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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

Courtesy of Mercedes-benz Cars
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

Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
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).

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