Automakers introduced 41 all-new or refreshed models in the U.S. last year in an ongoing effort to offer fresh product to consumers who have come to expect a lot.

All automotive products enter the market with high hopes. But some stand out more for various reasons. Accordingly, WardsAuto editors, who test drive nearly 100 vehicles a year, offer their individual picks of memorable ones in 2017.

So buckle up and away we go. (Next month’s Big Story will feature hot ones to keep an eye on in 2018.)