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A whole lot of truck

courtesy of Ford
The 2015 Ford F150 4x4 Supercrew Platinum sells for nearly twice as much as the base model, but the additional $30,000 provides the buyer with rear seats, four-wheel drive, 360-degree cameras, active cruise control and much more.

Driving the brand-new Ford F150 a few weeks ago, we often got a “You’re kidding!” response when we told friends that the pickup truck outsells every other motor vehicle in the North American marketplace.

First introduced in 1948, the F150 has been the best-selling vehicle – truck or car – for the past 32 years.

Hybrid cars remain at forefront of innovation

Last week a customer asked me which car I thought had the most innovative features. It’s a difficult question to answer – there are so many new platforms.

The automobile industry has been innovating so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everything going on. But when people ask me this question, hybrids are always the first innovators that come to mind.

Tradition still gets lots of likes

courtesy oF Fiat Chrysler
The Jeep Patriot, in its last year of production, has the traditional Jeep look and feel – different from the newer models.

To almost everything, there is a season, and this is the last season for the Jeep Patriot and its chiseled edges, round headlights and traditional seven-toothed grille right out of those old military movies.

A smarter Smart Fortwo

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The Smart Fortwo – available in four trims – has been dramatically redesigned for 2016. The engine and transmission are vastly improved, increasing mileage and torque. The Smart Fortwo’s top-of-the-line model sells for just under $20,000.

The Smart Fortwo is at the low end of the affordability scale for a practical, energy-efficient car that can be used primarily for local transportation.

The odyssey of solving leak in Honda Odyssey

Last month I had a new customer come to us with a transmission fluid leak on his 2005 Honda Odyssey.

A luxury approach to efficiency

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e hybrid sedan charges quickly and features a luxurious cabin and several safety systems.

In the past month, Mercedes-Benz Cars introduced us to two new approaches to transportation efficiency at opposite ends of the price spectrum.

There’s the luxurious 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e hybrid sedan costing a bit more than $100,000 and the new Smart For- two two-passenger city car priced at under $20,000 (review on page 33).

Loving on the Edge

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The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our needs – anticipated or not.

Case in point: The week we were doing some minor interior remodeling, we discovered that some of the lumber ordered was the wrong size. If the contractor took time to fetch the correct materials, a half-day’s work would be lost.

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