Cars we're most looking forward to in 2017
This year has been a great one for new cars. Just consider the long list of vehicles we drove in 2016 with more than 500 horsepower, and the cars we drove that we liked best. Yes, there's some overlap there, too – more evidence of how great a year it was.
Thankfully, 2017 is shaping up to be pretty good, too, especially if you love 4x4s. There are a number of SUVs and pickups we're dying to drive, some old favorites that will return, and other new variations on excellent themes. That being said, cars won't be ignored. We're hoping to see some new generations of enthusiast favorites, as well as some green vehicles that will take the fight to the established players. Take a look through what we're looking forward to right now.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
We’ve ridden in the Colorado ZR2, and that brief taste was enough to make us very excited about driving one ourselves. What’s not to love? A serious mid-size pickup with an available diesel engine, mud-ready off-road styling, and those trick spool-valve shocks. It’s the most exciting 4x4 since the first Ford Raptor came along.
Toyota SupraThe world needs more coupes, more convertibles, and more cars that exist merely for emotional and visceral reasons instead of focusing on class-leading cargo space and shoulder room. The upcoming Supra is one of those cars. The fact that it's built from a BMW partnership and might have turn-signal stalks from Munich is of little consequence. Toyota cares about sports cars enough to bring the Supra back. Please let it be worthy of the name.
2018 Jeep WranglerThe current Wrangler JK has been around for more than a decade. Its replacement, dubbed the JL, has big (some may say impossible) shoes to fill, as it has to live up to the standards of every single Wrangler and Wrangler owner before it. It will never satisfy everyone, but hey, at least we're finally getting a Wrangler pickup to go along with it.
2017 Honda Civic Si and Type R
The Honda Civic is suddenly interesting again – very interesting. The base car is the most competent Civic in years, and now there are two flavors of sporty front-drivers coming: the exciting Si and the superlative Type R. Both will be turbocharged, a departure from Honda’s naturally aspirated past. Expect something like 230 horsepower from the Si and around 340 hp for the Type R. Yep, we're interested.
Ford BroncoThe Bronco is one of those iconic vehicles that, even two decades after its demise, still holds a place in the hearts of many enthusiasts. There's nothing quite like it on the road today, as more and more SUVs shift to practical, car-based platforms. Given the minor uproar online a few months back when a new Bronco was confirmed, it seems we're not alone in our excitement.
2018 Hyundai IoniqHyundai (along with Kia) has historically been considered a value option, but as of late there have been fewer reasons to make excuses for its products. With a full lineup of cars and crossovers, the one thing Hyundai has been missing is a ground-up, purpose-built hybrid. Enter the Ioniq. The new car comes in three flavors (electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid) and is gunning straight for the mammoth that is the Toyota Prius. It should be an interesting fight.
The G-Wagen has been around for nearly 40 years, which is admirable for a brick-like vehicle originally designed for the military. It seems that it’ll again be updated soon, but thankfully what we’ve seen of the latest version sticks close to the original formula. If it improves on or even maintains some of its predecessor’s incredible off-road abilities, we’ll be very excited about it.