For automobile enthusiasts, every year means a fresh set of new cars to salivate over. As auto makers constantly fight to outpace their competitors, car buyers reap the benefits with new sets of luxury features, safety measures, and increased horsepower. However, the hardest part is sorting through the deluge of inscrutable model numbers and finding the meaningful differences in the latest vehicles.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sea of choices, fear not. We’ve ventured through the tangled mess of new cars and carefully chosen the best ones that fit a variety of consumer needs. Whether you’re looking for price and practicality or luxury and decadence, we’ve got you covered.
Here are 25 of the most promising new cars on the market, ranging from big-ticket sports cars to family-friendly SUVs.
1. 2017 Ford Escape SE
The mid-size SUV market is inundated with new vehicles, but only a few deserve your hard-earned dollars. The 2017 Ford Escape SE is an easy standout because of its reasonable price, roomy interior, and suite of safety features. This year’s update features lane-departure prevention and a monitor to keep track of a driver’s drowsiness.
2. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
With the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, the car company seeks to takedown the Prius’ domination of the hybrid market. Unlike the Prius, the Ioniq comes in three separate models: plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and electric. This kind of versatility gives the consumer a level of choice that is set to give Toyota a run for its money.
3. 2017 Jaguar XE
For those with a more luxurious taste, the recent Jaguar XE is a perfect fit. The sporty sedan can come with three different engines, allowing the consumer to outfit the car to their own needs. In addition, the Jaguar XE has a surprisingly spacious trunk and some of the smoothest handling around.
4. 2017 Lexus LS
While not an option for those of us with middle-class incomes, the newest Lexus LS is made for consumers with money to burn. With a price point pushing $70K, the ostentatious sedan combines power with practicality. It contains a powerful V8 engine, a feature that self-parks, and a host of the latest technological features.
5. 2017 Volvo S90
Volvo’s S90 is a brand new addition to its roster of vehicles, taking the place of the S80. This moderately-sized luxury sedan stands out from the crop due to its emphasis on safety and style. The inside is flush with impressive design flourishes such as its expertly-crafted seats. In addition, its safety features are top-notch, which include a new animal detection function.
6. 2017 Camry Hybrid XLE
Camrys may be one of the least sexiest cars on the market, but they’re one of the best selling cars for a reason. The hybrid edition of the XLE leads the pack because of its impressive total fuel economy of 38 mpg. If that wasn’t enough to entice the most practical buyers, its crash test ratings are commendable and it handles tight turns with ease.
7. 2017 Toyota Tacoma
For those of us whose lives require lugging around heavy equipment, a pick-up truck is a must. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma offers a rugged driving experience where owners can have the freedom to off-road in the most dire conditions. Its interior is no-nonsense and light on the frills, which is perfect for those who value durability over everything else.
8. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt
Many potential car buyers are understandably wary of electric vehicles due to their range. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has the durability to put those fears to rest. Chevy’s latest update of its electric vehicle features a 238-mile range, which outpaces competitors such as the Nissan Leaf.
9. 2017 Toyota 86
As Toyota quietly retires its Scion offshoot, one of the defunct brand’s most popular cars gets an update. The 2017 Toyota 86 expands upon the Scion FR-S coupe with the inclusion of LED headlights, real-wheel-drive, and large aluminum wheels. While the Scion’s never coming back, fans can find hope in the 86.
10. 2017 Toyota Highlander
Parents often believe bloated, ugly minivans are the only family cars that can suit the necessary spatial needs demanded by kids. However, the latest update of the Toyota Highlander proves that you don’t have to sacrifice class for space. This roomy SUV manages to fit 8 people and boasts an interior that can be easily adjusted to fit whatever equipment you need to transport.
11. 2017 Ford Explorer XLT
The best-selling favorite Ford Explorer is getting treated to an update for 2017 with the XLT model. The XLT differentiates itself through a series of bold aesthetic nuances designed to set the Explorer apart from other SUVs. Its interior features new leather bolsters with dark, earth-toned colors while the outside is treated with a commanding black finish and grey wheels.
12. 2017 Genesis G90
Luxury cars typically carry price tags that would make most people faint. However, the new Genesis G90 brings a suite of luxury features to the middle class. For example, the lush sedan has an interior designed for maximum comfort with seats shaped specifically for back and neck support. In addition, the car is a near-silent ride, which makes long drives far more bearable.
13. 2017 Lincoln Continental
Replacing the MKS, the 2017 Lincoln Continental is a new addition to the luxury car company’s lineup, and an impressive one at that. The sleek sedan features the plush interior one would expect of a luxury vehicle, and an array of high-end features such as a 360-degree camera and lane assist. The Continental also boasts significant power with a 400-horsepower V6 engine that should satisfy most speed demons.
14. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
With all Mercedes vehicles, there’s a level of comfort and class consumers expect to be embedded into their vehicles. The 2017 Mercedes GLS is no different with its suite of luxury features rarely included in most SUVs. Its interior offers a commendable amount of room with seven seats, complete with modern safety features to keep all passengers safe and sound.
15. 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Somehow after 50 years, Chevrolet still finds ways to eek out even more performance from its classic Camaro. The Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful yet with a commanding 650 horsepower. This new model isn’t just a souped up muscle car either. With finely-tuned suspension and a powerful braking system, the ZL1 is an all-purpose juggernaut ready to dominate the highway.
16. 2017 Lincoln MKC
The Lincoln MKC may share some body similarities with the Ford Escape, but the resemblance ends there. This sporty SUV offers elegance and utility with an exterior design that evokes the aesthetic of more luxurious vehicles. In addition to its sleek design, the new MKC comes with standard amenities such as heated seats and a suspension that adapts to the environment.
17. 2017 Kia Sportage
With its oddly protruding grill, the latest Kia Sportage seems like an interesting quirk among Kia’s lineup. However, the exterior’s uniqueness only serves to underscore the impressive features waiting on the inside. Its updated interior has expanded to include a roomier backseat, which allows buyers an extra layer of space that opens when they fold the seats down.
18. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is not concerned with modesty. The flashy Italian auto screams luxury and demands respect with its sleek, striking exterior. With a powerful 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Giulia boasts the performance of sports cars with all the roominess and comfort one would expect from high-end vehicles.
19. 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
People might be quick to dismiss the Fiat 124 Spider as a fancy rip-off of the MX-5 Miata. However, a more cursory look at the Spider reveals its key differences. For one, the new Spider boasts a little more horsepower than the Miata, as well as the Italian machismo imbued in all of Fiat’s cars.
20. 2017 GMC Sierra
GMC’s 2017 Sierra isn’t a dramatic upgrade for its acclaimed pick-up truck, but it doesn’t need to be. The newest model boasts a more refined, upscale appearance that conveys both luxury and ruggedness. Chevrolet fans might note its similarity to the Silverado. However, the shiny trim and gleaming sheet metal put it safely ahead of Chevy’s competing model.
21. 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Honda’s Ridgeline blows away many of its pick-up truck counterparts. The most obvious difference is in the design. Honda’s sleek exterior gives off a bolder look than the bloated appearance of American pick-ups. In addition, it averages an impressive 28 MPG and its all-wheel-drive version can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
22. 2017 Aston Martin DB11
Be warned: If you don’t make six figures or feel like plunging yourself into crippling debt, the Aston Martin DB11 is not for you. Aston Martin’s latest achievement is for those who demand the best out of their vehicles, and this car certainly delivers on all fronts. With a whopping 600 horsepower and V12 engine, the DB11 is a speed demon tailor-made for the 1%.
23. 2017 BMW X3
Everyone who purchases a BMW knows they’re getting not only the promise of luxury, but a high standard of performance. The BMW X3 is a roomy sedan that blends well at soccer practice or speeding around a scenic mountain. Its 300 horsepower N55 engine remains as smooth as ever whether your pushing the X3 to its limit or just on a cruise around the countryside.
24. 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Since their widespread use in World War II, Jeeps have been associated with all-terrain ruggedness. The latest Jeep Cherokee continues that tradition, but with an extra dose of refinement. Consumers can customize the Cherokee to suit their off-roading needs with two separate four-wheel drive systems and differing types of trim.
25. 2017 Audi Q7 SUV
Typically, buying a car with three rows means sacrificing a certain level of power and performance. The Audi Q7 SUV manages to fit seven people while maintaining impressive speed. Thanks to its optional 333 horsepower V6 engine, this luxury SUV can satisfy both cautious drivers and speed freaks.