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Eric's Autos: 2019 Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro has always been a more practical Corvette. It has similar performance when ordered with its V-8 engine -- the same basic V-8 you get in the Corvette -- but for a lot less money and with one thing you can't get in a Corvette: an extra pair of seats.

There may not be much legroom in those back seats, but they're there. They make ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

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What does it take to outdo the Prius at hybridness? Hyundai -- and the Ioniq hybrid.

It costs less, goes farther on less gas and has more room inside.

What It Is

Like the Prius, the Ioniq is a compact five-door hatchback hybrid.

Also like the Prius, it isn't just a hybrid. It is a dedicated hybrid.

There is no regular (non...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

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A sound sales strategy is to sell something no one else is selling.

How about a plug-in hybrid minivan ?

That's a species of minivan -- and hybrid -- only one brand offers at the moment.

What It Is

The Pacifica plug-in hybrid can accurately be described as a part-time electric minivan. It can travel as far as 33 miles on a fully ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Something worth knowing about today's compact sedans is that some of them have more room inside than some midsize sedans.

Another thing worth knowing is that some of these entry-level compact sedans offer more in the way of choices -- particularly under the hood -- than more expensive cars. And most of the same amenities, too, just for...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Kia Sorento

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What if you don't want to deal with a full-size crossover SUV but you need the seating capacity of a full-size crossover SUV? Then you might want to take a look at a three-row but not full-sized crossover like the Kia Sorento. It can haul seven passengers in its three rows of seats -- and fit in a less-than-Camry-sized curbside parking ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Every car company sells crossover SUVs, so why buy Mitsubishi's crossover SUV?

There are several good reasons, some of which don't have much to do with Mitsubishi's crossover as such. And there are other good reasons, which do have to do with this crossover as such.

What It Is

The Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi's compact (two-row/five-...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Lexus RX 350 L

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What do you do when the game is tied and the clock is running down? You go long.

Lexus has literally done that with a version of its popular RX 350 crossover SUV, which is the granddaddy of all crossover SUVs. It is the RX 350 L -- "L" for "longer" -- and it has three rows instead of just two.

What It Is

The Lexus RX 350 is the original ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Subaru Ascent

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It's easier to sell what no one else does but harder to make a sale when you haven't got what everyone else has.

Subaru is the only car company that sells only all-wheel-drive cars (well, with one exception: the rear-wheel-drive BRZ sports car). And not just AWD cars but AWD cars that are powered by low-mounted horizontally opposed Boxer ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63

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Cars, like life, are usually about compromises. You can drink a lot of beer and eat Chinese takeout every night ... or you can look good in a bathing suit. But there is one car that doesn't compromise anything while delivering almost everything imaginable.

It is the Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63.

What It Is

The AMG S 63 is the ultra-performance ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Toyota Camry

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The Camry -- America's best-selling car for the past 15 years -- has a reputation for being conservative.

But the 2018 Camry is pretty radical.

For one thing, it's still available with a V-6 engine, an engine all of its immediate rivals (including the Honda Accord) have abandoned. Also, the Camry standard engine isn't turbocharged, something ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Ford Focus

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A great time to buy a new car is when an even newer car is on the way. Next year, there will be an all-new Ford Focus. That means there are deals to be had on the 2018 Focus.

And you might just like this one better anyhow.

Spy shots of the 2019 show a racier-looking shape, and while there's noting wrong with that, it might not be right for you...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2018 Mercedes GLC 350e

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Maybe you like the idea of driving an electric car but not the idea of worrying about how far you can drive before you run out of electricity. Or how long you'll have to wait while it recharges. Behold the plug-in hybrid, the part-time electric car, a more practical electric car.

It can get you down the road without burning any gas -- if your ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

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Electric cars have to plug in, and recharging takes time. Plug-in hybrids like the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi can plug in, but they don't have to. They can operate as electric cars do until the charge runs low and then switch to gas without having to stop.

That's called having your cake and eating it, too. But there's one catch: the cost.

What It...Read more

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