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2017 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

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2017 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

The new-car market is bursting with activity; it’s incredible how many options exist from affordable subcompacts to high-end sports cars and midsize sedans filled with premium options formerly reserved for the very top of the luxury market. There are plenty of luxurious options as well, and we’ve covered them all right here. So when it’s time to learn more about the cars you’ve been considering, keep reading to find info on fuel economy, acceleration, trim changes, price ranges, and even IntelliChoice five-year retained value—it’s a package you’re only going to find on (stay tuned for a separate guide on trucks, vans, and SUVs).

And if you’re seeking more info than the entries below provide, don’t miss our industry-leading reviews and our newly designed online buyer’s guide pages. Happy shopping! 


  • 5M: 5-speed manual 
  • 6A: 6-speed automatic
  • 6-sp auto-cl man: 6-speed auto-clutch manual
  • 7-sp twin-cl auto: 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
  • FWD: front-wheel drive
  • AWD: all-wheel drive
  • RWD: rear-wheel drive


New inside and out, possible powertrain changes

MAJOR Mid-cycle change updates, minor powertrain changes

MINOR Special editions, significant new features UNCHANGED Minor trim or package changes, new colors

INTELLICHOICE Five-year retained value data may apply to common vehicle variants, not an average of all model variants.

EPA RATINGS EPA ratings for the 2017 model year are more stringent than before, so keep in mind as you’re new-car shopping that a car with no mechanical changes from 2016 may still get a slightly different rating for 2017.

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