Every year, automakers release a slew of new cars and trucks. Some simply get a digit change, “2018” instead of “2017,” while others are upgraded, modified, tweaked, or even completely new. What does driving have in store if you’re looking for a new car? Here are five of our favorites.
Driver’s Car – 2018 Lotus Evora GT430
In the digital age, it’s easy to find automotive technology “taking away” from driving experience, like computer-controlled braking assistance, steering damping, and adaptive suspension. Surprisingly the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430, too, has all these, but feels more analogue than ever. The Evora GT430 is the latest iteration of a true driver’s car, responding instantly to demand. The only downside is that you’ll have to wait until Summer or Fall 2018 for it to hit the States.
Family Sedan – 2018 Honda Accord
First out of the gate in the Accord’s 10th Generation, the 2018 Honda Accord is the best car in its class. The crowded “entry-level luxury” class is hard to shine in, but Accord does it well. The new Accord is a little smaller, features fewer trim levels, and no V6. The front seats are a little tighter, while the rear seats are more spacious than earlier generations. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine isn’t a bad replacement for the V6, but purists might miss the old engine.
Crossover Adventure – 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country
“Wagon” is so passé, which is why everyone calls them “crossovers,” and the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country could be the best wagon of them all. The V90 Cross Country splits the difference between the V90 Wagon and XC90 SUV, really the perfect combination of features, including all-wheel drive, legendary on-road comfort, and surprising off-road capability – Think Luxury Outback. Thanks to engineering changes, one might even call the V90 Cross Country’s handling “sporty.”
Sporty SUV – Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
It almost seems a shame to mention “Jeep” as a sports-SUV, but the truth is that most Jeeps will never see a lick of dirt or anything more challenging than a speed bump. On the other hand, the spaciousness of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk does on pavement what some “sports” cars only dream of. The Trackhawk boasts a sub-four 60-mph sprint time, on par with a Dodge Viper. At the same time, it doesn’t ride like an SUV, so no sea-sick back-seat passengers.
People Mover – 2018 Honda Odyssey
Yes, people still drive minivans, but we’ll call it a people mover to keep your neck hairs down. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the 2018 Honda Odyssey features the most of everything moving people need, the most space, room for up to 8, an intuitive front and rear infotainment system, and smartphone connectivity. Drivers will like the powerful V6 engine and retuned suspension, improving acceleration and handling wherever the road leads.
Dozens of 2018 cars have been revised or upgraded across the spectrum. These are just a few of them. Is there a new 2018 model you’re looking forward to driving?