The four best sedans of 2017 are the Honda Fit, the Honda Accord, the Honda Accord Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Impala. The Honda Fit has a 9.4 rating, the Honda Accord a 9.3 and a 4.5 rating, the Honda Accord Hybrid a 9.5 and a 4.4 rating, and the Chevrolet Impala a 9.1 and an overall 5-star rating. The MSRPs are respectively $17,525, $23,006, $30,440, and $27,300.
The 2017 Honda Fit
This subcompact car is built to combine fashion with function. While large enough to hold even a kayak, its aerodynamic profile enhances fuel efficiency. Its dimensions are 160 in. long, 67 wide, and 60 high, and it seats 5 with adequate head- and leg-room. Plus, it is designed to maximize the utility and size of the space and so can accommodate much stuff despite its small cabin size. The rear seats can be brought right behind the front seats, their bottom can be flipped up, and the bench can be folded onto the floor – cargo permitting.
Other features include headlights that turn on automatically in the dark, Eco-Assist coaching bars (which tell you how efficiently you are driving), and illuminated door sill trim. This last spiffs up the interior and simultaneously protects your car from scuff marks. The car also has Bluetooth Streaming audio and a 180-Watt, 6-speaker audio system. Then, there is keyless ignition, Honda LaneWatch, connected audio, and Smart Entry features.
The 2017 Honda Accord
At 190-193 in. long, 73 in. wide, and 57-58 in. high, this car is comfortably spacious, even for adults, and well-equipped with features. For instance, it has a new collection of safety features. Also, there are a variety of ways to personalize your vehicle. Designed with the highest technology, it has auto delay off headlamps that sense low-light, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, front and rear head airbags, front fog/driving lights, a pre-collision safety system, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. Plus, it has stability control, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, airbags that turn off without a passenger in the seat, rear center 3-point belts, child safety locks for the rear doors, and turn signal mirrors, as well as ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes. The transmission is continuously variable-speed automatic, the engine is a hybrid, and the gas mileage is 47-49 mpg.
Customers say the handling on turns is reassuring and enjoy the increased power of the engine, and the improved fuel economy, but they complain about the touchscreen interface, the absence of a fold-down rear seat and of a rear-seat pass-through. The collision warning system is also irritating, and adaptive cruise control leaves much to be desired in the way of maintaining or regaining speed.
The 2017 Honda Accord is very stylish. Blue accent lighting crosses the grill, connecting the blue daytime running lights, increasing the amount of attention other drivers give to the car. Then, there are numerous ways to personalize your car and add features to make it yet more stylish and appealing.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
194 in. long, 73 in. wide, and 58 in. tall, this car has a clean, attractive design and, like the Honda Accord, can be customized further with Honda Genuine Accessories. The interior is leather with wood-grain appointments, and it is altogether a solid car.
In keeping with a tech-filled cockpit, this car, too, has a keyless ignition. One handy feature is the wireless phone charger, which is easy to access and to use. There is also Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Lanewatch, and the HondaSensing safety suite (i.e. lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road-departure mitigation and so on).
As for the negative points of this car, drivers have commented that the Accord Hybrid felt heavy towards the rear on turns, that the weight transfer could be felt through the seat. Then, the springs should be stiffer – though the MacPherson strut suspension in front, in addition to the multi-link rear, kept the body roll very low. As in the 2014 model, the steering is properly responsive and the brake blending impressive – even upgraded. You see, the Honda increased the amount of regenerative braking that the improved powertrain can handle. The Intelligent Power Unit and the Power Control Unit has been made lighter and smaller. The motors are dreamy, and Honda has added an exhaust heat recovery heating system to improve the efficiency even further.
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala
This car has something for everyone. One especially delightful feature is 4G LTE Wi-Fi, which allows access to high-speed internet connectivity. Add that to that Chevrolet MyLink, a touch-screen display, and you can send and receive texts and emails, play music, download files, and more. Additionally, you can connect up to seven devices, while getting a more powerful connection than on your smartphone, as the signal is fast and reliable. The hotspot is powered by your vehicle; while the vehicle is on, the hotspot will work, saving the battery of your mobile device.
The advanced technology and considerable safety features should give you driving confidence front, back, and sides. This car has Available Forward Collision Alert, Available Side Blind Zone Alert, 10 standard air bags, and a rear-vision camera, as well as OnStar Automatic Crash Response System standard for three months if you purchase the Guidance Plan. One driver remarked that this car balanced aggressive performance and intelligent engine efficiency perfectly.
With this car, the Chevrolet Complete Care plan guarantees two maintenance visits (oil change, tire rotations, 27-point inspection, etc.), 5 years or 60,000 mi. Of 24-hour roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, 5 years of the standard OnStar Basic Plan, and 3 months of the OnStar Guidance Plan.