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Eric's Autos: 2018 VW Passat

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The Volkswagen Passat is not just German -- it's a close cousin of German luxury sedans made by Audi, the luxury division of the Audi-VW conglomerate. It's just without the Audi luxury car price. It's also roomier inside than most of the cars in its price range without being as large on the outside as some of them are. And it has something else ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ram 1500 Diesel

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Two things used to almost be givens in trucks -- or at least available: manual transmissions and diesel engines. Today, it's impossible to find a new full-size truck with a manual transmission. Regardless of brand, they are all automatic. But there is one new full-size truck that still offers a diesel engine. It's the Ram 1500.

There may be ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Expedition

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Sometimes splitting the difference hits the sweet spot.

The Ford Expedition is bigger -- and roomier -- than a Chevy Tahoe. But it's not as "yuge" as a Suburban. It's also unusual in another way -- two other ways.

First, it's wrapped in lightweight aluminum. All the other SUVs in its class -- the Tahoe, Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Cadillac Escalade

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The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous -- but then, so is my orange 1976 Trans Am. Both have a huge engine and a huge personality. But the Cadillac is quicker than my old muscle car. Plus, it can carry eight people. It gets better gas mileage, too.

What It Is

The Escalade is the end product of giving Cadillac designers a Chevy Tahoe and a blank ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

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Mini Cooper's slogan is "Let's Minimize!" They're small, cute -- and fuel-efficient. How about no fuel at all? Well, no gas , at least for about 12 miles. That's how far you can drive the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid on the batteries before the gas-burning engine steps in -- until you can plug in again.

What It Is

The Countryman,...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler 300

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If you want a big luxury sedan with a big V-8 but don't want to spend big money, the Chrysler 300 has what you're looking for. It's literally the last of the Mohicans ... it's the only full-size V-8-powered luxury sedan that you can still buy for less than $40k.

Everything else that's similarly equipped costs at least $15k more. Most ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 BMW X3

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2018 BMW X3

Two things are getting hard to find in a compact crossover -- and in new cars in general: six-cylinder engines and a rear-wheel-drive-based layout.

The BMW X3 still has both.

It hasn't gone to four-cylinder-only, as is becoming the trend, even in higher-end cars. It also has much more headroom than most of its rivals -- and more ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e

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Don't buy the hybrid version of the Mercedes C-Class for the gas it'll save you.

Buy it for the speed it will give you.

The hybrid version of the Mercedes C sedan has almost 500 foot-pounds of torque awaiting your right foot -- which is much more fun than the plug that's in the trunk.

What It Is

The C350e is the hybrid gas-electric ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Infiniti Q50

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Infiniti's cars are not named well. Take the Q50 sedan, for instance. Neither the letter nor the number seem to stand for anything identifiable about the car. Besides, it just sounds bland and boring. The good news is the car's not.

What It Is

The Q50 is Infiniti's almost midsized/mid-priced luxury-sport sedan.

It's slightly less midsized on ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Corolla

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Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan -- a notch down in size and price from the midsized, mid-priced Toyota Camry sedan.

But when it comes to passenger space, the Corolla has almost the same interior space and more back-seat space, 41.4 inches instead of 38 inches.

You also get adaptive cruise control, a 6.1-inch LCD...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Kia Rio

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Kia and Hyundai are today like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon a time, Mercury was the higher-line (and slightly higher-priced) version of the same basic thing sold under the Ford label. Kia serves the same purpose today. Its models are Hyundai models, slightly sportier in looks than their Hyundai ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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cars, by tradition, are supposed to have V-8 engines. But what happens when a four-cylinder has as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V-8s used to? You go faster -- and get much better gas mileage.

That's the 2018 Chevy Camaro turbo.

What It Is

The Camaro is GM's iconic muscle car. It's still available with a muscle car V-8 if you...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Nissan Versa

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The average price paid for a new car last year was about $35,000. But that doesn't mean you have to pay $35k to drive home a new car -- a nice new car. You could buy a brand-new Nissan Versa -- with air conditioning, a four-speaker Bluetooth-ready stereo and intermittent wipers -- and pay less than $12k.

A Pinto reimagined it's not.

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