Top 5 American cars models in 2017
The US roads are never short of cars, not now, not ever. In fact, it is one of the richest car markets in the entire world. And contributing to this fact are the evenly distributed segments, that is, all of the segment of cars are equally important.
One peculiar thing about the US car market, which is different from India, is that US people purchase mini vans and light trucks for personal purpose too apart from their use as commercial vehicles.
So here we have noted down the top five cars that did prove to be good buys after doing great business in 2016. These cars have grown in business and have registered growth on the positive scale with the turn of the calendar.
The Hyundai Elantra is a popular sedan all around the world and you can bet on that. The Elantra is based on the company’s fluidic design language and has managed to thrill almost all of the countries so far.
The US-based Hyundai Elantra is very powerful at heart. It has a 2.0-litre engine on the base variant which can make up to a maximum power of 147 bhp and a maximum torque of 132 Nm. However, the Sport variant of the car is capable of producing a maximum power of 201 bhp at 6,000 revs per minute and a peak torque of 195 Nm at just 1,500-4,500 revs per minute.
The Hyundai has sold around 2.10 lakhs of the Elantra in the US market in 2016 and is still one of the best-sold sedans in 2017.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a majestic presence wherever it is retailed. In the United States as well, the Grand Cherokee SUV has been doing exceptionally well ever since it was launched. The chambered and chrome garnished front grille makes the butch front profile even more sublime.
The Laredo variant of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has a 4X2 drivetrain, is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine which can make a giant power of 293 bhp at 6,400 revs per minute and the highest torque of 260 Nm at 4,000 revs per minute. There is an automatic transmission doing the duties in all of the trims. The prices of the SUV starts at USD 30,395.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee had notched up a total of 2,12,173 sales unit is 2016 and the numbers of 2017 are quite equivalent.
The maker of the Cruze sedan in India has a quality sedan in the US market. The Chevrolet Malibu is a big name in the sedan space of the USA and is highlighted by its lean design and the shallow roofline towards the rear part. The DRLs flanked fog lamps and the split tail lights add to the attraction.
Under the hood of the Chevrolet is a powerful 1.5-litre, four cylinder engine which makes up to 160 bhp of power. There is also an optional 2.0-litre engine which is even more powerful and makes a highest power of 250 bhp. The bigger engine variant can hit an acceleration of 0-100 m/hr in just 6.1 seconds.
The car has a tag price of around USD 23,000 and this price varies from state to state. Being one of the best-selling sedans in the USA, Chevrolet had sold 2,27,881 units of the Malibu in 2016 and the numbers are expected to go higher in 2017.
The Toyota RAV4 is known for its stylish and assertive presence on the road. It enclosed-type front grille and the tough design is what makes the SUV stand out from a fleet of regular styled cars.
However, far away from its confident front section, the SUV has a rather easy going and calm engine under the hood. It has a 2.5-litre engine which can make up to a maximum power of 176 bhp and has a top speed of 114 m/hr. On the front dashboard, there is a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard in most of the models while the limited edition models get a 7-inch system.
The Toyota RAV4 has a starting price of USD 25,500 for the base variant. The SUV is one of the best selling cars across segments in the North American market and had notched up 3,52,139 sold units last year.
The Nissan Rogue could be termed as the American counterpart of the Indian Nissan Terrano as they bear a lot of resemblance to each other in terms of designing. The chrome bordering on the window line and the small wraparound, split tail lights takes away the designing credit.
The Nissan Rogue is very much in line with other SUV in the passenger vehicle space in the USA as far as its engine is concerned. It has a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine which can churn out a maximum power of 170 at 6,000 revs per minute and a peak torque of 175 Nm at 4,400 revs per minute. Moreover, even the base variant is given disc brakes and ABS on all the four wheels.
The Nissan Rogue is presently retailed at a price of USD 23,820. This car, besides having an attractive design, also has attractive sales number to show. Growing by 14.9 percent from 2015, the car witnessed a sales number of 3,29,904 last year.
The USA is a market in which almost all the cars sold come with outright power compared to cars in India. There are hardly any popular cars that have a power less than 150 bhp. But what is to be noted here is that every car has an equally pushed safety front, which the highest known safety even on the lower trims. We will find a host of cars which offer ABS on all the four wheels even on the low-end trims.
Apart from these five cars, this list could have been a lot bigger if all the cars had to be mentioned. But these few cars had witnessed the highest growth and promised to keep growing this year as well, thereby making them the best cars in 2017.