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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

Eric's Autos: 2021 Fiat 500X

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Here's an oddball thing: Fiat -- the Italian small car brand -- currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X.

That makes the brand and the car synonymous, almost.

Can Fiat -- the brand -- survive when it's only got one car to sell?

Time will soon tell.

What It Is

The 500X is a subcompact-sized five-door crossover with standard all-wheel ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 VW Tiguan

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Getting three rows of seats without getting something big -- or pricey -- isn't easy.

Because there aren't many.

In fact, there's just one right now: the 2021 VW Tiguan.

The other two compact-sized crossovers previously available with three rows of seats no longer are. Dodge dropped the Journey, and Mitsubishi isn't currently selling the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Nissan Versa

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It's interesting to take note of evolving definitions and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized as a compact, but by today's standards, it would be considered a subcompact and a much smaller car than the 2021 Nissan Versa sedan ... which is categorized as a subcompact sedan by today's standards.

The Versa's got a larger ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 BMW M440i

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A few years ago, BMW stopped selling two-door versions of its 3 Series ... by calling the two-door versions of the 3 Series the 4 Series. When you add an M to 4, you get a high-performance two-door version of BMW's 3 Series sedan ... which isn't an M4, the much more expensive but fairly similar otherwise ultra-high-performance two-door ...Read more

 

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