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Turning over a new Leaf

Courtesy of Nissan
The Leaf has a 107-mile range.

In Silicon Valley, electric vehicles may not be big news anymore, but we still enjoyed our week with the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. The car is actually in its second generation of design and development after six years on the road.

The news is that a practical vehicle capable of carrying four adults and a week’s worth of groceries, which can be leased for a price starting at $199 per month, can now provide more than 100 miles of validated cruising range on an overnight charge. That’s more than enough for a commute in and out of the city and a few errands at the end of the day.

Mechanic comes through in the clutch, solves Miata problem

In the auto repair business, it is common to see repetitive vehicle failures, but it’s extremely rare to see a problem for the first time.

Beauty in our own backyard

Genie Anderson/Special to the town Crier
The annual outdoor sculpture show at Filoli Estate and Gardens is underway.

People often look beyond local attractions when thinking about where to go sightseeing, but we should keep in mind that visitors from throughout the world make the Bay Area their destination for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Filoli Estate and Gardens in the Crystal Springs area of Woodside is among the location attractions. With its annual outdoor sculpture show in full swing, we made several visits in July, driving the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring compact sport-utility vehicles.

Advice for taking pets on road trips

Summer’s here, and that means road trips. Vacationers who want to take their pets along for the ride should plan ahead, according to the experts at TravelWithPets.com, who offer the following advice.

• Don’t allow heads out the window. Although many pets find that sticking their heads out the window is the best part of the trip, it’s not safe. Flying debris can easily injure your pet. Also, never travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport – and it is always dangerous.

2016 Fiat 500L Trekking offers best of both worlds

Courtesy of Fiat-Chrysler
The new Fiat 500L Trekking sells for just under $30,000.

On a quick trip to New Jersey recently for a car club event, our friends at Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles arranged for us to have a 2016 Fiat 500L Trekking model to drive.

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