Corolla gets a makeover


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The 2020 Toyota Corolla not only has a sportier look this year – it also has a more powerful engine than the previous model.

For 54 years, the Toyota Corolla has been the car that was everywhere and went unnoticed.

Locking in on a sensor problem affecting a 2005 Toyota RAV4

A new customer brought in her 2005 Toyota RAV4 L with a 2.4-liter engine last month because the vehicle had an extremely bad engine oil leak.

She said the leak began after another shop performed an oil change. After checking the car, we found oil pouring out of the valve-cover gasket. There was so much oil on the engine that we advised her to get the engine professionally cleaned before we worked on the car.

New Kia Telluride is one heck of a ride


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The 2020 Kia Telluride comes in four trim levels and has a starting price of $31, 890.

This is a big year for Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia. Both have introduced luxury and sports cars in the past couple of years, and in 2020 both have brought convincing luxury SUVs to market: the Hyundai Palisade and its platform cousin, the Kia Telluride.

Lexus LC500h is a thing of beauty


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Lexus LC500h costs nearly $100,000, but it’s well equipped.

Meet my current dream machine. It’s the “If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy …” car. As I wrote in May when I reviewed the gasoline version of this car, I’m a beauty addict. It’s why I love living in Northern California. Beauty surrounds us.

And for my money, the Lexus LC500h is the most beautiful car on the market. It’s the kind of car that people stop and stare at. I walked outside on a recent Monday to find a neighbor I had never met before standing in my driveway in alternating states of awe and bliss. I have a new friend now. We bonded over the LC500h.

How to keep batteries alive & well

On a recent family ski trip to Kirkwood, I pulled out my smartphone to take a video of my son on the slopes. The temperature was 25 degrees, however, and my phone died.

That situation reminded me of how cars can do the same thing in cold weather.

More bicycle infrastructure is on the way

In the hope of encouraging similar proactive projects, I will address three recent ones – two of which were in response to tragic accidents – aimed at making our local roads safer.

Page Mill-Interstate 280

The first is the Page Mill Road-Interstate 280 interchange, where cyclists had to cross two lanes of traffic to continue straight on Page Mill. It is a complicated intersection, designed years ago when traffic was much lighter, but the improvements significantly improve bicycle routing and safety through the intersection. My congratulations to all the jurisdictions involved for finally getting it approved. I hope both motorists and cyclists can appreciate the effort and respect each other as they cross paths.


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