Auto review

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.

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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Combining elegant style and impressive fuel economy, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h is a remarkable hybrid luxury sedan.

As one of five Lexus hybrid models offered for 2017, the ES 300h makes luxury eco-conscious with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined.

Exterior design

With a starting MSRP of $41,820, the ES 300h conveys its hybrid identity through subtle design cues, including a trunk lip spoiler and blue hybrid badges. “Subtle,” though, is hardly the word for the overall design.

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The all-new 2017 Impreza debuts Subaru’s Global Platform architecture. This new Subaru design language includes features such as the brand’s signature hexagonal grille, along with a more sculptural body.

With a starting MSRP of $18,395, the Subaru Impreza is available in four-door sedan and five-door styles, and both are available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines.

2017 highlights

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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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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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The popular SportWagen model joined the Golf family in 2015, shedding its Jetta nameplate to reflect its seventh-generation Golf underpinnings. For 2017, Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen has a starting MSRP of $21,580 and is available in four trims: S, S 4Motion, SE and SEL.

Exterior

The Golf SportWagen features a modern yet unmistakably Volkswagen Golf DNA. The shape remains as recognizable as ever, although distinctive design elements differentiate the SportWagen from the Golf hatchback.

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As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has transformed the segment over the years.

For 2017, Chrysler is introducing its newly redesigned Pacifica, which has been re-engineered from the ground up. This all-new minivan features a choice of two efficient powertrains – the segment’s first hybrid vehicle, and the next generation of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, which is paired to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission.

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With a starting MSRP of $25,645, the 2017 Subaru Outback is available in six different trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring.

New for 2017

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Ford Expedition, which debuted in 1996, is the company’s largest utility vehicle, with seating for up to eight. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is also featured in the Ford F-150 pickup.

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The Lincoln MKX blends luxury, craftsmanship and style into its top-of-the-line, mid-size crossover utility vehicle. With seating for five, the MKX features a warm and tailored experience — with rich materials and exquisite detailing adding to the ambiance.

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