2017 Subaru BRZ Release Date, Specs and Review

Exceptionally sharp handling and affordable price tag make this rear-wheel-drive one of the most attainable and appealing performance cars available today. Some of its strengths include lots of standard features, a high-fuel economy rating, comfortable front seats, excellent steering and handling, and a light and well-balanced chassis. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ

New add-ons available for 2016 include a limited edition HyperBlue version, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, and distinctive interior and exterior styling flourishes.

For shoppers looking for a peppy performance, and nimble handling, the BRZ should be atop their list of priorities. It is affordable and lightweight, yet delivers an outstanding performance of a sports car. The performance is taken a notch higher by the BRZ’s boxer engine that provides an impressive 200 hp and propels its 2,800 pounds effortlessly.

Also, the ideal front and rear weight balance, lowered center of gravity, and responsive handling lake it an all-rounded highway athlete. There are very few vehicles in the market today that can compete directly with the Subaru BRZ. However, you could still walk around to sample what other vehicles in the same price range have to offer. Its alternatives include 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Ford Focus, 2017 Scion FR-S, 2017 VW Golf GTI, 2017 Ford Mustang, and 2017 Subaru WRX.

Subaru BRZ – Available Trims

The compact coupe is available in two distinct trims: base Premium and top-of-the-line Limited trim. Also, there is a limited edition HyperBlue version available for 2016. The high-performance STI convertible is reviewed separately.

Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2017 Subaru BRZ

As already mentioned, the four-seat compact 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two primary trims and one limited edition trim. The 2017 Subaru BRZ Premium should be expected to come equipped with LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a fold-down rear seatback, a 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

Others include the Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system which comes bundled with voice controls, Pandora and Aha radio, a CD player, Stitcher and iHeartRadio, calendar and weather features, and an 8-speaker sound system.

2017 Subaru BRZ back
2017 Subaru BRZ back

Picking the Limited trim gets you heated mirrors, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, foglamps, and automatic climate control.

Stepping up to the HyperBlue edition gets you blue-and-black interior scheme, a frameless rearview mirror, a special light blue color paint, blue interior stitching, and exterior badges and black wheels. Only 500 models will be produced.

2017 Subaru BRZ front
2017 Subaru BRZ front

The exterior colors to expect include Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and WR Blue Pearl.

Exterior options include a rear bumper diffuser, spoiler Ice Silver Metallic, chrome fuel door cover, spoiler WR Blue, chrome fender trim, and fog lamp kit. Interior wise, expect interior illuminating blue, cargo tray, sunshade, subwoofer kit, auto-dimming mirror, and interior illuminating red.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru BRZ

An MSRP starting from $25,395 is what the Premium trim will cost you in U.S dealerships. The Limited goes for sale for $27,395, and the limited edition HyperBlue Series an MSRP of $27,690.
As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle sometime later this year.

2017 Subaru BRZ release date
2017 Subaru BRZ release date

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru BRZ

Motivating the fresh 2017 Subaru BRZ is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 200 hp and 151 pounds of torque. Available as standard is the six-speed manual transmission system, while optionally provided is a rev-matched downshift and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.

A manual-equipped BRZ, during our test drive, went from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its automatic-equipped counterpart did the same in 7.9 seconds.

As per the available EPA ratings, expect the manual-equipped BRZ to return fuel consumption ratings of 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic.

Standard safety equipment available includes emergency braking assist, 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlights, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and stability and traction control.

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2017 Ford Taurus Release Date and Specs

Although the new 2017 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan, there are better alternatives the market that can give you a better capability. Some of its strengths include an available all-wheel-drive system, a humongous trunk, excellent crash scores, fuel-sipping four cylinder engine, and comfortable and serene ride. Its release according to our mule should be expected in May 2017 at least for the U.S.A market.

2017 Ford Taurus silver color, front view, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

The Taurus now enters its eighth year of production in 2017, and some areas are starting to show their age. And with the cut-throat competition known in the segment, it is likely to face an uphill task trying to remain relevant in the segment. However, Ford says the new vehicle comes with added luxury, better driving dynamics, and is feature laden.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, blue color, alloy wheels

The outgoing model’s MyFord Touch system has been phased out and in its place comes the updated Sync 3 infotainment system. According to Ford, the new systems is intuitive and more responsive. And just like the model before it, the redesigned 2017 Taurus benefits from a powerful SHO model, a massive trunk, a spacious cabin, and an available AWD option.

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When it comes to its liabilities, though, it comes short in terms of high price tag particularly for the SHO model; may of its rivals outdone it; and the cabin is confining. That in mind, it would be vital to consider other options within its price range. They include the 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Chrysler 300, 2017 Toyota Avalon, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala. Those penchant on performance can consider the 2017 Chevrolet SS model.

Available Trims – Ford Taurus

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The five-passenger 2017 Ford Taurus sedan is offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO trims. The RS is reviewed separately, as is the Ford police Interceptor Utility.

Interior Colors & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Ford Taurus

The SE’s list of standard features includes LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an exterior-access keypad, automatic headlights, a six-speaker premium sound system, a 4.2-inch display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, integrated blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera, a CD player, two USB ports, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a  CD player, Sync voice controls, and manually reclining and lumbar six-way power front seats.

2017 Ford Taurus steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

Upgrading to the SEL trim gets you automatic climate control (dual-zone), satellite and HD radio, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, front lower fascia, puddle lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, satellite radio, and upgraded interior trim.

2017 Ford Taurus interior, leather seats, steering wheel

The SEL adds a Sync 3 infotainment system, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an additional center speaker, power adjustable pedals, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

The Limited trim further includes ventilated and heated power front seats (10-way), ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, and a universal garage opener.

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Both the Limited and SEL trims are qualified for high beams and automatic wipers, auto-dimming driver-side mirrors, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD radio, a power rear sunshade, heated rear seats, a blind-spot monitor, a navigation system, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch wheels.

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The sport-themed SHO trim gets most of the lower trim’s features plus a sport-tuned suspension system, black exterior trim, unique leather upholstery, the auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a more powerful turbocharged engine, 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

2017 Ford Taurus Engine Specifications

Three engines come under the hood of the 2017 Ford Taurus. The power – 288 hp and 254 lbs. ft. of torque produced by the 3.5L V6 engine gets sent to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Next up is the 240 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque rated four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine. Front wheel drive is also standard, as is the six-speed auto. Ford puts its EPA fuel consumption stats at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

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Finally, the performance-and sport-themed SHO employs a 3.5L V6 engine good for 365 horsepower and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. Here, the power is sent to all the wheels via the shift manual control paddles.

A time of 5.8 seconds is what you require to zoom from 0-60 mph with the SHO trim model.

Price & 2017 Ford Taurus SHO Release Date

The U.S market should expect the brand new 2017 Ford Taurus in MAY 2017. The Sedan will cost you a base MSRP of $27,110, and up to $40,275 for the Taurus SHO model.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 – Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Infiniti Q60 sedan offers an enduring curb appeal and a satisfying performance, but it lacks practicality and refinement relative to its competitors. Some of its strengths include user-friendly controls, a sharp handling, muscular V6 engine, and a sharp handling. Its release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2017 if online rumors are to be trusted.

2017 Infiniti Q60 exterior, side view, alloy wheels

As far as performance goes, the new sedan meets our expectations of a luxury sport coupe. It is blessed with an athletic and engaging handling that’s among the industry’s best. When you give the 330-hp V6 engine the crop, it reaches 60 mph in just 6 seconds. This coupe certainly earns its sporting credentials.

2017 Infiniti Q60 auto show, side view, silver color, headlights and alloy wheels

In a world of relentless advancing technology, a car that has rested on its laurels even for two years without any major redesign might seem hopelessly outdated. However, the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 still has some life left.

2017 Infiniti Q60 rear view, red color, taillights and tailpipe

New features to expect from the rejuvenated 2017 Infiniti Q60 include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alerts, an upgraded navigation system, four-zone climate control, high-quality leather surfaces, and a genuine wood trims. The Q60 is also known for its user-friendly control layout.

2017 Infiniti Q60 front angle, headlights and grille

While we acknowledge the efforts Infiniti has invested in reviving the Q60, the vehicle seems to suffer from a rather strained engine sound. Also, its practicality is compromised especially if you plan to use the vehicle for more than just weekend joyrides. If space is atop your priorities, we recommend you check its competition first.

2017 Infiniti Q60 exterior, auto show, front view, headlights and grille

Once such vehicle that will offer a more useful rear seat and trunk, and a quicker acceleration is the 2017 BMW 4 Series. Others include the 2017 Lexus RC 350, the 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT, and the 2017 Audi A5. Even with so many rivals nipping at its heels, the Infiniti Q60 has several reasons to keep its head high.

Offered Trims – Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60 Concept exterior, front view, headlights and alloy wheels

Four min trims are offered for the 2017 Infiniti Q60: Q60 Journey, Q60 AWD, Q60 Limited, and the Q60S 6MT. the Q60 Convertible is covered in a separate review.

Interior Concept & 2017 Infiniti Q60 Exterior Changes

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2017 Infiniti Q60 interior, leather seats, steering wheel, gear shift knob

Standard features on the Journey include a leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, automatic xenon headlights, 18” alloy wheels, heated eight-way power front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, a leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, LED taillights and running lights, rearview auto dimming mirrors, a six-CD changer, a six-speaker sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, exterior heated mirrors, an auxiliary audio jack input, a rearview camera, a folding rear seatback, and an iPod/USB audio interface.

2017 Infiniti Q60 interior, dashboard, lcd screen, steering wheel

The only difference between the Q60 Journey and the Q60 AWD trim models is the latter exclusive all-wheel drive system. It also gets everything above.

Opting for the Q60S 6MT gets you front sport seats, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, voice controls, a navigation system, driver memory settings, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, a limited-slip differential, 19-inch alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt powered steering wheel, a firmer sport-tuned suspension, a quicker steering ratio, and larger brakes.

2017 Infiniti Q60 exterior, side view, alloy wheels and taillights

The Q60 Limited begins with what the Q60S 6MT offers and further adds paddle shifters, a black trunk lid, 19” gloss-black alloy wheels, interior contrast stitching, four-zone automatic climate control, and wood trimmings.

Several optional packages will also be offered for an extra cost, however, the details are either scanty or missing as of this writing. Therefore keep checking the post for additional info as its release date nears.

2017 Infiniti Q60 Engine Specs

A 3.7L V6 rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque inspires the 2017 Infiniti Q60. A seven speed is standard, as is the rear wheel drive save for the Q60 AWD model version. Preliminary reports allege the Q60S 6MT requires a segment-average 5.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph.

2017 Infiniti Q60 engine

EPA also estimates the RWD automatic-equipped Infiniti Q60 versions should be able to return 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 18/25/20 mpg for the AWD version. Manual models are rated at 17/25/20 mpg.

Price & 2017 Infiniti Q60 Release Date

2017 Infiniti Q60 Release date

The Q60 Coupe should be expected to cost about $40,950, the Convertible $48,550, and the Q60 Convertible IPL an MSRP starting from $62,100. Its release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017.

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