2018 Nissan Armada

2018 Nissan Armada

PETERS’ GARAGE – BY ERIC PETERS Usually, when you pay less, you get less. But the Nissan Armada gives you more for less. This includes the same standard V-8 engine that’s under the hood of its luxury-badged and luxury-priced twin, the Infiniti QX80, which also happens to be the strongest standard engine available in this…

2018 Toyota Tundra

2018 Toyota Tundra

BY ERIC PETERS The Toyota Tundra hasn’t changed much over the past 10 years — and it isn’t much changed for 2018. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing … when it comes to trucks. For instance: The Tundra — unlike many of its rivals — hasn’t got a turbocharged, direct-injected V6, a 10-speed transmission…

2018 Ford Transit Connect

2018 Ford Transit Connect

BY ERIC PETERS The Ford Transit Connect isn’t technically a minivan, but in several ways — most notably its size — it’s more deserving of the name than the not-very-mini-vans being sold today. Models like the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica are many things, many of them good, but “mini” isn’t one of…

Avoid a "Harvey Special"

Avoid a "Harvey Special"

As the waters recede from Houston, thousands of flooded cars will be aired and shipped out to unsuspecting used car lots all over the country. Their titles as “washed” as their interiors (and the rest of them, too). The cars — many of them brand-new — are declared total losses and the dealership gets compensated…

2018 Jaguar F-Pace

2018 Jaguar F-Pace

BY ERIC PETERS The snow leopard is a big cat like the jaguar, except it is built to deal with snow. The Jaguar F-Pace is the snow leopard of Jaguars. It has more than twice the ground clearance (8.3 inches) of an XJ sedan or an F-TYPE coupe. It comes standard with road-clawing (paved or…

2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander

BY ERIC PETERS What if you need a three-row crossover SUV but don’t want to drive a bus? You might be interested in the Toyota Highlander. It’s got room for eight, but it still fits in the garage. It’s also one of the few vehicles in this class that doesn’t come standard with — or…

2017 Mazda6

2017 Mazda6

BY ERIC PETERS It’s odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others. The car is the Mazda6, and it only comes with a four-cylinder. Meanwhile, you can get a V-6 engine in midsized rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But it’s not all dreary news.…