Wrapping up the 2017 year, we would like to take this time to acknowledge some of the models that came out this year. Vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the recently released Kia Stinger have been doing pretty well since they debuted. And it’s not just the sales figures of these new cars that are impressive, some of them have also won several rewards. Here’s a list of some of the top vehicles that debuted in 2017.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
A fully electric vehicle (EV), many automakers have a hard time making an EV that can compete with other vehicles on the road. That is definitely not the problem for the Chevrolet Bolt EV. In the first quarter of 2017, there were 3,092 Chevy Bolt EVs ordered in the U.S. Around the globe, there were 1,065 units sold in Canada, an additional 4,000 units were ordered in Norway, and in South Korea 400 units of the Chevy Bolt EV sold out in just two hours. Considering it’s popularity, it wasn’t a surprise to take a look back at all of the awards the Bolt EV earned this year.
- 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year award
- 2017 North American Car of the Year
- 2017 AutoGuide.com Reader's Choice Green Car of the Year
- Green Car Reports Named It Best Car To Buy 2017
- Included on Car & Driver's '10 Best Cars' list for 2017
- 2017 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal
- Named on Ward’s Best 10 Engines List
- Named by Time Magazine among its list of 25 Best Inventions of 2016
- Listed among Popular Science's 10 Greatest Automotive Innovations of 2016
- Beat the Cadillac CT6 and Jaguar XE to win the Detroit Free Press award for Car of the Year
- Included in the Automobile magazine for its 2017 All-Star List
The Bolt EV has 238 miles of electric range, and that’s pretty insane. Most plug-in hybrids travel double the distance with gas and electricity. We chalk it up to the nickel-rich lithium-ion battery, able to generate 266 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. It’s tech features aren’t half bad either, with a 10.2-inch color touch screen, surround vision, and smartphone connectivity all available.
MSRP starting at $37,495 and the Chevy Bolt EV qualifies for a federal tax credit up to $7,500.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid
When the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was released in 2016, it was all many auto sites could talk about. Soon after its release, Chrysler also released a PHEV variant, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and both models have done well on a global scale. More than 170,000 units of the Chrysler Pacifica were sold in North America. It’s also won the following awards:
- Best New Family Car by Cars.com
- Best New Large Utility Vehicle by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
- Named the 2017 North American Utility of the Year by a panel of automotive experts
- Named Family Vehicle of the Year by the Midwest Automotive Media Association
- Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Minivan from MotorWeek
- Crossover-SUV of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
- Top Minivan of 2017 by New York Daily News Auto Team
- Named Best Minivan in Popular Mechanics’ Automotive Excellence Awards
- 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award
- Best Buy Minivan by Consumers Digest
- Best Family Minivan, by Parents Magazine and Edmunds
- Named on Ward’s Best 10 Engines List
There’s a whole bunch of reasons the Pacifica has won so many awards. Could it be the wide selection of convenient features like available automatic sliding doors and a hands-free liftgate? Or maybe it’s the never before seen Uconnect Theatre package to keep rear passengers busy on long road trips. Then there’s also the plug-in hybrid, with a total driving range of 566 miles, 33-miles solely on electricity, and with all the same great features of the Chrysler Pacifica, sans a second-row stow ‘n go bench seat due to the placement of the lithium-ion battery.
MSRP starting at $28,995 for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. MSRP starts at $41,995 for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which also qualifies for a federal tax credit up to $7,500.
2018 Kia Niro
A hybrid crossover? We never heard of it before, but the Kia Niro made the statement mid-2017. To-date, nearly 25,000 units of the Kia Niro have been sold. Still early into its first year, it’s won several awards and recognitions. These include:
- Highest ranked small SUV in Initial Quality in J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study
- Listed in the 10 Best Hybrids under $40k by Kelley Blue Book
- Received a Guinness World Records title for the lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle
Although called a crossover, some people mistake it for an SUV, but the Kia Niro doesn’t really fit with either. It’s low stance and couple-like shape make it stand out as a large sports car that’s also a hybrid. Complete with modern tech such as smartphone connectivity, infotainment services, and advanced safety features, the Kia Niro is an instant winner to anyone who takes it for a test-drive.
MSRP starts at $23,240.
2018 Kia Stinger
Boy, we’ve been waiting on this sports car since it debuted back in January 2017 during the Detroit Auto Show. FINALLY it’s been released, and plenty of publications are recognizing it as the new Kia that kicks some serious booty. We even got our hands on a few for a first-drive review, and we were impressed. Having just been released, we don’t have any sales records yet, but the Stinger has won a couple of rewards already:
- 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist
- 2018 Eyeson Design Award for Production Car Design Excellence
- 2018 North American Car of the Year Award
- 2018 Auto Guide Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award
The 2018 Kia Stinger is one vehicle that lives up to the hype. Heck, it doesn’t bring the hype, it is the hype!
All trims are powered by a fully optimized twin turbocharged engine, either a 4-cylinder or a V6, have the ability to get an all-wheel drivetrain for supreme control, and look absolutely stunning. Plus it has all the latest tech - what sports car would be complete without being as fun to drive as it looks? And they’re selling fast, as soon as they get on some dealership lots. That’s probably because every trim is almost exactly the same aside from small novelties no one will miss, so consumers get an amazing car no matter the price.
Starting MSRP at $31,900.
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