Aside from the new front styling, (which I think is OK but doesn't have that different then every other Kia look now), I didn't realize the 2017 models had so many changes in equipment... For all SX's, the "base" 6 speaker stereo is gone and a 7" touchscreen system with CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, thankfully, as well as flat-bottom steering wheel, leather, and heated front seats also standard. Although the new 7-speed DCT Automatic is considered "Optional" the manual equipped models basically come with the Premium Tech package (minus rear cross traffic and blindspot): You get leather sport seats w/10 way adjustment lumbar/front ventilated w/memory settings, navigation, "SuperVision" cluster display, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, etc. So basically if you want a manual you have to buy it loaded, while the DCT is available at a lower price without forcing you to get the Premium Tech package. There are not many out there, in my #25 size US city there is only one DCT and 5 manuals available in a metro area of over 2 million people... I'm a little frustrated with the short gearing and hence low freeway mileage of my '16 manual, don't like the clutch and don't want to mess with CDV delete and know my credit will be far better a year after buying my '16, so I'm considering trading in towards the end of the year... There always seems to be lots of rebates, I'm thinking I could get a DCT for under $20k late in the year/early next year. Very tempting for a DCT and the upgraded standard features!