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Coming Soon: 10 Cars Worth Waiting For

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 2/28/2017

© Chevrolet We have our eyes on this promising group of new and redesigned models coming later this year.

Although these vehicles may be tempting, we traditionally recommend holding off purchases for a year or so after the launch of a redesigned or brand-new model. Even historically reliable vehicles can have initial teething problems during a redesign. Plus, waiting will give us time to purchase and test the vehicles, ensuring you're making an informed decision.

The added benefit of knowing what new models are coming is that they signal when discounts will grow for the outgoing models, as incentives are often used to make room for the all-new cars.

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The cars are presented in alphabetical order by release date. When possible, we provided the month.

Learn more about these vehicles by clicking the links to larger previews.

© HondaFamily-Friendly: Honda Odyssey

The fifth-generation Odyssey packs a stronger 3.5-liter V6 with 280 hp, paired with a nine- or 10-speed automatic, depending on trim. The second-row outboard seats not only slide fore and aft but also side to side, aiding child-seat usability and rear access. A single infotainment screen replaces the previous complicated dual screen. A ceiling-mounted camera displays on the center screen what the kids are up to in the back.

Available: Spring 2017

See our complete Honda Odyssey preview.

© NissanBite-Sized Beauty: Nissan Rogue Sport

The Rogue Sport is 1 foot shorter than the Rogue small SUV but larger than the whimsical Juke. All Rogue Sports come with a 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission driving either the front or all wheels. Available features include the NissanConnect navigation/app system with a 7-inch screen and a 360-degree-view camera system.

Available: Spring 2017

See our complete Nissan Rogue Sport preview.

© GMCModern Machine: GMC Terrain

Like its sibling, the Chevy Equinox, the Terrain now squarely fits in the small SUV class rather than half a size up. The Terrain brings an advanced infotainment system and many safety features. In an effort to improve fuel economy, GMC offers a choice of two four-cylinder turbos plus a diesel, ditching the previous V6. The gas engines will be coupled with a nine-speed automatic; the diesel gets a six-speed.

Available: Summer 2017

See our complete GMC Terrain preview.

© ToyotaGoing Uptown: Toyota Camry

The top-selling midsized sedan in the land rides on a new platform that Toyota claims is more fuel efficient, and it rocks a sleeker, more sophisticated look for 2018. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter V6 will be paired to a new eight-speed automatic; as before, a four-cylinder hybrid will be available. An upgraded interior gives the Camry a more premium feel and features the next generation of Toyota’s Entune infotainment system.

Available: Summer 2017

See our complete Toyota Camry preview.

© VolkswagenRoomier Recreation: Volkswagen Tiguan

The new long-wheelbase Tiguan has an additional 10.7 inches of length and features an available third-row seat, a rarity among small SUVs. Cargo space, a former shortcoming, has been improved. Power comes from a 184-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic; AWD is available. VW’s optional Digital Cockpit lets drivers reconfigure the 12.3-inch instrument panel for easy viewing of navigation and other key data.

Available: Summer 2017

See our complete Volkswagen Tiguan preview.

© ChevroletWell-Mannered Mover: Chevrolet Traverse

Even though the previous model was commodious, the Traverse has become roomier for 2018, devoting more space to the second and third rows and more cargo room behind the raised third row. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo or a 3.6-liter V6, each paired with a new nine-speed automatic. The V6 will produce an estimated 305 hp with a claimed 3-mpg improvement in highway fuel economy.

Available: Fall 2017

See our complete Chevrolet Traverse preview.

© FordPotent Pickup: Ford F-150

The F-150’s evolution continues with a styling refresh and more advanced safety features. The base engine is now a 282-hp, 3.3-liter V6, and more engines in the lineup will be teamed with a 10-speed automatic. Fuel-saving automatic start/stop is standard across the range. The F-150 gains automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine is coming for 2019.

Available: Fall 2017

See our complete Ford F-150 preview.

© LexusLively Luxury: Lexus LS

Longer, lower, wider, and reportedly 200 pounds lighter, the new LS is poised to remain a top choice in the ultraluxury sedan segment. The V8 has been replaced with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 producing 415 hp, hooked to a new 10-speed automatic. Lexus claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The high-tech cabin features a 12.3-inch infotainment screen along with a massive available 24-inch color head-up display.

Available: November 2017

See our complete Lexus LS preview.

© KiaSport Appeal: Kia Stinger

Kia is boldly reaching for the enthusiast driver with the sleek, low-slung 2018 Stinger hatchback. Engines include a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and a twin-turbo 365 hp, 3.3-liter V6, driving the rear or all wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The suspension and steering will have five settings, from comfort to hard-core performance.

Available: December 2017

See our complete Kia Stinger preview.

© FordPerky Urbanite: Ford EcoSport

The Fiesta-based EcoSport is tasked with bringing driving zest to the expanding subcompact SUV segment. Ford’s smallest-ever SUV has a choice of a turbo 1.0-liter three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, both paired with a six-speed automatic; the 2.0-liter comes standard with AWD. The EcoSport’s awkward side-hinged tailgate reflects considerations in other markets; it’s already on sale elsewhere in the world.

Available: Spring 2018

See our complete Ford EcoSport preview.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the April 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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