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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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You may remember the '80s-era commercial for the original Volkswagen GTI, which was backtracked by a modified version of the Beach Boys classic '60s song "Little GTO" ... with GTI subbing in for GTO -- emphasis on little GTI.

But what if you'd like more? Plus the same? And for a lot less?

Enter the 2019 Jetta GLI.

What It Is

The ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG

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A Corvette getting to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds is kind of meh at this point. A Mustang GT can almost do the same. It's just not that big of a deal anymore. Such speed has become common, and so, unremarkable.

If you want remarkable, there's the Benz G 63.

It also gets to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds. Well, OK, 3.9 seconds, if you want to pick nits....Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf

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Most electric cars don't come as non-electric cars, which is one of the things that makes VW's e-Golf electric car unusual -- and interesting. You can cross-shop it against itself.

What It Is

The e-Golf is the electric version of VW's popular five-door Golf hatchback.

It's exactly the same in many ways but also very different in other ways. ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Kia Soul

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Kia has made the Soul bigger but only on the inside. The just-updated vehicle is stronger under the hood, too. These improvements don't come at the cost of its affordable fun factor. At just over $17k to start, it's one of the least expensive ways you'll have a good time in a new car.

What It Is

The Soul is one of the original box cars, a type...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Dodge Charger

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Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. In fact, it can be very good.

What It Is

The Dodge Charger is the only remaining full-size American sedan that comes standard with rear-wheel drive, offers a burly V-8 engine and costs less than $30,000 to start.

A few luxury-brand (and luxury-priced)...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Nissan Altima

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For a long time, Nissan's Altima and Maxima have been so similar it's been hard to tell them apart -- and not just in terms of their looks.

They're almost exactly the same size, and for several years, they offered the same engine, Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6.

Now the Altima's got a new engine, one not available in the much more expensive Maxima.

...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you'd like an Escape with a bit more exclusivity ... and a lot more power?

Lincoln's got you covered.

What It Is

The Corsair is an upscale version of the Ford Escape sold under the Lincoln label. Both models share a common basic platform, but the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota 86

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Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas, which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that depreciate less fast than cars with other badges.

But how about a Subaru with a Toyota badge? Does the mojo transfer?

What It Is

The Toyota 86 sport coupe is the only Toyota made by another car company -- with another car company's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 BMW M35i

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Why sell the same basic car two different ways?

Well, first of all, you make it not quite the same in order to appeal to two different buyers. This is why, for several decades, GM sold two versions of the Chevy Camaro -- the other being the Pontiac Firebird. They were similar but not identical, like fraternal twins.

The Camaro was the value ...Read more

Eric'a Autos: 2019 Chevy Blazer

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Whether you like the reincarnated Chevy Blazer may depend on whether you expect it to be like the original Chevy Blazer -- which was a rugged (and spartan) 4-by-4 with a removable top and a roll bar. Just the ticket for crabbing up backwoods fire roads and rooster-tailing sand at the beach.

The new Blazer is nothing like that.

It's ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota Corolla

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Only two cars rival the success of the Toyota Corolla. They do not exceed it.

They're the Model T Ford and the Volkswagen Beetle -- the original Beetle (the one made from the mid-1930s through the early 2000s ... Hecho en Mexico ), which is on a continuous production run of 70-something years.

Toyota has sold twice as many Corollas -- ...Read more

 

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