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Two transportation options for less than $30,000

The Kia Optima LX, left, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offer quality vehicles at an affordable price point.

We never cease to be amazed these days at how much automobile a family can buy for a very reasonable amount of money. Cases in point: the completely redesigned 2016 Kia Optima LX medium sedan for $27,415 and the updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport midsized crossover SUV for $28,845.

Diagnosing a recurring problem with an emergency brake

In January, one of my customers brought in his 2011 Subaru Outback. He claimed that his electric emergency brake took an hour to release, and when he was driving with the emergency brake released, the emergency brake light would continue to flash. Of course, when we test-drove the car, we could not reproduce or confirm the problem.

Exploring the Presidio: In and around town in two hybrids

Photos Courtesy of Gary Anderson
Despite the price difference between the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, above, and the Hyundai Sonata the two cars share a number of features.


The Presidio of San Francisco has existed as a settlement and military post since the Spanish established it to protect San Francisco Bay in 1776,

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