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Good Morning Warren and friends,

This is not the first time I have felt this way, but this is the first time I need to tell you. I really enjoy this chat and look forward to it each week. Whatever I am doing during the week I think about whether I should mention it to you. Stretch and I are always pleasantly surprised when one of you mentions him and asks if his 6’4″ frame can fit in the front or back of a car. You have all become a constant in our lives, and we thank you for that consistency.

I am in Los Angeles area today – Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. I am getting ready to drive the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid. As most of you know I love the Pacifica minivan, voted for it for the Car of the Year. We will find out at the Los Angeles auto show next week if it made the shortlist.

I drove the Pacifica last week and got 18mpg (the picture above is in my front yard; a buck, a doe and their baby, all milling around the Pacifica – isn’t’ that adorable?!)

I am looking forward to the first-ever minivan plug-in. We drove from Auburn, CA to Santa Monica, CA in a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in. When you can net around 45 mpg in a car, you just feel good. The Shutters on the Beach – like most hotels – has an 110 that they have plugged the Fusion into, and they have a Tesla plug-in as well.

I also drove the Mitsubishi Mirage GT. Out the door, the price was around $17,000, and I got 35mpg. It will be interesting to see what happens to Mitsubishi now that they are going to become part of Nissan/Renault.

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About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.