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Everyone wants to fit into the clothes they were able to wear when they were 20. Some try to put them on anyway. Usually, the fit isn't good.

It's the same kind of issue with putting three rows of seats in a compact-sized crossover SUV.

This is probably why there are only three compact crossover SUVs that even try to squeeze a third row in ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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Lots of medium-large crossovers offer a third row. Almost all of them offer very little room in that row. It's the dilemma of room vs. size.

The Mercedes GLS is among the few its size -- and length -- that has the room you'd otherwise have to buy something bigger (and longer) to get.

It's also got some other things way back there, including ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 BMW X5 45e

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The main problem with electric cars isn't the range so much as the wait.

A gas-hog car that drains its tank dry in 200 miles or less can be back on the road in five minutes or less -- which makes its short range not much of a problem. But if you have to wait at least 30-45 minutes for your electric car to get going again after going 200 miles ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Mercedes E 450

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V-6 engines are disappearing, even from luxury sedans such as the Mercedes E-Class, a type of car which used to come standard with one. It now comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, a very small engine given the size and prestige of the E.

It's been made stronger via turbocharging -- something practically every company making luxury cars ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX

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When does 450 horsepower seem kind of ... limp? When you're behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower.

That's the difference -- or one of the differences -- between the Ram 1500 TRX and its chief rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor.

What It Is

The TRX is the answer -- in triplicate -- to the Ford F-150 Raptor, which, for a...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Genesis GV80

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The Genesis GV80 does not have a V-8, as its name seems to suggest it might. But it does have something else that's getting hard to find in a crossover SUV -- especially in something that costs less than $50,000 to start.

Rear-wheel drive.

Unlike most of the other models in its class, such as the Lexus RX, the Acura MDX and the Audi ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Acura TLX

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You used to be able to get a V-6 in a Honda Accord sedan. But now that one's a four-cylinder-only sedan.

The good news is, there's a new sedan made by Honda that's available with the strongest V6 Honda ever put into a sedan.

The bad news is, it's not being sold under the Honda label.

It's the Acura TLX sedan -- which means you'll be ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

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Buying a hybrid is beginning to make economic sense again, because the price of gas is going up again. Which can make up for the higher buy-in price of the hybrid.

And maybe even more.

How much you save -- or don't -- ultimately depends on how high the price of gas goes. Right now, it's looking like it'll be at least $3 by Memorial Day, and it...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Toyota Corolla

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They don't make the great cars anymore.

Cars like the original (rear-engined/air-cooled) VW Beetle, for instance, which many consider to be the greatest car ever made, if the standard for greatness is a car almost anyone could afford to buy -- and for that reason put almost everyone on the road who wanted to be on the road.

Hence, the...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-150

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It used to be easy to review trucks.

They were the most basic vehicles on the road, built to work and not to be comfortable. There was a body on a frame with a bed in the back and you picked the length and the number of doors -- and that about covered it.

Now, selecting those things is just getting started.

How about an onboard generator that...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Mazda CX-9

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In the 1970s, there was something called the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, or UJM. Whether you bought a Honda or a Kawasaki or a Yamaha, the motorcycle was essentially the same. They all had an air-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, spoked wheels, five-speed transmission and (usually) the same general "stance."

The same is true today with ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Audi A6

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Electric cars are being aggressively promoted, but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can't travel as far as a gas-powered car -- and recharging them takes much longer than refueling a gas-engine car.

Audi's solution is to combine the two until these issues can be sorted out. ...Read more

 

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