John Beltz Snyder: Fiat 500X
I actually had hassle selecting my least favourite automobile of the 12 months, as there aren’t any I drove that I actually hated. Even “disliked” is somewhat robust. That mentioned, the automobile I preferred driving the least was in all probability the Fiat 500X. I don’t dig the roundness-everywhere design. There’s quite a lot of plastic within the cabin. The infotainment system was laggy. Worst of all, I couldn’t discover a snug driving place. The steering wheel all the time felt misplaced, regardless of how I adjusted it or my seat. The Fiat 500X has its charms, however they weren’t sufficient to place it forward of the Toyota C-HR, my runner-up for this checklist.
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Greg Rasa: Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork
A Ram is a terrific truck, so what follows is about kind, not perform. We have pushed a number of “luxurious” vans not too long ago with MSRP north of $60,000. Ford even approached $100,000 with its plush new Tremendous Obligation Restricted. So the Laramie Longhorn Southfork is right here, with its filigreed cabin, leather-based saddlebags and cowboy-boot upholstery (“Cheesy is one phrase for it,” Reese Counts wrote not too long ago) as poster youngster for the fancy-truck phenomenon. (Let Autoblog assist discover your subsequent automobile with our CarFinder.)
Automakers love these rigs as a result of they’re payload-rated to haul a ton of revenue. The general public digs them. We do not get it, however clearly we are the ones out of step. For $60,000-$100,000, I would spend $20Okay-$25Okay on a used pickup to haul and tow the heart out of — and the remaining on a pleasant, enjoyable automobile that suits into parking areas.
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Alex Kierstein: BMW M240i
Just like the 1 Collection earlier than it, the BMW 2 Collection coupes have all the time been near the automobile we wish them to be. Whereas compact, they’re inevitably heavy for his or her dimension. No quantity of energy or traction can absolutely appropriate that. What the two Collection generally, and the M240i xDrive particularly, desperately wants, is a weight loss program and two much less pushed wheels.
The M240i is quick and grippy, certain, nevertheless it does so with out conveying a lot sense of velocity or event. If slow-car-fast is nice, fun-car-fast is healthier. That is fast-car-bored-to-death, and that is a travesty. What the M240i must be is an M2 (which is positively pleasant) with much less energy, much less weight, much less tire and extra direct suggestions. Enjoyable, fast however not blisteringly so, however involving. The M240i because it sits now’s a sanitized, scientific expertise that may please a cease watch or a spec sheet, however would not please the driving force. It is my choose just because it has a lot potential, however is in the end a disappointment behind the wheel.
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Jeremy Korzeniewski: Toyota Prius
It is simple for automobile fans to poke enjoyable on the Toyota Prius, however I did not select it as my least favourite automobile that I drove this 12 months due to the best way it drives (boring) or due to the best way it seems (ugly). I picked the Prius as a result of it is worse in each significant means than its plug-in sibling, the Prius Prime, which I additionally drove this 12 months.
Beginning at $24,685, the Prius is not all that costly for the know-how and effectivity on provide. Nevertheless it’s simply $2,415 lower than the Prime, and the PHEV qualifies (for now) for a tax refund of $four,500. Issue that in and you will find yourself with a barely higher automobile – with 25 miles of electrical propulsion – with barely higher driving dynamics and barely extra attention-grabbing seems.
With all of that mentioned, I nonetheless would solely suggest the Prius Prime to a small swath of the shopping for public. The Chevy Volt prices extra however boasts greater than twice the EV vary of the Prime. And vehicles just like the Chevy Bolt and, as soon as it lastly turns into out there in cheap numbers and all configurations, the Tesla Mannequin three show that absolutely electrical vehicles at the moment are mainstream choices. Select correctly. Evaluate these and different potential new automobile purchases utilizing our instrument.
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Reese Counts: Nissan Sentra NISMO
The common Sentra is a middle-of-the-road compact sedan. It is each utterly inoffensive and utterly unexceptional. It is the shrug emoji on 4 wheels. Step on the throttle and the underwhelming 1.Eight-liter inline-four emits an exhaust be aware that feels like somebody saying “meh.” There are not any elementary flaws, however there’s nothing outdoors of supplier incentives that make it stand out.
The Sentra NISMO is Nissan’s half-hearted try so as to add some sport and spice into its lineup. It is primarily based on the Sentra Turbo, so it at the very least has a little bit of grunt underneath the hood. The suspension has been stiffened and the facias have been modified, however that is about it.
Actually, it seems like an try and money in on the NISMO title. It would not have the identical really feel as different NISMO-tuned vehicles just like the GT-R or 370Z. It is a half-measure and a slap to the previous B15 Sentra SR-R. That was a reputable sport compact. Then there’s the very fact the Sentra NISMO prices almost $2,000 greater than a Honda Civic Si.
That is my worst automobile of 2017 as a result of it may have been a lot extra if Nissan actually tried. The worst half is that I feel Nissan is aware of it, too.
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