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.

Making your presence known on the road

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Wearing bright-colored clothing is one way cyclists can make themselves more visible on the road.

I’ve learned from experience that being seen on the road as a cyclist requires more than just making sure that you are visible.

Latest Lexus LC 500 is a thing of beauty


Courtesy of Lexus
The new Lexus LC 500 is appealing on the outside and inside, according to auto reviewer Mike Hagerty.

True confession: I am a beauty addict. Nature, art, music, elegantly designed objects – all inspire a sense of awe in yours truly.

Apart from “I love you,” the three words my wife hears most often from me are “look at that.” It helps that we live in a beautiful place (Northern California), that we’re both passionate about music and art, and that my job brings a steady stream of objects to my driveway – some of which are elegantly designed.

Cargo-carrying excellence


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited is a full-size SUV featuring three rows of seats. The second and third rows fold down, providing ample cargo space for hauling large items.

With some regret and much anticipation, we have decided to join the tide of Californians moving to Oregon to enjoy their elder years.

We’re moving to a place that is more interested in the latest production of a Will Shakespeare play than the latest piece of new technology from Silicon Valley. We’re moving to Ashland this month.

Andersons handing off auto reviews to Hagerty


With Gary and Genie Anderson leaving Los Altos for Oregon, they will no longer be writing reviews for the Town Crier – something they’ve done for approximately 20 years.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our experience as Los Altos’ own car reviewers but are looking forward to our new life in Ashland,” the Andersons wrote.


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