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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Silver Teal

Consumer Guide First Spin When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring in Sonic Gray

Consumer Guide First Spin Honda’s popular Civic was redesigned for 2016, arriving first as a sedan, then as a coupe, both offered in rather conventional LX, EX, EX-T (turbo), EX-L, and Touring trim levels.

2017 Infiniti Q60
2017 Infiniti Q60

Consumer Guide First Spin Coupes account for only five percent of the premium vehicle market, but they’ve also traditionally been important halo vehicles for their respective brands. That’s certainly been the case at Infiniti, where the Q60 coupe and convertible (and their G35/G37 predecessors) have typically been the most stylish and dynamic vehicles in the marque’s model lineup. After a year’s absence, the Q60 coupe returns for 2017 with a new design that shares elements of its architecture with the Infiniti Q50 sedan. We recently had the opportunity to sample the hottest version of the Q60 on a San Diego-area drive route.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
A hatchback version of the compact 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is set to go on sale later this year at a starting price of just over $22,000.


America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

A plug-in version of the Toyota Prius returns for 2017 as the Prius Prime. It boasts unique styling and offers up to 25 miles of electric-only range, after which it carries on as a regular hybrid — for a total of up to 640 miles between fill-ups.

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When the Toyota Prius was redesigned last year, its Plug-in sibling was notably absent from the lineup. But a plug-in version returns for 2017 as the heavily updated Prius Prime, and it stands as a truly viable alternative to the “normal” Prius.

2017 Nissan Rogue
Besides freshened styling, the 2017 Nissan Rogue adds a host of new features along with first-ever Hybrid versions. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale dates, which should be in November for gas models, late December for the Hybrids.

Nissan Rogue

We covered updates to the 2017 Nissan Rogue in a previous post based on information from its early September reveal at the Miami Auto Show, but we didn’t have a chance to drive it then. Now we have.

2017 Volkswagen Alltrack

The new-for-2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack takes the company’s Golf SportWagen and raises the bar (or at least the ride height) and adds all-wheel drive to become an upscale, SUV-flavored offering.

Scion iMFrankly, it’s a bit surprising it’s taken Volkswagen this long.

2017 Volvo S90

The all-new S90 replaces the S80 as Volvo’s flagship sedan for 2017. Behind its “Thor’s Hammer” (Volvo’s term) LED headlights resides a choice of turbocharged or turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines putting out 250 and 316 horsepower, respectively. The midsize S90 is going on sale now at prices starting around $48,000.

Scion iMPerhaps it says something about the near-invisibility of your current entry when market-share aspirations for its redesigned replacement are … five percent. But that’s the rather modest goal Volvo has established for the 2017 S90, which replaces the aged S80 as the company’s flagship sedan.

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan’s new half-ton version of the “heavy half-ton” Titan XD leaves off the “XD” suffix to become, simply, the Titan. Initially offered only as a crew cab with either rear- or 4-wheel drive, it’s due to get regular-cab versions later in the year. Current prices start at just under $36,000.

Scion iMBig pickups have long accounted for big sales numbers, but little of that volume can be credited to Nissan.

Based on the company’s early and substantial success with compact pickups, it probably only seemed logical that a bigger one would fare the same. So it was that for 2004 Nissan brought out the full-size Titan, which was built at a new factory in Canton, Mississippi. You know, right here in the good ol’ U.S of A.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

It doesn’t look all that much different, but Nissan’s 3-row midsize SUV receives some notable changes for 2017. By the way, that’s not California’s famous coastal haze in the background; it’s forest-fire smoke.

Scion iMIn a previous post based on a July reveal of the freshened 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, we covered what’s new for the model year, along with the various trim levels and equipment offered. In a nutshell, Nissan’s 7-passenger midsize SUV has been significantly updated with revised styling, a more powerful engine, and several new features. This report covers a drive opportunity afforded us in beautiful — though at the time, smokey (due to nearby forest fires) — Monterey, California.

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