2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date

With an excellent off-road ability, a high resale value, an all-embracing list of options, a receptive touchscreen interface, and a potent V6 engine with an available manual transmission system, the redesigned 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a great choice for a midsize truck. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year.

Although its dimensions are largely unchanged from the outgoing model, the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma bears a clear family resemblance to the larger Tundra. It is an excellent choice for anyone who finds the regular full-size trucks too large or too pricier.

2017 Toyota Tacoma sides exterior specs

Notable improvements can be seen on its interior and exterior facets, and if you liked the previous model, the new one is certainly going to excite you more. The dinky steel wheels of the 4×2 stripper are no longer available on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma lineup. The roster now consists of only the crew cab and extended body styles, and the RWD Tacoma brethren now come with an impressive ground clearance and a raised suspension, as is the 4×4 versions.

The Crawl Control system available on both Toyota’s 4Runner and Land Cruiser is also a part of the TRD Off-Road and all 4×4’s repertoire. Other additions on the Tacoma include a standard lockable damped tailgate, the latest touchscreen interface, the tri-fold hard tonneau, and the integrated GoPro mount.

Its interior is now modernized and stylized, and the cabin offers an impressive list of technologies and soft-touch materials. Some of the technologies the standard Tacoma will afford you include a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, cruise control, and an upgraded touchscreen interface.

2017 Toyota Tacoma front side grille

But even with so many new additions, Toyota seems to have missed the point on certain areas such as the low driver seat that lacks any height adjustment, the V6’s unimpressive acceleration, and the telescopic range of the steering wheel is minimal. Therefore, it would be wise to check out what the competition offers before deciding.

There is no shortage of rivals here with the 2017 GMC Canyon being the closest competitor to the Tacoma. It is vastly improved and offers a more comfortable ride even for taller drivers. Others include the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, and the 2017 Nissan Frontier.

2017 Toyota Tacoma grille

2017 Toyota Tacoma – Offered Trims

Two cabs are offered for the midsize 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup: Double Cab, and the extended Access Cab. Both of which are offered in five trims: Limited, TRD Sport, SR5, SR, and the TRD Off Road.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Standard accessories and features available for the base Tacoma SR model include voice controls, full power accessories, adjustable-and-fixed tie-downs, air-conditioning, a cargo bed rail, Siri Eyes Free, sixteen-inch wheels, a GoPro windshield mount, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a rear sliding window, an audio auxiliary jack, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone control, and a USB port.

Opting for the TRD Sport trim model gets you a special upholstery, 120-V power outlet mounted on the bed, a unique exterior trim, LED daytime running lights, a leather-trimmed shift lever, an upgraded entertainment features, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a wireless phone charger, a sport-tuned shock absorber, 17” alloy wheels, and a leather-trimmed shift leaver.

2017 Toyota Tacoma front side grille

The TRD Off-Road is next up and adds an electronic rear differential, 16” alloy wheels, a rugged body trim, cruise control, a spoiler chin delete, Bilstein shock absorber, and the Crawl Control system.

Lastly, the top-of-the-range 2017 Toyota Tacoma Limited trim adds 18” alloy wheels, an upgraded JBL stereo, a leather upholstery, unique exterior and interior trim, and all the contents of the Premium and Technology package.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma interior

2017 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a four-cylinder 2.7L engine rated at 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA stands at 23highway, 19 city, and 21 mpg combined for the 4×2 automatic, and 22/19/20 mpg for the 4×4 automatic.

The other engine offered is a 3.5L V6 engine good for 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-ft. of torque. EPA projections here stand at 24/19/21 mpg for the automatic 4x2s, and 21/17/19 mpg for the manual 4x4s.

Its 0-60 mph, and top speed data are not available as of this writing, but they should be available months to its release date.

2017 Toyota Tacoma wheel

2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date & Price

Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year. As for its price, expect it at around $23,300 for the Tacoma Access Cab, and $24,130 for the Tacoma Double Cab.

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive Concept

Similar to the sixth generation BMW 7 Series, the new 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive utilizes high rigidity and lightweight carbon-fiber elements in the passenger cell’s Carbon Core structure, and BMW’s intelligent lightweight design cues that aides it bring harmony between ride quality and performance. This in essence enabled it achieve a low center of gravity crucial for dynamic handling and agility. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2017. 

BMW has expressed publicly its plans to unveil the new 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive during this year’s Geneva Motor Show slated for this month – March 2016. In actual fact, this model is the first M Performance 7-Series that slots perfectly into the previous 760Li range.

When it comes to power demands of the M760Li, the V12 specifically comes equipped with a TwinPower Turbo all-aluminum V12 6.6L engine. Stability is offered by the threaded support bolts and bushes on the double bolts on the main bearings. Forged crankshaft, forged connecting rods, and aluminum pistons all help in reducing the vibration. Therefore, we should expect the xDrive V12 to be very smooth on the pavement.

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The engine additionally features a water pump and a redesigned intercooler. With this specs in place, the mill should be able to reach a top speed of about 155 mph, and zip from 0-60 mph in just under 3.9 seconds. This is made possible by the power output of 600 horsepower and 800Nm of torque. BMW says the fuel economy is further boosted by the stop-start function that enables it save fuel every time the vehicle comes to a halt. The result is a combined fuel economy rating of around 22.4 mpg and 294g/km of carbon (IV) oxide gas.

This power is transmitted to the standard all-wheel drive system via the standard eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission system which includes M-Performance specific tuning with launch control and a manual mode.

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive rear

When we come to the aerodynamics, the new 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive gets new trim elements on the lower edge of the doors, two large air intakes, and a new front apron. Further aback, the rear apron has been redesigned and incorporates an optional M-Sport rear spoiler and Cerium Grey twin tailpipes.

Even with its dizzying sophistication and technologies, the new 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive faces a stiff competition in the segment. The closest is the Audi S8 Plus. This vehicle comes with lots of passenger space, subtle looks, and an ungodly power. The power output is good and is rated at 605 hp and 516 lbs. ft. of torque that is generated from a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine.

The other bogey is the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG model that follows in the footprints of both the Audi and BMW. With a power output of 621 hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration in just under 4.0 seconds, and glamor-drenched S-Class, you will surely be confused about who is following whose footprints.

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive back

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive is offered by a an all-aluminum V12, twin-turbo 6.6L engine rated at 600 hp @5,500 rpm and 590 lbs. ft. of torque @1,500 rpm. Although some may complain about the astoundingly low 1,500rpm, BMW says the figures are provisional at the moment and full specs will be offered in due time.

As already mentioned, 0-60 mph acceleration should be expected in under 3.9 seconds, and 155 mph as the top speed. This figure can be pushed to up to 190 mph for those who can push the pedal a bit harder.

The level of “roaring” is vested upon an individual user. The vehicle comes equipped with an optional flap activation system that gives the user the option if either sonorous V12 blasts or quiet cruising.

Optimum shift patterns specific to the V-12 are offered by the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission system that comes bundled in the M Performance package. It comes with a manual shift mode and a Launch Control system that offers a zero converter slip outside of gear changes. The sophisticated all-wheel drive system offered as a standard system on the M760Li comes biased towards the rear for nippier handling and uses fully variable torque distribution between the rear and front axle.

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive engine

Exterior Review & 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive Changes

Some of the standard accessories and features offered include the newest-generation BMW Professional Multimedia system, the contents of the Pure Excellence exterior design, and the Pure Excellence interior design package. More of these should be expected on its release date.

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive interior

2017 BMW M760Li xDrive rear seats

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2017 BMW M760Li xDrive Release Date & Price

The 2017 BMW M760Li xDrive price should be expected sometime early 2017. Although the pricing details are still under wraps as of this writing, I would wager a starting MSRP of about 150,000 USD considering the spec and segment competition.

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2017 Buick Encore Release Date

The new 2017 Buick Encore is worth a look thanks to its quiet interior, long list of safety and tech features, good fuel economy ratings, and top crash-test scores. Even so, its limited interior space, and modest performance curtail its appeal. Its release date should be expected in the middle of 2017.

Looking a little closer will make you realize that the 2017 Buick Encore is still a Buick to its core, but still sports a radical departure from Buick’s luxury sedan’s design. In fact, some of the elements it has retained include the long list of available upscale features, such as a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a heated steering wheel. And, near luxury trappings and a hushed cabin return as well.

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The Sport Touring model returns for 2017 and still makes use of the 1.4L turbocharged engine it came with a previous year ago. But now generates additional output thanks to the additional tweaks that Buck has offered the Encore. We are also impressed by the impressive maneuverability the Encore provides when it comes time to fit it into a compact parking space or negotiating in a crowded street. Its acceleration has also been made livelier thanks in part to the suspension upgrades.

Several eccentricities can be expected, though. The list includes tepid performance, a modest cargo and interior space, and mediocre driving dynamics and style. It is for this reason that we think you should check what its competition offers before you purchase the Encore.

Alternatives to check out include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, the 2017 Fiat 500X, the 2017 Honda HR-V, and the 2017 Ford Escape. In all fairness, we think the above models are way much superior to the 2017 Buick Encore, but its inherent Buick-ness nonetheless may appeal those looking for an elevated driving position with a dollop of quietness and comfort.

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Offered Trims – Buick Encore

Five trims – Base, Sport Touring, Convenience, Premium, and Leather trims – are offered for the 2017 Buick Encore.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Buick Encore Interior Reviews

Standard accessories and features offered for the base Encore include a rear folding 60/40-split seat, smartphone app integration, a 7” touchscreen display, a simulated leather and cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, 18” alloy wheels, a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a USB port, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a manual fold-flat front passenger seat, a six-way power driver seat, a rear privacy glass, roof rails, OnStar emergency communications, air-conditioning, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a CD player.

The Convenience package steps up with remote ignition, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, automatic dual-zone climate control, foglights, a 120-V power outlet, remote ignition, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

2017 Buick Encore rear light

The Sport Touring model gains everything above plus unique exterior styling cues, and a more powerful four-cylinder engine.

Next up is the Leather trim model which obviously starts its offer with leather upholstery. Others include driver memory settings, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Lastly, but certainly not the least, is the Premium model that, in addition to what the Leather trim offers, adds Bose sound system, a lane-departure mitigation and warning system, rear and front parking sensors, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, forward collision warning and mitigation, and automatic wipers.

More packages and options should be expected on its release date.

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2017 Buick Encore interior

2017 Buick Encore Engine Specs

Inspiration for the 2017 Buick Encore is offered by two engines fitted beneath its skin. The 1.4 inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine is one of the two mills offered and generates 138 horsepower and 148 pounds-ft. of torque.

The Encore Sport Touring sets itself apart with a beefed-up version of the same engine which produces 153 hp and 177 pounds-ft. of torque. Regardless of the power output, a six-cylinder engine is standard across all models. Buyers have an option of either a FWD or an AWD.

FWD’s EPA rating stands at 33/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 30/23/26 mpg for the AWD versions.

Zooming from 0-60 mph with the FWD-equipped Encore requires about 9.8 seconds – an apparently slow acceleration relative to its competition.

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2017 Buick Encore Release Date & Price

Its release should be expected in the middle of 2017, probably in June or July. An MSRP starting from $24,065 shouldn’t come as a surprise once the 2017 Encore is offered for sale.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Review

If you’re looking for a respectable passenger space, excellent crash test scores, lots of standard equipment for the money, and plenty of storage slots, the new 2017 Chevrolet Trax is worth a consideration. Additionally, the suburban comes with plenty of technologies, it’s easier to pack in compact spaces, easy to drive, and inexpensive. However, if you’re looking for a refined interior, and quick acceleration, the Trax may not turn out to be what you hoped for. Its release date should be expected in early 2017. 

Quite a few automakers have been surprised at a time of lower gas prices and a surging interest in the subcompact crossover segment. Having launched the Buick Encore, however, General Motors isn’t one of them, as the Encore’s resounding success in the segment led Chevrolet to conceptualize the Trax (Trax and Buick both share the same mechanical underpinnings).

The Trax occupies the space between Chevy’s XXL and the XS. Although the Trax offers plenty of practicality, those wishing for more towing capacity, and efficiency will find the Equinox a better alternative. However, for those residing in tight urban areas, the new Trax will undoubtedly make more sense.

2017 Chevrolet Trax side

Its compactness aside, the new model offers plenty of other likable features as well. The interior is easy to get into, and once inside, you’ll realize the extensive use of premium materials used on most surfaces. The seats, to start with, are comfortable and supportive and will make long-haul trips comfortable and memorable.

For general use, though, the Trax isn’t as exciting as it may suggest during your first encounter with it in your local dealership. Acceleration is lackluster and the four-cylinder engine is only suitable for city driving. Steering and handling are below par, while the ride quality in general can exhibit a significant amount of choppiness on rough roads.

As such, it would be advisable to check what its competition offers before penning it down. Rivals include the Mazda CX-3, Fiat 500X, and the Jeep Renegade. Our favorite in this segment happens to be the CX-5 – it is an intricate balance between storage space and seating comfort, best on-road dynamics, and incredible all-road capability.

2017 Chevrolet Trax

Trim Options – 2017 Chevrolet Trax

The new five-passenger, subcompact 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover is offered in LTZ, LT, and LS trim levels. You have the option of specifying between a FWD and an AWD system.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Chevrolet Trax Interior Review

Standard accessories and features available for the base Trax LS include a fold-flat front passenger seat, full power accessories, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 16” steel wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a seven-inch touchscreen display, smartphone app connectivity, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, automatic headlights, a six-speaker sound system, a rear cargo cover, a USB port, air conditioning, and GM’s OnStar telematics.

Upgrading to the Trax LT adds you a 110-V power outlet, remote engine start, a rear privacy glass, a satellite and HD radio, heated exterior mirrors, cruise controls, alloy wheels, and front passenger storage compartment.

The top-of-the-line Trax LTZ offers a 7-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, rear parking sensors, 18” alloy wheels, a leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, and heated front seats.

Options offered include a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, full leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Packages, color palette, and standalone options should be expected on its release date.

2017 Chevrolet Trax interior

2017 Chevrolet Trax instrument cluster

2017 Chevrolet Trax Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Chevrolet Trax is offered by a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine beneath its hood, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission system. The system is tasked with the sole responsibility of routing the power generated – 138 hp and 148 lbs. ft. of torque to either the FWD or the AWD.

Zipping from 0-60 mph takes under 10.0 seconds – lackluster acceleration relative to what other small crossover in its class offer.

When we come to the fuel economy, EPA says we should look forward to fuel economy ratings of about 24/31/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined with an AWD, and 26/34/29 mpg with the FWD.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax grille

2017 Chevrolet Trax Release Date & Price Estimate

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax price should be expected to start from an MSRP of about $20,300. When should it be offered for sale? I would wager its release sometime in early 2017.

2017 Infiniti Q50 Release Date and Interior

Infiniti boasts of a reputation built on offering abundant technologies and features for all models that bear its nameplate, and the same continues into 2017 with the newest 2017 Infiniti Q50 continuing with its automaker’s long-standing demeanor. It is one of the better choices you can have in the luxury sedan segment, but a closer assessment of its Hybrid counterpart proves the opposite on many fronts, and buyers are advised to be cautious when shopping. Its release date should be expected in early 2017. 

On one hand, the new 2017 Infiniti Q50 is one of the highest rated sedan in its segment, but on the other, it seems to be marred in controversy. Let us explain. The conventionally powered 2017 Infiniti Q50 3.7L gasoline engine is as good as it looks, it offers impressive road manners, offers lots of bells and whistles, offers an athletic handling, and is suitable for everyday commute, and therefore achieves an undisputed “A” rating.

2017 Infiniti Q50 front side

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, in stark contrast, receives a “D” rating thanks in part to the poorly executed hybrid powertrain and whatnot. The major difference here lies solely in how the two drive, and not how their exterior designs look or how their interiors have been trimmed. The Q50 Hybrid, in particular, suffers from inconsistent braking and acceleration thanks in part to the optional Direct Adaptive Steering system that eliminates the physical link between the front wheels and the steering wheel.

This results to lack of feedback and an unsettling delay in response. Other foibles that nip the Hybrid heels are its poor ride quality and limited trunk volume. That said, it is our prerogative to recommend the better one and bash the other. The better one here being the conventional gasoline-fueled Q50, and the latter being the Q50 Hybrid.

2017 Infiniti Q50 rear

Rivals include the Acura TLX, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series, and the Audi A4.

Trim Options – 2017 Infiniti Q50

The five-passenger 2017 Infiniti Q50 is offered in Premium, Base, S, and Hybrid trim levels. Each trim has the option of the AWD.

Exterior Spy Photos & 2017 Infiniti Q50 Interior Concept Review

Some of the standard features available for the base Q50 include a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, an eight-way power front seats, automatic LED headlights, dual USB ports, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated mirrors, LED foglights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, a leatherette upholstery, a heated steering wheel, HD and satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Infiniti Q50 grille

The Q50 Premium adds a 14-speaker premium audio system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated front seats, and sunroof.

Opting for the Q50S trim model gets you a heated steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension system, more aggressive exterior colors, power side bolsters adjustments, upgraded brakes, tri-zone automatic climate control, manual high extension, leather sport seats, and 19” wheels.

The top-of-the-trim Hybrid Premium gets a power steering wheel adjustment, cabin noise deadening materials, a drive-by-wire steering system, a leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Options for the lower trim levels include adaptive cruise control with rear-cross traffic alerts, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control, driver seat memory functions, power steering wheel adjustments, lane-keeping assist, front and rear collision warning system, a multiview camera system, and a reactive gas pedal.

2017 Infiniti Q50 interior

2017 Infiniti Q50 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Infiniti Q50 is offered by a 3.7L V6 engine rated at 328 hp and 269 lbs. ft. of torque. The only transmission system offered is a seven-speed. Buyers have the option of specifying either a front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive mode.

0-60 mph acceleration with the front-wheel drive Q50 Premium trim requires 5.5 seconds – a quick time for the segment.

More vivacity is offered by the 3.5L V6 engine paired by an electronic motor, which gets its power from a lithium-ion battery. The result of this combo is a power output of 360 hp.

Fuel economy figures are still being worked on, but we expect EPA to make them public months leading to its release date.

2017 Infiniti Q50 engine

2017 Infiniti Q50 back

2017 Infiniti Q50 Release Date & Price

The Q50 Hybrid price should be expected to start from a base MSRP of $44,400, and $37,150 for the Q50 Sedan. They should go for sale sometime in the early 2017.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Review

Although the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 is getting up a bit in years, its spacious interior accommodations is perhaps one of its strongest attributes. Other highlights include an easily accessible third-row bench, a strong V6 engine, and a responsive steering. Its release date should be expected sometime in August 2017

Mazda is known for its reputation as an automaker that infuses the soul of a sports car into every vehicle it gets its hands on, and the new CX-9 isn’t an exception. It is maneuverable and offers a fun to drive personality despite its size. But that’s not exactly the news here. Buyers looking for a seven-passenger behemoth are most probably in need of a vehicle that offers decent hauling and towing needs.

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If it is space, the CX-9 has got you covered. It offers plenty of leg- and headroom for its occupants in the three benches it comes configured with. Further aback, the cargo space is voluptuous and promises to hold a significant amount of cargo during those occasional weekend safaris.

Nonetheless, not everything about the CX-9 is amazing. Some of the foibles include a largely underwhelming touchscreen interface, middling crash test scores, stiff ride thanks to its large footprint, and long rear doors that are an inconvenience when parking in compact spaces.

Hopefully, there are plenty of good choices in the segment to meet your demands in case the CX-9 fails to do so. These include the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, and the Ford Flex.

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Trim Options – 2017 Mazda CX-9

The seven-passenger 2017 Mazda CX-9 is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels.

Exterior Spy Shots & 2017 Mazda CX-9 Interior Review

Our photographers on a photo op were able to capture some of its exterior colors, they include Blue Reflex Mica, Meteor Gray Mica, Jet Black Mica, Liquid Silver, Titanium Flash Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Slight changes should however be expected on its release date, as Mazda is yet to announce any changes to the color palette.

Some of the standard accessories and features available on the CX-9 Sport model include automatic tri-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated mirrors, full power accessories, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an adjustable driver seat, HD and satellite radio, a 6” touchscreen interface, cruise control, Pandora internet radio, and driver power lumbar.

2017 Mazda CX-9 spy shots

Upgrading to the CX-9 Touring trim model gets you a front adjustable passenger seat, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, four-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a leather upholstery, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded premium sound system.

The top-of-the-trim CX-9 Grand Touring ramps up the luxury department with driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, 20” wheels, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, and xenon headlights.

Options available for both trims include roof rails, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a power liftgate, a stainless steel rear bumper, a 115-V household-style power outlet, a DVD player, rear-seat entertainment system, cross bars, a navigation system, a sunroof, satellite and HD radio, and a panoramic sunroof.

2017 Mazda CX-9 seats

2017 Mazda CX-9 interior

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation under its hood is offered by a 3.7L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission system, and either a FWD or an all-wheel drive. The power output, according to Mazda remains unchanged at 273 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque.

A fully-loaded 2017 Mazda CX-9 should be able to achieve a maximum towing capacity of around 3,500 lbs.

Zipping from 0-60 mph with the front wheel drive CX-9 takes about 7.5 seconds – a quick acceleration figure considering the segment’s average is just about 8.2 seconds. The all-wheel drive model, on the other hand, takes 8.5 seconds.

When we come to the fuel economy figures, EPA says we should expect the AWD models to return 16/22/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/24/19 mpg with the front wheel drive models.

2017 Mazda CX-9 engine

2017 Mazda CX-9 Release Date & Price

The 2017 CX-9 price should be expected to start from an MSRP starting from $29,985. Although unconfirmed as of this writing, my crystal ball tells me we should expect the CX-9 SUV sometime in mid-2017, probably in August.

2017 Nissan Frontier 

Although the new 2017 Nissan Frontier trails behind the recently redesigned General Motors and Toyota trucks in most respects, the vehicle compensates these with its brawny V6 engine, fun-to-drive quality, stout bed lining and tie-down points, easy-to-use interior controls, and a strong V6 engines. Its release date should be expected sometime in early next year, according to various sources within the industry’s circles. 

The new 2017 Nissan Frontier manages to keep up with the competition even despite its advanced age. Nissan has been able to do this through offering appealing and compelling features that are up-to date. But even as it tries to keep off its critics, there are some areas the Frontier could’ve offered more attention.

The interior refinement, of instance, is dated. The material quality is average even for the top trims unless you opt for the pricey options available. While the control layout might seem driver-centric, the controls are flimsy and antiquated. On the pavement, you’ll also realize the road noise levels are intrusive. All these lackluster features give it a bare-bones look and offer its rivals a better standing in the segment.

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Even in terms of space, the Frontier suffers in terms of the backseat space regardless of the body styles. The front seats also lack adjustability as is the current trend in modern vehicles. Other areas the Frontier falls short in include a cumbersome handling, an unrefined V6 engine, and a spongy brake pedal and slow steering.

On the upside, though. The Frontier offers lots of practicality. Fu national details include a sliding bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, and adjustable cargo tie-downs.  It’s also a capable of-roader when you leave asphalt for dirt.

Therefore, we’d advice buyers in this segment to consider other vehicles in the segment first. These include the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and the Toyota Tacoma.

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Trim Options – Nissan Frontier

Five trims are offered for the midsize 2017 Nissan Frontier pickup: SL, Pro-4X, Desert Runner SV, and S. also, there are offered in either extended cab or King can body styles.


2017 Nissan Frontier Exterior Photos & Interior Redesigns

Accessories offered for the base Frontier S model include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, 16” steel wheels, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, a sliding rear window, a four-speaker sound system, auxiliary audio jack, front bucket seats, and tilt-only steering wheel. More equipment will be offered on its release date.

The Frontier SV steps up with keyless entry and ignition, 16” alloy wheels, a 5” touchscreen display, power windows, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, satellite radio, additional USB ports, smartphone app integration, an upgraded cloth upholstery, and a media player interface.

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Options offered for the SV include a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a sliding bed extender, foglights, automatic dual-zone climate control, adjustable cargo tie-downs, heated front seats, a Class IV trailer hitch, a spray-on bedliner, rear parking sensors, and an upgrade audio system.

Opting for the Desert Runner gets you everything available on the Frontier SV plus high-performance shock absorbers, skid plates, special tires, off-road ready hardware, special exterior and interior styling, an eight-way manual driver seat, off-road tires, and fog lamps.

The Frontier Pro-4X tacks on a 5.8” NissanConnect touchscreen interface, satellite radio, a first aid kit, voice controls, specially tuned shocks, a 10-speaker Rockford Fostgate audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a locking rear differential, and a navigation system.


2017 Nissan Frontier interior

2017 Nissan Frontier Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Two engines are the source of motivation for the 2017 Nissan Frontier. A 2.5L four-cylinder available under the hood of the S and SV trim models and generates 152 hp and 171 lbs. ft. of torque. The fuel consumption according to EPA stand at 23/17/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the five-speed automatic and 23/19/21 mpg with the five-speed manual transmission system.

Optional for the SV is the 4.0L V6 rated at 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-ft. of torque. With this mill under the hood of the S, SV, and Pro-4X trim models, expect it to zip from 0-60 mph in just 8.2 seconds.

When fully loaded, expect the V6 versions to tow as much as 6,500 pounds, and about 3,500 pounds with the four-cylinder models.


2017 Nissan Frontier grille

2017 Nissan Frontier Release Date & Price

We should expect the 2017 Nissan Frontier  vehicle to go for sale sometime in early 2017. How much will they cost? Expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $18,290 for the Frontier King Cab, and $23,000 for the Frontier Crew Cab.


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2017 Nissan Leaf 

With sales now approaching 200,000 units, the Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever sold. 2017 Nissan Leaf  is a new concept model and here we will talk about it. And the new 2017 model promises to go a notch higher banking on its improved specs. The new model is an all-new model and its release date should be expected sometime next year, probably in the latter half. 

The new Leaf comes adorned with features such as a long cruising range, nationwide availability, a spacious rear sea, and hush cabin. And for 2017, the new model surpasses the earlier range and therefore promises to be a top choice for anyone interested in an electric car that offers a peppy all-electric driving, and efficiency.

2017 Nissan Leaf rear side

On a full battery charge, the base Leaf can travel up to 84 miles and 107 miles if you opt for either the SL or SV trims. This might not be the most impressive EV range, but as most drives would attest to, 80-100 miles is the typical driving range for daily driving needs even for gasoline-only users.

The segment has grown over the past couple of years, and now offers a plethora of similarly equipped or better alternatives obviously depending on the price range. Two particular stand outs are both the VW e-Golf and the Kia Soul EV. Both are “A” rated EVs and offer plenty of bells and whistles for the money, and most importantly, superior range and class-topping efficiency.

The only demerit to the two is that they aren’t available in all states, and that’s where the Ford Focus comes in, it has nationwide availability, as is the Leaf. Another option to consider is probably the BMW i3. Whichever way seems great for you, the new 2017 Nissan Leaf is certainly worth your time.


Trim Options – 2017 Nissan Leaf

SV, SL, and S are the three trim levels you should expect for the new five-passenger 2017 Nissan Leaf hatchback. Rumors are rife another model could be offered, but this will ostensibly be known on its release date.

2017 Nissan Leaf Exterior Changes & Interior Redesign

The Leaf S model’s list of standard accessories and features includes a driver adjustable seat, cruise control, mobile app integration, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated mirrors, 16” steel wheels, a four-speaker premium sound system, a 5” color touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, full power accessories, a USB port, a CD player, rear folding 60/40-split seats, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, auxiliary audio jack, a cloth upholstery, a 3.6kW onboard charger, automatic climate control, and a USB port.

The Leaf SV steps you up with a more efficient heating system, 17” alloy wheels, HD and satellite radio, a partially recycled cloth upholstery, heated power side mirrors, a quick-charge port, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, additional USB ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Opting for the Leaf SL gets you heated rear seats, automatic LED headlights, a leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, an all surround-view camera, a seven-speaker Bose stereo audio system, full power accessories, foglights, and a cargo cover.

2017 Nissan Leaf side

2017 Nissan Leaf steering wheel

2017 Nissan Leaf interior

2017 Nissan Leaf Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Nissan Leaf is offered by the 80-kW electric motor working synergistically with a lithium-ion battery pack. The total output here stands at 107 hp and 187 lbs. ft. of torque. The SL and SV trim models are offered with a 30kWh and 24kWh batteries for the base S model.

2017 Nissan Leaf wheel

Although unimpressive in its class, the Leaf zips from 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds.

When it comes to fuel economy, it is estimated by EPA that the base S trim that comes equipped with a 24kWh pack returns up to 84 miles of an all-electric range, and 107 miles for the SV and SL trims with the 30kWh battery pack.

Regardless of the battery pack, EPA also says the models should typically use up about 30kW for every 100 miles travelled.

A depleted battery is expected to recharge in about five hours whilst using the 6.6kW charger and 30kWh battery pack and a power source of 240-V. the quick charge port, on the other hand, does so in just 30 minutes.

2017 Nissan Leaf engine system

2017 Nissan Leaf Price & Release Date

Once available, the 2017 Nissan Leaf price should be expected to start at an MSRP of $29,010, and up to $36,790 for the SL trim. Its availability is expected sometime in late next year.

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