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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

Eric's Autos: 2019 Audi TT

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Everyone dreams of owning a Porsche 911.

Well, everyone who dreams of high-performance German sports cars. But the price tag that's attached to a 911 makes it just that -- a dream -- for most people.

There are 911-like alternatives that are more accessible: the Audi TT, for instance.

Its styling is similar, and it comes with mechanically ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Lexus LS 500

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Lexus did something very daring when it redesigned the LS, its top-of-the-line (and full-size) luxury sedan.

It gave it an engine the same size as a Camry's, Toyota's midsize family sedan. And it no longer offers the LS with anything bigger than the Camry's V-6.

But sometimes, size doesn't matter. Horsepower (and torque) does. And other things...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Some crossovers have two rows and room for five; others have three rows and room for seven or more.

The Hyundai Santa Fe goes both ways: regular or XL. It's also available with three different engines, and all of them can be paired with all-wheel drive (AWD) -- not just the more expensive ones.

What It Is

The Santa Fe is Hyundai's compact and...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota C-HR

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In the first of the new "Star Trek" movie reboots, we are introduced to a very young and not-yet-captain James Kirk, played by Chris Pine. He is a diamond in the rough -- lots of potential not yet actualized.

The Toyota CH-R is like that -- literally. Well, almost.

Its body was designed to look like a diamond, faceted and polished, according ...Read more


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