The year 2017 was a very good one for Mitsubishi in the United States. For the first time since 2007, the company sold more than 100,000 cars and crossovers here. Most of the credit goes to the Outlander, which sold just over 8,700 more examples this year than in 2016 for a total of 35,310. It was also the overall bestseller for the company in America. Its slightly smaller cousin, the Outlander Sport, was the second-best with 33,160 units, a number that barely changed from 2016.
Also interesting to note is that each of Mitsubishi's crossovers roughly equaled the total number of traditional car sales, which include the last Lancers, Evos and i-MiEVs, as well as the Mirage hatch and Mirage G4 sedan. The Lancer actually did all right considering it was phased out in the middle of last year, selling over 12,000 units, almost as many as in 2016. Mirage hatchback sales dropped quite significantly at just over 6,000, but Mirage G4 sedan sales increased by roughly the same amount.
Five weeks after images of the new Suzuki Jimny leaked online thanks to an internal company presentation, Indian Autos Blog has taken those pictures, sharpened them up and given them some color to provide us with an accurate look at the four-gen model.
Rendered in three-door guise, the similarities between the new Jimny and the outgoing model are immediately noticeable. For example, it includes a small front grille with vertical slats but now has round headlights, turn signals, and fog lights. The proportions of the new car also look similar to the old one but the body panels are noticeably less curved and feature sharper and more pointed corners.
While it's nice to always know which car handles the best and which has more advanced and easier to use on-board tech, ownership costs can be just as important when buying new.
With that in mind, Kelley Blue Book drove this 2016 Acura MDX for a whole year, putting more than 24,000 miles (38,624 km) on the clock, and what they found was a very reliable product.