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Eric's Autos: 2019 Mazda CX-5

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The CX-5, Mazda's compact crossover SUV, isn't exactly a muscle car. But now it has something in common with muscle cars.

Mazda decided to turn up the heat for 2019 by offering a 250 horsepower optional engine, the strongest available in a crossover in this class.

The result is a family car that hauls a family.

What It Is

The CX-5 ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Audi TT

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Everyone dreams of owning a Porsche 911.

Well, everyone who dreams of high-performance German sports cars. But the price tag that's attached to a 911 makes it just that -- a dream -- for most people.

There are 911-like alternatives that are more accessible: the Audi TT, for instance.

Its styling is similar, and it comes with mechanically ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Lexus LS 500

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Lexus did something very daring when it redesigned the LS, its top-of-the-line (and full-size) luxury sedan.

It gave it an engine the same size as a Camry's, Toyota's midsize family sedan. And it no longer offers the LS with anything bigger than the Camry's V-6.

But sometimes, size doesn't matter. Horsepower (and torque) does. And other things...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Some crossovers have two rows and room for five; others have three rows and room for seven or more.

The Hyundai Santa Fe goes both ways: regular or XL. It's also available with three different engines, and all of them can be paired with all-wheel drive (AWD) -- not just the more expensive ones.

What It Is

The Santa Fe is Hyundai's compact and...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota C-HR

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In the first of the new "Star Trek" movie reboots, we are introduced to a very young and not-yet-captain James Kirk, played by Chris Pine. He is a diamond in the rough -- lots of potential not yet actualized.

The Toyota CH-R is like that -- literally. Well, almost.

Its body was designed to look like a diamond, faceted and polished, according ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

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If you pop the hood of the new GLE, Mercedes' midsize SUV, you will see something no one has seen under the hood of a new Mercedes in more than 20 years: an inline six-cylinder.

You will also not see something under the hood: belt-driven accessories, such as a water pump, alternator, power-steering pump and air conditioning compressor....Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Why buy a hybrid when gas is cheap? To go faster, of course.

A bit more speed is among the benefits you'll get if you buy the new plug-in hybrid version of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

It gets to 60 mph one full second sooner than the non-hybrid version of Subaru's very popular littlest crossover, which is a nice perk. Usually, the hybrid ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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Lincoln is quietly establishing itself as America's premier luxury car brand -- at the expense of Cadillac, which is in real danger of losing that title (sales have been wilting for the past three years), arguably because it has been trying too hard to be what the European and Japanese luxury car brands already are.

Lincoln's idea is to offer a...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen, which built its business selling small cars, is building big ones to grow its business.

It would take at least two old-school Beetles to equal the new Atlas in size, weight and seating capacity. Plus, it has a working heater!

What It Is

The Atlas is a full-size three-row crossover SUV -- and the largest VW to date.

It gives VW ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford F-150

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It's interesting that just as diesels are disappearing from the passenger-car market, they're making a big comeback in trucks.

Ford is the latest to bring one back, joining the Dodge Ram -- which offers one in the Ram 1500 -- and anticipating Chevy, which will offer one later this year in the 2019 Silverado 1500.

But there's one other thing ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

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Saving money on gas is great, but how about saving money on the car? If it costs you less, then you have more in your pocket to pay for the gas you put in it -- and other things.

A simpler car is also less likely to hit you with high-dollar repair costs down the road. And if it has a better warranty than other cars, you won't have to pay any ...Read more

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