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Thursday 20 July 2017
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Top SUV, Truck and Sedan Test Drives of the Year

Top SUV, Truck and Sedan Test Drives of the Year

For a lot of years, I chose my Top Five vehicles I drove during the year.  It was a daunting task to whittle the list down to five, and I always felt like I left some great cars off the list.  Like last year, I will not limit myself to a number, but rather share with you the vehicles I liked most by category.

So, with that, here we go!  By segment, these are the vehicles I liked most based on initial quality, overall value within the segment, overall driving enjoyment, resale value, and performance.  These are not ranked in order of my preference, and all these reviews are on the website.

SUVs

As we know, the SUV segment is the hottest in the auto industry and with that, comes a lot of new entries, and by and large, all of them are exceptional.  Here are the ones I like the most: 

2017 Jaguar F-Pace


The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is Jaguar’s first foray into SUVs, and the automaker did it right.  As I noted in the review, don’t get too wrapped up in the base price, they rise rapidly, but F-Pace is awesome.


2017 Acura MDX


The 2017 Acura MDX is wonderful, it was refreshed for 2017, and they made some great changes to the interior.  I love the 9-speed automatic.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali


The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali was drastically downsized, but is very nice and I love the back seat reminder.  It is a great value.

2017 Cadillac XT5


The 2017 Cadillac XT5 was a real joy to drive and with a base price under $39,000, it’s an exceptional SUV with a great interior.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300


Finally, the Mercedes GLC 300 was incredible, especially on the highway.  It is as close to a self-driving SUV as I’ve been in.

TRUCKS

2016 Ford F-150 Limited

 

The Ford F-150 Limited with its all-aluminum body and new features, is spectacular for those who want to go to the ultimate luxury truck. 

2017 Honda Ridgeline


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is not a truck in the traditional sense of the word, but was full of really cool features, and it drives like a dream.  

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel


The GMC Canyon Duramax diesel is a wonderful riding and driving truck and gets terrific mileage and has a lot of torque.  It is quite impressive.

2016 Nissan Titan XD


There weren’t really a lot of new entries in the truck segment this year, the Nissan Titan XD was a confusing truck for me, therefore did not make this list. 

Also, I did not get the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor in time for this list, but based on listener feedback, I suspect it will make next year’s list.

SEDANS & HATCHBACKS

2017 Genesis G80/G90


All the new sedans I drove this year are new or greatly redesigned as automakers try to get people interested in sedans again.  Two of my favorites were the new 2017 Genesis G80 and G90 depending on how much room you need, but both cars are fantastic and tremendous values, and of course, they have the long Hyundai warranty and concierge service. 

2017 Volvo S90


The 2017 Volvo S90 was a stunner inside and out, and a true luxury car full of technology. 

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback


Chevy finally took the terrific Cruze and added a hatchback option.  The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback is a wonderful car for under $30,000 loaded, and fuel economy was fantastic. 

2017 Lincoln MKZ

Don’t miss the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, it is a great car and all new for 2017. 

2016 Chevrolet Malibu


Finally, if I had to pick one car based on ride, drive, but most of all value, it would be the Chevy Malibu.  I had both the gas version and the hybrid version, and both were great.  The hybrid got 46-miles per gallon, which is outstanding for a car this size.

SPORTS CARS

2016 Buick Cascada Convertible


I had the Buick Cascada convertible and was not sure what to expect from a GM product made in Poland, but it worked and was great!  I am not the only one who thinks this either, they have sold extremely well. 

2017 Porsche Carrera 911 S


For you true sports car enthusiast, two cars that were mind-boggling I had this year was the 2017 Porsche Carrera 911 S and the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR with 575-horses under the hood. 

2016 BMW M2

Lastly, I had the BMW M2, which was an incredible driving machine.  It is fairly small inside, but just a rush to drive with the 6-speed manual. 

How could I not include the almost $600,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe I had for a week?  If you missed the video and details of this handmade car, head over to CarProUSA.com.

There you have it my friends, those are my top picks for calendar year 2016, I look forward to another great year of driving and reviewing cars for 2017.