Tops for 2017

The year 2017 has been an amazing year for automobiles. From impressive compacts with all-electric engines increasing their distance to muscle-flexing pick-ups providing thrills while lugging heavy loads, car enthusiasts will not forget the last 12 months. Besides the automobiles Driver’s Notebook has featured so far in various publications this year, here are a few more that deserve accolades worth mentioning…

2017 BMW 530i Sedan

The BMW is one of the most impressive in the 2017 class of luxury sedans. The exterior's remodeled balance of sleek meets muscular thanks to chief of design Karim Habib’s vision can be further enhanced by strongly recommended package options for the $51,200 base model.

Have Dad Stick It To ‘Em!

Come on, splurge on Dad and get him a sporty ride that demands a stick shift. Mazda’s Miata family has a cult following and for good reason. Their attractive two-seaters are not only reliable but attractive, inexpensive and simply a joy to drive. The latest edition—the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF—is loaded with options, rests on 17-inch alloy wheels, and gets…