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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Fiat 500

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It's hard to say no to cute, especially when cute is also inexpensive and practical.

Fiat's 500 microcar is all three of those things at once. To no surprise, it's beginning to outsell its main rival, the BMW Mini Cooper -- which is also cute but costs thousands more.

What It Is

Like the Mini Cooper hatchback coupe, the Fiat 500 is a ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

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The Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees; the Land Rover Disco. And it brings back something that is very hard to find in a luxury SUV these days: your choice of a supercharged gas V-6 or a turbodiesel V-6. Plus, it has an adult-friendly third row without the supersized exterior footprint to go with it.

What It Is

The Disco fills the slot in Land ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mini Countryman

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Some reviewers snicker that the Mini Countryman isn't very mini. They're right and wrong at the same time.

Compared with the original Mini Cooper hatchback, the Countryman is enormous -- almost 2 feet longer and nearly half a foot taller. But it's still pretty mini compared with most compact-sized cars. As the largest of all Minis, it ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Nissan Armada

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Usually, when you pay less, you get less. But the Nissan Armada gives you more for less. This includes the same standard V-8 engine that's under the hood of its luxury-badged and luxury-priced twin, the Infiniti QX80, which also happens to be the strongest standard engine available in this class of vehicle.

Rivals like the Chevy Tahoe are much ...Read more

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE

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Bears don't look like they can move fast, but then you see one run ...

The Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG midsized vehicle is kind of like that. It's a big galoot -- 5,000 pounds at the curb. And not only does it run; it runs faster than anything less than a new Corvette, a car that's 2,000 pounds lighter and has the disadvantage of looking like it can ...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 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

 

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