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The Best of What's New for 2018

By Lyndon Conrad Bell, September 30th, 2018

The 2018 model year finds all-new versions of some of our favorite models in dealer showrooms. Easily one of the best crops of new models to come along in quite some time, 2018 model year cars and trucks offer shoppers many top choices to put on their test-drive lists. Here's our summary on 17 of the best to consider new vehicles for 2018.

strong>-- Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Sharing its platform with Alfa's Giulia sport sedan introduced last year, the Stelvio is an absolute pavement scorcher with a 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 as its top engine offering. All-wheel drive is standard and two other engine offerings are available as well.

strong>-- Audi Q5: Always one to embrace high tech, Audi introduces the 2018 Q5 with a virtual cockpit rendered on a 12.3-inch driver configurable display. Solid performance and admirable fuel economy come courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while an upgraded version of Audi's MMI infotainment interface offers a wider array of input options.

strong>-- Chevrolet Traverse: The eight-passenger, three-row Traverse is completely restyled and offers added interior flexibility. The Chevy's second row seats now tilt and slide, even when a child seat is installed. New luxury touches include upgraded leather with suede accents and USB charging points are offered at every seating position.

strong>-- Ford EcoSport: When revealing the new subcompact SUV to the world via SnapChat, Ford unequivocally announced the targets for the diminutive EcoSport are younger purchasers. Connected features include the Sync 3 infotainment system, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Storage abounds and cargo capacity is said to belie the tidy dimensions of Ford's smallest ever SUV for the American market.

strong>-- Ford Expedition: One of the largest family SUVs available, the 2018 Ford Expedition follows in the tracks of its F-150 sibling with the adoption of aluminum construction and more efficient powertrains. An array of the greatest contemporary tech graces the big Ford as well. This includes Dearborn's new Sync 3 infotainment system, Wi-Fi with a 4G LTE data connection and of course all of the latest driver's aids.

strong>-- Ford Mustang: While timelessness is an integral aspect of the pony car's mystique, time has not stood still for the car at all. The V-6 base engine has been supplanted by the 2.3-liter turbocharged four, introduced with the previous generation of the car. A 12-inch customizable flat-screen instrument display brings Mustang's cockpit firmly into the 21st century. The 5.0-liter V-8 returns, with a few modifications calculated to improve output and efficiency. The Mustang also gets a 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time ever.

strong>-- GMC Terrain: A sleek new look graces General Motors' flagship SUV brand. For Terrain, this translates into wonderfully curvi-linear sheet metal and a fresh interpretation of the traditional GMC grille. All powertrains are turbocharged, one of which is a diesel. Gasoline models enjoy a nine-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, GMC's new Traction Select system enhances the 2018 Terrain's prowess in off-road situations.

strong>-- Honda Odyssey: At one point, the minivan segment was considered nearly extinct, but Honda's all-new 2018 Odyssey demonstrates rumors of the demise of the minivan have been greatly exaggerated. Its second row slides side to side for greater flexibility and to provide better positioning for child safety seats. An interior camera and intercom setup helps mom and dad keep a visual on the kids, while amplifying parental pronouncements through the Honda's audio system.

strong>-- Kia Stinger: Having made forays into practically every other aspect of the marketplace, Kia goes after the high-performance segment for 2018 with the all-new Stinger. Featuring coupe-like styling, the rear-drive model boasts a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engine; an eight-speed automatic transmission, including all-wheel drive as an option.

strong>-- Land Rover Range Rover Velar: Slotting into the Range Rover lineup just above the Evoque, the 2018 Velar shares its platform with Jaguar's F-Pace. This means you can expect outstanding handling to complement the Range Rover's 380-horsepower supercharged V-6. Velar also solidly lives up to Land Rover's reputation for go-anywhere capabilities.

strong>-- Lexus LC: With concept car good looks and a high-performance 471-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6, the 2018 Lexus LC elevates Lexus into the realm occupied by the likes of Aston Martin. Voluptuous bodywork, a hedonistic interior and brilliant dynamics can all now be had in an exceptionally reliable package. Just as the original Lexus LS upset the luxury sedan market, the LC stands poised to shift the paradigm in the luxury sports coupe category.

strong>-- Lexus LS: A new engine, along with a longer, lower and wider body are among the primary changes for the 2018 Lexus LS. The Lexus flagship is now offered as a V-6 only proposition for the first time ever, with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter making 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission routes power to either the rear wheels or all four. A hybrid powertrain is offered once again as well.

strong>-- Subaru Crosstrek: Added refinement and off-road capability are but two of the improvements Subaru has applied to its hot-selling little crossover sport utility model. Advanced safety systems comprising the Subaru EyeSight driver's assistance package are applied to the new Crosstrek as well.

strong>-- Toyota Camry: Camry comes to market for 2018 with a more spacious interior, dynamic new styling and better performance potential. Toyota's Safety Sense collection of driver's aids are standard across the entire trim range, bringing functions such as pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, lane keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking.

strong>-- Toyota CH-R: The all-new 2018 CH-R injects a new, more youthful energy into the Toyota lineup. The profile hides a neat trick. If you look closely, you'll see the CH-R has four doors, even though it looks like a coupe at a glance. The model's rear door handles are discreetly tucked in near the roofline.

strong>-- Volkswagen Atlas: Atlas is larger than both Touareg and Tiguan, but the mid-sized Touareg is more luxurious. Where Touareg is a reasonable competitor in the luxury class, Atlas is aimed squarely at the family market in terms of both features and price.

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