2017 Acura NSX

The NSX returns after a 12-year hiatus. Whereas the original NSX was known for its simple and flawless execution, the modern NSX breaks new ground in cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology. The powertrain consists of a turbocharged 3.5l V6 engine, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors that collaborate to drive all four wheels. Total system output is estimated at 573-bhp. Acura designates the drive system sport hybrid and a similar system is available on the RLX sedan and MDX SUV. The NSX was designed and built in America.

2017 BMW i3

The BMW i3 is a purpose built electric vehicle intended to appeal to urban customers. The i3 is a four-passenger model with a hatchback. Access to the rear seat is provided by two rear-hinged access doors. The rear-mounted electric is rated at 170-bhp and drives the rear wheels. BMW estimates that the 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives the i3 an 80-100 mile driving range. A full recharge at 220V requires 3 hours. For drivers that worry about the electric driving range, the i3 is available with a 34-bhp 650cc two-cylinder gasoline range extender engine. The range extender is used to provide electricity and does not drive the wheels. The i3 has a uniquely styled interior with upright seating.

2017 BMW i8

The i8 is a new hybrid sports car with a 3-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear wheels, and an electric motor driving the front wheels.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch

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2017 Dodge Viper

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2017 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 has a rich history not unlike that of the Volkswagen Beetle. The original was a small rear-engine car that Fiat produced for almost 20 years. The modern version was introduced in 2007 in Europe and 2011 in America. The diminutive four-passenger 500 is larger than a Smart ForTwo, but smaller than a Toyota Yaris. Fiat offers the 500 in three trim levels ranging in price from $16,000 to over $20,000 with options. All equip a fuel-efficient 1.4l four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The performance oriented 500 Abarth adds a turbocharger increasing the power output to 160-bhp. Weighing just 2500 pounds, the Abarth is sure to be a pocket rocket. The 500 is sold through a select number of Chrysler dealerships.

2017 Fiat 500 e

The Fiat 500 has a rich history not unlike that of the Volkswagen Beetle. The original was a small rear-engine car that Fiat produced for almost 20 years. The modern version was introduced in 2007 in Europe and 2011 in America. The diminutive four-passenger 500 is larger than a Smart ForTwo, but smaller than a Toyota Yaris. In 2013, the 500 added a dedicated electric-powered model dubbed the 500e. The 500e equips a 111-bhp electric motor. A 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives the 500e an estimated range of 80-100 miles on a charge. The battery pack is rechargeable in less than 4 hours at 240v. The 500e will only be offered in California at launch.

2017 Ford Fiesta 5d

The Fiesta is a small front-wheel-drive car serves as Ford's entry-level model. Available in a four-door sedan and a 5-door hatch, the Fiesta combines smaller proportions and advanced powertrain technology to achieve fuel economy ratings of up to 29/40 (SFE package). Similar in size to the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, the Fiesta is over 5 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the larger Ford Focus. With bright colors and sharp styling, the Fiesta does not look like inexpensive transportation. Although the base model priced at $15,000 is a bit spartan, it is possible to get a model with alloy wheels and power equipment for around $18,000.

2017 Hyundai Accent 5d

The Accent is Hyundai's entry level model and is available as either a sedan or five-door wagon. The front-wheel-drive Accent is powered by a 138-bhp 4-cylinder engine offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed transmissions, direct injection and low rolling resistance tires help the Accent achieve an EPA rating of 28/37 (City / Hwy). Accent five-door models include more standard equipment than the sedan. The SE model includes power equipment, alloy wheels, fog lights and an audio system for about $16,500. This compares favorably to competitive vehicles ranging from the Honda Fit to the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

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2017 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is a unique new compact coupe/hatchback that serves as a sportier alternative to the Elantra sedan. The distinctive styling of the Veloster features a high, nearly horizontal hatchback with a vertical rear window similar to the Honda CR-Z. Hyundai has taken a novel approach to the ingress/egress problems associated with coupes. The driver's side has a full-length single door; however, the passenger side actually has two forward hinged doors. In theory, this is a more workable solution than the half-sized access doors that have appeared on cars and trucks in the past. The Veloster is almost identical in size to its corporate relative the Kia Forte Koup. Inside are two rows of seats for five passengers. A 1.6l four cylinder engine rated at 138-bhp is standard, but the Veloster should feel quick due to its low curb weight. Hyundai offers only one trim level, but owners can upgrade their Veloster with one of two option packages. The Preferred package adds upgraded wheels/tires, a premium audio system and a panoramic sunroof. The Technology package adds a Navigation system and push button start.

2017 McLaren 570GT

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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i aims to be one of the first widely available electric cars that's also affordable. The i has seating for four passengers in a body that is about the same size as a Mini Cooper. The i is much smaller than the Leaf or Volt, but is available at a substantially lower price than either vehicle. A 49kW AC synchronous motor mounted in the rear of the vehicle drives the rear wheels. According to the EPA, the driving range is about 62 miles on a full charge. An in-vehicle charger can plug in to any 120V AC outlet and recharge the batteries in about 22 hours. Most owners will want a dedicated 240V charger which shortens the time to just 7 hours. An optional DC quick charge port connects to publicly available chargers which can provide an 80% charge in 30 min. The number of electric cars on the market is rapidly expanding. The Mitsubishi might be the most cost effective way to become an early adopter.

2017 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is arguably the first electric vehicle designed from the ground up to be produced and sold in large volumes worldwide. The Leaf is a five-passenger vehicle with every expected amenity expected in a modern automobile like power windows, power locks, stability control, navigation system, etc. Leaf is offered in S, SV and SL trim levels. According to the EPA, the Leaf can travel about 73 miles on a full charge. The battery is fully rechargeable in 7 hours at 240V, but an optional DC quick charger port (SL models) allows the Leaf to be 80% charged in 30 minutes. The EPA considers 33.7kW-hrs electricity to be equivalent to 1 gallon of gas, so the Leaf gets the equivalent of 106/92 city/highway. Upon its launch in 2011, the Leaf was only available in small number of states, but the Leaf is now more widely available. US models are made in the US.

2017 Nissan Versa Note

Nissan's lineup of small cars includes the five-door Versa Note hatchback. The Versa Note is a small compact car with seating for five. Even though it rides on a shorter platform than the Sentra, the Versa 5-door actually has more legroom. A standard 1.6l four-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual, or CVT transmission depending on the model. The most fuel efficient CVT models are rated at 31/40 (city/highway). The Versa employs some cost -saving measures like drum brakes and steel wheels to achieve its low starting price of $15,000. While this is common in the segment, there are vehicles under $18,000 with disc brakes.

2017 Smart fortwo coupe

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2017 Smart fortwo electric drive coupe

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2017 Tesla Model S

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2017 Toyota Prius

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2017 Volkswagen Golf 5d

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2017 Volkswagen Golf e-Golf

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI 5d

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2018 Audi A5 Sportback

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2018 Audi A7

The Audi A7 is a four-door, four-passenger car. In profile, the A7 has a long sweeping roofline that looks similar to other Audi sedans, but the A7 has a large hatchback in place of a traditional trunk. The A7 is similar in size to the latest A6, but its aggressive roofline and four passenger seating are more likely to intrigue buyers that might have considered the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. A supercharged V6 engine rated at 310-bhp is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission to power all four wheels. Like other Audi models, the A7 is offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. The base Premium model is well equipped, with the higher trim levels adding features like LED headlamps, four-zone climate control, and larger wheels/tires.

2018 Audi TT coupe

The Audi TT was originally defined by its distinctly curved styling. Now in its third generation, the TT wears more traditional styling around its compact dimensions. The TT is offered as both a 2+2 hatchback coupe and a 2 passenger roadster. Most TT models are powered by a 220-bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and include a six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive. The higher performance TTS model increases the output of the four-cylinder to 292-bhp. With pricing that overlaps the larger A5 coupe/convertible, the TT is a niche vehicle aimed at a buyer looking for something unique.

2018 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

The 3-Series Gran Turismo is a five-door variant of the 3-Series sedan. The Gran Turismo trades the trunk for fastback styling, and a hatchback. Unlike the X4 crossover, the Gran Turismo rides on a longer wheelbase which increases both legroom and cargo capacity. BMW's xDrive AWD is standard on all models. Powertrain choices include 2.0l four-cylinder (330i) and a 3.0l inline six (340i). With a wide array of 3-Series variants to choose from, the Gran Turismo is a niche vehicle that will only appeal to someone looking for something different.

2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe model closely related to the 3-Series sedan. The Gran Coupe has a sleeker roofline with a hatchback for cargo access. Powertrain choices include a four-cylinder (430i) and a six-cylinder (440i). Both are available with RWD or BMW's xDrive AWD system. The Gran Coupe is now part of a larger family of vehicles including the 3-Series sedan/wagon, 4-Series coupe/convertible, 3-Series Gran Turismo five-door, and also the X4 crossover fastback.

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

As the classic American sports car, the Corvette is power and style personified. The Corvette entered its seventh generation for the 2014 model year with all new styling and the return of the Stingray name. Offered in coupe and convertible models, for 2014, the standard powertrain is a 455-bhp 6.2l V8 paired with either a six-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission. Higher performance trim levels like the Z06 will return for the 2015 model year.

2018 Chevrolet Sonic 5d

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2018 Chevrolet Spark

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2018 Chevrolet Volt

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2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

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2018 Honda Fit

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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2018 Kia Niro

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2018 Mazda Mazda3 5d

The Mazda3 is one of the better examples of the compact segment. To succeed in this segment, it takes a combination of style, value and fuel economy. While the Mazda3 delivers on style and fuel economy, it is no longer the value that it once was. Offered in both 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon body styles the Mazda3 has models ranging from the basic to fully-loaded. Engine choices include a 2.0l four-cylinder engine and a large-displacement 2.5l four cylinder.

2018 Mini Hardtop

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2018 Mini Hardtop 4-door

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

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2018 Nissan 370Z

An icon since 1970, the Z is the epitome of outstanding price/performance. For around $30k, the base Z offers a 332-bhp 3.7L V6, 6-speed manual, fully independent suspension, rear-wheel drive and eye-catching styling. The spartan interior has seating for 2-passengers and a wide shallow cargo area accessible through the rear hatch. The factory-tuned NISMO (NISsan MOtorsport) model upgrades the suspension, body aerodynamics, and increases the engine output to 350-bhp.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman

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2018 Toyota C-HR

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM

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2018 Toyota Prius c

Toyota has grown the successful Prius hybrid into a family of vehicles. The new Prius C extends Toyota's proven hybrid technology into a smaller, lighter and more affordable vehicle. The smaller size and weight pays dividends in fuel efficiency. Although the Prius C is slightly larger than the Yaris 5d, its EPA rating of 53 City / 46 Hwy clearly exceeds that of the Yaris (30 City / 38 Hwy). The Prius C is a traditional 5d hatchback with a tall rear roofline (the Prius has a steeply raked fastback). The rear seat folds for hauling bulky items.

2018 Toyota Yaris 3d Liftback

The Yaris is the smallest and least expensive car sold in the United States as a Toyota. Two body styles are offered: a 3-door hatchback and a 5-door hatchback. The two models are nearly identical except for the two extra doors. A 1.5l four-cylinder engine produces 106 horsepower and is rated at 30/35 (city/highway) by the EPA. The base L trim level includes power door locks, air conditioning, and power windows but omits remote keyless entry. The LE trim level adds these features in addition to an upgraded audio system. The SE trim level (5-door only) adds alloy wheels, a unique grille mesh, and a rear spoiler for an upgraded appearance. In this rapidly expanding segment there are comparably priced alternatives with better fuel economy, more standard equipment and disc brakes.

2018 Toyota Yaris 5d Liftback

The Yaris is the smallest and least expensive car sold in the United States as a Toyota. Two body styles are offered: a 3-door hatchback and a 5-door hatchback. The two models are nearly identical except for the two extra doors. A 1.5l four-cylinder engine produces 106 horsepower and is rated at 30/35 (city/highway) by the EPA. The base L trim level includes power door locks, air conditioning, and power windows but omits remote keyless entry. The LE trim level adds these features in addition to an upgraded audio system. The SE trim level (5-door only) adds alloy wheels, a unique grille mesh, and a rear spoiler for an upgraded appearance. In this rapidly expanding segment there are comparably priced alternatives with better fuel economy, more standard equipment and disc brakes.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

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