Whether you want to burn rubber, stretch out in a sumptuous leather-lined interior, or bypass every gas station, the 2017 New York auto show offers some serious extremes this year.
There's a lot of optimism in the air this year as some automakers are flexing their muscles with robust performance machines, while others are venturing further upmarket. Below, we've put together a list of some of the most important new car debuts in New York. They'll be heading to dealers near you soon.
The show itself opens to the public Friday at the Jacob K. Javits convention center in Manhattan, and while the Big Apple isn't exactly the most car-friendly place on the planet, there's a lot to see.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir, 2017 New York auto show
What is it? Buick's three-row crossover is back for a sophomore effort, a follow-up to a remarkably good first effort. The latest Enclave is larger inside and out—but also a little lighter.
What's so important? Buick is debuting with the Enclave a new Avenir sub-brand that will eventually be a range-topping trim level on many of its models.
2018 Buick Regal TourX
What is it? A two-prong mid-size sedan effort, only neither the Regal Sportback nor the TourX is a traditional four-door. They're both cribbed from GM's European division (which it's in the process of selling); the Sportback is a roomy hatchback with a sedan shape and the TourX is a tall wagon that blurs the line between car and crossover.
What's so important? The last Regal flew under the radar, but Buick is being more adventurous this go-around. It's a gamble, but one that might work.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto show
What is it? Likely a final hurrah for the current Dodge Challenger, the Demon is basically a street legal drag racing car. There's only one seat and it can be fitted with ultra-skinny front tires—oh, and it has 840 horsepower on tap.
What's so important? The Demon is the most insane car we've seen in a long time. But it is somewhat of a head-scratcher than Dodge parent FCA is pretty much exiting the "normal car" business.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid debuts at 2017 New York auto show
What is it? Honda is developing an eco-car lineup with its Clarity, which debuted first as a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and will soon be offered as a fully-electric sedan with a limited range and, more appealingly, a plug-in hybrid in the vein of the Chevrolet Volt.
What's so important? Not only is Clarity becoming something of a brand rather than a niche, the plug-in variant could be the Volt's second real rival, after the Toyota Prius Prime, and the first one that's a five-seat sedan with a trunk rather than a low, four-seat hatchback."
2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T, 2017 New York auto show
What is it? The sedan that turned Hyundai around back in 2011 looks a little sharper outside and now pairs an 8-speed automatic to its optional, 245-horsepower turbo-4 engine. It's not a full redesign, but the Sonata should be a little crisper to drive, too.
What's so important? Hyundai sells a lot of Sonatas, but the 2015-2017 edition felt a little light on personality. This update brings back some of its visual mojo.
2018 Lincoln Navigator, 2017 New York auto show
What is it? The original bling king is back, only with more real luxury and less tacked-on chrome. It remains based on the Ford Expedition, but it looks a lot different inside and out. Lincoln finally has a megabuck SUV that might be able to be spoken in the same sentence with Range Rover and Escalade.
What's so important? Lincoln needs some hits if it's going to survive; SUVs have huge profit margins and the Navigator looks like it may be good enough to bring people back into the brand's showrooms.
Subaru Ascent Concept, 2017 New York auto show
What is it? Subaru is doing most things right these days, but the brand desperately needs a three-row SUV. It's not here yet, but when it lands in about a year, the Ascent will look a lot like this concept—which looks a lot like a big Forester.
What's so important? Not only will it have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Ascent opens up the successful brand to a lucrative market: bigger families.