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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra hasn't changed much over the past 10 years -- and it hasn't changed much for 2018. But that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to trucks.

The Tundra, unlike many of its rivals, doesn't have a turbocharged direct-injected V-6 engine, a 10-speed transmission or an aluminum body.

Instead, it comes standard with a ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra hasn't changed much over the past 10 years -- and it isn't much changed for 2018. But that's not necessarily a bad thing ... when it comes to trucks.

For instance: The Tundra -- unlike many of its rivals -- hasn't got a turbocharged, direct-injected V6, a 10-speed transmission or an aluminum body. Instead, it comes standard ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Avoid a "Harvey Special"

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As the waters recede from Houston, thousands of flooded cars will be aired and shipped out to unsuspecting used car lots all over the country. Their titles as "washed" as their interiors (and the rest of them, too).

The cars -- many of them brand-new -- are declared total losses and the dealership gets compensated by the insurance company. The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace

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The snow leopard is a big cat like the jaguar, except it is built to deal with snow.

The Jaguar F-Pace is the snow leopard of Jaguars. It has more than twice the ground clearance (8.3 inches) of an XJ sedan or an F-TYPE coupe. It comes standard with road-clawing (paved or not) all-wheel drive. And it offers a diesel engine with high gas mileage...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Mazda6

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It's odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others. The car is the Mazda6, and it only comes with a four-cylinder.

Meanwhile, you can get a V-6 engine in midsized rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

But it's not all dreary news.

You can still get a manual transmission in the Mazda6, while ...Read more

2017 Toyota Highlander

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What if you need a three-row crossover SUV but don't want to drive a bus?

You might be interested in the Toyota Highlander. It's got room for eight, but it still fits in the garage.

It's also one of the few vehicles in this class that doesn't come standard with -- or even offer -- a turbocharged engine. And that is by no means a bad thing.

...Read more

2017 Kia Niro

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The Prius has a rival that no one seems to know about, probably because Kia hasn't done much to market its hybrids.

It's the Kia Niro. And if you've seen one, you probably assumed it's yet another mini-crossover SUV. It certainly looks the part. It even has roof racks. But it doesn't offer all-wheel drive.

Instead, there's a hybrid-electric ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Genesis G80

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If something works once, odds are decent it will work a second time -- or so Hyundai hopes.

The Korean automaker wants to repeat history -- Lexus history, specifically. It has launched a new luxury line, the Genesis, that it hopes will do what Lexus did almost 30 years ago: undercut the established luxury car brands on price while offering cars...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 VW Tiguan

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The hardest cars to write about -- and buy -- are crossover SUVs. Which do you pick? There are so many, and they're so alike. It's like shopping for refrigerators.

Volkswagen's Tiguan is an exception to this rule. It's smaller than the others in its class, but it has more engine.

Its early models could even be ordered with a manual ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Hyundai Veloster

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Coupes have the right lines, but it can be awkward to take more than one person along for the ride, even if the car has four seats.

Hyundai decided to split the difference by adding a third door to create the Veloster. It looks like a coupe from the driver's side (with just the one door).

What It Is

The Veloster is a compact three-door (and ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

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Is there room enough on the market for two of basically the same thing? It all depends on what the differences are ... especially under the hood.

What It Is

The Fiat 124 Spider is an Italian-bodied two-seat roadster based on the Mazda Miata, with which it shares a common platform, suspension layout and most critical dimensions (including the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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Chrysler, the company that invented minivans, is the last of the Big Three to still have a minivan in its lineup. GM and Ford long ago retired form the field, effectively ceding this market to the Japanese and Koreans.

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna pretty much own the segment now, with the Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest cleaning up most of ...Read more

 

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