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A Review of the 2016 C-Class Plug-in by Mercedes

Mercedes-C-Class-plug-in-hybridFollowing the official release of S500 Plug-in, a luxury car that consumes less fuel, Mercedes-Benz has plans of introducing at least nine similar car models by the year 2017. Early next year, the C350e will be the first to debut. The automaker has announced that the C-Class plug-in car’s moniker will be C350e. The “e” signifies the fact that this hybrid car will have the ability to run in pure electric energy or mode. The new car will also be characterized by two unique ways of propulsion, which can be used together or independently to achieve zero emissions and high fuel economy. Theoretically, a driver can drive solely on electric mode in cities with a range of approximately 30 miles.

The model will also have turbocharged cylinders in addition to an electric motor of 80 horsepower. In combination, there will be a total of about 300 horsepower. Spy shots of the new plug-in by Mercedes have shown that the car is at its last stages of development. With respect to its exterior design, there is an additional socket cap positioned at the back right corner. There is also some slight aerodynamic advancement. The advancement in question is that the new model will not have a body kit with an AMF line. The interior part of the new model will be a secret delight to its passengers. This is once they discover that no engine sounds will originate from the new model. The new C-Class plug-in has been said to have one of the best interiors for a luxury car of an entry-level. In terms of quality, the new model has been compared to S-Class’ quality. The interior has been stepped up at least two steps higher than predecessors, thanks to a matte-wood console and aluminum buttons and knobs spreading around the car’s dashboard. The overall size of the new C-Class is also bigger, implying that it has more space for passengers. There will be a luggage compartment in the C350e with a big battery pack located at the back axle’s top.

With respect to price, the C350e should cost as much as the C400. This is regardless of the fact that the power output offered by the two models slightly differs. Therefore, we should expect the C-Class plug-in to cost slightly less than $50,000 in the U.S. Some of the major competitors of the C350e include the BMW 328e, whose fuel consumption is better, though less powerful compared to the C350e. Generally, it seems the future is geared towards plug-in hybrids, with Mercedes-Benz planning to introduce more such models in the coming years.




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The Most Reliable Hybrid Cars

Lexus_CT200hLexus and Toyota have for a very long time maintained the reputation of manufacturing cars that are dependable. It is therefore not really surprising that at the top of hybrid car reliability ratings are the Lexus models. Toyota/Lexus managed to sell hybrid cars exceeding seven million across the world, thereby emerging as a leader. Consumer Reports has also emphasized the reliability of Lexus car models. In comparison to a normal car, Lexus model CT200h has been considered to be 73% more reliable. The ES300h on the other hand has been deemed to be 71% more reliable compared to an average vehicle.

Camry Hybrid and the Toyota Prius have also had high reliability ratings, at 66% in comparison to an average car. The big-sized Prius V is at 44% rating. Even the normal, Prius, one of the least reliable hybrid cars by Toyota rates at 9% above average. Collectively, Lexus and Toyota are known to have hybrid vehicles in virtually all market segments. However, other car manufacturers have gradually established their market niche. The Accord hybrid by Honda has been rated above average in terms of its reliability as well. High scores have also been reported for Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid and Subaru’s XV Crosstrek.

Determination of a novel vehicle’s reliability is not rocket science. According to AutoGuide, it is just a matter of making an informed guess. The fact that gas-electric hybrid cars are complex does not necessarily mean that they are susceptible to breakdowns. The Consumer Reports’ team in charge of automotive data has reported that hybrid cars generally have higher reliability ratings compared to gas-powered cars. This is mainly because of the fact that the platform upon which hybrid cars are built has been proven to be reliable. The team has further added that the most reliable hybrid cars are Lexus and Toyota.

Although most hybrid cars are generally reliable compared to gas-powered cars, there are a few of them that have below average ratings. For instance, the C-Max hybrid by Ford has been compared to a new-car average and has been found to fall short by 80%. A similar powertrain is utilized by Ford’s Fusion, whose reliability ratings are also below average. Honda’s Civic hybrid from generation 2006-2011 has been reported to have hybrid battery issues. For this reason, hybrid batteries have been replaced in approximately 30% of the later generations of Civic hybrids. In terms of reliability, the newer models of Civic hybrid have reported a great improvement. Therefore, hybrid car owners prioritizing reliability should go for Lexus and Toyota models, which are the market leaders.


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