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2017 Toyota Avalon

Toyota has been manufacturing its premium midsize sedan, the Avalon, for over 20 years. With a starting MSRP of $33,300, the 2017 Avalon is available in eight models: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE Plus, Hybrid XLE Premium and Hybrid Limited.

Avalon’s sleek profile is accented by a stylish front grille and tasteful chrome trim. Nine exterior colors are available. Inside, the cabin offers comfortable seating and a spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk (14 cubic feet in the Hybrid).

Avalon interior

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Volkswagen’s 2017 Jetta

In America, the Jetta has been Volkswagen’s best-selling car for many years. With a starting MSRP of $17,895, the 2017 Jetta lineup is comprised of four models: S, SE, SEL and GLI.

Jetta lineup

The Jetta lineup is simplified in 2017. The base S trim includes a 1.4-liter, 150-horsepower engine, 16-inch steel wheels as standard, two-tone cloth seats and more. It offers optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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Sophisticated looks and expressive materials make up the 2017 Chrysler 300, which is available in four models: 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum.

At the front, a sculptured surface fascia proudly accommodates Chrysler 300’s prominent grille with unique dimensional texture and chrome grille surround. The grille contains the Chrysler wing badge, which highlights the new “face of Chrysler.”

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2017 Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey offers seating for five or  seven passengers.

The Dodge Journey enters 2017 with a starting MSRP of $21,195, five available trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT (note: GT is new for 2017, replaces R/T), a choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating.

Under the hood

Journey features a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy averages are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on highway.

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For 2017, Dodge Durango features a new model and new appearance packages. Additionally, Durango’s standard eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with either the 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated up to 295 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque, delivering up to 26 miles per gallon (mpg); or the classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque.

With a starting MSRP of $29,995, the Dodge Durango is available in four models: SXT, GT (new for 2017, replacing Limited), Citadel and R/T.

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