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2017’s on the Lot and on the Way

2017 Ford Escape

Another year quickly approaches, and with that an incredible list of technological breakthroughs, performance enhancements, and upgrades that are shaping the automotive industry. You can expect better handling, more integrated technology, improved performance, more horsepower, and stunning designs from many of the newest vehicles. As 2017 models hit the lot, we want to take a moment to appreciate a handful of the cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans that have impressed us, as well as share when they are arriving on the lot, and why we are excited they are on the way.

Mazda CX-5

When to expect them: Last quarter 2016 or first quarter 2017

Why we are excited: Gas Mileage. 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It may have a smaller, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but there is just enough get up and go and superior handling to make up for it.

Ford Escape – Available now

Why we love it: It drives more like a sports car than an SUV. Opt for the 2.0 Turbo and you not only get 245 horsepower, but you also get 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.

Honda CRV

When to expect them: First quarter 2017

Why we are excited: There is a lot of speculation out there that based on the prototype’s Civic inspired elements, the CRV may have the 1.5 litre VTEC turbocharged engine. Time will tell.

GMC Sierra 1500 – Available now

Why we love it: The standard engine is a 4.6-liter, 285 horsepower V6 with 305 lb-ft torque and a max towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. It does the job and looks good doing it.

Ford F-150

When to expect them: Fall 2016

Why we are excited: The Eco-boost, 3.5-liter twin-turbo, 365 horsepower V6 with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission, offering 450 lb-ft torque. The F-150 has been on top for a reason, and 2017 looks to be the same.

2017 Ford F150

Mazda Mazda 3

When to expect them: Early-mid 2017

Why we are excited: The new G-Vectoring Control system and noise reduction. Atop of all the other features that Mazda has given us with the Mazda3, the new G-Vectoring control improves stability and handling. Mazda has also tightened body panel gaps, enhanced sound insulation, and increased weather stripping, making the Mazda3 more relaxing to drive all around.

2017 Mazda3

Volkswagen Golf – Available now

Why we love it: Diversity. This stylish compact comes with an array of packages to choose from. 2017 introduces the Alltrack, a “soft-roader” option, as well as the Wolfsburg Edition Trim. The e-Golf returns, as does the GTI and Golf R performance models.

Honda Civic Hatchback

When to expect them: Anytime now!

Why we are excited: New design, turbocharged engine, and new tech – we’ll take whatever Honda throws at us when it comes to the Civic.

Nissan Maxima – Available now

Why we love it: Power, style, and value. 300 horsepower with a design that is reminiscent of a sportscar to match, the Maxima is worth every penny.

2017 Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

When to expect them: Last quarter 2016 or first quarter 2017

Why we are excited: Already a fully loaded car, it appears that it will have a handful of enhancements to base features, as well as some cosmetic tweaks to the exterior. Toyota has been open to feedback, and want to perfect the 2017.

Chevrolet Impala – Available now

Why we love it: A NHTSA 5 Star Safety rating and room for the whole family. If you are looking for a safe vehicle with leg room and plenty of trunk space, the Impala has what you’re looking for.

Chrysler Pacifica – Available now

Why we love it: Debuting this year, the Pacifica is shaping up to be a serious competitor. Offering the right mix of style, features, and performance, it competes with the Odyssey and Sienna at a more competitive price, giving you just as much bang for your buck.

Toyota Sienna – Available now

Why we love it: Improved engine performance. Upgraded to direct injection and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Sienna improves in fuel economy and performance, while holding on to its good looks and roomy interior. 

2017 Toyota Sienna

Honda Odyssey

When to expect them: November-December 2016

Why we are excited: Upgrades. It has been a few years since the Odyssey was redesigned, and it looks like this will be the year. Look for improved performance under the hood, and better fuel economy. We also don’t anticipate any sacrifices – keep your fingers crossed that the vacuum stays.

Chevrolet Camaro – Available now

Why we love it: Chevy outdid themselves with the 50th Anniversary Camaro. Complete with performance, horsepower, and beauty. The 4-cylinder offers 31 mpg highway and 275 horsepower. Opt for the ZL1, and you are doing 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds.

2017 Chevy Camaro

Ford Mustang – Available now

Why we love it: The exterior design hasn’t changed, and the tech and interior upgrades take the Mustang nearly to luxury level, as does the NHTSA 5 Star safety rating. If you are looking for luxury with some muscle, the 5.0 V8 convertible is the stuff of legends.

Dodge Challenger

When to expect them: Mid-year 2017

Why we are excited: Dodge is introducing the Challenger GT AWD, taking a different path than the Mustang and Camaro this year. While it’s not more power, we are guessing the 3.5L, 305 horsepower motor isn’t going anywhere.

Which 2017 make and model are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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