Automobile sales have been on an upward trend for the past several years, and 2017 looks to be no exception. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicted an increase of between 2-4% in 2017. With some of the most amazing advances in electric and self-driving vehicles being pioneered right now, who could argue with these figures? It seems like manufacturers develop faster, more luxurious, more efficient options every year, and it’s always a race to see who is going to be on top. Anyone thinking of buying in 2017 should study the following list, a compilation of the thirty best cars of 2017.
1 – 2017 Acura NSX
After four years of testing and perfecting, Acura is prepared to release the new NSX for 2017 – at least on a limited basis. Kelley Blue Book claims only 800 will be produced, with a starting price of $157,800. That might seem steep, but this car is well worth the price tag, boasting a hybrid powertrain and three electric motors, not to mention a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6. Altogether, the NSX produces an impressive 573 horsepower.
2 – 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
There will be three versions of this Italian wonder: the base Giulia, the Giulia Super, and the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which comes with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that packs 510 horsepower. Standard options include leather upholstery, flat-bottomed steering wheel with push-button start, and dual exhaust.
3 – 2017 Audi A4
The new Audi is a well-thought-out vehicle. It was designed with only .23 of drag, making it nearly the best in the industry. The technology aspect of the car is also impressive, featuring Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, ambient lighting in thirty shades, inductive phone charging and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities. There’s also a host of tools to provide greater safety and convenience to the driver, such as Exit Warning, when passengers could open the car door into someone, and Traffic Jam Assist (semiautonomous driving function)
4 – 2017 Audi Q7
This roomy SUV has been reimagined for 2017, earning it one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Awards. Not only is the vehicle large and comfortable, but it’s surprisingly quick and responsive. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 252 horsepower, with an optional 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that cranks out 333 horsepower. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission complete the package. Four-wheel steering and air suspension are available to smooth the ride further.
5 – 2017 Bentley Bentayga
Is there anything as luxurious as a Bentley? Anyone who’s ever ridden in one will say no. But this little SUV is far more than just fancy – it’s fast too. In fact, Bentley claims it’s the fastest SUV in the world, with a top speed of 187 mph. With a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine that can make 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, it seems entirely possible. The comfortable seating inside can be arranged to seat either four or five, all in the finest leather upholstery.
6 – 2017 Buick Lacrosse
The Lacrosse gets a little makeover for 2017, trimming down by 300 pounds and sporting a new V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Options like adaptive suspension and 20-inch wheels make this vehicle a real contender on the highway, while an eight-inch touchscreen with all the latest technology add-ons provides hours of entertainment. Also available are automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
7 – 2017 Cadillac XT5
This new crossover replaces Cadillac’s SRX, but there won’t be any complaints. It’s an all-around better vehicle – more comfortable and luxurious, and more powerful while still being more fuel-efficient. As usual with this brand, the XT5 is an attractive vehicle. It’s built of lightweight materials that make it easy to handle and maneuver, and 4G connectivity comes standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
8 – 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
This little electric car lives up to its name! It is quick and fun, just like it sounds. In fact, the Bolt can go from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds. It’s powered by a 200 horsepower electric motor that is charged by a floor-mounted battery. The EV performed well in tests, getting about 96 MPG and a range of about 190 miles. It handles uneven pavement well and includes features such as a 10.2-inch touchscreen and an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster.
9 – 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Hatchbacks are a sector of growing interest in the United States, and Chevrolet has placed itself to do well in the market with the Cruze. This vehicle has a slightly aggressive, forward-leaning look to it, as if it’s ready to rush forward. It has more cargo space than similar vehicles from Ford and Mazda, with 23 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 47 cubic feet with the back seats folded.
10 – 2017 Chevrolet Sonic
The Sonic is Chevrolet’s subcompact model, and it’s really stepped up in 2017. Not only is the car pleasant to look at, but it’s functional, efficient, and handles well. Two engine types are available, either 1.8-liter V-4 or a 1.4-liter turbo V-4. The Sonic can be purchased either as a sedan or a hatchback. A 7.0-inch infotainment system with 4G LTE, onboard Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay is standard.
11 – 2017 Chevrolet Trax
The Trax is a fairly new vehicle, first produced in 2015. The exterior has been updated a bit for 2017, though everything under the hood remains the same. The new grille more closely resembles Chevy’s other new designs, with fender-wrapping front headlights. The taillights have also been finessed. The Trax is available with LS, LT, and Premier trim levels. Some new features include a blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning.
12 – 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Yes, a minivan. Besides having a sleek, sophisticated look that has perhaps been missing in the mom-mobiles of the past, the Pacifica seats eight and starts at only $30,000. Winning one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best awards was easy for this king of the road, which has over 100 standard and available features to keep its passengers safe. Some of these include a surround-view camera, forward collision alert, and adaptive cruise control. The top of the line model even has a built-in vacuum cleaner. The Pacifica has a powerful V-6 engine that can achieve 31 mpg, or it can be used as a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
13 – 2017 Fiat 124 Spyder
This car is based on the car of the same name from 1966, designed by Pininfarina. While it’s not exactly Italian, it’s still an eye-catching vehicle. It borrows much from its main competitor, the Mazda Miata MX-5. It shares the chassis, assembly line, and parts bin from this vehicle. But the 124 Spyder also has a 1.4-liter turbo V-4 with either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The Abarth version includes a limited-slip differential, a sport-tune exhaust, and a little larger engine.
14 – 2017 Ford Raptor Supercrew
This truck is based on the Ford F-150, but it has been specially modified for off-roading with extra ground clearance and an underbody that has been armored and protected. The suspension is also upgraded and the cabin is larger. The wheelbase is 145.0 inches, a foot longer than the standard SuperCrew. It comes with a 5.5-foot bed and Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Specific numbers aren’t available, but Ford claims this engine will be even more powerful than the Raptor’s earlier 6.2-liter V-8, which made 411 horsepower.
15 – 2017 Ford Fusion
For the new model, Ford includes a trim called the Fusion Sport, which kicks things up a notch over its more sedate brother. The Fusion Sport has a twin-turbo V-6 capable of producing 325 horsepower, a fortified chassis system, and all-wheel drive, making it guaranteed to be the new choice for sporty suburbanites this year. All of the Fusion models got redesigned front fasciae, infotainment upgrades, and new interior trim.
16 – 2017 Genesis G90
Though not widely known yet, Genesis is Hyundai’s new luxury sub-brand, and it aims to compete with brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. This is a good-looking vehicle, long and low and elegant. In a surprise move, Hyundai decided to keep things simple across the brand—there are no extra trims or many options to choose from. Even color choice is somewhat limited, with four grayscale tints, dark blue, or brown to choose from. However, the car is loaded with every option imaginable inside, and the performance is quite impressive.
17 – 2017 GMC Acadia
The Acadia is really a car for any purpose, as comfortable off-road as in line to pick up the kids from school. It can comfortably seat up to seven and offers technology features such as touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE connectivity, and mobile Wi-Fi. There are two options for engines: a 2.5-liter V-4 with 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 with 310. The Acadia makes excellent use of safety features such as automatic emergency braking and a “rear-seat reminder.”
18 – 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
The Civic does a lot of things well. It’s made with quality materials and offers the driver agile steering, a responsive suspension, and a solid chassis. It’s a car that is just fun to drive. The hatchback comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbo V-4 engine, paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT. It produces up to 174 horsepower. A 180 horsepower Sport version is also available.
19 – 2017 Honda Ridgeline
This truck has been redesigned for 2017 to cater to the growing population who want the advantages a crossover vehicle can bring. The Ridgeline combines the towing capacity of a truck with the comfort of an SUV and does so well that it earned a Car and Driver’s 10 Best award. The 3.5-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower while still allowing the driver to get an impressive 28 mpg. The all-wheel drive version can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
20 – 2017 Hyundai Elantra
The 2017 Elantra is larger, more fuel efficient, more powerful, and also a little cheaper! The base engine is a four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower while giving the driver 38 mpg. There’s a Sport version that gets 201 horsepower and larger 18-inch wheels. Available options include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, heated rear seats, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.
21 – 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
This car is unique in that it is the first to offer the choice of full electric, gas-electric hybrid, or plug-in hybrid power options. The gas-electric hybrid comes with a 104 horsepower gas engine and a 43 horsepower electric motor, while the electric has a 118 horsepower electric motor. This gives it a range of about 155 miles. The plug-in has the same gas engine and a 60 horsepower electric motor.
22 – 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
There are two engine options for this fierce sedan: the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, with 208 horsepower, or the 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder with 300. A seven-speed automatic transmission pairs with each and rear-wheel drive is standard, although all-wheel is available. Soon to come is a Red Sport edition that will pack an impressive 400 horsepower. This is one of Infiniti’s best-looking cars ever.
23 – 2017 Infiniti QX30
Infiniti is calling this its “premium active crossover,” which means it’s luxurious and does well off the beaten path. The QX30 has at least eight inches of ground clearance, roof rails, and skid plates to take its passengers wherever they wish to go. It is available as the standard front-wheel drive, a front-wheel-drive Sport, and an all-wheel-drive.
24 – 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Although late to the SUV game, Jaguar arrives fashionably so with the 2017 F-Pace. The standard engine produces 340 horsepower, or there’s a supercharged V-6 that makes 380. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive can be paired with both. The construction is aluminum, creating a light, agile frame. Handling is precise and the interior is large and comfortable.
25 – 2017 Jaguar XE
There are three engine options for the new XE, including a turbo four-cylinder with 280 horsepower, a supercharged V-6 with 340 horsepower, and a turbodiesel that process 180 horsepower. All come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, though all-wheel is optional. This car does a lot of things right, but at the core of it, it’s just a fun car to drive.
26 – 2017 Kia Cadenza
This may well be the best-looking Kia to date, with a strong stance and clean body panels. Although relatively new to the luxury car game, Kia has represented itself well with the Cadenza. The backseat is large, the seating is comfortable no matter where one is positioned, and a panoramic sunroof comes standard on some models. All in all, a car that is excels in comfort and class.
27 – 2017 Kia Niro
This is Kia’s answer to the electric car crisis, and it combines a hybrid powertrain with a subcompact crossover. The interior is spacious with good views. The gas engine coupled with an electric motor achieves 139 horsepower, while the fuel economy is 52 mpg – and that’s in the city. Safety features such as adaptive cruise, lane departure warning, and blind-spot warning with rear traffic alert are standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
28 – 2017 Kia Sportage
For the Sportage, the standard powertrain includes a 2.4-liter V-4, front-wheel drive, and six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. The SX Turbo offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that adds about sixty horsepower to the base figure of 181. The interior is really nice in terms of detail and includes touchscreen infotainment, with optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
29 – 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
This is the first convertible ever in the Range Rover line. The roof can be lowered in eighteen seconds while going at up to thirty miles per hour. The engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 240 horsepower coupled with a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission. A small trunk offers just under nine cubic feet of storage.
30 – 2017 Lincoln Continental
The Continental has an elegant, modern look and lavishly designed interior spaces that make the driver feel like a king. There are heated, 10-way adjustable seats, a chrome-trimmed dash, and a 10-speaker sound system. Engine options include a 305 horsepower V-6, a 335-, and a 400.