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Seven 2017 Texas-Sized Trucks

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The Stylish Environmentalist
Audi h-Tron Quattro Concept
Audi's h-tron quattro gives credence to hydrogen-power. It can travel 372 miles on a single tank of H, has a top speed of 124 mph, can sprint to 62 mph in under 7 seconds and be refilled in just four minutes. Other green credentials include a heat pump for the HHVAC system and a solar roof that generates up to 320 watts of power, which translates to an extra 620 miles of driving each year. More important, it looks good.
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The Family Guy
2017 GMC Acadia
The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia might not be much of a looker, but it is more than capable of transporting you to work, and your kids to school and soccer practice, in comfort and style. Though smaller and more car-like than the outgoing model, the new Acadia boasts more efficient powertrains — a 310 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 or all new 2.5-liter inline-four — and three-row seating.

The Urban Adventurer
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE
The Tiguan GTE Active is the asphalt off-roader. Great for the concrete jungle, but a little farfetched as a true off-roader. Under normal conditions, motivation is provided by an 114-hp electric motor mounted in the rear axle. If more muscle or additional traction is needed, a front-mounted, 54-hp electric motor and 148-hp gas engine can provide assistance. Power is channeled to the wheels through a six-speed, dual clutch gearbox. The car is capable of rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive operation. Upgrades include C-shaped LED running lights and a big, aluminum skid plate.

The Technologist
Kia Telluride
At a glance, the Telluride looks almost identical to Volvo’s XC90 – boxy, upright, uncluttered, beautiful. It somehow looks less sporty, though. Based on a heavily modified Sorrento chassis (engineers stretched it by nearly a foot), the Telluride is equipped with a 400-horse hybrid powertrain (270 from a GDI V6, 130 from the electric motor) and “advanced” all-wheel drive system. It also has seating for seven and a host of advanced technologies, such as seat-mounted sensors that can read occupants’ vital health information; a fingerprint-activated push-button starter; and a system that uses LEDs to create "therapeutic" light to treat ailments like jetlag and fatigue.


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