What to Look for in 2017 New Car Models

by Terry Bryant

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The roll-out of the 2017 model year brings excitement for consumers who are looking to purchase a new vehicle. Much of the attention is going to SUVs and subcompact SUVs.

Many of the most popular SUVs have been redesigned for the new model year, and other automakers are launching new SUVs to compete in this category. New SUVs include the Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga, and Maserati Levante. Toyota is also rolling out a new subcompact SUV: the Toyota C-HR.

It is easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest new models, but all consumers should consider safety features and ratings before making a purchase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both test a variety of makes and models for safety considerations, then make their findings available online for consumer research at www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings and www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.

The IIHS also performed a study on insurance losses by vehicle make and model, then sorted results among Collision, Property Damage, Comprehensive, Personal Injury, Medical Payment, and Bodily Injury claims. If you visit the IIHS website, you can compare model years, vehicle sizes, and vehicle types. Visit www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/insurance-loss-information to start your side-by-side comparison.