Honda Insight incites excitement


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The 2019 Honda Insight is a hybrid that delivers 51 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.

Honda, the carmaker that rarely gets it wrong, has done so at least twice – 10 years apart.

In 1999, Honda decided to be the first with a hybrid in North America. The first-generation Insight beat the original Toyota Prius to showrooms by seven months. The head start was of little help. In seven years, just as the second-gen Prius was setting sales records, Honda pulled the plug on the Insight. It was funny looking (even compared to the Prius) and impractical, as it had only two seats.

Seven travel tips for long road trips with toddlers in tow

Dismayed by the increasing costs of airfare, missing a series of friends stretched across the country and longing for the open road, my husband and I embarked on an impossible journey last summer. We took our toddlers, ages 3 and 2, and departed Mountain View for a six-week road trip across the U.S.

Days of dipstick disappearing

A customer recently brought in her 2009 Audi Q5 quattro 3.2 liter. She said the low engine oil warning prompted her to add oil, but the light remained on – and the car does not have an engine oil dipstick to manually check the level.

An unlikely king of the road


k The 2019 Buick Regal GS AWD features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine offering 310 horsepower. The sedan goes 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds and gets 27 mpg on the highway.

Shopping for a sports sedan? Here’s a radical idea: Buick.

OK, I know; this is the Bay Area. The last time Buicks were hot on the Peninsula, Grandpa went down to Simpson Buick at California and Castro streets in Mountain View and came home with a block-long Electra 225 with tailfins.

PHEV is A-OK: Outlander is well-equipped but has limitations


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Wildly popular in Europe, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has now come to the U.S. The 2019 version of the plug-in hybrid delivers only 22 miles of range on a single battery charge, however, which means most Bay Area commuters will have to rely heavily on the gas engine.

I wanted to like the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) GT S-AWC. And, in a lot of ways, I do, and have for some time.

Bearing down on that noise coming from 2005 Subaru

Last month we had a new customer bring in his 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Limited because he was hearing a rotational noise while driving.


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