One of the most common questions we see around here is, “Should I buy a car now or wait for the new model just around the corner?” Car aficionados like to keep track of goings-on in the industry to stay in the know about new makes and models arriving soon and what type of splash they will make when they hit dealers. Here are the 10 models we are most looking forward to seeing that will arrive in calendar-year 2017 or sooner. From electric cars to pickups and six-figure sports cars, each of our top 10 is guaranteed to shake up its segment.
- 2017 Acura NSX
Acura is introducing the new NSX in 2017 after a four-year testing period. According to Kelley Blue Book, only 800 such models will be produced, with prices starting at $157,800.
- 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Italian automaker Alfa Romeo introduces three models with six powertrains in 2017, rolling out the Giulia, Giulia Super and Giulia Quadrifoglio, according to Kelley Blue Book. The latter will feature a 510-horsepower 2.9-liter twin turbo V-6 with six-speed manual transmission.
- 2017 Audi A4
The Audi A4 comes under controversy with one model using the 2.0-liter TDI “clean-diesel” engine that was part of the firestorm of circumventing emission standards, per Kelley Blue Book, but also has a number of features to auto-assist drivers.
- 2017 Audi Q7
The Q7 sat out Audi’s 2016 model year, but returns in 2017 with a remake of the three-row SUV. The Q7 will start at $55,750, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Bentley Bentayga
Bentley’s first-ever SUV will allow drivers to take the luxury brand off the pavement, with the Bentayga carrying a price tag of $229,100, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Buick LaCrosse
According to Kelley Blue Book, the third-generation full-size sedan is 300 pounds lighter than its previous model and offers a new V-6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- 2017 Cadillac XT5
Cadillac’s new crossover replaces the SRX, and according to Kelley Blue Book, is roomier, quieter, more fuel-efficient, more powerful and more luxurious — and at less than $39,000 to start.
- 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevy’s new electric car debuts this year, and even got President Obama’s attention at the Detroit Auto Show. The Bolt is expected to retail for around $30,000.
- 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
The Chevrolet Cruze sedan gets a hatchback version with a 153-horsepower, 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that includes start-stop technology and lane assist, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Chevrolet Sonic
The Sonic, Chevrolet’s subcompact, gets a new look and new features added for the 2017 model year. It arrived at dealers this fall.
- 2017 Chevrolet Trax
A relatively new entrant to the small crossover-SUV market that started with the 2015 model year, the Chevrolet Trax gets an exterior redesign for 2017, although the powertrain remains the same, per Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The new minivan from Chrysler starts at around $30,000, and with eight-passenger seating, UConnect infotainment and Harmon Kardon audio system available, it’s a new add that Kelley Blue Book described as the top in its class.
- 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
The French automaker introduces a two-seater that carries the name of a car that sold from 1967 to 1985, and the 2017 version has a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder, 160-horsepower engine, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
The Raptor SuperCrew is an offshoot of the Ford F-150 with lots of ground clearance and underbody armor, long-travel suspension and a roomier cabin, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Ford Fusion
Ford updates its Fusion models, which are available in plug-in, hybrid and all-wheel drive, to make the drive more pleasant, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 Genesis G90
The first offering from Hyundai’s new luxury sub-brand, the Genesis G90 looks to rival the BMW 7 series and Mercedes-Benz S Class, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- 2017 GMC Acadia
Although the Acadia has been a good seller for GMC, the new model is 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor, according to Kelley Blue Book, and the base model will have a price tag starting at $29,995.
- 2017 Honda Civic hatchback
Currently a prototype that went on display at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Honda is expected to bring its popular model with a hatchback to the United States in 2018.
- 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Honda redesigns its Ridgeline, for people who want to have some of the towing and payload of a truck yet maintain the riding quality of an SUV, with pricing starting at $30,375 for the two-wheel drive version, according to Kelley Blue Book.