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Autoblog’s Best & Worst Cars of 2017

December 14, 2017 0 Comments

Autoblog tested and reviewed the new cars this year. Here are their top three for best and worst models of the year.

 

The Best of the Best

The Lexus LC 500 pulled into Autoblog’s top spot this year. The sports coupe, valued at $93,000, has a 471-horsepower engine that can go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.

On the heels of the LC is the 2018 model of the Jeep Wrangler. At the time of publication, the price hadn’t been revealed, but with new LED headlights, new platform, and a new interior, Autoblog says it’s worth it. The Wrangler is great for off-roading, and Jeep has plans to make it into a plug-in hybrid by 2020. Score.

The Porsche 911 GTS rounds out the top three. Autoblog’s editor-in-chief Greg Migliore said that he was “completely taken with” the sports car, valued at $128,980. “The one we drove was bright red, with black accents,” he said. “It was everything you imagine when you drive the iconic 911—sporty, engaging, powerful, but it’s also pretty functional.”

Bonus: the $450,000 Ford GT, which is unfortunately sold out. This model “evoked some of the magic of Ford’s Le Mans performance” in the 60s. “It just brings all of that heritage and really reinforces Ford’s technological prowess in a modern age,” said Migliore.

Ford GTLeast Favorite Cars of 2017

Before getting into the worst cars of the year, Migliore and the Autoblog team clarified that most of the new cars of 2017 are reliable, safe, and decent purchases. This list reflects their least favorite, and they don’t claim it’s entirely objective.

The four-door Fiat 500X is reasonably sized and reasonably priced ($27,355), but it just wasn’t very comfortable, according to Autoblog’s testers.

“The interior was tight, the steering wheel was kind of in the wrong position, you just didn’t fit in this car well,” Migliore said.

The Ram Laramie Longhorn was one of Autoblog’s favorite trucks, but the Southfork edition – complete with belt buckles, embroidering, and saddlebags – was deemed “tacky”.

“The harshest critic is an editor who grew up on a ranch, he grew up on a farm,” said Migliore. “He knows how good that style can look, and frankly—in this truck—that was not it.”

“I want a truck, not a rolling testament to ranch farming Western wear,” associate editor Reest Counts said of the Southfork.

Finally, the BMW M249i. This entry was a little surprising, as the BMW M-series is usually quite coveted, but Migliore called it a “sanitized experience”.

“This vehicle was just kind of boring,” he said. “This one did not get our blood pumping, not like the Porsche, not like the Ford GT.”


What are your thoughts on Autoblog’s favorite and least favorite cars? Do you agree with most of these, or no?

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