Want some insights on which new car to purchase? Consumer Reports is a great place to start. According to their most recent report, here is the list of the best new cars of 2018.
“The best new cars of 2018 are outstanding all-around performers—shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying. That means they have scored high in our stringent track tests and extensive owner surveys. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence.”
What It Takes to Be Tops
Combining road-test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety a car must have exemplary Overall Score in its category to be a Top Pick. A car that scores high in all four of these key measures is truly extraordinary.
Compact Car: Toyota Corolla
This practical, fuel-efficient sedan has all the virtues that small-car shoppers seek, backed by its strong reliability track record. The Corolla has a relatively roomy interior, with a spacious backseat. It also has stellar fuel economy of 32 mpg overall. On our highway test circuit, the Corolla achieved 43 mpg. This car comes standard with advanced safety features that include forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. The Corolla is a smart purchase that won’t let you down. Price as tested: $20,652
Compact Green Car: Chevrolet Bolt
The Bolt proves that electric cars need not apologize for a lack of driving performance. This distinctive-looking hatchback delivers brisk acceleration and tight handling, plus a 250-mile electric range at a mainstream price. This pure electric is built around a 60-kWh battery pack that holds a generous charge. The driver sits high up in the Bolt, with a commanding view on a par with a small SUV. The Bolt is strikingly silent plus road and wind noise are minimal. Controls take a little getting used to, and at times the ride can become choppy. All told, GM has performed an impressive feat with the Bolt. Price as tested: $43,155
Luxury Compact Car: Audi A4
The A4 shines by being sporty, luxurious, and polished in a segment populated by superstars. The powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine accelerates with gusto, proving ever-eager to make a quick getaway, yet doesn’t hurt your wallet at the pump. The front seats are firm yet comfy, but the rear seat space is tight. The A4 is an exquisite sedan for discriminating buyers. It comes with standard forward-collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking. Price as tested: $48,890
Midsized Car: Toyota Camry
The Camry’s recent redesign, Toyota added more styling flair and handling acumen. And Toyota elevated its fuel economy to 32 mpg overall with the base four-cylinder. The hybrid LE version returned an impressive 47 mpg overall in CR tests, almost reaching rarefied Toyota Prius territory. This Camry offers spry handling, an absorbent ride, and a quiet cabin. Forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning are standard. Price as tested: $26,364-$28,949
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
The Impala continues to be a gem among large cars. The controls are refreshingly intuitive and easy to use. The roomy, supportive front seats coddle occupants, and the rear seats are generously proportioned. Its smooth ride is a true standout, soaking up bumps like a sponge. Handling is commendable. We favor the V6 engine for its abundant, smooth power. Price as tested: $39,110
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
In this segment, the Sienna offers the best minivan all-around package. Its long list of pluses includes a comfortable ride and an energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy. And those looking for an all-wheel-drive minivan quickly realize the Sienna is the only option out there. The cabin is spacious, with available seating for eight. Its strong reliability track record and abundant standard advanced safety features make the Sienna a savvy choice. Price as tested: $38,424
Compact SUV: Subaru Forester
This is a practical, smartly packaged small SUV that prizes fuel economy, room, visibility, and reliability over trendiness or flash. It’s easy to get in and out of, there’s plenty of passenger room, and it drives well. Its all-wheel drive comes standard, and it provides tenacious all-weather grip. Key safety features, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are available s by getting Subaru’s EyeSight package. The Forester is a wise choice that makes a pleasant travel companion. Price as tested: $27,145
Luxury Compact SUV: BMW X3
Redesigned for 2018, the X3 tops its class. This luxury compact SUV combines driving enjoyment, comfort, slick technology, and utility in one appealing package. Sharp, sporty handling encourages drivers to seek curvy roads. Because it’s extremely quiet, richly appointed, and offers supportive seats and an easy-to-use infotainment system, the X3 is certain to delight those looking for an upscale SUV that is polished and fun to drive. Price as tested: $53,745
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
The Highlander, a three-row SUV, stands out in this crowd with its good performance, fuel economy, and reliability. It is large enough to accommodate eight passengers but small enough for relatively easy parking. Recent updates have improved fuel economy and power. And advanced safety features are now standard across the lineup. Overall, the Highlander is a rational choice that will appeal to the majority of buyers looking for a well-rounded, highly functional three-row SUV. Price as tested: $41,169-$50,875
Full-Sized Pickup Truck: Ford F-150
The best-selling vehicle in America, the F-150 pulls ahead of the pack thanks to its weight-reduction design and turbocharged six-cylinder engine. This strategy delivers a standout 19 mpg overall, quick acceleration, and effortless towing ability from the potent 2.7-liter turbo V6 engine. The crew cab features a spacious rear seat and ample room for tools and gear. Ultimately, the F-150 won’t offer as smooth a ride as a car or an SUV, but it’s an excellent truck. Price as tested: $52,535
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