Automotive Review

Fiat 124 Spider

Last sold in the United States more than 30 years ago, the iconic Fiat 124 Spider is back for 2017.

Nearly 50 years ago, on Nov. 2, 1966, the original Fiat 124 Spider was introduced at the Turin Auto Show. Spider sales in the U.S. began in 1968 and concluded in 1985.

Today, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider with it classic Italian styling and starting MSRP of $24,995 is available in three models: Classica, Lusso and Abarth.

Italian style

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2017 Toyota 86

For 2017, our press vehicle of the week received a new name and a new look. What was formerly the Scion FR-S is now the Toyota 86, as Scion and its models transition back to the Toyota brand.

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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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The 2017 Ram 1500 brings its unique style and personality to the full-size truck segment. With a starting MSRP of $26,495, the Ram 1500 is available in multiple trims, along with various cabs (Regular, Quad and Crew) and cargo boxes (5-foot-7, 6-4 and 8 feet) to fit different needs.

Additionally, the 2017 Ram 1500 offers seating for up to six, interior dimensions include rear legroom of 34.7-inches (Quad Cab) and 40.3-inches (Crew Cab); rear shoulder room of 65.7-inches (Quad and Crew Cab); and rear hip room of 62.9-inches (Quad Cab) and 63.2-inches (Crew Cab).

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With a starting MSRP of $23,995, Jeep Wrangler is available in several different models, including Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon.

Outside, each model includes iconic Jeep signature features such as the seven-slot front grille and trapezoid wheel flares. For 2017, 10 different exterior colors are available — including hues such as Chief (new), Gobi (new), Xtreme Purple (now available across the entire lineup), Black, Bright White, Rhino and more.

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The 2017 Infiniti QX80 is capable of transporting up to eight people and their belongings in spacious elegance. It is offered in three models: QX80, QX80 AWD and QX80 AWD Limited – the most premium SUV ever offered by Infiniti—along with five special option packages.

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After introducing the all-new fourth-generation RX 350 and RX 450h Hybrid luxury utility vehicles for 2016, Lexus continues the RX model’s second season with the same luxury style and craftsmanship.

Model of distinction

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For 2017, FIAT simplifies the 500X lineup to three models (Pop, Trekking and Lounge) while changing available package content to offer customers the opportunity to better personalize their 500X. Additionally, Fiat 500X option packages, now offered on all models, can be combined with one another so customers can get the features they desire.

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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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