2017 Buick Verano Release Date, Specs and Info

Undoubtedly, the fresh 2017 Buick Verano brings American luxury car qualities to the small car realm. For those shopping on the compact sedan segment might find it to be a solid choice, but it will also be imperative to keep an open mind as its German rivals in the same price range offer much a better alternative.

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Some of its strengths include a competitive price, composed and comfortable ride, efficient and strong turbocharged engines, and a standard technology galore. Its release date should be expected this fall. For 2017, the Verano gains new base and Sport trim.

For quite some time, the vehicle was considered an afterthought in the United States, and was primarily intended for those who were shopping on tight budgets. Americans generally preferred Lincolns and Cadillacs particularly for those guys who seat in boardrooms. On the other hand, Japanese and Europeans generally saw compact cars as cars that anyone could drive regardless of the occasion.2017 Buick Verano rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

However, things have changed of late, and the idea of compact cars now commensurate with most people in the U.S, as the demand has soared in recent years. The new 2017 Buick Verano comes with a substantial list of standard and optional features as well as a finely-crafted exterior. The only major downside to the Verano is the tight backseat.

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Sadly, there aren’t a plethora of alternative choices in its class. Although, the 2017 Audi A3, 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Acura ILX 2017 give the Verano a run for their money. If space is a key priority, you could still get a higher-end mid-size car, for example, the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion or the Nissan Altima.

Available Trims – Buick Verano Trims

The five-passenger configured 2017 Buick Verano offers a walloping six trims: new 1SV base trim, the previous base Verano, Convenience Group, Sport Touring, Leather Group, and the plush Premium Turbo Group trim.

Interior Changes & Exterior Review – 2017 Buick Verano

The SV comes equipped with a split-folding rear seat, six-speaker audio system, 17” alloy wheels, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (dual-zone), USB port, CD player, OnStar connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and cruise control.

2017 Buick Verano interior, gear shift knob and dashboard

The previous base model (regular Verano) comes with a rearview camera, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, remote engine start, and Buick’s IntelliLink interface.

Opting for the Convenience Group gets you lane-departure warning system, an auto-dimming rearview camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, 18” alloy wheels, a forward collision warning system, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, foglights, and rear-cross traffic alert system.

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The 2017 Buick Verano Sport Touring trim is equipped similarly to the above trim and further adds s rear trunk lid spoiler, and different 18” wheels.

The Leather Group adds Bose audio system, leather upholstery, and steering heated wheel.

The plush 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo builds upon what the Leather Group offers plus a rear spoiler, and a more agile 2.0L engine.

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Finally, the new 2017 Buick Verano Sport, Convenience, and Leather trims are provided with an optional Appearance Group package which avails a rear spoiler and a chrome grille. Others include a sunroof and a navigation system.

Engine Specs – 2017 Buick Verano

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 180 hp and 171 pounds of torque is available for most versions of the FWD 2017 Buick Verano. The range-topping 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo comes with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 250 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque.

The fuel economy ratings for the 2.4L engine stands at a laudable 21/32/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, although some might argue that the ratings fall way lower than what other cars offer. For instance, both the four-cylinder Nissan Altima and Honda Accord offer better fuel consumption ratings despite their comparatively bigger size.

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The Premium Turbo’s engine offers 21/31/24 mpg with an automatic, and 20/31/24 mpg with the manual.

Exterior colors include Dark Sapphire, Blue Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Summit White.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Buick Verano

Expect the base 1SV to cost you an MSRP starting from $21,065, and up to $28,670 for the plush Premium Turbo Group trim. As pertains its release date, expect it this fall.

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Release Date and Info

With a peppy and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, hush ride, adult-friendly backseat, heat-turning exterior style, and advanced safety features galore. The new 2017 Hyundai Tucson will certainly be a favorite in the compact crossover segment. Its date of release should be expected in March 2017, according to various online sources.

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The Tucson’s redesign is evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary one as it comes riding on a new platform known as “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language. Don’t bowl over with excitement just yet, the new underpinning is just an outgrowth of the previous one and nothing much has changed inside.

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Although the new 2017 Tucson comes with subtle changes riding on the new platform, it will feature a fuel-sipping engine, cutting-edge technology, and spacious interior. Interior wise, adults will find the backseat very convenient as it provides enough leg-and headroom unlike the previous model’s cramped backseat. The cargo volume has also improved.

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New features that will be available for the Tucson include frontal collision intervention system, an upgraded 8-inch display, lane-departure warning system, LED headlights, and blind-spot monitoring. Lest you conclude the new Tucson is faultless, there are a few areas which we think should have been addressed better – the SE comes with a lackluster engine, middling interior materials quality, and most upscale features are either offered on the Limited trim or are offered for an extra.

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If you can’t live with that there is a plethora of alternatives to choose from. They include Hyundai’s own 2017 Santa Fe, 2017 Toyota RAV4, 2017 Mazda CX-3, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Honda HR-V. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is, nonetheless, a compelling crossover that’s more revolutionary than you might think.

Trims Available – Hyundai Tucson

Four trims are available for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson: SE, Eco, Sport, and the Limited trim.

Interior Colors & Exterior Review – 2017 Hyundai Tucson

The base SE trim offers stain-resistant cloth upholstery, LED headlight accents, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, a six-speaker premium sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rear spoiler, a trip computer, heated mirrors, and full power accessories.

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The Eco trim further adds an eight-way power driver seat, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, foglights, and a 1.6L turbocharged engine.

Upgrading to the Sport trim gets you a slew of safety features, a hands-free power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, and 19-inch wheels.

2017 Hyundai Tucson interior, front and rear leather seats

At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the Limited trim which throws in rear air vents, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics, an eight-speaker audio system, a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, additional soft-touch surfaces, automatic climate control (dual-zone), an auto-dimming rearview mirrors, upgraded interior trim, and a slew of safety features.

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Some of the features available for the top-rated trim can also be equipped on the lower trims such as adaptive xenon headlights, lane-departure warning system, automatic braking, forward collision warning, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, a color trip computer, an upgraded gauge cluster, and a panoramic sunroof/moonroof.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the SE trim is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 164 hp and 151 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is then forwarded to either the standard front wheel drive of the optional all-wheel drive via the engine-mated six-speed automatic transmission system.

According to EPA statistics, the all-wheel drive model should be able to return 26/21/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 31/23/26 mpg with the front-wheel drive system.

2017 Hyundai Tucson engine

Generating 175 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque is a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine that comes under the hood of the Eco, Sport, and Limited trims. Transmitting the power to either the FWD or the optional AWD here is the seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission system.

With the front-wheel drive, EPA estimates for the 1.6L stand at 33/26/29 mpg, and 31/25/27 mpg with the all-wheel drive.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Price & Release Date

March 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Hyundai Tucson at least according to online sources. Planning to buy the 2017 Tucson? Well, the asking price will start at $22,700.  Check back for important details about its towing capacity and 0-60 mph acceleration, as they were unavailable at the time of this writing.

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2017 Scion FR-S -Release Date, Review and Specs

With its fun to drive character, comfortable front seats, good fuel efficiency, a well-balanced chassis, and an outstanding steering, the new 2017 Scion FR-S is one the most appealing and attainable small performance cars sold today. Its release date should be expected mid-next year.

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Although the small sport coupe is a small niche in the United States, shoppers looking for a peppy performance, nimble handling, and good looks in a small package should find time to check out the 2017 FR-S. The two-door FR-S is a back-to-basics, lightweight, sports cars that offers plenty of value for any serious buyer.

2017 Scion FR-S rear view, exterior, taillights and tailpipe

One compelling attribute that we have found on the FR-S vs. Subaru BRZ, which seems to be its only direct rival, is in its driving dynamics. It zips and turns nimbly with minimum effort. And yet it’s not as intimidating as rear-wheel, high-horsepower coupes. Throw in a combined fuel consumption rating of 25 mpg with the six-speed manual or 28 mpg combined with the six-speed automatic transmission and you get yourself one of the best sports coupes ever created.

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Although it is undoubtedly a supercar with a performance worth coveting, there are some drawbacks to owning an FR-S. For instance, the base engine lacks the low-end oomph that you’ll probably get with rivals with larger engines. Also, the FR-S seems to suffer from wind, tire, and road noise at relative top speeds, and the way it responds to road impacts is a bit insubstantial.

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Therefore, it would be considered wise to look at other alternatives first before committing to the FR-S. Some of the direct rivals include the 2017 Subaru BRZ Roadster. The BRZ, relative to the FR-S, offers a brisker acceleration but compares similarly in other respects.

Another solid option would be the 2017 Nissan 370Z. It is fun to drive and steers with precision, but its window sticker might prove daunting. Others in the same league include the 2017 Mini Cooper S, the 2017 VW GTI, and the 2017 Ford Focus ST sedan.

2017 Scion FR-S side view, exterior, alloy wheels

By offering a two-door body, a competitive price tag, a 2+2 seating layout, and sporty, RWD driving dynamics, the new 2017 Scion FR-S plunks itself into a segment it is almost guaranteed to triumph over. It’s an elemental and stylish standout that gives you a great driving experience. It’s a worthy buy!

Offered Trims – Scion FR-S

The new sport coupe is only available in a single well-equipped trim level.

Interior Changes & Exterior 2017 Scion FR-S Review

2017 Scion FR-S steering wheel, gear shift knob, dashboard, lcd screen

Standard accessories and features available on the 2017 Scion FR-S include full power accessories, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, automatic headlights, automatic four-zone climate control, 17” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a USB interface, Aha and Pandora Internet radios, a height-adjustable driver seat, adaptive cruise control, voice commands, an auxiliary audio jack, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adaptive xenon headlights.

2017 Scion FR-S interior, leather seats, steering wheel

There are no other factory options available for the 2017 Scion FR-S except transmission choices and exterior colors. Instead, there are tons of dealer-installed equipment such as premium BeSpoke sound system, foglights, smartphone app integration, a navigation system and Internet radio.

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2017 Scion FR-S Engine Specifications

Under the hood of the redesigned 2017 Scion FR-S is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 200 horsepower and 151 lbs. ft. of torque. The engine can be mated to either the optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rev-matched downshifts or the standard six-speed manual transmission system.

2017 Scion FR-S engine

We haven’t tested the automatic-equipped 2017 Scion FR-S, but the manual-equipped version sprinted from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. That is faster vs. the Subaru BRZ with an automatic transmission, which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

EPA says the six-speed manual 2017 Scion FR-S should be expected to return 22/30/25 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with the automatic.

Price & 2017 Scion FR-S Release Date

2017 Scion FR-S Release date

The new 2017 Scion FR-S should be expected in the middle of 2017. As for the price, buyers should expect a based MSRP starting from $25,305.

In overall, the FR-S does a decent job in long distance highway cruising from a practical standpoint. It certainly isn’t serene at higher cruising speeds, but it is also not loud, exactly.

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