't offer much in the way of ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Fiat 500

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It's hard to say no to cute, especially when cute is also inexpensive and practical.

Fiat's 500 microcar is all three of those things at once. To no surprise, it's beginning to outsell its main rival, the BMW Mini Cooper -- which is also cute but costs thousands more.

What It Is

Like the Mini Cooper hatchback coupe, the Fiat 500 is a ...Read more


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