Our 10 Favorite New-for-2018 Cars
For the 2018 model year, there are more than 40 brand-new and redesigned cars, SUVs and trucks. We've driven just about all of them, and have culled a list of our 10 favorites.
From our expert review of the Odyssey, our Minivan Best Buy for 2018: “Even in its seventh model year the outgoing Honda Odyssey remained a top pick in the segment. And now that it’s been completely redesigned, Honda’s minivan is once again the very best minivan money can buy. It’s enjoyably easy to drive, nicely appointed inside, and boasts a long list of clever new features and tech that take family transportation to a new level. The best minivan on the road? Let’s call it the best family car ever.”
Kia’s first sport sedan is a good-looking car that’s fun to drive and is competitive with models costing much more. With a sport-tuned suspension and up to 365 horsepower under the hood, the Stinger is set to change how you think about Kia.
Our expert review of the new Lincoln Navigator nicely sums up why it earned a spot on this list: “If you want a high-end off-road-capable family hauler that offers virtually every luxury you can think of, this big Lincoln fits the bill perfectly. Its powerful twin-turbo V6 engine, plentiful technology, and comfortable and distinctive interior combine to make this the most luxurious Lincoln yet, maybe ever.”
The newest version of Volvo’s compact luxury SUV is more stylish, trimmer, more athletic and more fuel-efficient than the decade-old XC60 it replaces. Our first review of the hybrid XC60 describes the balance between power and efficiency: “You really have to respect any 5-passenger SUV that can outpace a Nissan 370Z in a stoplight drag race then immediately command Earth-first cred at the Whole Foods."
Driving the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a lot like driving a Honda Accord, except you get 47 miles of all-electric range in addition to a gas tank. With this year’s Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy, “…you start up the Clarity and drive. That’s really it. There’s no drama -- acceleration is good, the ride is comfortable, and there are features like CarPlay and seat heaters.”
The Audi Q5 is KBB’s most recent Luxury SUV Best Buy. “Larger, more luxurious and more powerful, the Audi Q5 expands and improves on the refined driving experience, tech-friendly cabin and high-style design for which the brand is known.” The Q5 is a pleasure to drive and is good at just about everything.
One of the standout stars in the midsize SUV segment, the brand-new Volkswagen Atlas was selected as one of KBB’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2018. Judges from our Best Buy Awards noted that “The Atlas impressed us with its cavernous interior space, excellent third-row access, sharp driving dynamics and masculine appearance. If seven passengers is enough for your lifestyle, and you value ease of cargo loading and ultimate cargo space, the Atlas is worth your time.”
The all-new Jeep is more civilized and better to drive around town, but those improvements haven’t compromised the Wrangler’s legendary off-road capability, as we experienced first-hand: “…rocks and boulders, rushing water, and rutted and muddy fields put the new Wrangler to the test. At least in theory -- the reality is that none of the varied terrain proved much of a challenge to the Jeep.”
As we explained in our first review, “From the bold new look to the long list of useful tech, the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Accord is the most advanced, most sophisticated midsize sedan on the market.” That’s also why we chose it as KBB’s Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018, as well as the Overall Best Buy of 2018.