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40 New or Improved Cars for 2017

There are great cars and trucks out there for everyone in 2017. Read about new features, new technologies, and redesigned vehicles that will make you look good on the way to your destination.

Henry Ford famously told customers that his Model T came in any color they wanted, so long as that color was black. That was over 100 years ago; today, the vehicles available to us come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, with a profusion of available options and features.

Whether you're shopping for the best used cars, or you’re just interested in new manufacturer improvements, 2017 offers you lots of options to explore.

Read on to learn about 40 2017 cars and trucks that are new or have been updated. These vehicles are grouped under four headings: frugal but fun, enthusiast-oriented, comfort and style, and practicality first.


2017 BMW i3

The i3 is a purely electric vehicle (a range-extending two-cylinder gas engine is available as an option). This year, the tiny i3 gains a bigger battery pack to give it a range of 114 miles.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Chevy's new all-electric hatchback goes up to 238 miles on a single charge. Availability will be limited in 2017 as Chevy rolls it out state-by-state.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The new Sonic makes a great inexpensive city car. It loses the circular headlights in favor of a more Chevy family look, and gains some additional features over the 2016 cars. Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ compatibility, and a rearview camera are standard.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq is the Korean automaker's entry into the hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid market. As a five-door hatchback, expect it to deliver good fuel efficiency (58 mpg combined for the hybrid) plus features like a rearview camera, touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

2017  Kia Forte

Available as a compact sedan, a hatchback, and a coupe, the Forte is refreshed for 2017. It gets a bigger engine and a new front fascia, which gives it a more current look. Also new is an S trim package that slots it between the base LX and the top-spec EX model.

2017 Kia Soul

The funky, upright Soul gets a peppy turbo engine option plus revisions to the trim. When mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the Soul returns an average of 28 mpg in mixed city and highway driving.

2017 Mazda 3

The Mazda3 reappears with subtly refreshed styling and G-Vectoring Control®, which improves steering feel and responsiveness and shifts weight toward the front of the car to reduce the need for steering corrections. This makes the Mazda3 even more fun to drive.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi’s little Mirage hatchback gains a makeover and a sedan big brother. The restyled front and rear make for a sleeker appearance, while the Mirage G4 provides a trunk for drivers who don’t dig hatchbacks. 


2017 BMW 2 Series

The 2 Series is a car for the enthusiastic driver who wants a fun-to-drive two-door coupe or convertible. For 2017, the news is two new engines and the long-awaited M2 performance variant. There’s the 230i, the M240i, and the M2 (with 365 horsepower!). 

2017 BWM 3 Series

The iconic German sedan gains a 330i model for 2017. Replacing the BMW 328i, this new sedan has a four-cylinder engine equipped with BMW's TwinPower, twin-scroll turbocharger that puts 248 horsepower to the ground via an eight-speed transmission.

2017 BMW Z5

More than a little mystery surrounds this replacement for the Z4, but magazine spy photographs suggest it will likely arrive later this year. If or when it does, fans of open top motoring will rejoice, as the BMW Z4 sits high on the list of two-seat convertible sports cars.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro

For muscle-car styling and performance at a reasonable price, it's hard to beat the Camaro. Look for a new 1LE option that increases body stiffness and steering damping for even more fun on the track. There’s also the new ZL1 Camaro, with a supercharged V8. 

2017 Chevrolet Corvette

Big news for ‘Vette fans is the arrival of the Grand Sport model. Slotted between the entry-level Corvette Stingray and the track-focused Z06, the Grand Sport incorporates magnetic ride control, wider wheels, and bigger brakes. 

2017 Ford Focus

If you're surprised to find the 2017 Focus under the enthusiast-oriented heading, here's the reason: the Focus RS. With a six-speed manual transmission channeling 350 horsepower to all four wheels, this new car is quite fast, and should be a blast to drive on the track.

2017 Infiniti Q60

Derived from the Infiniti Q50 sedan, the Q60 is a gorgeous coupe. Sharp-edged bodywork and new headlights give it an aggressive, “out-of-my-way” look. Turbo engines are new for 2017, and all-wheel drive is also available as an option, as it was with the Infiniti G37 coupe.

2017 Lexus IS

The Lexus IS gets a new front fascia plus LED headlights and minor changes to the interior. As in previous years, the IS is available with a turbocharged engine in 200t trim and a V6 in the 300AWD and 350 trims.

2017 Subaru BRZ

The BRZ gains LED headlights and a small boost in power for the four-cylinder engine. Other 2017 improvements include suspension tweaks and manual transmission changes. The BRZ launched in 2012, so there are some good used ones around if you like your cars both enjoyable and inexpensive.

2017 Toyota 86

Not familiar with the Toyota 86? It's the sports car formerly known as the Scion FR-S. Virtually identical under the skin to the Subaru BRZ, the 86 provides rear-wheel-drive fun in an affordable package. 

2017 Mazda MX-5

The Miata MX-5 Miata is what top-down driving is all about—simplicity, responsive handling, and the wind in your hair. The new MX-5 RF has a retractable, solid roof. It's a nice feature, but many aficionados can get a great bang for their buck by tracking down a gently-used MX-5 Miata.


2017 Audi A4/S4

The 2017 A4 and its performance variant, the S4, retain the crisp lines of earlier models while gaining an updated interior, a revised transmission, and additional horsepower. Quattro all-wheel drive is a popular option, and it’s available in the used version of the A4.

2017 Buick LaCrosse

This Buick is a full-size luxury sedan that’s longer and wider than its predecessor. Smooth, comfortable, and refined, the LaCrosse is a great choice for those who seek a solid highway cruiser. Older models of this car offer similar levels of refinement for value-seeking used car buyers.

2017 Genesis G80

Formerly the Hyundai Genesis, the Genesis G80 is now a big, luxurious sedan available with either a V6 or V8 engine. There are lots of features and a smooth ride. For something bigger and more luxurious, look for the G90, which replaces the Hyundai Equus.

2017 Kia Cadenza

The 2017 Cadenza is larger and has upscaled features plus performance and comfort. Offered in three trim levels, a V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower while achieving EPA numbers of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2017 Lincoln Continental

The Continental disappeared at the end of 2002; now it's back as a full-sized sedan that combines elegant styling with a 400 horsepower, twin-turbo V6 engine. The front seats offer 30 different adjustments for keeping passengers comfortable.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The acclaimed C-Class arrived in 2014 as a sedan only; this year, entry-level Mercedes buyers can also choose an elegant coupe or a stylish convertible. Available in C300 trim, these models are powered by a turbo four-cylinder that’s good for 241 horsepower. 

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The E-Class sedan is entirely new. However, the coupe and convertible continued on as 2016 cars. The new E-Class is comfortable, quick, and built to an extremely high standard. Even a few years old, they're not cheap but they are among the most impressive used cars you can buy.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

Succeeding the folding-hardtop CLK roadster, the new-for-2017 SLC offers top-down motoring with more power and performance. It's small but big enough for two, and has enough space for a weekend getaway’s worth of luggage.

2017 Volvo S60/V60

In Volvo nomenclature, “S” signifies sedan while “V” means wagon. This year, both cars get a four-cylinder engine. In T5 trim, the engine is turbocharged and makes 240 horsepower. The T6’s engine is also supercharged, (that's right, it's turbocharged and supercharged).

2017 Volvo S90/V90

Larger than the previous S60 and V60 models, these new Volvos have turbocharged engines with more horsepower than before. If you hanker for the big Volvo wagons of the 1980s and 1990s, the V90 might be the Volvo for you. 


2017 Chevrolet Cruze

For 2017, the Cruze gains a hatchback model that gives owners almost 20 cubic feet of storage space. Fold the seats down for an SUV-like 47.2 cubes. Powered by a turbocharged engine, this new Cruze gets around 30 mpg/city and up to 40/highway.

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Now in its second generation, the range-extended Volt gets new paint options, as well as additional features like automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. Gas mileage is rated at 106 MPGe.

2017 Honda Civic

If you’re a Civic fan, three items are newsworthy to you for 2017. First, there’s now a hatchback. Second, there's a performance-oriented Si model. Also slated for 2017 is the high-horsepower Civic Type R, expected later in the year to compete with the Ford Focus RS

2017 Hyundai Elantra

While the Elantra hatchback is only offered until later this year, the sedan is all-new. This new Elantra has a more conservative look, plus space for four, with reasonable performance and fuel economy. A new Sport version will provide more flair to this model.

2017 Infiniti QX30

The new QX30 crossover offers a very well-balanced combination of luxury, practicality, and affordability. It comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is an option.

2017 Kia Niro

All-new for 2017, the Niro is a hybrid wagon/SUV that goes head to head with both the Hyundai Ioniq and the Prius Prime. Capable of 50 mpg or more in city driving, the Niro should offer an appealing combination of practicality and sporty flair. 

2017 Mazda 6

The new Mazda 6 has G-Vectoring Control®, which improves steering feel and response by reducing engine torque as the car enters a corner. The effect is that weight is shifted forward, helping the driver keep a smooth line through turns in the road. This plus minor cosmetic changes could convince owners of older Mazda 6s to trade up.

2017 Subaru Impreza

The all-new Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback are both slightly larger than previous versions, and both are stiffer underneath for improved handling. If you need an affordable and practical AWD car, as opposed to an SUV, it's hard to do better than a new or used Subaru Impreza.

2017 Toyota Corolla

Toyota's best-selling compact sedan gets a facelift and a 50th anniversary special edition badge. Its new grille and narrower, slanted headlights give the car an aggressive look. Known for their resale values, used Toyota Corollas are generally considered a solid purchase.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The Alltrack joins the Golf lineup this year. Essentially a wagon with more ground clearance and all-wheel drive, this Golf tackles dirt roads, rough tracks, and even shallow streams. It's a solid alternative for drivers who don’t want an SUV.

Departing models

As manufacturers introduce new models and update the cars and trucks that prove popular with buyers, others are trimmed from their product lineups. This can mean opportunities for shrewd buyers of new and used cars. Performance models might turn out to be appreciating classics, and you could find good bargains on more mainstream models. Cars that won't be around as new models in 2017 include:

There are good cars out there for everyone

The auto industry is a constantly changing business, and that's good when you're looking to explore your options. New models are introduced each and every year, while other models get updates to keep them competitive in the marketplace. Whether you're interested in 2017 cars, 2016 cars, or models that are older, there's a huge selection for you to choose from.

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