There are many vehicles that just sell themselves, but their high volume doesn’t mean they’re what you need or seek. If you want to drive something a little different from the pack, here are a few vehicles you should consider.
The 2017 Toyota Tundra sells significantly less than its American competition including the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado, but this full-size pickup is still a great choice, especially for buyers who want Toyota reliability. There are nearly 50 configurations—and best of all, it’s assembled in America at the San Antonio, Texas plant. There are two available V8 engines, including a 5.7-liter mill that cranks out 381 hp and 401 lb/ft of torque, with a maximum 10,500-pound towing capacity and 2,080-pound payload capacity. Some of the other highlight features include 20-inch alloy wheels, a JBL® audio system, Navigation, leather seating surfaces with ultra-suede accents, ventilated front seats and safety technologies including Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and parking sonar. “The 2017 Toyota Tundra is a capable full-size pickup, and one of the few in this class that is very serious about off-road performance,” write Edmunds.com.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider doesn’t sell as well as the Mazda MX-5 it’s based on, but that doesn’t mean it delivers any less driving pleasure for the money. On the contrary, the 124 Spider offers excellent value at $24,995, helping it earn a Best Sports Car for the Money award. Try finding another Italian sports car even close to that price. The 124 Spider uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that’s the most powerful in its class, making 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque through your choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The Bilstein performance suspension and customizable cabin set the 124 Sider apart too. Jalopnik says: “You've really got the best of a bunch of different worlds here. Engineered by Italians, partially built for the American market, and assembled by the Japanese, it's hard to find something not to like.”
While still relatively new on the block, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 is a great choice if you’re looking for a luxury vehicle but don’t need to jump all the way up to a flagship sedan. Its $53,795 starting MSRP is impressive with Autoweek noting that “The CT6 makes an impressive case for itself at a price point where the Germans offer nothing but bare-bones midsize sedans, if you can find them.”
Voted a Best Cars for Families winner by U.S. News, the CT6 is available with three engines, the highlight of which is a 404-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. As with any Cadillac, you can expect plenty of luxury amenities, including a 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system, a rear seat entertainment system, ventilated front seats with 20-way power adjustments, heated rear seats and the award-winning rear camera mirror.
If your goal is to be a bit more environmentally conscious, the 2017 Nissan LEAF is yet another option that doesn’t fly out of the dealership, although it probably should. The LEAF starts at $30,680 before any tax credits, which can push that price down considerably. The main benefit of the LEAF is gas-free driving with a range of over 100 miles, more than the majority of people need on a daily basis. You can charge your LEAF in as little as six hours, and there are over 20,000 compatible charging stations across the country, so there’s less holding you back than ever before. The only time you’ll need to stop at a gas station is to put air in your tires.
There are plenty of good vehicles on the market, so do your research and figure out what works for you. But regardless of what you choose, stop by your local financial institution for the best rates on an auto loan.