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Eric's Autos: 2019 Kia Stinger

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If you want real Coke, you have to go to Mexico. Well, you have to get it from Mexico. That Coke is still made with sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. And the good stuff still comes in glass bottles -- not plastic.

Kia's new Stinger is the real Coke of sport sedans.

What It Is

The midsize Stinger is Kia's first rear-wheel-...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Jeep Compass

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Most crossover SUVs can't cross over very much.

They look like rugged, off-road-ready SUVs, but they're really high-riding cars, with light-duty all-wheel drive (usually optional) and not much more off-road capability than the cars they're based on.

Except for this one.

What It Is

The Compass is a compact-sized, two-row crossover ...Read more

Energy Express: 2019 BMW X4

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How do you make a crossover SUV not just another crossover SUV? One way is to chop the roof and make it look less like just another crossover SUV. Another way is to make it drive differently than other crossover SUVs -- by putting something more than merely utilitarian under the hood.

BMW has done both things with the 2019 X4.

What It Is

The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Subaru Forester

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What do most people buy a Subaru Forester for? Not for speed -- so there's less of that for 2019. But there is more mileage. And more room for cargo and people.

It has more capability for less money than its competitors. Forester buyers are very interested in those things.

What It Is

The Forester is Subaru's medium-size crossover -- and one ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford Mustang

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Ford has been building Mustangs without interruption since 1964. Almost everything else has come and gone in the meantime. This didn't happen by accident.

What It Is

The Mustang is something iconic and familiar. Though it's changed over the years, it's still very much the same car. Some consider it a muscle car -- and in GT form, it can be ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 VW Golf SportWagen

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It's no easy thing getting almost diesel mileage out of a gas engine.

But Volkswagen's trying.

The just-updated 2019 Golf SportWagen comes standard with a new, fuel-sippy 1.4-liter engine that will probably manage 40 mpg on the highway -- just 6 mpg shy of the highway mpg posted by the turbocharged-direct-injection diesel VW ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Volvo XC60

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Volvo can't sell safety anymore.

Well, it can't just sell safety -- because everyone else sells safety, too.

Volvo is still a leader as far as designing cars to avoid crashes -- and protecting passengers from impact forces if a crash is unavoidable -- but the gap between Volvos and others is nothing like it once was.

So Volvo's got ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius was not just the first hybrid. For a long time, it was without question the best hybrid.

Nothing else even approached its 50-plus average mpg capability (not just highway mpg), and nothing else had the blue-chip Toyota rep.

The 2018 Prius still has the rep.

It also has real competition.

For the first time, ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Nissan Sentra

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One of the secrets about new cars that's hiding in plain sight is that compact sedans aren't really compact anymore.

They keep growing ... on the inside , at least.

Models like the 2019 Nissan Sentra actually have more room inside than most midsize sedans -- including the Sentra's just-updated bigger brother, the 2019 Altima.

Midsize ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mercedes CLS 450

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There's something new under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, and it's something no Mercedes has had under the hood in almost 20 years.

It's also something no other car has under its hood.

What It Is

The midsize CLS is an E-Class sedan restyled to look as much like a coupe as possible while still having four doors.

It has ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 BMW X2

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2019 BMW X2

To paraphrase evil King Edward I, aka "Longshanks," in the epic movie "Braveheart": The trouble with crossovers ... is that there are too many crossovers.

And they all look pretty much the same.

Because there's only so much you can do with the basic layout without changing it into something that isn't a crossover anymore.

But don...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro has always been a more practical Corvette. It has similar performance when ordered with its V-8 engine -- the same basic V-8 you get in the Corvette -- but for a lot less money and with one thing you can't get in a Corvette: an extra pair of seats.

There may not be much legroom in those back seats, but they're there. They make ...Read more

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