Like we’ve said countless times, coming up with something unique and fresh in the midsize sedan market as well as the SUV one can be extremely demanding and challenging. The simple fact is that it’s probably been done before, and currently someone is doing. Although Subaru may not be your first pick when it comes to midsize sedans, it is for a lot of people who live in a particularly snowy area, or simply want the added security. Of what you may ask? Well, of the standard all-wheel drive system of course, fitted to all Legacy models.
We really hate having to criticize a vehicle, especially one which isn’t particularly bad, but such is the case with the Altima. On the face of it, it doesn’t look so bad, but dig deeper and you find small nuisances and issues. The Altima hasn’t had a full makeover in four years, an extremely long time in the automotive sector. It almost seems like Nissan isn’t aware of the fact that Mazda, Kia, Honda and the rest of the brands are updating their cars annually or every two years, let alone four. The Altima isn’t as bad as the competition is good. It simply can’t stack up against its rivals, not with the current configuration anyway.
If someone told us 10 years ago that Hyundai would be making some of the best cars in their respective segments, we wouldn’t have believed them.
The company underwent massive changes over the last decade or so, becoming one of the leading car manufacturers. At the forefront of that charge is the Hyundai Sonata, their midsize offering. It’s always been a good proposition, but historically, it was only because of its price. Recent years saw the facelifted Sonata become a top contender in its respective class. The current-generation Sonata remains largely unchanged for 2017 but hey, when it isn’t broken, why fix it?
The midsize sedan market is one of the fiercest markets out there, second to only the SUVs. With such a large market, you have a lot of manufacturers competing, with everyone wishing a bigger slice of the pie. Naturally, when you have names as big as Honda, Toyota, and Ford, all going head to head with their Accord, Camry and Fusion, it’s difficult to stand out and get recognized. Simply being a famous brand no longer works in this cut-throat segment. Luckily, Kia knew this when they first launched the Optima back a few years ago. No one expected it, but the car proved to be a massive success. Fast forward to 2017, and the new 2017 Kia Optima.
The world of small sedans is full of excellent propositions. It almost seems overwhelming having to choose for a single one with so many great choices everywhere. You have the big Japanese brands such as Mazda and Toyota, the European VW, Audi and Mercedes, and then there are the great products from the American companies such as Ford and everything GM. Standing out in such a crowd can be difficult for a Korean brand. Fortunately, Hyundai is not one to fear competition. The old Elantra was a brilliant car which offered a lot for the money.
The current generation Ford Fusion first came out in 2013, and it was an instant hit with consumers. The front end looked like something out of Aston Martin, especially the grille and the headlights. A lot of people thought that this would age relatively fast, but here we are, three years later, and it still looks as cool as the day it came out. In order to keep it that way, Ford decided to facelift it a bit for 2017, so you get a few changes to the front-fascia, the new Sync 3 system gets introduced, as well as the flagship Platinum trim, and we get a beast of an engine with the V6 Sport model.
On the face of it, the Toyota Corolla seems to be lacking in a lot of areas when compared to its rivals, but is that really the case? Because it’s still one of the most sought after small sedans on the market, so surely, there must be a reason for its success. Well, while Toyota’s impeccable reliability and customer service might have something to do with it, it’s certainly down to the car itself.
On the exterior at least, you can blame the Corolla for looking uninspiring. Continue reading “2017 Toyota Corolla”
There’s a good reason the Honda Civic is one of the best selling small hatchbacks and sedans on the market. It’s affordable, reliable, practical, decently powerful and overall, one of the best vehicles currently for sale. It is, unquestionably, all the car you’ll ever need, in terms of getting you everywhere and delivering what it promises.
Honda has always managed to keep it one level above its competitors. 2016 was a big year for the Civic. It was a complete redesign, with lots of fresh features and unique details.