2017 Ford F-150 Release Date, Specs and Review

Big, bad, bold is what defines the new Ford F-150 for 2017 when you take it to run across the desert or climb mountains at full throttle. It comes boasting of an upgraded suspension system, and a new V6 engine that replaces the existing V8 engine. According to rumors, the new F-150 is set to go on sale this fall.

New add-ons for 2017 include an upgraded suspension system, a new engine, a new frame, and a comprehensive redesign of the existing model. For starters, the Ford F-150 model is undoubtedly the best-selling truck in the U.S. It has managed to outsell everything else on the road for years unending due to its versatility, off-road performance, utility, amenities, comfort, and fuel economy. That isn’t precisely news for a majority of American buyers who are the biggest fans of the truck. The F-150 is the perfect definition of what a truck ought to be.

Nowadays, buyers are looking for a truck that requires a more extreme approach, something that flatten cacti at 80 mph and can hop boulders. For buyers looking for such capabilities, the fresh 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor should be a top their list of priorities.

The Raptor, entering its second generation, will feature a twin turbocharged V6 engine, aluminum body panels, and an all-new frame. According to Ford, the new frame will be more solid than any other model’s in the F-150 lineup. Also, it will be 6” wider than the base model, and will feature a new terrain management system and more suspension travel.

However, that is not to say that the fresh 2017 Ford F-150 won’t have any downsides. Some of the faults include limited visibility, only the short bed configuration will be offered just like in the existing model, and the Raptor is a specialized instrument.

Ford F-150 – Available Trims

According to the latest news, Ford has only shown us the Raptor in extended cab style. However, we expect the existing lineup to continue unaltered to the 2017 model year. That said, we should expect up to five trims: base XL, mid-trimsXLT, Lariat and King Ranch, and top-rated Platinum. The 2016 Shelby Baja 700 is reviewed separately.

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Based on speculation, standard equipment to expect from the base XL model include cloth upholstery, a 4.2” touchscreen display, 60/40-split rear seats, 17” steel wheels, six-speaker sound system, manual locks, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, and manual windows.

2017 Ford F-150 front
2017 Ford F-150 front

Stand-alone options for the above trim include trailer brake controller, a rearview camera, skid plates, a power-sliding rear window, different axle ratios and towing packages, a CD player, running boards, and box side steps.

The XLT trim adds a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, chrome exterior trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, rear under seat storage, heated mirrors, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, an 8” touchscreen display, a 110V power outlet, remote engine start, LED bed lighting, seven–speaker sound system, and power adjustable pedals.

2017 Ford F-150 back
2017 Ford F-150 back

Stand-alone features available for the XLT include LED spotlights, rear-cross traffic alert, power-adjustable heated mirrors, inflatable rear seatbelts, a navigation system, CreChief fleet based telematics, a fuel economy boosting SFE package, and mirror-mounted LED spotlights.

The Lariat trim adds LED taillights and headlights, a 10-speaker audio system, driver seat memory settings, an 8” gauge cluster information display, high-beam headlight control, second-row heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control (dual-zone).

The top-of-the-line King Ranch and Platinum models share most of the features available above but have a more sophisticated uptown styling tweak.

Engine Specs – 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford hasn’t said much about what we should expect under the hood of the 2017 F-150, however, what we do know is the fact that for 2017 the truck will feature a base V6 engine that will replace the outgoing V8.

That said, the base engine will be a 3.5L V6 able to generate 284 horsepower and 256 pounds of torque. Also available is a 2.7L V6 rated at 325hp and 375 pounds of torque.

Those yawning for more power can opt for the powerful 5.0L diesel V6 rated at 390 hp and 387 pounds of torque.

Date Of Release & 2017 Ford F-150 Price

The new Ford F-150 2017 goes on sale in the fall of 2016, according to the latest release date details Ford has provided. As for the price, we are still in the dark, but expect a starting MSRP of around 46,000USD.

2017 Ford F-150 release date
2017 Ford F-150 release date

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2017 Porsche Cayman – Release Date, Review and Specs

Stylish and capable, the new 2017 Porsche Cayman is one of the most desirable sports car on the market. Highlights for 2017 include an exceptional handling, an extensive personalization option, a beautifully crafted interior, a slick-shifting transmission, and fuel-efficient and rewarding engines. Its release date should be expected sometime in February 2017, at least according to various online sources.

2017 Porsche Cayman exterior, front and side view

The Cayman midengine layout gives it a handling balance that’s its rear-engine Porsche 911 stablemate can’t match, and it’s supported by unparalleled steering feel and braking precision. True, Porsche still reserves its most powerful flat-6 engines for the 911, but it’s almost churlish to complain now that the 385-horsepower GT4 model is available. The Cayman is also an ideal size for a sports car, as its compact dimensions make it feel wonderfully nimble on the road.

2017 Porsche Cayman exterior, front and rear view

You don’t absolutely need to have something that gives you bragging rights for the most power, biggest skid pad g-forces, or top slot at the valet line supposing you’re a reasonably sane person looking to purchase a sports car. Mostly you’re interested in something that will offer everyday usability while still offering a fantastic driving experience.

2017 Porsche Cayman exterior, side view, alloy wheels

The Cayman’s snug interior has always been a defining trait. The sleek, high-mounted center console has become a prominent design feature across Porsche’s model range, giving the modestly priced Cayman a bit of extra cachet. Unsurprisingly, storage space is not a Cayman strong suit. There just aren’t many storage nooks or cubbies that can accommodate your stuff, and the cupholders are flimsy. On the brighter side, the midengine layout allows for two trunks.

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The only remaining question might be how much it costs. It gets pricey even with just a few options added, even as Porsche’s entry-level sports car. But if refinement and driver involvement are your top priorities, the 2017 Porsche Cayman makes a very compelling case, both rationally and emotionally.

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Alternatives to consider in the segment include the 2017 BMW M235i. It is less expensive, has a stout turbocharged inline-6 under its hood, and has a more practical interior. Others are the 2017 Ford Shelby GT 350 and the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette.

Offered Trims – Porsche Cayman

Four trims are offered for the two-seat 2017 Porsche Cayman coupe: base, S, GT4 and GTS.

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2017 Porsche Cayman side view, black color, headlights and alloy wheels

Standard accessories and features available for the base Cayman include cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7” central touchscreen, air-conditioning, automatic wipers, 18” wheels, auto stop-start feature, manual aft/fore and height adjustment, an adaptive rear spoiler, a 4.6” information driver display, heated exterior mirrors, ambient interior lighting, and a six-speaker sound system.

2017 Porsche Cayman interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob, dashboard

The only dissimilarity between the base and the Cayman S trim model is the latter’s additional feature list that includes dual exhaust outlets, red painted brake calipers, larger front brake discs, and 19” wheels.

2017 Porsche Cayman interior, leather seats, steering wheel

Opting for the Cayman GTS gets you a sport exhaust, 20” wheels, an edgy Sport Plus driving mode, a synthetic suede interior trim, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, aggressively bolstered sports seats, tinted headlights, adaptive dampers, and dynamic transmission mounts.

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At the helm is the GT4 which comes bundled to together with an aerodynamic exterior unique outside styling, a mechanical differential lock, an exclusive sport suspension, a fixed rear large spoiler, bigger brakes and the exclusive GT4 PDK.

2017 Porsche Cayman front view, headlights and grille, exterior

As is the norm for Porsche, ostensibly innumerable options are on offer, but you’ll have to wait for these as its release date edges closer.

2017 Porsche Cayman Engine Specs

Four engines are offered beneath the hood of the 2017 Porsche Cayman. The base offers a six-cylinder 2.7L engine good for 275 horsepower and 213 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates the PDK to return 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/30/24 mpg for the base Cayman.

Stepping up the performance is the 3.4L flat-6 engine rated at 325 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque and comes fitted under the hood of the Cayman S trim model. With a PDK, the Cayman S only needs 4.5 seconds to zoom past 60 mph mark.

2017 Porsche Cayman engine

Opting for the Cayman GTS affords you with an upgraded 3.4L flat-6 engine good for 340 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Estimates for the fuel economy stand at 19/26/22 mpg with the manual, and 22/31/25 mpg with the PDK.

Finally, the GT4 comes equipped with a 3.8L flat-6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission system mated to the engine forwards the power produced – 385 horsepower and 309 pounds-feet of torque to the wheels.

GT4 Price & 2017 Porsche Cayman Release Date

2017 Porsche Cayman Release date

February 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Porsche Cayman, at least according to various online sources.  As for the price, the Cayman Coupe is estimated will go for sale for and MSRP of $52,600.

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2017 Porsche Cayman rear view, yellow color, taillights and tailpipe

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2017 Acura MDX Release Date, Specs and Review

Offering familiar performance, value and comfort is the new Acura MDX 2017. It should rank atop your priority list in case you are shopping in the three-row luxury crossovers segment. Some of the pros include excellent crash-test scores, good fuel economy ratings, adept handling, plenty of features for the money, and a confident acceleration. Its release date should be expected January next year.

For 2017, buyers should expect a slew of new features including an updated all-wheel-drive system, standard nine-speed auto transmission system, an easy-entry driver seat, auto stop-start, lightweight body, better handling, an optional suite of safety technologies, and Siri Eyes Free voice.

With a reputation for reliability, a strong resale value, and a reasonable price tag, the new 2017 Acura MDX has attracted a significant chunk of buyers looking for a three-row luxury crossover. It offers numerous updates over the previous model spread in all facets of its design language.

2017 Acura MDX back
2017 Acura MDX back

Its driving dynamics remain top-notch. You’ll find it surprisingly athletic particularly when driving around turns. Also, at top speeds the cabin is serene as it comes with effective sound-deadening materials.

In a nutshell, this well-made, versatile and feature-rich equipped 2017 Acura MDX is undeniably the most sensible choice for anyone shopping in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. However, it comes with a slew of depressing features which might work against it. They include a modest cargo space, less luxurious feel, and subpar tech interface graphics.

2017 Acura MDX dashboard

Other popular choices available in the same segment include 2017 Volvo XC90, 2017 Audi Q7, 2017 BMW X5, 2017 Honda Pilot, and the spacious and well-equipped 2017 Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX – Available Trims

The seven-passenger 2017 Acura MDX SUV comes in a single trim available with a variety of upgrades grouped in terms of optional packages. The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

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2017 Acura MDX Spy Shots

Standard accessories available for the Acura MDX 2017 include driver memory settings, automatic climate control (tri-zone), heated eight-way power front seats, 18” wheels, LED automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and power exterior mirrors. Technology highlights include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, twin dashboard displays, a multi-angle rearview camera, an iPod/USB interface, Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The AcuraWatch Plus package adds cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision alert, road departure mitigation, and lane-keeping assist.

The MDX Technology package adds a 10-speaker sound system, 19” alloy wheels, automatic mitigation braking, a color driver information center, a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, lane-departure warning system, rear-door keyless entry, solar-sensing climate control, rear-door keyless entry, and voice controls.

The Entertainment trim level which builds upon what the Technology package offers comes with AcuraWatch Plus, a 110V power outlet, 9” touchscreen display, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear heated seats, and aft door window sunshades.

2017 Acura MDX front
2017 Acura MDX front

The Advance trim level bundles everything both the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages come with plus an auto-dimming sideview mirrors, second-row heated seats, front passenger power lumbar, automatic engine stop-start, roof rails, upgraded leather upholstery, remote engine start, and perforated front seats.

2017 Acura MDX interior
2017 Acura MDX interior

Combining the respective features of both the Entertainment and Advance trim are the two lower trim’s packages and add an HDMI input, 12-speaker sound system, unique exterior colors, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and a 16.2” infotainment screen.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura MDX

The new Acura MDX for 2017 comes with a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 267 pounds of torque under its hood. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission system, while the SH-all-wheel-drive system is optionally available.

2017 Acura MDX engine

Fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the front-wheel-drive system, and 20/27/23 mpg with the stop-start feature present on the Advance package.

The all-wheel-drive configured 2017 Acura MDX return 19/26/22 mpg with the Advance package, and 18/26/21 mpg in standard form. During our test drive, the SH-AWD MDX went from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Price & 2017 Acura MDX Release Date

The base 2017 Acura MDX will cost an MSRP starting from $42,865, the AcuraWatch Plus package – $44,365, SH-AWD – $44,865, the SH-AWD w/AcuraWatch Plus package – $46,365, and the range-topping 2017 Acura MDX with Technology package – an MSRP of $47,290.

2017 Acura MDX release date
2017 Acura MDX release date

Release date wise, the vehicle should debut sometime early next year, according to rumors.

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