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Eric's Autos: 2023 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda was the first to sell a midsize truck that isn't one: the Ridgeline. And many people love that about it.

They love that has a bed, like a truck. And, unlike most "real" trucks, additional storage under the bed. That it can pull a 5,000-pound trailer, which most cars can't. And it can carry a four-by-eight sheet of plywood, ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Mazda CX-30

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There are crossover SUVs in just about every size, but how about one that overlaps sizes? That's not too big -- but not too small, either?

Especially under the hood.

That one's the Mazda CX-30 -- and it might just be the right size for you.

What It Is

The CX-30 is Mazda's smallest crossover, with two rows of seats, seating for five ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Toyota RAV4

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How do you decide which crossover to buy, given how similar most crossovers look? Well, you have to look under the skin.

If you do, you'll find some important differences.

What It Is

The RAV4 is a compact-size crossover similar to others in the same class, such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 (and CX-30). It differs from others...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Audi A3

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It's an interesting fact that while small sedans have largely disappeared from the general market, you can still find a number of them in the luxury car market -- including subcompact models like Audi's A3 sedan.

It's a really small car -- about the same size as a Hyundai Accent, which is pretty much the smallest ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Acura Integra

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Certain models define a brand. What would Chevrolet be without Corvette? Ford without the F150?

Acura once had a model like that -- the Integra.

And now it does again.

What It Is

The Integra is Acura's upmarket version of the Honda Civic Si, which is the high-performance version of the otherwise economy-minded Civic.

Both cars are similar ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Chevy Traverse

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There's something disconnected about a 2-ton SUV powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

In fact, there are only a few 2-ton SUVs that still come standard with a V6 engine -- one of them being the Chevy Traverse.

What It Is

The Traverse is Chevy's medium-size/three-row SUV, one size down from the Tahoe.

Technically, the Traverse is a ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Nissan Titan

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A number of new half-ton trucks no longer even offer V8 engines; the rest offer them as optional engines. Only one half-ton truck still comes standard with one.

That would be Nissan's Titan, which hasn't been "updated" much since the 2016 model year.

If you like a truck like they used to build 'em, that is a very good thing.

What It Is

The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Lincoln Corsair

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Lincoln -- Ford's luxury car division -- no longer sells cars at all.

Lincoln is now Ford's luxury SUV division, embodying a general trend away from cars that's become a kind of SUV tsunami.

This is understandable. SUVs and crossovers (which are basically light-duty SUVs built on car-type platforms) offer more for the money, literally...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2022 Honda Insight

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It's interesting that partially electric cars (which are nearly "zero-emission" cars at the tailpipe) have fallen out of favor with government regulators because hybrids achieve nearly everything regulators insist is absolutely necessary -- such as very high fuel efficiency and extremely low emissions -- at a price point that makes it feasible ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2022 Mercedes GLE

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There are lots of crossover SUVs available to choose from. Too many, arguably -- in that so many are so much the same.

One that isn't is the same old same old is the Mercedes GLE.

What It Is

The GLE looks like a midsize crossover SUV with seats for five or seven -- depending on the configuration -- which it is. But it's also one of the few of...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

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Is it worth the extra spend -- to the tune of $12,700 -- to buy the electric version of Hyundai's Kona rather than the nonelectric version of the same thing?

The question begs several answers, all of them depending on your perspective, as much as your budget.

What It Is

The Kona is a compact-size, five-door crossover that's similar in overall...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2022 Mercedes S-Class

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A measure of the sea changes in the new car market is that even in the $100,000 luxury car market, a V8 engine, at the very least, is no longer a given.

In fact, that kind of money no longer buys more than a six in most of the cars in this class, like the Audi A8 and the Lexus LS 500, which no longer offer more than that, for any amount of ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2023 Chevy Malibu

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It is the end of the line, almost -- and of something else, too.

The 2023 Chevy Malibu is almost the last car Chevy still sells -- not counting the Camaro and Corvette, which are high-performance coupes. The Malibu is the last sedan Chevy still sells, at any rate -- and Chevy once sold more sedans than GM sells vehicles today....Read more

 

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