2017

Mirror on the Ceiling: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

The 2017 Fiat spider (aka Fiata) is quite possibly the best roadster to hit the USA in the past decade. This 6-speed manual transmission equipped 124 spider in classico trim is just the right blend of spartan and feature-rich. The only downside to classico trim is lack of available heated seats. That's why the Lusso trim might be better for some coastal residents. However, the cloth seats are a welcome sight for those who like to go topless (when parked).

2017 VW Golf Alltrack TSI SEL 4Motion $34k First Drive

This is the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (essentially a lifted Sportwagen with all-wheel-drive (4Motion). I took it around the block and it feels like a longer, lifted Golf. The long wheelbase really helps with rough roads. The 4Motion all wheel drive system makes the Alltrack feel more planted on the road than a GTI. DSG is standard, and so is the 1.8L TSI gas engine.

2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence - USA Ride and Drive $105k

There will only be 250 examples of the 4-seat, 4-Passenger 2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence in the United States. Let's see what makes this XC90 so – Excellent! Keep in mind this vehicle is using the same wheelbase as all other XC90 models, the real magic happens on the inside of the cabin, where the rear seats are replaced by the front seats. It gets more eccentric from there.