2017 Hyundai Ioniq

DURHAM, N.C. — Automobiles, not unlike other products or events, are, from time to time, recognized and lauded with superlative citations: the fastest, largest, class-leading, most advanced, first, and so on. Some are even strange or bizarre: The first crash-test dummy came to be back in the 1930s, replacing a live human with a cadaver.

Toyota Land Cruiser — Off-road luxury

By David Finkelstein

It was back in 1957 when Toyota first offered its flagship SUV Land Cruiser to consumers in the United States. Since that introduction six decades ago, Land Cruiser has evolved into one of the most luxurious full-capability SUVs on the market.

2017 Lincoln Continental

INDIANAPOLIS — The Lincoln Continental is not just any car — it’s Edsel Ford’s car.  It’s also President Kennedy’s, Elvis Presley’s, James Brown’s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s, and if Lincoln’s ads are to be believed, Matthew McConaughey’s car.  It’s appeared in movies as diverse as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, American Hustle, The Jazz Singer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Avengers, and The Normal Heart.  It’s not a car; it’s an icon indivisible from the automaker that builds it.

2017 Nissan Armada — Becoming competitive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The first generation Nissan Armada soldiered on for 12 years, limping into its final model year in 2015 with rumors that it would be terminated. But Nissan had other plans, perhaps driven by the resurgent SUV market including the big truck end of the spectrum. It now looks like a brilliant idea — revive the Armada in the image of its popular Infiniti QX80 cousin.

Mazda6 — A family sports sedan

By David Finkelstein

For the 2017 model year, the Mazda6 sedan is positioned as a midsize family automobile capable of going “above” and “beyond” in delivering a fun driving experience while still exhibiting practicality and overall efficiency. The car further gains customer appeal with premium refinements as well as being one of the best-handling and most-engaging vehicles in its popular segment. Competitive makes are often cross shopped such as the Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.

Lexus ES 350 — Epitome of family luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Lexus ES sedan has been the luxury go-to car for nearly three decades. It's a prime example of Lexus solitude. It exudes performance and comfort in luxury surroundings. It features an attractive modern design, a spacious cabin, a long list of standard and available equipment, and a positive history of quality.

2017 Land Rover Discovery

ST. GEORGE, Utah —  The boxy Land Rover LR4 is fresh off a complete redesign and is not only a thoroughly different looking vehicle, but also has a new name: Land Rover Discovery. This fifth-generation model sports a new look inside and out and features a slew of technological advancements. This includes the lightweight monocoque body construction, made of up to 85 percent high-strength aluminum, reducing total vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds or about 20 percent over the outgoing LR4 model.

2017 Subaru Legacy

LOS ANGELES — Subaru doesn't need any help selling cars and crossovers from the likes of automotive sites like MotorwayAmerica, the Japanese company has got the formula down to a science enjoying increasing sales month after month for years. To understand this phenomenon better, spend some time behind the wheel of the 2017 Legacy mid-sized sedan.

Hyundai Elantra Sport — Big gain in performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Manufacturers are starting to give small car buyers a choice of powertrains. As an example it’s something that both Nissan and Hyundai have done for the 2017 model year. The standard Nissan Sentra gets a 1.8-liter, 130 horsepower engine while the Hyundai Elantra comes with a 2.0-liter making 147 horsepower. They both display excellent mileage and are adequate for the job assigned. The uptick is better.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack — Off-road capable

By David Finkelstein

Competing with the likes of the Subaru Outback, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack for 2017 is a close derivative of the Golf SportWagen. Alltrack solidifies the vehicle’s overall practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the capabilities offered with their standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system.