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2017 Acura RDX compact luxury SUV

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With a starting MSRP of $35,370, the stylish and comfortable 2017 Acura RDX offers room for five and a long list of interior amenities.

Significantly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the 2017 RDX retains the upgrades made last year, including a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, restyled exterior and interior elements, and list of luxury features.

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2018 Acura MDX

The sophisticated Acura MDX sport utility vehicle blends luxury, style and seating for up to seven passengers into an attractive package. From the outside, the MDX’s design features crisp, sculpted lines, dual exhaust and available pewter gray machine-finished 10-spoke wheels. Several exterior colors are available for the Acura MDX, including hues such as White Diamond Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Dark Cherry Pearl.

Interior style

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Selectively applied Ferric Gray metallic accents sets BMW X4 M40i apart

The sculpted lines of the BMW X4 M40i give this Sports Activity Coupe a sleek, attractive appearance.

With a starting MSRP of $59,250 (for the 2018 model year), the exterior of the BMW X4 M40i is differentiated from other BMW X4 models, making it stand out as a clear member of the BMW M Performance family. Exclusive Ferric Gray metallic accents, such as in the accents on the front of the vehicle, as well as the optional 20-inch M double-spoke wheels and black chrome tailpipes on both sides, emphasize the unique character of the X4 M40i.

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Fiat 500 Pop

Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 features a sleek, modern design. For 2017, Fiat simplifies its 500 lineup to three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth. Additionally, all trim levels are available as a 500 Cabrio.

Fiat design

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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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