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My wife has a 2012 Mercedes E350 Blutec. It has 33,000 miles on it. It looks brand new and gets 37 miles per gallon on the highway.

She envies the technology in my 2018 GLE 350. If I trade in her car, what would you recommend? She doesn’t like my SUV. – Put on

Give him a nice 2022 S-Class, Don. What kind of husband are you? Letting your wife drive in a simple E-Class with nearly 34,000 miles? It’s barbaric.

In fact, Don, if she likes her E350, she’ll probably like a 10-year-old newer E-Class. And 10 more years to date.

It is right to envy the technology of newer cars. Newer cars, like the current E-Class, have automatic emergency braking that applies the brakes if a car stops in front of you and you don’t react in time.

They have adaptive cruise control that maintains a set distance between your car and the car in front of you on the highway.

They have blind spot monitors that warn you when a car is coming up your side. And they have rear cross-traffic warning to let you know when a car is coming down the street towards you when backing up.

Today’s cars can nudge the steering wheel to keep you from drifting out of your lane, and some even watch your eyes and warn you if you get drowsy on a long trip.

I know she probably likes the fuel economy she gets with the Blutec diesel variant. A new gas-powered E350 won’t do as well. But it’ll be quieter and your neighbors won’t hold their noses when she enters the driveway.

Or better yet, it could be an early adopter and go for Mercedes’ all-new all-electric S-Class, the EQS. We just drove it, and it’s fantastic. The only problem is, you’ll envy his technology, Don.

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