New 2017 Toyota Prius – Release Date and Info

If an outstanding fuel economy is what you are looking for, you shouldn’t look further than the new 2017 Toyota Prius. It also offers a significantly improved driving position, a better and quieter riding, and an ample cargo space. Its release date, although speculative at the moment, should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017.

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The mildly redesigned Prius further cements its reputation as one of the best fuel-efficient vehicle you can find in today’s segment with its appealing ad-ons. However, this doesn’t mean that the Prius is coasting on its fuel consumption success. Much has been done on its exterior and interior departments in order to make it appealing to its existing customer base.

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The exterior design remains much the same but a few tweaks can be seen on its front fascia especially the sharper creases throughout its outside. The changes may be challenging to like but they were nonetheless expected. The color palette carries over unchanged. Existing users of the Prius will find its interior intoxicating partly due to the technology galore available. The seats also receive additional bolstering and upgraded upholstery over the previous model.

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But let’s keep it real folks! Anyone looking to buy a Prius will not be interested much in the interior appointments or the exterior design but more on fuel economy numbers. That said, EPA says we should expected a combined city/highway rating of 52 mpg. Well, is that too much than you expected? Guess what, there is the Prius Eco trim model that returns a combined rating of 56 mpg. Whoa! Now we are talking, aren’t we!

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There is more to like on the Prius than the obvious one – fuel consumption. One standout that you’ll most definitely find compelling is the additional head-and legroom which is ample enough to keep 6-footers comfortable even on long trips. Also, it offers a more natural orientation than the outgoing model, which to some, offered a rather odd upright driving position.

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We could go on-and-on about the desirable credentials the Prius offers but the bottom line remains it’s an impressive hybrid vehicle that many people will without a doubt find desirable. Very few cars pose any real threat to the new 2017 Toyota Prius. Those that can dare though include the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the 2017 Chevy Volt.

Offered Trims – 2017 Toyota Prius

Six trims are offered for the new 2017 Toyota Prius: Four Touring, Four, Three Touring, Three, Two Eco, and the base Two. Separate reviews are offered elsewhere on the blog for both the larger Prius V and the compact Prius C trim.

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Even though it’s released date is still a contentious issue at this point in time, our mules have compiled some of the features and accessories certain to be available on the Prius once it is offered.

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The Prius Tow base model offers standard accessories and featurs such as a 6.1” touchscreen display, cloth upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, LED running lights, 15-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, LED automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a CD player, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

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The Two Eco steps up with a lightweight inflation kit, illuminated keyless entry, a lighter lithium-ion hybrid battery, and ultra-rolling resistance tires.

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The Prius Three trim model gets you HD and satellite radio, white interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen, and smartphone app integration.

The Prius Four trim model offers pre-collision warning system, a full-speed adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a unique rear bumper styling, lane-departure warning and mitigation assist, and LED clearance lights.

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2017 Toyota Prius Engine Specs

Under the hood, both the 1.8L four-cylinder engine and the pair of electric generators work in synergy to yield an output of about of 121 horsepower which is then fed to the front wheels via the unique electronically controlled CVT.

2017 Toyota Prius engine

A time of 9.8 seconds, a few tenths quicker than the previous model, is required to get past 60 mph with the 2017 Prius Three model.

EPA projects the fuel economy will stand at 50/54/52 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the Three, and 53/58/56 mpg with the Prius Two Eco.

Price & 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Release Date

2017 Toyota Prius Release date

The 2017 Toyota Prius’ release date should be expected in the middle of 2017. As for its price, rumors allege the window sticker will feature a base MSRP of $24,200.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date, Specs and Info

Despite the new Hyundai Santa Fe lacking the same attention as some other three-row crossover SUVs, it still manages to come with a unique sense of style and comfort. Its affordable price tag might also be the reason it’ll emerge a favorite in its segment. Expect its release date during the middle of this year.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe front view, alloy wheels, grille

Some of the defining attributes of the new 2017 Santa Fe include an easy-to-use technology interface, a generous list of standard features, an agile V6 engine, a classy cabin, and a lengthy warranty.

The new vehicle is almost an obvious choice for people shopping for a three-row crossover. Though it might lack a name recognition, the new Santa Fe may tip your decision in its favor through various features and technologies it comes with.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe side view,white color

Once you get inside the vehicle, there are lots of things to covet on. First is the cabin space, the vehicle offers more interior space than any other seven-passenger crossover in its segment. The first two rows offer an excellent space for both leg-and headroom. As for the third row, you might find it necessary to keep the young adults there as the space isn’t that favorable for adults which is almost the case for every large crossover irrespective of the nameplate.

That aside, the cabin of the 2017 Santa Fe offers an appealing ambience, simple control layout, and lots of convenience features for your money. You’ll find the touchscreen interface easy-to-use even if you are still in that generation that finds apps a bewilderment.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe front view, headlights

Another interesting thing about the vehicle is the standard V6 powerplant. This serene, potent V6 engine provides a laudable acceleration to 60 mph while still keeping those EPA fuel economy ratings on check. However, you might find its rivals offer more power and specs, refinement, and more composure than the Santa Fe.

Before making up your mind, you’ll probably want to explore what the segment offers. Some of the crossovers that will undoubtedly give the Santa Fe a run for its money include the 2017 Toyota Highlander, 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Chevy Traverse, 2017 Kia Sorento, and 2017 Ford Flex.

Available Trims – Hyundai Santa Fe

The new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered in either six of seven passenger configurations. Both will come in two trims: SE and Limited. The smaller 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Hybrid are reviewed separately.

Exterior Sport Changes & Interior Sport Review – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

The redesigned SE comes standard with air-conditioning, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, roof rails, cruise control, a 50/50-split flat-folding third row seat, full power accessories, a rear spoiler, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an eight-way power driver seat, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a 4.3” touchscreen display, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a 40/20/40-split sliding and reclining seats, windshield wiper de-icer, a CD player, iPod/USB integration, HD radio, and third-row air vents.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe interior,leatherseats, gear shift knob

The Premium package available as an option tacks in a leather upholstery, manual rear window shades, a four-way power front passenger seat, leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring, 19” wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded gauge cluster, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control (dual-zone), rear-cross traffic alert, and a four-way power front passenger seat.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe dashboard,lcd screen, steering wheel

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited comes standard with all the contents of the Premium package plus second-row captain’s chairs instead of the second-row bench seat.

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The optional Ultimate package comes standard with driver memory settings a 115-V household style power outlet, a panoramic sunroof, heated second-row seats, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an 8” touchscreen interface, and driver memory settings. This package also nets in a 12-speaker Infiniti sound system, xenon headlights, and a 10-speaker for the SE model, and LED taillights for the Limited models.

Engine Specs – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

A 3.3L V6 engine rated at 252 pounds of torque and 290 horsepower comes beneath the hood of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. The power is transmitted to either the front wheels of the four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe engine

The EPA fuel economy ratings for the engine are 18/25/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front wheel drive, and 18/24/20 mpg for the 4 four wheel drive. When fully equipped, its maximum towing capacity stands at 5,000 pounds.

Sport Price & Sport Release Date – 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Upon its release, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV will probably cost you an MSRP starting from $30,400. As for the release date, expect the vehicle during the second half of 2016.

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New 2017 Toyota Tacoma – Release Date, Specs & Info

Boasting of a refined V6 engine, an extensive list of options, a peerless resale value, an excellent off-road ability, and a responsive touchscreen, the redesigned 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a great choice for a midsize truck. We should expect its release date in October 2017 if online reports are anything to go by.

2017 Toyota Tacoma front angle, grille and headlights

The Tacoma has been for decades now been the preferred option for shoppers who feel regular full-size trucks are just too big or too expensive. It then doesn’t come as a surprise when the same mechanical underpinnings are used during the construction of the new model. Away from the mechanical tidbits, there are several tidbits that Toyota has infused on the new model to make it look and feel fresh.

2017 Toyota Tacoma blue color, alloy wheels

Such changes are spread throughout the entire vehicle. For instance, it comes with a revamped interior design, an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover, and in the lockable damped tailgate. Other upgrades are inform of the overall performance such as in handling, and steering precision. Matters under the hood however remain unaltered.

2017 Toyota Tacoma rear view, taillights and tailpipe

In overall, we’d say the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne as the king of the segment. However, there are several rivals nipping at its heels and some of which can also be desirable options depending on your priorities. For instance, you may find the GM’s Canyon and Colorado to be appealing in terms of offering a comfortable ride and a stronger V6 engine.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior, front angle

Another capable truck would be the 2017 Nissan Frontier which offers an appealing refinement and fuel economy consumption advantage over other options.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior

Offered Trims – Toyota Tacoma

Five trims are available for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, and Limited trim model. Additionally two cabs are offered: extended Access Cab, and Double Cab.

Interior Review & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Exterior Changes

The redesigned, base SR model features an adjustable tie-down, full power accessories, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a sliding rear window, a cargo bed rail system, 16-inch steel wheels, a GoPro windshield mount, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface.

2017 Toyota Tacoma steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Options available for the SR include 16” black alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, black plastic pieces, a sliding rear window, adaptive cruise control, and body-color door handles.

2017 Toyota Tacoma gear shift knob and leather seats

Stepping up to the SR5 model gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior accents, foglights, a 7-inch touchscreen display, body-color over-fenders, an upgraded infotainment bundle, rear parking sensors, auto-diming rearview mirror, a navigation app, a color trip computer, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear privacy glass.

2017 Toyota Tacoma interior, backseats

The TRD Sport trim model brings you a bed mounted 120-V power outlet, 17-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment bundle, a special upholstery, a leather-trimmed shift lever, keyless ignition and entry, a sport-tuned shock absorber, LED daytime running lights, a wireless phone charger, and an a unique exterior trim.

The TRD Off-road upgrades you with Bilstein shock absorbers, an electronic locking rear differential, a chin-spoiler delete, adaptive cruise control, and special 16-inch wheels. More details will be added upon its release date.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior, side angle

At the helm of the trim ladder is the Limited model which on top of what the TRD Off-road offers adds a unique interior and exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, and an upgrade JBL stereo system.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs

A standard six-speed automatic transmission system is offered across all 4×2’s (rear-wheel drive models), and a six-speed manual transmission for the 4×4’s.

The base models get a four-cylinder 2.7L engine rated at 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA says automatic-equipped 4×2 models should return 23/19/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 22/19/20 mpg for the 4×4’s.

2017 Toyota Tacoma engine

On the other hand, top-of-the-line models get a six-cylinder diesel V6 good for 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-feet of torque. The 4×2’s with an automatic return 24/19/21 mpg, and 21/17/19 mpg for the manual-equipped Access Cabs.

A time of 8.5 seconds is required to lope from 0-60 mph with the TRD Off-Road Double Cab.

Price & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date

2017 Toyota Tacoma release date

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is expected to go for sale for around $23,300, and $24,130 for the Tacoma Double Cab. Its release date although shrouded in mystery, should be expected in October 2017.

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