A renaissance in the van segment means operators of vocational fleets have more choices than ever before, but the right selection requires an analysis that starts with the application, continues with the cost of ownership, and ends with the driver.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class enters its fifth generation with the 2017 E300. This five-passenger luxury sedan competes with the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.
The all-new, third-generation 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a near-luxury full-size sedan that features base, Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims.
The sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series full-size luxury sedan comes with a standard long wheelbase, carbon-fiber construction, and a host of new comfort and safety features including BMW's Gesture Control system.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC improves on the outgoing GLC by adding width, height, and length, and limiting the initial engine options to a 2.0-liter turbo four-banger, which delivers 241 horsepower (hp) and 273 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque.
The second-generation Ford Fusion gets a major refresh for the 2017-MY. It is highly customizable with five trim levels, four option packages, and several stand-alone add-ons.
General Motors decided to bring the Buick Envision, which has been built and sold in China since 2014, to the North American market this summer. The mid-size crossover SUV slots in perfectly between the compact Encore and full-size Enclave.
In the light-duty van market, safety has become a priority for fleet buyers and manufacturers.
The Elantra is fully redesigned for the 2017-MY and seeking to steal market share from recently redesigned compact sedans such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.
The third-generation Ford Escape gets a major mid-cycle refresh for the 2017-MY, including two new engines, fuel-efficiency gains, and new infotainment and safety technology.
The new Civic is bigger, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model. It also boasts a combination of performance, technology, styling, and rear-seat and trunk room that is unrivaled by competitors such as the the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Nissan Sentra.
Volkwagen's 2016 Passat has gone through a full redesign. The S, R-Line, SE, and SEL models are equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
The 2016 Nissan Altima has received a mid-cycle refresh. The list of changes includes new front and rear fascia, the introduction of sporty SR editions, and a suite of advanced safety features.
Built upon GM’s Omega platform, the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 is essentially a stretched-out version of the mid-size, rear-wheel-drive CTS. Much of the additional 8.5 inches can be found in the interior.
The redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX adds a sleek new look, plenty of tech, available all-wheel drive and a turbo engine option.
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