2017 Jeep Patriot Release Date, Review and Info

Apart from its rock-bottom price tag, there is little to covet from the 2017 Jeep Patriot especially considering the perfection of its rivals in its segment. Some of the defining features for 2017 include an affordable price, optional flip-down tailgate speakers, cozy front seats, and improved off-road capability offered by the Freedom Drive II package. Its release date should be expected during the second half of 2016.

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For 2017, buyers shouldn’t expect to see the previous top-of-the-range Limited model, therefore, only two remaining trim models are available for the 2017 Patriot. Other novelties include a rearview camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, ad a new Sport SE package.

Despite all the grey areas the Patriot has been manifesting for the last couple of years, it has continued to surprise many with its selling records. This might be partly attributed to the affordability that comes with the model or the ever endearing Jeep name. Either way, it all depends on your priorities and your ability to forgo things like air-conditioning, and power windows.

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The 2017 model despite its evolutionary cycle hasn’t relinquished its defining off-roading ability particularly when equipped with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group. This, however, isn’t a free add-on and comes mated to a disappointing CVT. Despite the benefits that a CVT comes with in newer models, as long as it is equipped on the Patriot or its Compass sibling, poor fuel economy ratings are a guarantee. Hopefully, you can opt for the six-speed automatic but, in doing so, you’ll be jeopardizing the off-road ability that comes with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group.

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There are plenty of other alternative models on offer in the same segment that offer pleasant off-roading capability than the Patriot they include the 2017 Jeep Renegade, 2017 Mazda CX-3, and the 2017 Honda HR-V.

Available Trims – Jeep Patriot

The 2017 Patriot is offered in a five-seating configuration available in two trims: Sport and the Latitude trims. Furthermore, both come with sub-trims: Sport SE package for the SE, and a High Altitude Edition for the Latitude trim.

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The Sport comes equipped with cloth upholstery, manual exterior mirrors, 16” steel wheels, a tilt-only steering wheel, roof rails, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, crank-down windows, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio jack, manual locks, tinted rear windows, cruise control, foglights, and a four-speaker sound system.

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Available options for the Sport trim includes power accessories, automatic headlights, six CD/DVD changer, black alloy or steel wheels, upgraded exterior trim, remote keyless entry, mesh and cloth upholstery, tow hooks, improved ride height, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

The Latitude comes equipped with a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 115-V power outlet, reclining rear seatbacks, a height-adjustable driver seat, 17” alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and integrated radio controls.

Options available include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics speakers, unique 17” alloy wheels, power driver seat, leather upholstery, chrome exterior wheels, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote ignition, and a luggage cover.

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Other extras available for both the Latitude and Sport trims include a rearview camera, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, tow hooks, engine-block heater, a rearview camera, a 6.5” touchscreen navigation system, all-season floor mats, Garmin navigation system, an oil cooler, a height-adjustable driver seat, hill descent control, and an upgraded CVT with low-range mode.

2017 Jeep Patriot Engine Specs

Under the hood of the new 2017 Jeep Patriot is an engine galore. To start off with, the base trim comes equipped with a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 158 hp and 141 pounds of torque. It is only available with the FWD and a default five-speed manual transmission system.

The other is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 165 pounds of torque and 172 horsepower. Also, it is offered with a FWD system and a five-speed manual transmission.
With the CVT, expect EPA estimates of 22/26/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the 2.0L Patriot, and 23/30/26 mpg for the manual version.

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During our real-life test drive of the 2017 Jeep Patriot with Freedom Drive I and a six-speed auto sauntered to 60 mph from standstill in 9.4 seconds. On the other hand, the Freedom Drive II – equipped Patriot did the same in 10.3 seconds.

Expect 2,000 pounds maximum towing capacity when the Patriot is fully equipped.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Jeep Patriot

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Getting a 2017 Jeep Patriot will cost you an MSRP starting from $17,595 for the base model, according to our mule. The Sport SUV will probably be released during the second half of this year.

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2017 Infiniti QX50 Release Date, Review and Info

The previous Infiniti QX50 had a cramped backseat, however, the new 2017 Infiniti QX50 addresses the issue. Still, you can get better alternatives of this greying QX50 although the QX50 offers a descent value. Its release date should be expected during the second half of this year.

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Some of its pros include a low base price, a responsive handling, and an available agile V6 engine. For 2017, you should expect to see a revised exterior styling, a newly stretched wheelbase, improved rear legroom, LED daytime running lights, heated seats, a sunroof, and additional standard features.

Words sometime offer different meanings, and so is the Infiniti QX50. On the upside, the brand has given the QX50 a fresh stretched wheelbase. Now, the rear legroom gains an additional 4.3” more therefore placing the vehicle in a league often dominated by German and Japanese brands. On the other hand, the vehicle rides smoothly than the previous models, as is often the character associated with vehicles with longer wheelbases.

2017 Infiniti QX50 exterior, black color

On a general view, the new 2017 Infiniti QX50 returns mostly unchanged, which is both a bad and a good thing. On the plus side, the vehicle comes with an engaging appeal especially through its powerful V6 engine that cranks out an impressive 325 hp and a sport-tuned suspension that are almost distantly related to the370Z sports car from Nissan.

On the downside though, Infiniti has been able to offer the QX50 a substantial refresh ever since it debuted almost eight years ago. Some of the greying areas include the lackluster fuel economy ratings, missing commonplace features like a standard Bluetooth audio system, and a power liftgate.

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The new 2017 Infiniti QX50 offers an enormous cargo capacity but that doesn’t enamor us, as there are other vehicles in the segment that can swallow more stuff. A good example is the VW Golf hatchback.

We can’t however downplay some successes that the QX50 has achieved. Nonetheless, the segment offers a plethora of better equipped models. Some of them include the 2017 BMW X3, 2017 Acura RDX, and the 2017 Acura Q5.

Available Trims – Infiniti QX50

Just like a majority of Infiniti models, the new 2017 Infiniti QX50 is only offered in a single well-equipped trim level.

Exterior Dimensions & Interior Review – 2017 Infiniti QX50

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Standard equipment available for the new 2017 Infiniti QX50 include a heated power-folding exterior mirrors, automatic halogen headlights, 18” wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, a leather upholstery, a four-way power front passenger seat, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, video/audio input jacks, satellite radio preparation, and a CD player.

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Options are available and are grouped into packages. The Premium package, for instance, comes bundled with advanced climate control system, driver memory settings, aluminum roof rails, a power adjustable steering wheel, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and a genuine maple interior trim.

2017 Infiniti QX50 interior, leather seats and dashboard

Next up is the Premium Plus package that comes equipped with a Bluetooth streaming audio, rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, voice controls, and a navigation system.

The Deluxe package offers a driver power lumbar, a built-in coat hanger, an upgraded dashboard trim, an eight-way power front passenger seat, adaptive xenon headlights, 19” wheels, and power folding second-row seats.

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Lastly, the Technology package offers a blind-spot warning system, lane-departure intervention, a blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning system.

Engine Specs – 2017 Infiniti QX50

The new 2017 Infiniti QX50 tacks a 3.7L V6 engine under the hood that cranks out 325 hp and 267 pounds of torque. The seven-speed automatic transmission system is standard, as is the rear wheel drive. The all-wheel drive is optionally provided.

2017 Infiniti QX50 engine

The fuel economy ratings for the rear wheel drive stand at 17/25/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/24/20 mpg for the AWD QX50.
Some of the safety features to expect include active front head restraints, side curtain airbags, stability control, antilock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side airbags, and forward-collision warning system.

Release Date & 2017 Infiniti QX50 Price

Expect the new 2017 Infiniti QX50 to cost you an MSRP starting from $34,450. As for its release date, expect the vehicle to hit dealerships during the 2nd half of 2016.

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2017 Lexus GS 350 Release Date, Review and Info

The new 2017 Lexus GS 350 comes boasting of plenty of high-tech features, a refined interior, and a class competitive performance. Folks! We are talking of a vehicle that can go toe to toe with German vehicles that bear a long history of luxury and comfort without breaking a sweat. Read on for the latest news regarding its interior and exterior, release date, engine specs, and price estimate.

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For 2017, the GS 350 comes with several cosmetic facelifts fleshes and an additional engine choice over the previous model. Otherwise, it’s fundamentally the same car as before. It offers the same competence, and performance as its history can attest to. This feature-rich offering from Lexus is also the most affordable vehicle in the entire GS 350 lineup.

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It however returns with the same four-cylinder turbocharged engine that Lexus has installed on its RC Coupe and IS sedan. This shouldn’t be disappointing as it is still more powerful than even that on the larger GS model. EPA says the GS 350 should return about 26 mpg in the city/highway combination.

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This is a vehicle that is well-suited for everyday commute because of its striking balance between performance and comfort. Steering and handling have also improved over the previous model and therefore it isn’t shy from taking tight turns at relatively top speeds. Add the superb specs to the well-appointed cabin and you’ve got yourself a compelling alternative to the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi.

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The competition in the segment is cut-throat as always though, and the GS 350 will have to face off squarely against other well-established vehicles like 2017 BMW 5 Series, the 2017 Audi A6, and the 2017 Mercedes E-Class. Others include the 2017 Jaguar XF and the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

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Trims Available – Lexus GS 350

Two trims are offered for the 2017 Lexus GS 350: GS 200t and the GS 350. The GS 450h is however covered under a separate review.

Interior Changes & 2017 Lexus GS 350 Exterior Review

Standard accessories and features available for the two models include an eight-way power front seats, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, matte wood trim, driver-seat memory functions, ambient lighting, a leather upholstery, auto-dimming heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, driver-selectable drive modes, keyless ignition and entry, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Lexus GS 350 steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Technology features include a 12.3” screen, satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, Siri Eyes Free integration, dual USB ports, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, smartphone app integration, a CD player, and voice controls.

2017 Lexus GS 350 interior, leather seats

Depending on the region though, the availability of these options can vary: automatic wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a heavy-duty heater, a power rear sunshade, water-repellent front door glass, and a wiper de-icer.

2017 Lexus GS 350 interior, backseats

The Luxury package offers an adaptive suspension, heated rear seats, wood-trimmed steering wheel, an upgraded leather upholstery, a 14-way adjustable front seats, glossy interior wood trim, manual rear door sunshades, adaptive headlights, a four-way power lumbar, 19” wheels, and passenger memory settings.

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The F-sport – the performance-focused package, offers a rear spoiler, a four-way power lumbar, 12-way adjustable sport seats, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension system, 19-inch wheels, a unique exterior styling, and a variable ratio steering system.

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Standalone options include a lane-departure mitigation and warning system, upgraded LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, a heads-up display, a power-closing trunk lid, a Dynamic Handling system, a larger 12.3” display, and automatic high-beams.

2017 Lexus GS 350 white color, alloy wheels

2017 Lexus GS 350 Engine Specs

The GS 200t model is inspired by a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine rated a 241 horsepower and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission system mated to the engine transfers all the power to the rear wheels.

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Meanwhile, the GS 350 gets a 3.5L V6 engine is good for 311 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. It also comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Lexus GS 350 engine

EPA estimates allege the GS 200t should return 22/33/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/29/23 mpg for the GS 350 model. The thirsty AWD version drops the figures to 19/26/22 mpg, while the F-sport variant is rated at 21/30/24 mpg for the GS 200t, and 19/28/22 mpg for the GS 350 model.

2017 Lexus GS 350 Release Date & Price

Although based on speculation at the time of this writing, the 2017 Lexus GS 350 should be expected to be released in August 2017. And once available in the market, it will cost you a base MSRP of $50,000.

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