Last updated on March 11th, 2017 at 01:29 pm
Welcome to the top 10 best 4-cylinders cars for 2017, all cars that you are going to see on this list are all new and all are using 4-cylinder engine. Why 4-cylinder engine specifically? That is because this type of engine is the most popular one and many products are using 4-cylinder engine. The 4-cylinder engine are popular because it is easy to make and does not cost a lot of money to manufacture. So any cars which use the 4-cylinder engine are usually priced cheaper but still maintain good performance to value balance, not to mention it is very cheap to maintenance and finding parts are also easy.
2017 Subaru BRZ ($25,385)
This sport looking coupe combines its high performance 4-cylinder engine with its stylishly sporty body. It is priced rather in the middle of top 4-cylinder cars range, but it is ultimately one of the best newer 4-cylinder sport cars that you can buy. The engine that this car is using is the 2.0L engine with 200 horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque. It has the rear wheel drive and 6 speed manual transmission systems as the standard. The fuel consumption rate of the 2017 Subaru BRZ is 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The reason why the 2017 Subaru BRZ listed here is because this car is not only beautiful to look at, but it offers you a driving experience like no other, this car is very fun to ride. This car also provides you with many new features and technology, along with those are some of the best safety features available today. If there are negatives about this car, that is going to be its comfortability, the seats are pretty hard, not to mention that the interior is pretty noisy.
2017 Subaru WRX ($26,595)
Another 4-cylinder engine vehicle from Subaru, the 2017 Subaru WRX is priced at the same price range as the BRZ, but they both offers different features and capabilities. This car is equipped with the 2,0L turbo engine which gives more power than the BRZ; 268 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. But that ultimately means worse fuel consumption rate with only 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The all wheel drive and 6 speed manual transmissions are standard.
While it offers the same level of technologies and safety features as the BRZ, the 2017 Subaru WRX excels in different category. Of course, looking at the engine used, this car is better in terms of acceleration and speed. But while it offers very smooth gear transition, the overall driving experience is better with the BRZ. Unfortunately both cars are also suffering from one similar drawback, and that is the noise, the interior of this car is also very noisy.
2017 Mini Cooper John Cooper Work ($30,600)
What happen if you take the traditional Mini Cooper look then modernized the design and later customized it to look into something sporty? Well, if you are curious, this 4-cylinder new vehicle from Mini is the answer. The new Mini Copper already looks unique and gorgeous, but the 2017 Mini Cooper John Cooper Work makes it looks even more sporty, of course, this car is not just about the looks.
The 2017 Mini Cooper John Cooper Work is equipped with the turbo 2.0L engine, making it a lot faster than the standard one. It has 228 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque. Sure, this trim level is a little bit bigger in terms of size compared to the standard version. But it is still a mini compact car, so this car is very agile and easily maneuverable in crowded city area. The turbo engine is also rated great for its fuel consumption rating, with it rated for 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. This car is available with the front wheel drive and the 6 speed manual transmission as the standard.
2017 BMW 228i M Sport ($38,650)
If you need more luxury in your 4-cylinder car but still have the power and agility on the road, then you will get no better candidate than the new 2017 BMW 228i M Sport trim level. As the name implies, this trim level of the new BMW 2 series is a convertible with sporty design and performance, it has considerably more expensive price point than most cars listed here. While the car looks superb on the outside, and it has classy and restrained interior design, when you actually sit inside, you will feel that the car lack space.
Fortunately, the 2017 BMW 228i M Sport is not made for that, this trim level is made to give you the best driving experience that you can have and the 2.0L turbo engine is used just for that objective. It has 240 horsepower and 255 pound feet of torque, 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, convertible body, 8 speed automatic sport transmission systems and the rear wheel drive as the standard.
2017 Volkswagen GTI ($24,995)
Volkswagen is a car manufacturer company that has been involved in the industry for a long time and known for their quality, and the Golf are one of the most famous car brand in the world. The 2017 Volkswagen GTI is going to be one of the best choices you can get on this best new 4-cylinder car list. The quality is unquestionable, but this new GTI is not only looks sportier than the standard hatchback Golf, but it performance is significantly higher due to the use of different parts.
The 2017 Volkswagen GTI itself can be used for family purposes due to having spacious interior and comfortable seats, but this is not what makes the car shine. It is the 2.0L turbo engine with 210 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque that makes this variation a better choice than the standard version.
2017 Audi TTS ($51,900)
One of the most expensive 4-cylinder cars that you can get today, the 2017 Audi TTS offers you something that you cannot get with the other 4-cylinder cars on the list and that is parts and equipments focused on its performance. This is the 4-cylinder car that you should get if you care only about the speed and performance. If you already a fan of how the Audi TT brand looks like, then you will like this new sporty TTS, because the exterior design does not change all that much.
The 2017 Audi TTS has mediocre fuel consumption rate, it is only rated for 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, and there is a good reason for that. The 4-cylinder engine used on this sporty trim level is the 2.0L turbo engine which has 292 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. It also has magnetic adaptive suspension, 6 speed auto shift manual transmission system and the all wheel drive.
2016 Mazda MX5 Miata ($24,915)
The Miata is already a worldwide brand known for being one of the cheapest sport cars with exceptional performance rating, and if you want a 4-cylinder engine sport car, then there is nothing that can beat this car. Sure, this car is specialized only as a sport car, thus not very good to be used for any other things. Especially due to its cramped space inside and the average safety features, but when you bring this car on the road, you will soon see the reason on why many people loves this car.
The 2016 Mazda MX5 Miata only has 155 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque from its 2.0L engine. It also has pretty good fuel consumption rate of 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, what exactly makes this car special? This car is very light, it is very maneuverable and agile, smooth gear changing and straightforward driving makes for great driving experience.
2017 Alfa Romeo 4C ($55,900)
With a price point that eclipsed the new Audi TTS, what exactly does the new 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C offers? This car looks super gorgeous; this is what a truly modern sport car looks like, but looks alone aren’t worth that kind of price, and the manufacturer knows that. The new 4C is another pure sport car with little attention given to its comfortability or space, this car is using a high technology 4-cylinder 2.0L turbo engine to give it 237 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque.
Do not be fooled by the specification number, the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C is extremely light and that lightweight means more speed and more agility. This car can reach 60 mph from zero speed in just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. the car is available with the rear wheel drive and 6 speed manual transmission system. Just be careful riding this car in high speed, while it can run across difficult corners with relative ease, this car is not particularly known for its safety rating.
2017 Ford Focus ST ($24,425)
What happen when you take a family car with lots of features and gadgets, change the suspension system with something stiffer, various new steer systems to increase its performance and redesigned exterior? In the case of the new Ford Focus, you will get the 2017 Ford Focus ST, a trim level of the new Ford Focus that is designed for those who want their Ford Focus to be sportier. Surprisingly, despite the differences of performance level the Ford Focus ST can still be used as an excellent family car.
The 2017 Ford Focus ST use a different 4-cylinder engine than the standard version, it has a 2.0L turbo engine that provide a significantly higher power advantage than the standard; 252 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. Unfortunately, this car is still pretty heavy so it hurts its acceleration; it can reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
2016 Scion FR-S ($25,305)
A compact 4-cylinder engine coupe with handling like no other car on its price range, the 2016 Scion FR-S is a sport car through and through. Unfortunately, this car is only a sport car, and that means its lacking in comfortability and features. It do has seats for back passengers, but the space is so small and you’ll be left better forgetting that the back seat does exist altogether.
The 2,0L engine might only have 200 horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque, but the 2016 Scion FR-S got one of the best handling among the other cars on the list, of course, its agility is also top class. The standard version of this car will be equipped with the 6 speed manual transmission system and the rear wheel drive.
Those are the top 10 best 4-cylinder cars for 2017, as you can see, except for a couple of cars, they are all completely affordable for everyone.