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Eric's Autos: 2021 Mazda CX-9

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In the 1970s, there was something called the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, or UJM. Whether you bought a Honda or a Kawasaki or a Yamaha, the motorcycle was essentially the same. They all had an air-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, spoked wheels, five-speed transmission and (usually) the same general "stance."

The same is true today with ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Audi A6

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Electric cars are being aggressively promoted, but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can't travel as far as a gas-powered car -- and recharging them takes much longer than refueling a gas-engine car.

Audi's solution is to combine the two until these issues can be sorted out. ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Fiat 500X

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Here's an oddball thing: Fiat -- the Italian small car brand -- currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X.

That makes the brand and the car synonymous, almost.

Can Fiat -- the brand -- survive when it's only got one car to sell?

Time will soon tell.

What It Is

The 500X is a subcompact-sized five-door crossover with standard all-wheel ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 VW Tiguan

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Getting three rows of seats without getting something big -- or pricey -- isn't easy.

Because there aren't many.

In fact, there's just one right now: the 2021 VW Tiguan.

The other two compact-sized crossovers previously available with three rows of seats no longer are. Dodge dropped the Journey, and Mitsubishi isn't currently selling the ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Nissan Versa

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It's interesting to take note of evolving definitions and standards. In 1990, the Honda Civic sedan was categorized as a compact, but by today's standards, it would be considered a subcompact and a much smaller car than the 2021 Nissan Versa sedan ... which is categorized as a subcompact sedan by today's standards.

The Versa's got a larger ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 BMW M440i

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A few years ago, BMW stopped selling two-door versions of its 3 Series ... by calling the two-door versions of the 3 Series the 4 Series. When you add an M to 4, you get a high-performance two-door version of BMW's 3 Series sedan ... which isn't an M4, the much more expensive but fairly similar otherwise ultra-high-performance two-door ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-250

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It used to be that most trucks came with big V-8s, leaf springs and solid axles. If you want such things in a new truck, you'll want to look at a heavy-duty truck such as the Ford F-250.

What It Is

The F-250 is what a truck used to be: heavy-duty in all its variants. Every F-250 comes standard with a big V-8, and you can get it with an even ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

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If you're thinking about a small crossover wagon and looking for a reason to favor one over another, Subaru's got something to show you that is hard-bordering-on-impossible to find in any other crossover: a pedal to the left of the brake pedal.

What It Is

The Crosstrek is a compact-sized, five-passenger crossover with standard all-...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Kia K5

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Other car companies -- notably, Ford and General Motors -- have all but given up on cars, canceling most of them in favor of a lineup of almost all SUVs and crossovers. Even the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, which were hot sellers for decades, aren't selling as well as they used to.

Kia just launched a brand-new sedan, the 2021 K5.

That took ...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Chevrolet Camaro

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There's no Z28 Camaro anymore -- but it's hardly necessary if you want to go fast. The standard Camaro -- with a four-cylinder engine -- outperforms the V-8 Z28s of the '60s and '70s.

And if that's not enough, there's always the V-6.

What It Is

The Camaro is Chevy's almost-Corvette, with two more seats -- and a much lower price tag.

The base...Read more

Eric's Autos: 2021 Lincoln Aviator

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Lincoln won't be making the Continental sedan after the end of this model year -- or any sedans at all, after this year.

Henceforth, all Lincolns will be SUVs -- like the new Aviator that's the subject of this review.

People just seem to like the layout better, probably because that's what's popular -- which creates a feedback loop on...Read more

Eric's Garage: 2021 Chevy Blazer

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How far can you stretch a name?

The Chevy Blazer was, once upon a time, a full-sized, two-door, truck-based SUV with a removable roof and a V-8 engine. Lee Majors drove one in "The Fall Guy."

The current Blazer is a five-door, hatchbacked crossover with a four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels (with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive ...Read more

 

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