Fusion offers good mileage, smooth ride

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The new Ford Fusion gets 42 mpg in combined driving.

In a world that seems filled with SUVs, trucks, sports cars and other specialty vehicles, we often are surprised when we get a mid-sized sedan for review.

When we do, we frequently discover that a basic four-door automobile with a comfortable back seat and nice trunk that offers good gas mileage may be a satisfying all-around choice for a family.

Foothill Expressway intersections need green bike lanes

This time around, I’d like to address plans for the intersections of Foothill Expressway at San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue in Los Altos. These intersections are bottlenecks at rush hour, and there is agreement between residents and traffic engineers that the modifications at El Monte made a few years ago were poorly thought out.

There have been several plans under consideration, including ones with multiple turn lanes from Foothill onto El Monte and San Antonio. I took my own advice and attended the recent meeting of the Los Altos Complete Streets Commission to provide input regarding the needs of bicyclists through these interchanges.

Seeing the light on problematic 2000 BMW 323i

In my December column, I mentioned that I did not have the energy to write about a really difficult BMW problem. I mustered the energy to discuss it this time around.

The problem car: a 2000 BMW 323i. The owner told us that it was cutting out badly while driving and the check-engine light remained on.

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.

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