Automotive Review

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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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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Chevrolet’s 2017 Cruze

As Chevrolet’s best-selling car, the Cruze features impressive fuel economy averages and for 2017, it is now available as a hatchback as well as a sedan.

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The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda’s midsize pickup truck, redesigned from the ground up. With a starting MSRP of $29,475, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes in a total of seven trim levels and offers many new features.

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Nissan’s redesigned Armada

With the introduction of the all-new second-generation Armada full-size SUV, the last piece of Nissan’s transformation of its SUV and crossover lineup falls into place. The 2017 Armada is the largest and most powerful vehicle in the Nissan portfolio, earning it flagship status. Unlike the original Armada, which was based on the Nissan Titan full-size pickup, the new-generation design traces back to Nissan’s popular global vehicle, the Patrol.

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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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Yaris

With a starting MSRP of $15,250, the Toyota Yaris offers both three-door and five-door models and features a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined when equipped with its four-speed automatic transmission. With the five-speed manual transmission, Yaris averages 30 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined.

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2017 Encore

Introduced in 2013, the Encore quickly carved out a niche of its own and rose to the top of the fast-growing small SUV market, topping it in 2014 and 2015. Encore was Buick’s best-selling vehicle in North America in 2015, accounting for nearly a third of overall sales. Its sales were up 34 percent for the first two months of 2016, extending a year-over-year sales increase streak to 26 months.

For 2017, a new front-end appearance and a new premium interior highlight the visual refinements.

Exterior design

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