In the market for a new car? Whether you're looking for performance, style or value, chances are there's a 2017 vehicle for you.
"Buyers should really consider what their car will be used for," says Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver, which for 30 years has compiled a top-10 list in its January issue. "Is it a daily driver for a commute? Is it a second car for fun on the weekends, or maybe a teen's first vehicle?"
Next focus on price, says Alterman. Alterman urges buyers to think about fun, too.
"Ask yourself if the car you're considering will put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel," he says.
Here's a look at some of the hot cars for 2017, according to automotive experts from CarSumo.com and CarHub.com.
This electric car, which has a 200-mile range, is one to watch.
"It's reported to be a blast to drive, features tons of cargo space, and comes enabled with the latest tech, including onboard Wi-Fi, 4G LTE internet connectivity, and Apple Car Play or Android Auto," says Shayrgo Barazi, automotive engineer and founder of CarSumo.com. Barazi notes that the $37,500 Bolt is slow to charge, taking nearly nine hours to power up.
"BMW goes back to its driver's-car roots," with the BMW M2, says Jesse Toprak, CEO of CarHub.com, a new automotive shopping website.
The car is expected to feature a twin-turbocharged inline-six with around 400 horsepower.
*Alfa Romeo Giulia
A luxury sedan, the Alfa Romeo Giulia retails for $70,000.
"The Giulia offers two variants -- the base model and the Quadrifoglio -- both of which have a lot to offer in terms of beautiful styling, refinement and performance," says Barazi, explaining that the Quadrifoglio stands out for its aggressive look and Ferrari-inspired twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine putting out 505 horsepower.
This roomy sedan, from Hyundai's new luxury-oriented Genesis sub-brand, is a rival to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-class.
"The new Genesis G90 will offer two engines, both direct injected with Continuously Variable Valve Timing," says Toprak, detailing the car's 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, which makes 365 horsepower and 376 foot-pounds of torque. "Both engines are backed by an upgraded ... version of Hyundai's eight-speed automatic transmission that's smaller, lighter and more efficient."
"The redesigned Mazda CX-9 is a great example of how an SUV can demonstrate elegance, performance and practicality at a price that most of us can afford," says Barazi.
The SUV, priced at $31,520, has third-row seating, a luxurious interior and sleek exterior styling.
Although it's pricey (starting around $150,000), this NSX is the "long anticipated follow-up to the first generation NSX that started out in the early 1990s and earned a reputation as being a daily driver supercar," says Toprak, noting the high-tech vehicle will have a turbocharged V-6.
*Ford Focus RS
"Early reviews indicate the RS is everything we expected it to be -- a rally-inspired hatchback with superior performance to what's currently available on the market," says Barazi, praising the car for its "handling and braking prowess."
This sporty compact hatch, which sells for $25,730, has been available in Europe for decades, but now it's stateside, ready to compete with the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi EVO.
Move over, traditional minivans, and get ready for the Chrysler Pacifica, which combines comfort with technology and stow-and-go seating.
"Chrysler looks to make minivans popular again," says Toprak, explaining the base LX model, priced at $30,000, is competitive with the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona.
A quiet and smooth ride, Barazi calls the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra "a well-balanced entry-level midsize sedan that offers attractive styling, fuel efficiency and an affordable base price of around $17,000."
*Tesla Model 3
A reasonably priced compact sedan, selling for $30,000, Tesla Model 3 has a driving range of about 200 miles.
"Buyers can expect typical Tesla advanced technology, including swappable battery packs and a fully autonomous self-driving mode that can take the wheel in select situations," says Toprak. It remains to be seen whether Tesla can build vehicles at a high enough volume to satisfy demand.