Tops for 2017

The year 2017 has been an amazing year for automobiles. From impressive compacts with all-electric engines increasing their distance to muscle-flexing pick-ups providing thrills while lugging heavy loads, car enthusiasts will not forget the last 12 months. Besides the automobiles Driver’s Notebook has featured so far in various publications this year, here are a few more that deserve accolades worth mentioning…

Stick it to ‘em!

Even more sexy and powerful. Mazda’s Miata has a cult following and for good reason. Their attractive two-seaters are not only reliable, but attractive, inexpensive and simply a joy to drive. The latest edition—the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF—is loaded with options, rests on 17-inch alloy wheels, and gets 155 horses darting out of its SKYACTIV, 2.0-Liter, 4-cylinder engine. Graciously, all…

The All-New 2017 Land Rover Discovery

To showcase the durability and versatility of their new, completely remodeled 2017 Discovery, Land Rover confidently invited auto journalists worldwide to drive their highly-anticipated SUV on some of the most challenging surfaces Mother Nature could craft. Taking on Utah's various landscapes—from the rugged terrain of Canyon Point to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes alongside dune buggies—the fifth-generation Discovery successfully confirmed…

Dynamic Duo

Here is a pair of impressive automobiles that provide great value for what they offer, are a joy to drive, and will catch the eyes of those who appreciate the attention to detail these automakers applied inside and out.

The 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 

With spring break on the horizon, we made it a priority to find automobiles that would be the best to suit the travel needs of multiple people. The 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium was one of the standouts that covered a lot of demands, whether its hitting the beach, heading for the mountains, or simply keeping passengers comfortable wherever they…

A different type of ‘hybrid’: Muscle Car meets SUV

In common terms, the “hybrid” badge refers to the combination of both electric and gas in a vehicle, but in the case of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, it has been reinvented to mean muscle car meets SUV. For the individual who wants power, luxury and stunning looks enjoyed by up to four other thrill-seeking adults, the hunt is…

Luxurious, powerful and stealthy

Since Nissan introduced their Maxima to start off the 80s, this pioneer of the “four-door sports car” has never ceased to excite the auto industry with its revered combination of power, road-gripping handling, and eye-popping body designs. Now with five trims delivered from Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant—S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum—the 2017 Maxima Midnight Edition of the SR looks…

The Year’s Most Impressive

It has been a great year for Driver’s Notebook covering the new models of 2016 and having the opportunity to test drive what is in store for 2017. Besides the fine models we already featured leading up to this end-of-the-year edition, here are four automobiles you should strongly consider ranging from a sporty convertible to one of the most accommodating…