Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2017

  • 2016 BMW M2 Coupe

    Each year, Motor Authority drives the quickest, fastest, and most luxurious vehicles on the planet to tell you which are the best. This year we had a bumper crop of amazing new machines. The Acura NSX is back, and so is the Audi R8—and we're finally driving the rally-tastic Ford Focus RS. Which one's the best one for your garage and your wallet? The Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2017 is the BMW M2. The M2 is proof that despite its big-selling SUVs, plug-in hybrids, and the i3 electric car, BMW still knows how to build a great driver’s car. A car that sings, a car that begs to be...

2017 Nominees

2017 Acura NSX 2017 Acura NSX
MSRP: $156,000
2017 Audi A4 2017 Audi A4
MSRP: $34,900
2017 Audi R8, Asheville to Daytona part III 2017 Audi R8
MSRP: $162,900
2016 BMW M2 2017 BMW M2
MSRP: $52,500
2016 Ford Focus RS 2017 Ford Focus
MSRP: $16,775
2017 Jaguar XE 2017 Jaguar XE
MSRP: $34,900
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Best Car to Buy News

  • 2016 BMW M2
    Let's make the BMW M2 better

    Less than 24 hours ago we told you the BMW M2 was the vehicle you must have in your garage, by awarding it the Motor Authority Best Car to Buy 2017 title. That still holds true, but the reality is, it's not perfect. The BMW M2 could be better. If you want that show but no go Let me be clear...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
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  • 2016 Ford Focus RS
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Ford Focus RS

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  • 2017 Audi R8 vs. 2017 Acura NSX
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  • 2017 Jaguar XE
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2017 nominee: Jaguar XE

    With the release of the XE, Jaguar is trying to elbow its way into one of the most competitive segments in the luxury-car realm for a second time. The X-Type of the early 2000s turned out to be little more than a gilded Ford Mondeo and sales suffered for it. This time Jaguar has its sights set on...

  • 2016 BMW M2
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2017 nominee: BMW M2

    At Motor Authority we like cars that are fun to drive fast, so we stand up and take notice when BMW releases a new M model. M cars have defined engaged driving excitement for ages, but recent examples have become a little too digital for our tastes. That’s not the case with the new BMW M2...

  • 2017 Audi A4
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2017 Audi A4

    If an automaker is going to offer a compact luxury sedan it had better be on top of its game. The segment is filled with fantastic cars like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and upstarts like the Cadillac ATS and Infiniti Q50. That's some stiff competition, but Audi has been up to the...

  • 2017 Audi R8, Asheville to Daytona part III
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2017 Audi R8

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  • 2017 Acura NSX
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2017 Acura NSX

    The 2017 Acura NSX is somewhat controversial. Fans of the original loved the way it challenged the established supercars of the day with a simple mid-mounted V-6 engine and an aluminum architecture. That car could perform on a racetrack and feel like an Accord on the road, while the Ferraris and...

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    Best Car To Buy 2017: Cars that didn't make the cut

    A big part of our job around here is to drive today's new cars and report back to you. That puts us in the seats of hundreds of vehicles each year, many of which represent the latest achievements in luxury and performance. Many are brilliant pieces of comfort and engineering, and some fall shy of...

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    One of these cars will be Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2017

    Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves. The world's automakers just keep developing new vehicles spanning a wide spectrum of luxury and performance. From ulta-luxury SUVs to high-performance hybrids to driftable hot hatches, automakers are finding new and better ways to coddle customers and create...

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