Among the best

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The Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet is packed with power and safety features.

The word “aspirational” came to mind while driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet. With a base price of approximately $140,000, it’s a car many of us may not be able to own right now, but it’s worth dreaming about.

The cabriolet (a fancy car vocabulary word for “convertible”) is one of three models in the S-Class group, with the equally impressive sedan and coupe sharing the same styling, interior trim, drive trains and suspension.

Los Altos Online exclusive: Review of 2018 Audi S5 Coupe

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The 2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T Quattro can go from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Completely redesigned after a 10-year production run, the 2018 Audi S5 Coupe clearly is intended to compete with the new Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG and BMW’s 4-series and M2 coupes.

It’s certainly worth cross-shopping against these three German cars as well as selections from Lexus and Cadillac. Like the others, it’s designed to fit into the lifestyles of successful single professionals and young couples.

Lincoln's new Navigator can handle it all

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The new Lincoln Navigator features automatic running boards.

Families who regularly need transportation that can handle all kinds of terrain and carry loads of sports equipment and trailers for horses, boats and off-road vehicles need more than just a crossover or minivan.

The new Lincoln Navigator, completely redesigned for 2018, is the perfect SUV for these tasks, and it takes advantage of everything Ford has developed for the flagship F-150 pickup truck.

Basic etiquette for pack riding

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file photo Contrary to urban legend, cyclists riding in packs are not legally required to ride in a single file.

Riding alone and riding in a large group are two vastly different activities, and each has its own pleasures.

Taking a peek at that oil leak

I have a customer who owns a 2006 Volvo XC 90 with a 2.5-liter turbo inline five-cylinder engine. For the past year, we’ve been tracking a small engine oil seep from the firewall side of the engine near the turbo.

The leak has been difficult to find because the turbo is crammed in the engine bay. It appeared as if the turbo, upper oil pan, lower oil pan and possibly the rear main seal were leaking, but it was too difficult to see. The seep recently became more pronounced, so we took a closer look at it.

High performance comes at high cost

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The new Lexus LC500 Coupe comes with a V-8 engine featuring 471 horsepower.

For fun, let’s assume you have $100,000 to buy a car that you’d occasionally like to drive fast around a racetrack in Monterey or Sonoma with your gearhead friends. We recently drove two cars suited for just that: the exotic-looking 2018 Lexus LC500 Coupe and the muscle-car 2018 Mercedes-Benz C63 S sedan.

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