2017 Kia Optima Release Date & Info

The Kia Optima for 2017 combines a strong value proposition and a sporty styling resulting in a vehicle that is hard to beat. Additionally, with plenty of luxury and convenience features, serene cabin, a superb blend of performance and fuel efficiency, it will definitely be on the priority list of anyone shopping in the midsize sedan segment. Its release date should be expected in March 2017.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, white color, side view, alloy wheels

The entry of the Optima in the market will be met with a fierce rivalry staged by known bigwigs such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion. And despite being in the segment for over fifteen years now, it only elevated itself recently from the lower bargain segment to a serious rival.

2017 Kia Optima side angle, red color, alloy wheels

The Kia with its new looks and fresh appeal raises the bar a notch higher from the outgoing model that has helped shape its humble beginnings to a serious midsize vehicle. One notable thing that never changes in the Optima is its exterior design. Slightly taller, wider, and longer than its immediate predecessor but nothing much in terms of design and exterior cues. Although we expect new color additions to the existing color palette.

2017 Kia Optima SXL rear view, taillights, silver color

In order to notice the differences between the new and the outgoing model, you’ll need to either be hawk eyed or be a diehard Optima fan. The changes are subtle but are welcome nonetheless. The previous model offered was a success in the market and redesigning it significantly may result in unnecessary damages especially if buyers are still observing caution.

2017 Kia Optima front view, red color, headlights and alloy wheels

One thing is for sure though, the chassis comes with high-strength steel that underpins better high-speed stability, structural rigidity, and improved handling. There is nothing much to say when it comes to matters concerning under its hood as it carries over the previous engine entire lineup.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, front view, alloy wheels, headlights, grille

Even as we commend the efforts Kia has invested in the new 2017 Kia Optima, there are still some issues that could have been addressed better such as the numb steering and the limited rear headroom. As such, it would be wise to explore other options in the segment before ultimately making a decision. Some of its rivals include the stylish and fun-to drive 2017 Mazda 6, the well-appointed 2017 Toyota Camry, the refreshed and powerful 2017 Honda, and, last but certainly not least, is the well-rounded and closely-related cousin 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

Still the 2017 Kia Optima continues to offer the right mix of today’s elite sedans through its blend of value, performance and style.

Available Trims – Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima is offered as a five-passenger sedan available in SXL, SX Turbo, EX, and LX trims. The hybrid model comes in a separate review.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Kia Optima

Standard features available for the base LX model includes a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, satellite radio, a 60/40/split rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, and a six-speaker audio system.

2017 Kia Optima dashboard, steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

Other optional features available for he trim include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, laminated front door window, an eight-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, rear-cross traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, laminated front door windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitor.

2017 Kia Optima interior, leather front and rear seats, steering wheel

Others include an 8” touchscreen interface, two charge-only USB ports, Kia’s Uvo infotainment system, a navigation system, rear air-conditioning systems, automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and HD radio.

2017 Kia Optima EX exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

Picking the EX trim gets you a heated steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather upholstery. The SX trims adds a rear spoiler, adaptive xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear side window sunshades, unique exterior styling details, dual exhaust tips, upgraded gauges, and ambient lighting.

2017 Kia Optima Engine Specs

All the models are front wheel drive. The 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of both the EX and LX models. This power gets transmitted to the front wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Kia Optima

Next up is a four-cylinder 1.6L engine rated at 178 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque. The power drives the front wheels via the seven-speed automated clutch transmission.

Finally, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lbs. ft. of torque is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine under the hood of both the SX and SXL models. Here, the front wheels receive the power through the standard six-speed automatic transmission system.


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.2 in. (73.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 3399 lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 24/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Moss Grey, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling, Silver, Titanium Silver …
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price & Kia Optima For 2017 Release Date

March 2017 is the set date of release for the 2017 Kia Optima according to various sources privy of its operations. As for the window sticker, the Optima sedan will cost you a base MSRP starting from $21,840.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Release Date & Review

2017 Hyundai Elantra Release Date and News – Plenty of style and value is what you get with the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra, but you might find some new rivals to have eclipsed its performance and refinement. A generous feature list, a long warranty coverage, a large trunk, and hush cabin, are just some of the features you should anticipate for 2017. Read on for an up-to-date review that encompasses everything there is to know about the Elantra ranging from its interior and exterior, release date to its engine specs.

2017 Hyundai Elantra front view, red color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

Relative to other vehicles in the segment, the Elantra still looks invigorating in almost every aspect. But the fact remains the present generation has five years now since its debut into the segment. This alone, is a measure of how old the Elantra is and exceeds all the rest.

2017 Hyundai Elantra side angle, gray color, alloy wheels

A savvy buyer might think twice about owning the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in the face of so many fresh vehicles that offer latest tech features and materials. But age isn’t a major issue here as the Elantra packs some of the finest materials and technologies. Hyundai seems to have thrown in a feature galore than you’d expect.

2017 Hyundai Elantra electric blue, rear view, alloy wheels and taillights

The Value Edition, for instance, comes packed with high-tech features such as keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio ad phone connectivity, etc. with such features installed, you might even wonder what’s the point of getting the costly priced Sport and Limited models. but taking a look at what they offer might give you a second thought, they come with even more sophisticated accoutrements should you opt for either one of them.

2017 Hyundai Elantra red color, side view, alloy wheels, headlights

Signs of aging aren’t that conspicuous, and you’ll need to be either hawk-eyed or a seasoned Hyundai user. Limited headroom is quite notable. Other downsides to owning the 2017 Hyundai Elantra include a somewhat stiff ride, and a mediocre acceleration.

2017 Hyundai Elantra auto show, blue color, side view, alloy wheels, headlights

For some, the faults might seem minor quibbles, but for others, they are simply unforgivable. So, for those who can’t live with such downsides, below are some of the alternatives you can check out. They include the 2017 Kia Forte, the relatively zesty and refined 2017 Mazda 3, the 2017 Ford Focus, and the well-rounded 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. You could also check out the 2017 Honda Civic. Nonetheless, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra can still hold its head high even in the face of such hostility.

Trims Available – Hyundai Elantra

The five-passenger 2017 Hyundai Elantra is offered in four trims: SE, Value Edition, Limited, and the Sport. The GT is reviewed separately.

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra SE’s list of standard features includes a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, satellite radio, air-conditioning, a USB port, intermittent wipers, full power accessories, a six-speaker sound system, a trip computer, 15-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

2017 Hyundai Elantra steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen, dashboard

Available options bundled in the Popular Equipment package includes a driver blind-spot mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, voice controls, a rearview camera, a sliding center armrest, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, and extended sun visors.

2017 Hyundai Elantra interior, leather seats, steering wheel

Stepping to the Value Edition gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a shift know, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and heated front seats.

2017 Hyundai Elantra front view, exterior, headlights, grille, alloy wheels

Upgrading to the Limited trim brings with it Blue Link telematics, a leather upholstery, 17-inch wheels, adjustable steering effort, projector headlights, heated rear seats, automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and a six-way power driver seat.

2017 Hyundai Elantra side view, blue color, alloy wheels

Last, but certainly not least, is the Sport trim that comes equipped with black exterior accents, automatic climate control, a more powerful engine, heated rear seats, a sport-tuned steering and suspension tuning, and a slew of safety features.


Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 179.1 in
Width: 70.9 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 2773 lbs
Top Speed: 7,7 sec
0-60: 125 mph
MPG: 28/37 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Phantom Black, Quartz White Pearl, Scarlet Red Pearl, Shale Gray Metallic, Symphony Air Silver, Symphony Silver, Venetian Red, Windy Sea Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A

2017 Hyundai Elantra Engine Specifications

Powering the Limited, Value Edition, and SE trims is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and 130 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Hyundai, a time of 9.7 seconds is what you need to saunter from 0-60 mph.

Regardless of the transmission, Elantra returns a fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg/combined.

2017 Hyundai Elantra engine

Boasting a four-cylinder 2.0L engine is the Elantra Sport model. The output – 173 horsepower and 154 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to the wheels via the standard manual transmission system.

The Sport returns 28mpg/combined with both the manual and automatic.

Price & 2017 Hyundai Elantra Price

Its release date should be expected in March 2017 according to pundits. A fair MSRP starting from 17,250 USD will be the asking price once the 2017 Hyundai Elantra becomes available.


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2017 Hyundai Elantra exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

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New 2017 Audi TTS Release Date, Specs & Info

In addition to the dramatic design, groundbreaking technologies, and pronounced dynamics the new 2017 Audi TTS features, it also packs a powerful punch, impeccable interior designs, a standard all-wheel-drive system, precise handling, and an impressive level of technology. Not only will these highlights enable it challenge it’s BMW and Porsche rivals, its unmistakable lines and designs also set the benchmark for modern engineering sophistication. Its exterior/interior changes, engine specifications, pricing estimates, and the likely release date details are covered below. Please, do care to join us!

2017 Audi TTS side angle, yelow color

Once again, the Audi TT and the Audi TTS get the coveted “A” rated from leading automotive quarters. The coveted award is as a result of the models’ combination of, in among other things, a beautifully simple interior, capable handling, and plenty of power. While the immense capability of the Audi TT is a no-brainer, buyers looking for more enthusiasm can opt for the Audi TTS that is sure to satisfy buyers who crave a little more of everything.

2017 Audi TTS exterior, front view, yellow color, headlights

The 2017 Audi TTS is sure to bring a fun-frightening look even to the most experienced drivers, thanks to superior technologies and performance features available. For 2017, the Audi TTS adds a sport-tuned suspension with driver-adjustable dampers to the existing score of performance features, consequently placing it on a collision course with some of the segment’s best such as the 2017 BMW M2, and the Porsche 718 Cayman.

2017 Audi TTS rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Unlike the two which even don’t get it as an option, a standard all-wheel drive system is available for the Audi TTS 2017. Another credential that places it at a vantage is the wonderfully simple yet technologically advanced cockpit that buyers will find irresistible. However, the 2016 BMW M2 and the Porsche 718 Cayman 2017 are also top dogs on their own right, and buyers’ preferences might be pegged on just personal tastes.

2017 Audi TTS red color, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Audi TTS Release Date & Price

According to Audi, the 2017 TTS coupe price starts from an MSRP of around $52,500, while the standard Audi TT coupe and convertible pricing starts from $43,500 and $47,000 respectively. Lease deals are offered as well. The Audi TTS release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

2017 Audi TTS release date

2017 Audi TTS Exterior

Most of the exterior designs are evocative of the first-generation design classic. Constituting geometrical entities are the wide wheel arches and a powerful light edge. Some of the notable exterior features to expect include 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, automatic LED headlights, and optional red-painted brake calipers and 20-inch wheels.

2017 Audi TTS auto show, rear angle,, taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Audi TTS Interior

The lightweight and almost-floating lines express the sporty character of both the Audi TTS and the Audi TT models. Like the outgoing model, the seats are mounted low and feature pneumatically adjustable side bolsters, and S sport seats integrated with head restraints. As is typical of Audi, the interior blends an understated and minimalist design with high technologies.

2017 Audi TTS interior, gear shift knob, dashboard and steering wheel

Likewise, the diamond-quilted leather seats and the excellent build quality add a premium-look to the luxury-car appearance.

2017 Audi TTS interior, leather seats and steering wheel

The cockpit is devoid of mass buttons and readouts, instead, it is well laid out and simple to use. The gauge cluster not only handles navigation, audio, and system controls, it also displays other vital information. The MMI interface is intuitive and offers crisp graphics. The seats offer plenty of cushioning and support for hours. The available adjustments also add to a comfortable touring for passengers of all sizes. The rear seats of the coupe are however confining even for some children. It is best to consider them as extra cargo space.

2017 Audi TTS interior, back seats

Some of the available technologies and features to expect in the cabin include keyless entry and ignition, automatic wipers, heated and power-folding mirrors, automatically-deployable rear spoiler, auto-dimming mirrors, an SD-card reader, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, leather and synthetic-suede upholstery, LED ambient lighting, automatic climate control, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, two USB ports, satellite radio, a nine-speaker sound system, a heated eight-way power front seats, folding rear seat-backs, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a universal garage opener, matte aluminum interior inlays, and a navigation system.

Available Trims

The 2017 Audi TTS is only available as a coupe unlike the standard TT that is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles.

2017 Audi TTS convertible Premium Plus exterior


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 2.6 in. (98.6 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 9 in. (165 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.1 in. (72.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 87.0 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 12.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3230 lbs.
Top Speed: 158 mph
0-60: 4.6 sec
MPG: 23/32 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Mythos Black Metallic, Nano Gray Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect, Tango Red Metallic, Vegas Yellow…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the new 2017 Audi TTS is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque. Sending power to all the four wheels is a six-speed automated manual transmission. 4.6 seconds are needed to get from 0-60 mph.

2017 Audi TTS engine


A slew of upscale driver-assistance systems are available for the 2017 Audi TTS. The NHTSA is yet to offer the crash impact safety ratings as of this writing. We’ll update this space once we get the results, which should normally be available during the Audi TTS release date.

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2017 Audi TTS interior, gear shift knob, leather seats and steering wheel

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