2017We’ve already passed into the second half of 2016, and the 2017 models on well on their way. After all, 2016 is so “yesterday,” and the 2017 models are another order of special that you just can’t beat. Now, there are a lot of new models coming out this year, across the entire spectrum, so we’ve whittled it down to just the top five.

Small Car – 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2017 LasaleIt used to be that one “settled” for a small car. When Mitsubishi rolled out the Mirage G4 Hatch, it gained near-instantaneous popularity with top-rated fuel economy, exceptional value, and an industry-leading warranty. Those who needed something slightly bigger no longer have to wait, with the release of the four-door 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan, with more power, better handling, and the same great value and fuel economy.

Sports Car – 2017 Acura NSX

Anyone who even saw the original Acura NSX, they knew they were looking at something different, the original sports car exuding excitement. Driving the thing was only confirmation. Indeed, it was a unique affordable sports car that rivalled the performance and driving excitement that only names like Porsche and Ferrari could engender. Sadly, the first-generation NSX faded from view in 2005, but there is hope yet for thrill-seekers! Twelve years later, the second-generation 2017 Acura NSX hits the streets, a hybrid powertrain pumping 573 hp through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. Everything’s been rethought about the NSX, truly a sports car for the times!

Luxury Car – 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

This year, Mercedes-Benz rolls out a new class of vehicle, promising a whole new way to enjoy C-Class luxury, economy, and performance, as well as the added driving excitement that only a convertible can deliver. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet’s multi-layer soft top is weatherproof and sound-deadening and displays a profile nearly indistinguishable from its hard-top brethren. Fully-automatic, the soft-top folds neatly away under a hard tonneau cover in under 20 seconds. Available in a number of engine and transmission packages, even the high-spec Mercedes-AMG, the new cabriolet is sure to please.

Electric Car – 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 BoltEveryone thought it was going to be the Tesla Model ≡ (Tesla Model 3) this year, but it seems that General Motors has beaten the tech giant to the punch with the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The new Bolt builds on technology developed in the Volt hybrid, but without the range-extending gasoline engine. The new EV, after incentives and discounts, is supposed to come in around $30,000, which is an exceptional value for this high-tech car. Not only is the powertrain high-tech, the flat 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering up to 200 miles per charge, but modern interior is outfitted with some of the latest infotainment, comfort, and convenience options.

Pickup Truck – 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017b 3 (1)Most “car” people, when they think “pickup truck,” think about rough-riding hard-to-handle trucks, and indeed that’s what they are used for. The nation’s best-selling vehicle is a pickup truck, but it’s not particularly easy to handle, especially if you are a “car” person. In contrast to traditional pickup trucks, the Ridgeline is decidedly un-trucklike. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline looks like a pickup – it can haul 1,600 pounds and tow up to 5,000 pounds – because it’s built on the same platform as the Pilot, it drives like an SUV. Inside, too, with an exceptionally quiet cabin and features you typically only find in family SUVs.

If you’re looking for the best deals on a new car, August just might be the best time to buy, especially if one of these 2017 models catches your eye.

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