Selecting the right car is a big decision that requires a lot of research. While most car buyers tend to know what they need before researching cars, others need to do their homework to find out what will work best for them. From small sedans to full-size pickup trucks and everything in between, this list covers all the latest trends of potential buyers. Here is a list of the top fifty most researched vehicles of 2017.
The Nissan Rogue has some nice features despite its low ratings. It features comfortable seats, a classy finish, lots of cargo space, and an affordable starting price of $23,820. New for 2017 is a hybrid powertrain with an improvement of seven miles per gallon on its already excellent fuel economy of thirty-three highway miles.
BMW 3 Series
The 2017 BMW 3 Series comes in five different engine options that range from a plug-in hybrid to a turbo-diesel to please any buyer. Choose from a rear-wheel or front-wheel-drive wagon, sedan or hatchback, as well as a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Base models go for starting prices of $34,445.
The 2017 Honda Civic might be small, but it is the perfect option for anyone on a budget. It has adventurous looks and turbocharged power along with a spacious interior. It comes in several configurations, and almost all of them are equally as good. Check out the cool optional technology upgrades for the perfect family car.
The 2017 Mazda 3 successfully combines style and value in a compact package. Base prices begin around $18,720. Drivers can pick from a hatchback or sedan body style. Standard models come with a 2.0-liter four cylinder with 155 horsepower. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
A hybrid option is new to the 2017 Kia Niro line. Although it does not have an all-wheel drive option, it comes with better fuel efficiency, an affordable price of $22,890, and lots of technology included. It drives like a regular car and functions more like a hatchback despite being a hybrid.
The 2017 model of the Ford Escape received lots of attention to keep it at the top of the line. Improvements include a newly available 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter engine for a bit more power. Upgrading to Sync 3 allows for smartphone connectivity while available safety features include a drowsy driver warning system, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure prevention.
The Toyota Rav4 features updated safety features for every trim level, making it a no-brainer for anyone looking for a reliable vehicle. It is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with seventy-six horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Notable features include a remote keyless entry, leather steering wheel, and front-wheel drive.
The Toyota Highlander is the perfect family vehicle. It ranks at the top of the line for its strong V6 engine, comfortable ride, and spacious interior. It comes available in thirteen different trims and seats up to eight people. Improvements to this year’s model include improved fuel economy, a phone or media storage center, and a restyled front end.
The Honda CRV is small but mighty. It features a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and front wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional, and so is a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder with 190 horsepower. EX trims and above come with automated emergency braking and other safety gears.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacific is one of the highest ranked minivans available. It is notable for being quiet, comfortable, spacious, and good on gas mileage with twenty-eight highway miles per gallon. The Pacifica seats seven passengers and has available stowaway seats for added room. It is also surprisingly powerful with 287 horsepower.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is a great car no matter what it is asked to do. It makes twenty-mile drive commutes to work a breeze. Opting to the 90D will provide nearly three hundred miles total on a full battery. Optional features include autopilot drive, leather trim, LED lights, a power liftgate, and advanced air filtration.
Ford trucks remain among the most researched vehicles on the market yet again this year. The F-150 features a diverse lineup with an impressive payload rating and towing abilities. It also has one of the best fuel economies for a light-duty vehicle. Finally, the F-150 contains a Raptor model with off-roading capabilities to handle any terrain.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is a great option for anyone looking for an alternative to an SUV. It provides a broad range of rugged options but does not skimp out on comfort or style. With prices starting right around $25,645, it is the perfect vehicle for long car rides as well as weekend outdoor adventures.
The 2017 Honda Pilot features a versatile interior with lots of space and even some off-road abilities. It is capable of towing up to five tons and can comfortably hold eight passengers. A rear Blue-ray entertainment system helps kids get through long road trips, and a comfortable ride is among the top features for adults.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is something special, and everyone knows it. It features a more sophisticated engine lineup that comes available as a coupe or a convertible. Engine options include a standard 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 3.6 liter V6 with 335 horsepower or a 6.2 liter V8 with 455 horsepower.
The 2017 Subaru Forester can handle it all. Notable features include standard all-wheel drive, lots of room inside the vehicle, and improved ground clearance for off-road adventures. Optional features include a turbocharged engine, but sticking with the base engine gets better fuel economy. Prices start around $22,595 for standard models.
The Dodge Challenger has an impressive engine lineup including a standard 3.6 liter V6 with 305 horsepower and an auto-speed automatic transmission. A 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 375 horsepower and a six-speed manual is optional. A fuel-saving option with 372 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic is also available. The Scat Pack includes a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower and a six-speed manual with an optional eight-speed automatic.
The 2017 Honda Accord is one of the most researched midsize sedans on the market. It features an extension of last year’s exciting updates, such as excellent fuel economy, lots of interior space, and an engaging driving experience. It is also highly customizable to meet the particular demands of any potential buyer.
The 2017 Kia Sorento has a lot to offer despite its reasonable price tag. Standard models come with a four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Optional upgrades include a turbo four with 240 horsepower or a V6 with 290 horsepower. Choose between five or six passenger seating with an optional navigation system.
The 2017 Toyota Camry perfectly meets the needs of just about everyone on the road. Standard models feature a four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Opting for the V6 engine provides 268 horsepower while the hybrid gets thirty-eight miles per gallon. If styling is important, go with the XSE.
With its spacious interior and road trip worthy seats, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has a long list of benefits for any family in need of a reliable sedan. Standard models come with a 2.4-liter engine with 185 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 1.6 liter Eco model with 178 horsepower and a seven-speed automatic is optional. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid options are also available.
The 2017 Audi Q7 features a 2.0-liter turbo four engine with 252 horsepower and an optional 3.0 liter supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower. Both options come with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Upgraded options include four-wheel steering, air suspension, a virtual cockpit, and a 12.3-inch cluster that faces the driver.
No one can ever go wrong with a Jeep! The 2017 Wrangler is the perfect car for weekend get-a-aways for a reasonable price. Choose from a Sports model for Jeep’s that double as a daily commuter or go with the beastly Rubicon for the most fun ever had on four wheels.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is one of the most fuel efficient crossovers available. It contains a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with front wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. A 2.5-liter four cylinder with 184 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual is optional. It contains an easy-to-use infotainment center and spacious cabin.
The 2017 Dodge Charger is a muscle car disguised as a family vehicle. Standard models feature a 3.6 liter V6 with 292 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional, and so is a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 370 horsepower or a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower.
Lexus RX 350
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 has an exciting new look but should not be confused for its reputation as the reliable crossover it has always been. It features a V6 engine with 295 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. It even comes with a hybrid option.
The 2017 Nissan Murano comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional, and a limited amount of hybrid models have been produced with thirty-one highway miles to the gallon. The ride is comfortable and quiet, and the interior is decked out with leather.
The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most researched vehicles of the year because it can do it all. It combines a powerful V6 engine with a truck bed with updated cargo management options. It comes with a TRD off-road version and has an impressive highway fuel efficiency of twenty-four miles per gallon.
The Chevrolet Equinox received a mid-cycle update in 2016 for the Midnight and Sports edition. The LT trim with the Convenience package includes a blacked out front grille, eighteen-inch wheels, black mirror caps, and roof rack cross bars. Jet black leather memory seats are located inside. Standard models come with a four-cylinder engine while a V6 option is available.
The 2017 Ford Explorer is a great family ride with a hint of attitude for getting through tough terrain. It features significant updates from the 2016 model, including a more comfortable ride, plenty of room inside, technology upgrades, and a sharp styling. It also gets twenty-seven highway miles per gallon. Prices begin around $31,660.
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is reasonably priced at $22,555 and includes a standard turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower. Luckily, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 250 horsepower is available for slightly more power. Both options come with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. A hybrid with thirty-five miles per gallon is available.
The 2017 Ford Edge fits a family of five with room to spare. It also includes the latest technology, a smooth ride and a wide range of engines for the perfect fit. It is the perfect size to fit in any garage without taking up too much room. Prices begin at $28,950 for standard models.
The Jeep Cherokee might just be the best Jeep for a daily commuter. Unlike most Jeeps, it has a comfortable ride. Standard models come with a 2.4-liter four cylinder with 184 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Opting for a 3.2 liter V6 with 271 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic brings more power to the party.
The Ford Mustang is on every sports car lovers list of fantasy cars. The 2017 model packs a sharp punch that is hard to pass up. Choose between a coupe or convertible in the following options: a 3.7 liter V6 with 300 horsepower, a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder with 310 horsepower, or a 5.0 liter V8 with 435 horsepower.
The Audi Q5 features an upgraded 3.0-liter V6 engine with 354 horsepower and 346 pounds per feet of torque power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. It has a remarkably handsome exterior that stands out from the crowds with lots of luxurious features to make up for being a bit on the small side.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is perfect for the driver who wants to venture off-road more than they want to deal with the pavement. It shares the DNA of a pickup truck and can tow up to five tons. It has one powertrain available: a 4.0 liter V6 with 270 horsepower, 278 pounds per feet of torque power, and a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Honda Ridgeline fits the bill for anyone who comes to grips with the fact that they do not need a truck. It is comfortable and agile and surprisingly capable when it comes to hauling among midsize pickup trucks. While other trucks might be able to pull more, the Ridgeline is an excellent choice for an everyday ride with a bit more power.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla provides an excellent blend of fuel economy, value and space that makes it one of the best in its class. The backseat is big enough to comfortably fit adults, unlike most sedans, and a smooth ride sets it apart from other sedans. It also provides many safety features and standard equipment for the price.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup truck with a standard 4.3-liter V6 engine with 305 pounds per feet of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. An optional 5.3 liter V8 with 383 pounds per feet of torque and a 6.2 liter with 460 pounds of torque power are optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional with the 5.3-liter engine.
The 2017 Acura MDX is a well-equipped luxury midsize SUV featuring excellent fuel economy and a smooth ride and handling. It has more standard driver features than SUVs in its class, such as a dual infotainment center, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Standard models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Ram 1500 is a great all-around pickup truck with a unique coil-spring rear suspension for a smooth ride. It is still powerful enough to tow a trailer with its V8 or turbo-diesel V6 engines. With forty-one different trim options available that seat up to six passengers, there is something for everyone.
The 2017 Hyundai Tucson features more technology and interior updates than last year’s model. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrative systems are available for top trim levels. Hyundai also debuted a new SE trim for the 2017 year with better acceleration, satellite radio, and a ten-way adjustable driver’s seat.
The 2017 BMW X5 comes with a wide variety of powertrains and handles like it is one of BMW’s best sports sedans. Standard models come with a turbocharged inline-six engine with 300 horsepower. A twin-turbo V8 with 445 horsepower and a turbodiesel inline six with 255 horsepower are optional. A hybrid option is also available.
The Chevrolet Cruze is known for providing a big-car ride in a small package. It comes available as a sedan or a hatchback with a standard 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder with 153 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Optional features include a six-speed automatic and a diesel engine. Located inside is a seven-inch touch screen with smartphone and Wi-Fi capability.
The 2017 RDX is a stylish small SUV with numerous luxury options geared for a comfortable and relaxing ride. Standard models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 279 horsepower, front-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are optional.
Notable features of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra include three engine options, an upscale interior, lots of new technology and a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Base models feature a four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is right around thirty-eight miles per gallon.
The Jaguar F-pace is hard to ignore in a crowd. It features a standard V6 engine with 340 or 380 horsepower. Each comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A turbo-diesel engine with 180 horsepower is optional. The interior is roomy, and there is ample cargo space for plenty of storage. An eleven-speaker sound system is standard on all models.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza features an all-new design this year for a fresh new look. It has a wider, lower, and longer platform than previous models. Other notable features include a more spacious interior, standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, more power in the engine, and lots of new safety features.