There are several new models that I haven’t been able to do a full review of, but I’m excited to test and see out on the road.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq – Available in hybrid or all-electric form, the new mid-sized Ioniq is Hyundai delivering an incredibly efficient car. The hybrid version will start at $23,035 and delivers a staggering 57 city and 59 highway MPG rating. The all-electric version will start at $33,335 (before $7,500 federal tax credit) and provides 124 miles of range at an EPA rating of 136 MPGe. Does driving to Galveston on $1.15 worth of electricity sound appealing to anyone else?
2017 Kia Niro – I learned about the Niro during a Super Bowl ad and it’s the first time in recent memory I’m looking forward to testing a compact crossover. The Niro uses a hybrid drive train to deliver 52 city/49 highway MPG and starts at just $22,890. I’m not a big fan of Kia’s current front-end styling, but that may be a small price to pay for such an incredible value.
2017 Infiniti Q30 – Infiniti partnered with Mercedes to build their new luxury compact crossover, and while it is quite diminutive, it also starts under $30,000. Sales have started out sluggishly, but it will be hard to ignore for customers who are shopping in this rapidly growing segment.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia – Italian styling with four doors, RWD and a 510-horsepower twin turbo V6? Sign me up. Why go for a German luxury sedan when you can stand out with an Italian supermodel?
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – The Raptor is back and taking full advantage of the revised F-150. Driving the Raptor makes you feel like you’re a president or a pope. You can do and go anywhere you want. Gone is the big V8 and a twin-turbo V6 is here instead. Time will tell if that will bother the ultra-bravado truck buyers.
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF – The Miata is adding a hard retractable roof, and it’s the Miata of my dreams. I’ve reviewed the new Miata recently, and this may be the perfect weekend roadster. It’s fun, it’s relatively cheap, and now it’s unquestionably beautiful.