Golf Sportwagen TSI S 4Motion may be most practical car on road

courtesy of Volkswagen
The new Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car gets 31 mpg on the highway.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen with all-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission may be the most practical vehicle that you’re unlikely to spot on the SUV-friendly streets of Los Altos.

With a total sticker price of under $25,000, it is one of the least-expensive cars we’ve driven this year, but it includes all the necessary safety features – such as stability control and a back-up camera – of any new car on the road.

Solving Saturn's sticky situation

We’ve endured some really hot days lately, which makes me appreciate air conditioning that much more.

Buying one for the team

Courtesy of Mazda
The new Mazda CX9 features a turbocharged engine that produces 250 horsepower.

With summer events now on the calendar, families often find themselves needing a big vehicle that can haul a group and its gear or maybe even pull a trailer to a distant vacation spot.

For such occasions, an SUV with room for six to eight people and good towing capacity is the only answer. But how much to spend on such a vehicle?

Now, for something completely different

Courtesy of Volvo
Volvo’s V90 T6 Inscription has a base price of $58,945.

If you sometimes get tired of seeing automobiles just like yours in and around Los Altos and pride yourself on your innate sense of style, consider whispering in the ear of the local Volvo dealer to request the 2018 Volvo V90 T6 Inscription.

Foothill and bicycles, Part 3

My last two columns addressed proposed changes to Foothill Expressway and roadblocks to bicycle safety in the planning process. I have been busy following up for the past month.

Working under pressure to solve Subaru Forester's shut-off problem

Last month we had a relatively new customer tow in his 2008 Subaru Forester XT 2.5 Turbo. He said the car shut off while he was driving it.

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