Out with the old, and in with the new! It’s time to take a look at the top cars of 2018. While the 2017 models might present a great deal with significant discounts, the 2018 models might have the upper hand in some additions or enhancements. Several 2018 models are already here—and a few of them are too irresistible to pass up. Let’s look at them more closely.
2018 Audi Q5
After almost a decade, the Audi Q5 gets a complete redesign to usher in the next production cycle. Since 2009, the Q5 has functioned as Audi’s compact crossover: a touch above the automaker’s insanely popular A4—with more interior space and a higher level of off-road capability. Typical of Audi vehicles, the Q5 has a high-quality, cockpit-like cabin. But that’s not all. The 2018 Audi Q5 also has an improved base engine, which is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that now produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (up from 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque). And there’s a long list of standard features, which include leather upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button engine ignition, and 10-speaker audio that includes HD Radio and a 7-inch display.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
If you’ve never heard of the Volkswagen Atlas before, that’s because it’s a brand-new model. Skillfully straddling the line between a crossover vehicle and a large SUV, the Atlas is one of the rare vehicles of its kind to provide three rows of seats. That’s huge (no pun intended) for a vehicle that is officially classified as a midsize SUV, and yet its driving dynamics suggest that it’s smaller than it actually is. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is thus ideal for those who like a vehicle that is family-friendly and yet fun to drive: a trait that is rare to come by.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Since its debut in the 1995 model year, the Odyssey has arguably been the automotive world’s most popular minivan: with a nice blend of spaciousness, handling, and reliability that few others can match. The 2018 model year welcomes the nameplate’s fifth generation, and it’s like the Odyssey never relinquished the throne. The 2018 Honda Odyssey marks the debut of the available 10-speed automatic transmission, which makes gear shifting and driving smoother and more convenient than ever before. A lighter body—made of ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium—boosts handling on the road. And the CabinTalk in-vehicle communications system and CabinWatch camera system—also new for 2018—for easier interaction with rear-seat passengers and keeping a better eye on them.
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