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Eric's Autos: 2020 Kia Kona

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Crossovers are so popular that they're getting smaller as well as larger.

Examples include the Honda HR-V, which was one of the very first subcompact crossovers, and the Mazda CX-3, which is one of the most stylish.

One of the latest is the Kia Kona, which came onto the market in 2018.

They're all roomier on the inside than much larger cars -...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Fiat 500L

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If you ever wanted to buy a new Fiat -- without going to Italy -- this may be your last chance.

Fiat isn't doing well because small cars (which is all Fiat sells) aren't doing well.

It's not because they are bad cars. Honda -- as blue-chip a brand as there is -- just canceled the two-door Civic, to give you some sense of how tough times are ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 BMW Z4

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Some things go together like bagels and cream cheese -- and sports cars and manual transmissions. As a rule, sports cars used to come standard with manuals and often didn't even offer automatic transmissions. BMW's Z4 roadster now comes only with an automatic. Does it still qualify as a sports car?

What It Is

The Z4 is a two-seat roadster in ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Ford Edge

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The Ford Edge has enough room for a third row ... but it hasn't got one. What it does have is almost as much room in its second row (40.6 inches of legroom) as it does in its first (42.6 inches).

Plus more room behind its second row -- without folding the seats down.

That's two things many three-row crossovers haven't got.

What It Is

The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Kia Seltos

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There's not much ... diversity in the compact crossover segment. Badges, yes. Differences, not so much.

Which is why it's happy news about the 2021 Kia Seltos.

Superficially, it's similar to other small crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. But have a look under the skin.

Or rather, under the hood.

That's where you'll find something...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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There are three main contenders in the three-quarter-ton class, but only one of them is in the four-figure class ... when it comes to torque.

The Ford F-250's 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine makes more than 1,000 foot-pounds of it. This explains why it can pull more than 20,000 pounds.

That's another figure that puts this Ford in a class by ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes A35 AMG

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Last year, Mercedes made news by doing something Mercedes had never done before: putting the three-pointed star on a front-wheel-drive car.

The A-class sedan became the first.

And now it's become something else: the fastest, least-expensive Mercedes ever ... if you buy the AMG version of this smallest Mercedes sedan ever.

What It Is

The A35 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel

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Arnold said, "I'll be back", but Ram meant it.

The No. 2 bestselling truck brand had to pull its "Eco" diesel V-6 off the market last year because of emission-certification troubles. But the diesel is back and stronger than ever.

It's so strong, in fact, that a Ram so equipped pulls 12,750 pounds -- as much as the gas V-8-equipped Ram can ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

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There are so many small crossovers on the market it's hard to figure out which one to pick. Unless, of course, you want something different.

How about a V-6 engine, for instance? So you can pull more than a small car can?

How about an optional transmission that isn't a continuously variable automatic transmission.

How about a third row -- in ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes AMG E53

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Many people think the defining element of a high-end car is a powerful V-8 engine -- or, even better, a V-12 engine.

But some of the most iconic high-end cars -- models like the Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing of the '50s, for instance -- were powered by in-line sixes. They had two fewer cylinders but were smoother than a Bill Clinton interview -- and...Read more

Eric's Autos: Buying a Car Post-Coronavirus

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People who've longed to buy a classic car may be thinking now is a great time to go shopping for one.

Maybe.

But classic cars are not like new cars or even used cars. Classic cars are an indulgence, while new/used cars are necessary appliances. No one needs a classic car. Those who own them tend to be people who can afford the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 GMC Savana

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There aren't many new vehicles that are almost 25 years old. The GMC Savana van is, in fact, the only one.

If, of course, you don't count its Chevy-badged cousin, the Express.

Both of these full-size vans haven't changed much since 1996 -- because why would they? No one else makes vans like them anymore: body-on-frame construction, 12-15 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Buick Regal TourX

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Some of the best deals going are on the cars no one knows about -- which stands to reason. But how do you buy something if you're unaware it exists?

How about the Buick TourX wagon?

It's the unknown soldier of the new car market -- probably because General Motors hasn't been marketing it much. And that probably has to do with the fact that the...Read more

 

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