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31 July 2017

2018 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

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With so many options, how do you know where to start your new-car search? For buyers not content to just buy the same car every five or six years, the new-car market can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the comprehensive Motor Trend ultimate buying guides and our online buyer’s guide features, we’ve got you covered. So search for your favorite cars below to get the basics on every new car and minivan available today (or soon). You’ll find engine specs, info on what’s new compared to last year’s models, and even IntelliChoice five-year retained value figures on many models.

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KEY

  • 5M: 5-speed manual
  • 6A: 6-speed automatic
  • 6-sp auto-cl man: 6-speed auto-clutch manual
  • 7-sp twin-cl auto: 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
  • FWD: front-wheel drive
  • AWD: all-wheel drive
  • RWD: rear-wheel drive

ALL-NEW
New inside and out, possible powertrain changes

MAJOR
Mid-cycle change updates, minor powertrain changes

MINOR
Special editions, significant new features

UNCHANGED
Minor trim or package changes, new colors

NHTSA AND IIHS RATINGS:
NHTSA and IIHS safety data is derived from recent model years.

INTELLICHOICE
Five-year retained value data may apply to common vehicle variants, not an average of all model variants.

Check out last years 2017 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide HERE.


Base Price: $29,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: After its extensive 2016 refresh, we don’t expect any significant changes to the 2018 Acura ILX. An optional A-Spec package adds a sporty bodykit, 18-inch wheels, and suede seat inserts. Although a 2016 ILX A-Spec we tested wasn’t as quick as some of its competitors, we liked the smooth engine and transmission and the quiet and well-appointed cabin. We expect Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to join the option list soon.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Audi A3, Buick Regal.

Sum Up: Acura’s attempt to lure millennials.

Acura ILX
Base Engine 2.4L/201-hp/180-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 8-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25/35 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.2 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
* Estimated

Base Price: $158,000*

Body Type: Coupe

Unchanged: Don’t expect major changes for the 2018 Acura NSX for its sophomore year. After five years of concepts and teasing, the Acura NSX arrived for the 2017 model year as a plug-in hybrid supercar. Power comes from a twin-turbo V-6 and three electric motors. Drive modes include EV, Sport, Sport Plus, and Track, and we recommend the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for serious track time.

Also Consider: Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-AMG GT, Porsche 911, Audi R8, McLaren 570S.

Sum Up: A true hybrid supercar.

Acura NSX
Base Engine 3.5L twin-turbo V-6 + 3 elec motors, 573-hp/476-lb-ft
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, AWD
Transmission 9-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/22 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.1 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 50%
* Estimated

Base Price: $56,000-$61,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The Acura RLX has been on the market since the 2014 model year, but we don’t expect major changes for the flagship sedan. It’s a slow seller, but the RLX offers lots of features and tech. The comprehensive AcuraWatch suite of active safety tech is standard, and the optional Advance package includes a 14-speaker Krell audio system. The three-motor hybrid system in the RLX Hybrid Sport uses similar technology as the NSX supercar.

Also Consider: Lincoln Continental, Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q70.

Sum Up: Luxury, technology, and safety in a stealthy package.

Acura RLX
Base Engine 3.5L/310-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + 3 elec motors, 377-hp/341-lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-29/30 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.1-5.8 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 35%
* Estimated

Base Price: $33,950-$45,750

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The 2018 Acura TLX gets a face-lift and a new V-6 A-Spec model with black and red interior choices, a body kit, 19-inch wheels, and revised steering and suspension tuning. The automaker’s suite of active safety tech is now standard across the line. The revised infotainment system is faster and gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Two naturally aspirated engine options remain, including a 206-hp 2.4-liter I-4 and a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6.

Also Consider: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Buick Regal.

Sum Up: The value-packed compact luxury sport sedan.

Acura TLX
Base Engine 2.4L/206-hp/182-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/290-hp/267-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8-sp twin-cl auto; 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/29-33 mpg
0-60 mph 5.9-7.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 47%
* Estimated

Base Price: $57,500-$67,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Unchanged: Alfa added a new Alpine premium audio system option and the Giallo Prototipo Yellow exterior color on the 4C Coupe last year. Don’t expect much to change for 2018; the car is essentially a limited-production weekend toy with minimal creature comforts compared to more mainstream sports cars. The 237-hp 1.7-liter turbo-four and six-speed twin-clutch gearbox will likely remain as the only powertrain choice.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster, Jaguar F-Type.

Sum Up: The purist’s Italian sports car.

Alfa Romeo 4C
Base Engine 1.7L/237-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24/34 mpg
0-60 mph 4.0 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 48%

Base Price: $39,000-$74,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Launched as a 2017 model, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the best-driving compact luxury sport sedans available. For 2018, expect the sedan’s powertrains to carry over, including a 280-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the Quadrifoglio model. Giulias with both engines have won recent Motor Trend comparisons. New exterior colors might be the only additions to the Giulia lineup for the 2018 model year.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS.

Sum Up: The handling benchmark among compact luxury sport sedans.

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Base Engine 2.0L/280-hp/306-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.9L/505-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-24/24-33 mpg
0-60 mph 3.9-5.1 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 43%

Base Price: $202,320-$219,320

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major:  Following the debut of the DB11 Coupe, Aston Martin will likely add a softtop called the DB11 Volante. Expect the 600-hp 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 and eight-speed auto to carry over. A new twin-turbo V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG has been added for 2018 as the new base engine for the DB11. All 2018 DB11 models come with a standard hands-free trunk. Blind-spot warning is a new option.

Also Consider: Rolls-Royce Wraith/Dawn, Lexus LC, Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Sum Up: The most gorgeous grand tourer extant.

Aston Martin DB11
Base Engine 4.0L/503-hp/498-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine 5.2L/600-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-17/21-24 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.8-4.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $207,775-$209,825

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: The Shadow Edition was added to the Rapide S lineup for the 2017 model year. It features additional standard features, including a Performance package that bumps the car’s power to 565 hp. Three exterior colors and three interior choices will be available on the Shadow Edition. The standard Rapide S continues unchanged, and the Performance package is available as an option.

Also Consider: Bentley Flying Spur, Porsche Panamera, Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Sum Up: The four-door sports car for the 1 percent.

Aston Martin Rapide S
Base Engine 5.9L/552-565-hp/465-lb-ft V-12
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/21 mpg
0-60 mph 4.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $298,000-$316,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: The base Vanquish has been discontinued, leaving the Vanquish S as the only model left once the special edition Zagato models are sold out. Aston Martin has given the car a revised suspension, an updated front fascia with a new Vulcan-inspired carbon-fiber splitter and diffuser, an updated transmission, and a power bump to 580 hp, thanks to larger inlet manifolds and the quad exhaust system.

Also Consider: Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracán.

Sum Up: Classiness and pace in a svelte, timeless package.

Aston Martin Vanquish
Base Engine 5.9L/580-hp/465-lb-ft V-12
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/21 mpg
0-60 mph 3.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $192,000-$206,500*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Unchanged:  With the discontinuation of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the only model left is the V12 Vantage S. The limited edition V12 Vantage S with a seven-speed manual is sold out. Expect the next Vantage to feature a Mercedes-AMG-sourced V-8 as the base engine and the DB11’s V-12 to be available. Aston’s seven-speed automated manual will likely be replaced by the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic.

Also Consider: Mercedes-AMG GT, Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R.

Sum Up: The luxury sports car for those averse to clinical precision.

Aston Martin Vantage
Base Engine 5.9L/563-568-hp/457-465-lb-ft V-12
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp auto-cl manual
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/18 mpg
0-60 mph 4.1 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Audi A3

Base Price: $32,925-$55,000*

Body Type: Sedan, convertible, hatch

Major:  The biggest news is the new-for-the-U.S. RS 3 sedan with a 400-hp 2.5-liter turbo I-5 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Last year, the base front-drive A3 saw a 2.0-liter turbo replace the 1.8-liter as the base engine. Regular A3 models are available in sedan or cabriolet form, and the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is hatchback only. Heated front seats are standard. Trims and option packages are revised.

Also Consider: Acura ILX, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Infiniti QX30.

Sum Up: Audi’s sport compact sedan and affordable cabriolet.

Audi A3
Base Engine 2.0L/186-hp/221-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/220-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/292-hp/280-lb-ft turbo I-4; 1.4L turbo I-4 + elec motor, 204-hp/258-lb-ft; 2.5L/400-hp/354-lb-ft turbo I-5
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-26/26-35 mpg*; 83 mpg-e
0-60 mph 3.8-7.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Audi A4

Base Price: $36,975-$52,375

Body Type: Sedan, wagon

Major: After a 2017 redesign, the Audi A4 gains standard heated front seats and revised trims. The redesigned Audi S4 sport sedan arrives for 2018 packing a more powerful 354-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 in place of the previous generation’s supercharged engine. An A4 ultra model features a 190-hp 2.0 liter with front-drive, and the lifted A4 Allroad crossoverlike wagon uses the A4 2.0T sedan’s 252-hp 2.0 liter.

Also Consider: BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Sum Up: Latest German tech known for its available all-wheel drive.

Audi A4
Base Engine 2.0L/190-hp/236-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/252-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.0L/354-hp/369-lb-ft turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 7-sp twin-cl auto, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-25/30-34 mpg
0-60 mph 4.4-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
* Estimated

Base Price: $43,775-$63,275

Body Type: Coupe, convertible, hatch

Major: After nearly a decade on the market, the 2018 Audi A5/S5 coupe and cabriolet are redesigned. The automaker is also bringing the A5/S5 Sportback four-door hatchback to the U.S. for the first time. A5 models feature a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4, and S5 models get a 354-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. A new chassis, revised styling, and Audi’s latest lighting, infotainment, driver assistance, and active safety tech is new.

Also Consider: BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus RC.

Sum Up: The redesigned 2018 Audi A5 and S5 offer more of everything.

Aston Martin Rapide S
Base Engine 2.0L/252-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/354-hp/369-lb-ft turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 6M; 7-sp twin-cl auto, 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-24/29-34 mpg
0-60 mph 4.4-7.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Base Price: $50,675-$72,875

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The A6 sedan’s Premium package gains MMI navigation plus and Audi advanced key, the Premium Plus package gains standard LED headlights and full LED interior lighting, and the Prestige package gains a top-view camera. A Competition package features black exterior details, red brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, and a sport suspension. At the top of the lineup is the S6, powered by a 450-hp V-8.

Also Consider: BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF.

Sum Up: A more stylish German luxo-barge.

Audi A6
Base Engine 2.0L/252-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/340-hp/325-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6; 4.0L/450-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-25/27-34 mpg
0-60 mph 3.8-6.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Base Price: $70,675-$114,875

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: After a 2017 refresh, changes to teh Audi A7/S7/RS 7 hatchback are minimal. All models now get the 340-hp version of Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, and Premium Plus trims now get standard LED ambient interior lighting. The S7 has new wheel and tire choices including standard 20-inch S-design wheels. Go for the RS 7 and you’ll get standard 21-inch blade-design wheels.

Also Consider: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Porsche Panamera.

Sum Up: Much more than “just” an A6 hatchback.

Audi A7
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/325-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Opt Engine 4.0L/450-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 4.0L/560-605-hp/516-533-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-21/25-29 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-4.7 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Base Price: $90,000-$110,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The 2019 Audi A8 features new exterior styling, a new interior featuring two large center touchscreens and an available rear relaxation seat with a foot massager. A 3.0L turbocharged V-6 serves as the base engine. All engines will feature a mild hybrid system that includes a small 48-volt battery pack. Expect to see a plug-in hybrid next year. For now, the big news is the new autonomous driving technology dubbed traffic jam pilot, allowing the A8 to drive itself in heavy traffic up to 37 mph.

Also Consider: BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Sum Up: Flagship sedan enters new generation with plenty of tech treasures

Audi A8
Base Engine 3.0L turbo V-6 + elec, 340 hp*
Opt Engine 4.0L twin-turbo V-8 + elec, 435 hp*
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not yet rated
0-60 mph 4.0-5.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 37%
* Estimated

Audi R8

Base Price: $167,450-$196,950

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: LED headlights with Audi laser light are standard on the 2018 Audi R8 Plus coupe and optional on the V10 coupe and V10 Spyder. Other changes include Audi’s smartphone interface, revised exterior trim colors and badging, an Audi Sport puddle light logo, and black exterior trim and details. We expect the new 610-hp R8 Spyder V10 Plus model to reach our shores soon, as well.

Also Consider: Lamborghini Huracán, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Acura NSX.

Sum Up: The poor billionaire’s Lamborghini Huracán.

Audi R8
Base Engine 5.2L/540-hp/398-lb-ft V-10
Opt Engine 5.2L/610-hp/413-lb-ft V-10
Drivetrain Mid-engine, AWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/22 mpg
0-60 mph 2.6-3.3 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 49%

Base Price: $44,925-$65,875

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The high-performance Audi TT RS returns for 2018 packing 400 hp from its turbocharged I-5 engine. All TT/TTS/TT RS models come standard with the Audi virtual cockpit (a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster) for a minimalist interior design. Options include a 680-watt 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and smartphone integration. The TT Roadster is only offered with the base engine.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz SLC, Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman.

Sum Up: A grand touring coupe or roadster for two.

Audi TT
Base Engine 2.0L/220-hp/258-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/292-hp/280-lb-ft I-4; 2.5L/400-hp/354-lb-ft turbo I-5
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-23/27-30 mpg
0-60 mph 3.6-5.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Base Price: $205,000-$270,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The next-generation Bentley Continental GT will make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show riding on the MSB platform shared, with the new Porsche Panamera. Engine choices should include a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and a revised twin-turbo W-12 with more power. Expect the new Continental GT’s proportions to change due to the new platform. The new car should also be lighter.

Also Consider: Rolls-Royce Wraith, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

Sum Up: The Continental GT gets more potent.

Bentley Continental GT
Base Engine 4.0L/550-hp/567-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8*
Opt Engine 6.0L/650-hp/664-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12*
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 8-sp twin-cl auto*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-18/21-27 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.4-4.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Bentley Flying Spur

Base Price: $193,000-$250,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Other than possible special editions, don’t expect many changes to the 2018 Flying Spur. Last year Bentley added the Flying Spur W12 S, which comes with an upgraded 626-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12, making it the most powerful Flying Spur money can buy. In addition to the added power, Bentley also revised the car’s suspension for improved handling without sacrificing comfort.

Also Consider: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Aston Martin Rapide S, Mercedes-Maybach S560.

Sum Up: Luxury and speed for those who want something a little less flashy.

Bentley Flying Spur
Base Engine 4.0L/500-521-hp/487-502-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L/616-626-hp/590-605-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-14/20-24 mpg
0-60 mph 4.3-5.1 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $310,500-$407,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Last year, Bentley gave the Mulsanne a significant update with the addition of a long-wheelbase variant. The Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner has been introduced with metal veneer, metallic leather, and silver or gold metallic hide lining in the cabin. Only 50 units of the Mulsanne Hallmark Series will be built. They will feature a silver or gold hood ornament depending on the variant.

Also Consider: Rolls-Royce Phantom, Mercedes-Maybach S650, Aston Martin Rapide S.

Sum Up: Exclusivity with a healthy dose of torque.

Bentley Mulsanne
Base Engine 6.8L/505-hp/752-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine 6.8L/530-hp/811-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 11/17-18 mpg
0-60 mph 5.0-5.2 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles

Base Price: $35,795-$54,495

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: The 2018 2 Series lineup gets a revised front fascia, standard LED headlights, new alloy wheel designs, and an updated dash design with a new instrument panel. A new interior upholstery color, Cognac, has been added. The engines carry over and come paired to either manual or automatic gearboxes. The high-performance M2 now features an overboost function, which increase torque to 369 lb-ft for a short time.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Audi A3, Ford Mustang.

Sum Up: Small, potent, and packed with old-school BMW DNA.

BMW 2 Series
Base Engine 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/335-365-hp/343-369-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-24/26-35 mpg
0-60 mph 4.2-5.0 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%

BMW 3 Series

Base Price: $35,895-$66,495

Body Type: Sedan, wagon, hatch

Minor: A new Shadow Sport Edition package has been added and comes with two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, a black kidney grille, LED headlights with black inserts, a sport leather steering wheel, and aluminum dark carbon trim with Pearl Gloss chrome highlights. The next generation of the BMW 3 Series is just around the corner and could bring the car back to form as the class benchmark.

Also Consider: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4.

Sum Up: The original sport sedan.

BMW 3 Series
Base Engine 2.0L/180-hp/200-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.0L/320-hp/330-lb-ft turbo I-6; 2.0L/180-hp/280-lb-ft t’diesel I-4; 3.0L/320-444-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo I-6; 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 248-hp/310-lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M*; 8A*; 7-sp twin-cl auto*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-31/24-43 mpg; PHEV: 30 mpg combined*; EV Range: 14 miles*
0-60 mph 4.3-7.1 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%

BMW 4 Series

Base Price: $43,195-$75,895

Body Type: Coupe, convertible, hatch

Minor: In addition to a stiffer suspension on the BMW 4 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe and standard LED headlights, the 2018 4 Series lineup receives an updated iDrive infotainment system with a touchscreen and a new multifunction display option, which changes based on the drive mode. The BMW M4 gets a new CS variant with 454 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque plus an adaptive suspension and active differential tuned for that model.

Also Consider: Lexus RC, Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Sum Up: More than a two-door version of the 3 Series.

BMW 4 Series
Base Engine 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/320-hp/330-lb-ft turbo I-6; 3.0L/425-454-hp/406-442-lb-ft twin-turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-24/22-34 mpg
0-60 mph 3.8-5.5 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 46%

BMW 5 Series

Base Price: $52,395-$98,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The new BMW 5 Series gains new variants, including the potent M550i xDrive and the 530e plug-in hybrid, for the 2018 model year. The M5 sedan will return with at least 600 horsepower, a performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system with a rear-drive-only mode, adaptive suspension, an active differential, and multiple driving modes to choose from. The next BMW M5, however, will only come with an automatic.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS.

Sum Up: Performance and luxury.

BMW 5 Series
Base Engine 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/335-hp/332-lb-ft turbo I-6; 4.4L/456-hp/480-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 248-hp/310-lb-ft; 4.4L/600-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-24/24-34 mpg; PHEV: 28-29 mpg combined; EV Range: 15-16 miles
0-60 mph 3.0-6.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

BMW 6 Series

Base Price: $70,695-$125,295

Body Type: Convertible, sedan, hatch

Minor: In addition to the Gran Coupe and convertible body styles from the current-generation 6 Series, a new hatchback called the Gran Turismo joins the lineup this year. The only engine option in the 6 Series Gran Turismo is BMW’s new 335-hp 3.0-liter turbo I-6 paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic and available only with all-wheel drive. A new-generation 6 Series lineup should arrive soon, slotting below the upcoming 8 Series coupe.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Lexus LC, Audi A7.

Sum Up: BMW’s grand tourer blends power and luxury.

BMW 6 Series
Base Engine 3.0L/315-335-hp/332-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 4.4L/445-600-hp/480-590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-22/20-29 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-4.9 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

BMW 7 Series

Base Price: $84,095-$157,695

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Last year saw three new variants to the 7 Series lineup: the 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid and two high-performance models, the Alpina B7 xDrive and the M760i xDrive. The head-up display and Active Driving Assistant are available as stand-alone options for the 740i and 740e xDrive or as part of the new Driving Assistance package. On the 750i and Alpina B7, the Driving Assistance package comes with the Active Driving Assistant.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Lexus LS, Audi A8.

Sum Up: A full-size luxury sedan full of tech.

BMW 7 Series
Base Engine 3.0L/322-hp/332-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 4.4L/443-600-hp/479-590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 322-hp/369-lb-ft; 6.6L/601-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-21/20-29 mpg; PHEV: 27 mpg combined; EV Range: 14 miles
0-60 mph 3.6-5.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 37%
* Estimated

BMW 8 Series

Base Price: $120,000-$160,000*

Body Type: Coupe

All-New: Nearly 20 years after being discontinued, the 8 Series returns as a car that looks to elevate consumers’ opinions on the BMW brand. The 8 Series, which will also be offered as an M8, will target six-figure cars from Mercedes and Bentley and will feature beautiful styling toned down from the 8 Series concept shown here. Don’t be surprised to see convertible and Gran Coupe variants. A plug-in hybrid is possible.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin Vantage.

Sum Up: 2, 4, 6, and now 8—will buyers appreciate the stylish new coupe?

BMW 8 Series
Base Engine 4.4L/443-hp/479-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8*
Opt Engine 6.6L/601-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-19/21-27 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-4.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $44,595-$48,445

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: Last year, the BMW i3 received a larger 33-kW-hr lithium-ion battery, enabling up to 114 miles on a single charge or 180 miles with the optional two-cylinder range extender that now comes with a larger fuel tank. Not much is expected to change for the 2018 model other than new exterior colors and possibly some packaging updates to keep the i3 competitive with the growing segment of alternative propulsion vehicles.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Bolt EV, BMW 330e iPerformance, Honda Clarity.

Sum Up: The quirky, luxurious, and environmentally friendly city car.

BMW i3
Base Engine 170-hp/184-lb-ft electric
Opt range-ext engine 38-hp/41-lb-ft I-2
Drivetrain Rear-motor, RWD
Transmission 1A
EV Range 81-180 miles per charge
0-60 mph 6.4-7.0 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 29%

Base Price: $144,395

Body Type: Hatchback, convertible*

Major: A convertible variant is expected to join the lineup when it receives its refresh for the 2018 model year. In addition to some exterior styling tweaks, the plug-in hybrid sports car is expected to receive a power bump to 372 hp and more electric-only range courtesy of a larger 10-kW-hr battery pack. Three special editions, the Protonic Dark Silver, Protonic Frozen Black, and Protonic Yellow will also join the lineup for 2018.

Also Consider: Mercedes-AMG GT, Lexus LC 500h, Maserati Gran Turismo.

Sum Up: Grabs attention for its style, not environmental friendliness.

BMW i8
Base Engine 1.5L turbo I-3 + elec, 372-hp/420-lb-ft*
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, AWD
Transmission 6A*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 28 mpg combined*; EV Range: 14 miles*
0-60 mph 3.8 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 47%

Base Price: $50,000-66,500*

Body Type: Convertible

All-New: Under development as part of a joint venture with Toyota, the BMW Z5 will replace the current Z4 (pictured). Unlike the outgoing Z4, which features a retractable hard top, the Z5 will use a soft top to cut weight and minimize complexity. Expect BMW’s current crop of turbocharged engines to find their way under the hood of BMW’s next-generation roadster along with an updated eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Also Consider: Audi TT, Porsche 718 Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class.

Sum Up: BMW reimagines its roadster.

BMW Z5
Base Engine 2.0L/248-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 3.0L/335-hp/369-lb-ft turbo I-6*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M*; 8A*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-23/27-33 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.5-5.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Buick Regal

Base Price: $25,915-$39,990

Body Type: Hatchback, wagon

Major: The Regal is a sedan no more. The lineup now includes hatchback and wagon body styles based on the European Opel Insignia. The Sportback is offered in FWD and AWD, but the Outback-like wagon is AWD only. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with FWD or 295 lb-ft with AWD. The Regal will be available with an active hood pedestrian safety system and front automatic braking.

Also Consider: Acura TLX, Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country.

Sum Up: Buick transforms its family sedan.

Buick Regal
Base Engine 2.0L/250-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 2.0L/250-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.6L/310-hp/282-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A; 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/27-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.7-6.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 39%
* Estimated

Base Price: $34,000*

Body Type: Convertible

Minor: The four-seater is one of the last remaining convertible-only models in today’s market. The Cascada can drop its top in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. Changes for 2018 might include new entertainment and safety features. The Buick packs a 200-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four. Standard features include a 7.0-inch IntelliLink infotainment screen and heated front seats and steering wheel.

Also Consider: Audi A3 Cabriolet, Volkswagen Beetle convertible, Ford Mustang convertible.

Sum Up: A convertible-only model with some European flair.

Buick Cascada
Base Engine 1.6L/200-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20/27 mpg
0-60 mph 8.9 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%

Base Price: $30,490-$44,350

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The LaCrosse gains a 2.5-liter I-4 with eAssist, a small electric motor that increases power and fuel efficiency, as its new standard engine. Buick will also expand the availability of AWD and the nine-speed automatic transmission for the V-6. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, HID headlights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and 18-inch wheels. The LaCrosse is available with automatic emergency braking and was an IIHS 2017 Top Safety Pick.

Also Consider: Nissan Maxima, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ.

Sum Up: Aiming at a new demographic with modern styling.

Buick LaCrosse
Base Engine 2.5L I-4 + elec, 194 hp/187 lb-ft
Opt Engine 3.6L/310-hp/268-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-25/29-35 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.1-7.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 43%
* Estimated

Base Price: $36,000-$62,000*

Body Type: Sedan, coupe

Minor: Cadillac’s entry-level model will receive the latest generation of the automaker’s CUE infotainment system and an automatic heated steering wheel. The ATS comes standard with a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four engine mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The high-performance ATS-V packs a 464-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. Features include Magnetic Ride Control, 4G LTE, and automatic braking.

Also Consider: BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS.

Sum Up: Cadillac’s ATS is a purist, premium compact.

Cadillac ATS
Base Engine 2.0L/272-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/335-hp/285-lb-ft V-6; 3.6L/464-hp/445-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-31 mpg
0-60 mph 3.7-5.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4-5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 37%
* Estimated

Base Price: $55,090-$89,290

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The CT6 will be the first Cadillac to receive the automaker’s semi-autonomous driving system, Super Cruise. The addition of the Teen Driver feature, an automatic heated steering wheel, and three new exterior colors are also new for 2018. An eight-speed automatic is paired to the standard 265-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. The CT6 plug-in has a 2.0-liter turbo-four mated to two electric motors, and it can drive up to 31 miles on electric power.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90, Audi A6.

Sum Up: A high-tech flagship in a more practical size.

Cadillac CT6
Base Engine 2.0L/265-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.6L/335-hp/284-lb-ft V-6; 3.0L/404-hp/400-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 2.0L + elec, 335-hp/432-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/26-30 mpg; EV Range: 31 miles
0-60 mph 5.0-6.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 38%
* Estimated

Base Price: $47,000-$88,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The latest generation of the CUE infotainment system and an available automatic heated steering wheel are new. The CTS’ vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) technology should return as standard. The base 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 268 hp and is paired to an eight-speed automatic. The high-performance CTS-V’s supercharged V-8 produces 640 hp. Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system should make its way to the CTS for 2018.

Also Consider: BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS.

Sum Up: An American midsize premium sedan to take on the world.

Cadillac CTS
Base Engine 2.0L/268-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/335-hp/285-lb-ft V-6; 3.6L/420-hp/430-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 6.2L/640-hp/630-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-22/21-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.8-6.0 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety 4-5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%
* Estimated

Cadillac XTS

Base Price: $46,500-$74,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The XTS has been refreshed for 2018 with new headlights that more closely resemble those of the CTS and CT6. Cadillac says the XTS is now quieter and has an updated chassis, which provides improved ride comfort. Two V-6 engines (304 and 410 hp) and a six-speed automatic return, as does a spacious rear seat and trunk. The XTS offers a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 22-way power adjustable front seats with heat, ventilation, and massage.

Also Consider: Acura RLX, Kia K900, Volvo S90.

Sum Up: A large, luxurious American sedan that’s not too pricey.

Cadillac XTS
Base Engine 3.6L/304-hp/264-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.6L/410-hp/369-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-18/23-28 mpg
0-60 mph 5.3-6.9 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 35%

Base Price: $37,500-$42,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: The Chevrolet Bolt EV redefined the affordable alternative-fuel segment with its 238-mile battery range. Featuring a 10.2-inch touchscreen and an updated MyLink infotainment system, the Bolt EV comes with the latest tech and is available with a suite of active safety features. Because the 2017 Car of the Year winner was all-new last year, don’t expect major changes other than a few new exterior colors and packaging updates.

Also Consider: Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3.

Sum Up: The game-changing all-electric vehicle.

Chevrolet Bolt EV
Base Motor 200-hp/266-lb-ft electric
Opt Motor None
Drivetrain Front-motor, FWD
Transmission 1A
EV Range 238 miles
0-60 mph 6.3 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 31%

Base Price: $27,500-$70,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: A track-focused variant called the ZL1 1LE has been added to the mostly unchanged Camaro lineup. It has upgrades aimed at improving its performance. For additional grip and downforce, the Camaro ZL1 1LE features a carbon-fiber rear wing, unique air deflectors, and dive planes on the front fascia. The 1LE also features an adjustable suspension, fixed rear seats, and lighter aluminum wheels shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar tires.

Also Consider: Ford Mustang, BMW 4 Series, Nissan 370Z.

Sum Up: Under the hood, the sound of freedom.

Chevrolet Camaro
Base Engine 2.0L/275-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.6L/335-hp/284-lb-ft V-6; 6.2L/455-hp/455-lb-ft V-8; 6.2L/650-hp/650-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 10A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-22/20-31 mpg
0-60 mph 3.5-5.2 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 50%

Chevrolet Corvette

Base Price: $56,500-$84,500*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: A limited edition called the Carbon 65 Edition commemorates the Corvette’s 65 years in production and will be limited to 650 units combined of Grand Sport and Z06 examples. Other updates include standard 19-inch front/20-inch rear alloy wheels on all models, a Spice Red soft-top option on the convertible, and Spice Red interior upholstery. Carbon-ceramic brakes are now available as a stand-alone option on the Corvette Grand Sport.

Also Consider: Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type.

Sum Up: America’s sports car.

Chevrolet Corvette
Base Engine 6.2L/455-460-hp/460-465-lb-ft V-8
Opt engine 6.2L/650-hp/650-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7M; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/22-25 mpg
0-60 mph 3.2-3.9 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 51%

Base Price: $17,850-$24,820

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: Chevrolet added a diesel-powered Cruze sedan for the 2017 model year, and it is one of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid compact cars available. A hatchback variant was also introduced last year but is limited to the LT and Premier trims. For the 2018 model year, the diesel engine option has been expanded to the more practical Cruze hatchback. It should be available only as a single trim and come with a generous list of standard features.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai Elantra.

Sum Up:  Now one of the leaders in the compact class.

Chevrolet Cruze
Base Engine 1.4L/153-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/137-hp/240-lb-ft t’diesel I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 28-31/37-52 mpg
0-60 mph 8.2-8.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

Base Price: $28,770-$37,295

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The full-size sedan could see minor updates, including the possible addition of GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission on V-6-powered models and extra optional features for the 2018 model  year (a 2016 Impala is shown above). New special edition models like the Midnight Edition back in 2016 could also return with unique exterior styling changes, special alloy wheel designs, and unique interior treatments that distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.

Also Consider: Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300, Kia Cadenza.

Sum Up: A solid full-size sedan.

Chevrolet Impala
Base Engine 2.5L/197-hp/191-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/305-hp/264-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; 9A*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/28-30 mpg
0-60 mph 6.2-8.4 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%

Base Price: $22,555-$31,850

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: In addition to a new exterior color, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu gets a Redline special edition based on the LT trim. Exclusive features include red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, black alloy wheels, a blacked-out grille, and black Chevrolet badges. The L, LS, and LT trims get a larger 15.8-gallon fuel tank, the same as the range-topping Malibu Premier, to give them a longer driving range than the previous two model years.

Also Consider: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Kia Optima.

Sum Up: The turbocharged American midsize sedan.

Chevrolet Malibu
Base Engine 1.5L/163-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/250-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4; 1.8L I-4 + elec, 182 hp/375 lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; 9A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-49/33-43 mpg
0-60 mph 5.7-8.5 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 40%

Base Price: $16,000-$21,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Unchanged: Last year, the Chevrolet Sonic received a major refresh, which included a new front fascia, an updated dash design, an updated MyLink multimedia system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. For 2018, the Sonic receives black Bow Tie badges with the RS package plus a new Fun and Sun package option, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and the optional 1.4-liter turbo-four.

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Corolla iM.

Sum Up: Chevrolet’s subcompact soldiers on after last year’s refresh.

Chevrolet Sonic
Base Engine 1.8L/138-hp/125-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.4L/138-hp/148-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-28/34-38 mpg
0-60 mph 8.1-9.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 41%
* Estimated

Base Price: $14,000-$17,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: Late last year, the Chevrolet Spark received a new crossoverlike variant called the Spark Activ, which features a slightly raised suspension, roof rails, round foglights, skidplates, and exterior body cladding. For 2018, the only change to the Spark is the addition of a new exterior color, called Sorbet. The EV variant based on the previous-generation Spark was discontinued after the 2016 model year.

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa.

Sum Up: GM’s entry in the cheap and cheerful segment.

Chevrolet Spark
Base Engine 1.4L/98-hp/94-lb-ft I-4
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 29-30/37-38 mpg
0-60 mph 10.7 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%

Base Price: $34,500-$38,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: The base LT trim for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt is available with the Driver Confidence package, which adds rear park assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Not much else has changed except for three new exterior colors. A midcycle refresh should arrive in a year or so and come with new standard and optional features, but don’t expect the Volt to receive any major powertrain updates anytime soon because it’s still relatively new.

Also Consider: Toyota Prius Prime, Audi A3 e-Tron, Chevrolet Bolt.

Sum Up: Conventional sheetmetal for an unconventional powertrain.

Chevrolet Volt
Base Engine 149 hp/294 lb-ft elec + 1.5L/101-hp/103-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 42 mpg combined; EV Range: 53 miles
0-60 mph 7.5 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 27%

Base Price: $33,500-$47,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Last year, the 300 received the newest version of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, which now has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. For 2018, the 300 isn’t expected to gain many updates except new exterior colors, additional appearance packages, and possibly another special edition like last year’s Alloy Edition, with black Nappa leather, brown contrast stitching, and a blacked-out exterior.

Also Consider: Buick LaCrosse, Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala.

Sum Up: One of the last full-size mainstream sedans with rear-wheel drive.

Chrysler 300
Base Engine 3.6L/292-300-hp/260-264-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/363-hp/394-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-19/25-30 mpg
0-60 mph 5.6-6.4 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%

Base Price: $30,200-$46,200*

Body Type: Minivan

Unchanged: The Pacifica was introduced last year, and it was the first minivan to have a plug-in hybrid variant. Don’t expect any changes except for additional exterior colors. The automaker’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 should remain standard along with a nine-speed automatic, and the hybrid should continue as an option. The Pacifica Hybrid will remain the most fuel-efficient model even with the added weight from the hybrid powertrain components.

Also Consider: Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna.

Sum Up: The minivan kicked up several notches.

Chrysler Pacifica
Base Engine 3.6L/287-hp/262-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.6-liter V-6 + elec, 260 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 9A; CVT
Seats/Cargo 7-8; 140.5 cu. ft.
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-19/28 mpg; PHEV: 32 mpg combined; EV Range: 33 miles
0-60 mph 6.7-7.7 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+

Base Price: $28,500*-$86,090

Body Type: Coupe

Minor: The big news for 2018 is the Challenger SRT Demon with its monstrous 808-hp supercharged V-8 engine. Dodge claims the Demon is the first street-legal production car to lift its front tires off the ground and run a sub-10-second quarter mile. We expect minor revisions for Challengers with the 305-hp V-6, 372-hp and 485-hp V-8s, and 707-hp supercharged V-8. With 100-octane fuel, the Dodge Demon makes 840 hp and 770 lb-ft.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang.

Sum Up: Full-size coupe available from moderately to wickedly fast.

Dodge Challenger
Base Engine 3.6L/305-hp/268-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/372-hp/400-lb-ft V-8; 6.4L/485-hp/475-lb-ft V-8; 6.2L/707-hp/650-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8; 6.2L/808-hp/717-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-19/21-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 2.3-6.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
* Estimated

Dodge Charger

Base Price: $29,500-$69,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Trim levels for Dodge Chargers with the V-6 are now SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT Plus. The SXT Plus with the Super Track package and Leather group adds Nappa/Alcantara performance seats. The Hellcat gets a revised grille and badging and optional Demonic Red Laguna leather with a Gunmetal Gray stripe. Hemi models get new wheel options, and the SRT Hellcat, R/T Scat Pack, and Daytona 392 get optional colored brake calipers.

Also Consider: Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala.

Sum Up: Nuclear power for the nuclear family.

Dodge Charger
Base Engine 3.6L/305-hp/268-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/372-hp/400-lb-ft V-8; 6.4L/485-hp/475-lb-ft V-8; 6.2L/707-hp/650-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-19/22-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.7-6.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
* Estimated

Ferrari 488

Base Price: $250,000-$277,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Unchanged: Ferrari’s mid-engine V-8 masterpiece can be had in the hardtop GTB or convertible Spider body styles. Both models come with the same 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 661 hp at 8,000 rpm and 561 lb-ft of torque from just 3,000 rpm. Ferrari says both the hardtop and the convertible model can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The 488 is fitted with Ferrari’s second-gen Side Slip Control system.

Also Consider: Lamborghini Huracán, Porsche 911 Turbo S, McLaren 570S.

Sum Up: With or without a top, it’s as fast as it is beautiful.

Ferrari 488
Base Engine 3.9L/661-hp/561-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-16/22 mpg
0-60 mph 2.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Base Price: $375,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Major: Replacing the outgoing F12, the Superfast packs a front-mounted 6.5-liter V-12 that produces an impressive 789 hp at 8,500 rpm. The 530 lb-ft of torque is made at 7,000 rpm, but 80 percent is available at just 3,500 rpm. The 812 will be the first Ferrari to utilize electric power steering and will sport version 5.0 of the automaker’s Side Slip Control system. Ferrari claims a top speed of more than 211 mph.

Also Consider: Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren 720S, Bentley Continental Supersports.

Sum Up: The most powerful V-12 ever from Maranello.

Ferrari 812 Superfast
Base Engine 6.5L/789-hp/530-lb-ft V-12
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/16 mpg
0-60 mph 2.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $203,000*

Body Type: Convertible

Unchanged: Ferrari’s highest-volume model seats four passengers in a pinch and packs a front-mounted 553-hp twin-turbo V-8 paired to a seven-speed twin-clutch auto. The available Handling Speciale package includes stiffer springs, a louder sport exhaust, a faster-shifting seven-speed, and more aggressive magnetic dampers. While at a stop, the top folds down in 14 seconds.

Also Consider: Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Mercedes-AMG SL63.

Sum UpThe most affordable Ferrari is a top-down thrill machine.

Ferrari California T
Base Engine 3.9L/553-hp/557-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/23 mpg
0-60 mph 3.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Base Price: $275,000-$305,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: The GTC4Lusso combines a hatchback body style with four adult-sized seats and AWD. The 680-hp 6.3-liter V-12 propels the Lusso to 60 mph in an estimated 3.2 seconds. A new GTC4Lusso T base model packs a 602-hp twin-turbo V-8 that routes power to the rear wheels, resulting in improved fuel economy. Both models come equipped with four-wheel steering and Side Slip Control.

Also Consider: Bentley Continental GT Speed, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Aston Martin DB11.

Sum Up: For when you need a practical supercar that fits four (really!).

Ferrari GTC4Lusso
Base Engine 3.9L/602-hp/561-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine 6.3L/680-hp/514-lb-ft V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-15/17-21 mpg
0-60 mph 3.2-3.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Fiat 124 Spider

Base Price: $26,000-$29,500*

Body Type: Convertible

Minor: For the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider, expect minor updates, such as new exterior colors and packaging changes. Sharing its underpinnings with the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 124 Spider is one of only a handful of small, affordable rear-drive sports cars left. The 124 Spider Abarth with a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and optional Brembo front brakes recently won a Motor Trend shootout of affordable sports cars.

Also Consider: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86.

Sum Up: The turbocharged Italian-Japanese roadster.

Fiat 124 Spider
Base Engine 1.4L/160-164-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-26/35-36 mpg
0-60 mph 6.3-6.6 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%

Fiat 500

Base Price: $16,000-$34,000*

Body Type: Hatchback, conv

Minor: The Fiat 500 range saw a significant price cut last year, and its lineup was reduced to seven trim levels with the discontinuation of the 500 Turbo hatchback and the Easy grade for both body styles. Don’t expect any major improvements to the aging little Fiat, though, save for additional appearance packages. Bright exterior colors should remain, and Fiat could introduce new special edition models with unique styling cues.

Also Consider: Mini Hardtop, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark.

Sum Up: Pocket-sized retro Italian style and flair.

Fiat 500
Base Engine 1.4L/101-hp/97-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.4L/157-160-hp/170-183-lb-ft turbo I-4; 111-hp/147-lb-ft electric
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; 6A; 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-31/32-38 mpg; EV Range: 84 miles
0-60 mph 6.7-11.6 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 35%

Fiat 500L

Base Price: $22,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: Like the recently revealed European-spec model, the North American-spec 2018 Fiat 500L should receive an updated exterior design, a new gauge cluster with a 3.5-inch multi-information display, the latest version of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen. The 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo-four paired to a six-speed automatic should remain as the sole powertrain.

Also Consider: Mini Clubman, Kia Soul, Honda HR-V.

Sum Up: Polarizing and quirky yet still very Italian.

Fiat 500L
Base Engine 1.4L/160-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22/30 mpg
0-60 mph 8.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 33%
* Estimated

Ford C-Max

Base Price: $25,500-$31,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: After a 2017 refresh, don’t expect any major changes to the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid for 2018. The automaker could revamp the electrified hatchback for longer electric range via new software, a revised eCVT, or even a more power-dense battery pack. Both versions are powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 mated to an electric motor rated 188 hp total. Last year, Ford lowered the base price and added a top-spec Titanium trim.

Also Consider: Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius V, Kia Niro

Sum Up: More practical than the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Ford C-Max
Base Engine 2.0L I-4 + elec, 188-hp
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 42/38 mpg; PHEV: 39 mpg combined; EV Range: 20 miles
0-60 mph 8.1-8.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 35%
* Estimated

Ford Fiesta

Base Price: $15,000-$22,500*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Major: We expect the 2018 Fiesta to get many of the same updates as the European model that was recently revealed and is shown here. Even though the 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 was optional on the outgoing model, it will likely replace the base 1.6-liter I-4 engine. A new 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-3 will replace the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 in the Fiesta ST. Ford also added a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and new safety features to the option list of the new Euro-spec model.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa.

Sum Up: Improvements abound for Ford’s smallest car.

Ford Fiesta
Base Engine 1.0L/123-hp/125-lb-ft turbo I-3*
Opt Engine 1.5L/200-hp/214-lb-ft turbo I-3
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; 6A; 6M
EPA Econ City/Hwy 26-31/33-41 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.4-9.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 40%
* Estimated

Base Price: $18,000-$37,500*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Unchanged: Changes to the 2018 Ford Focus are limited to four new paint colors: Outrageous Green, Blue Metallic, Hot Pepper Red, and Lightning Blue. Standard models are available as sedan or hatchback and in four trims. The Focus Electric and Focus SE EcoBoost round out the energy-efficient models, and the Focus ST and RS hot hatches offer a more invigorating drive. The all-wheel-drive 350-hp Focus RS features a Drift mode for tail-out fun.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze.

Sum Up: The Focus is available from mild to wild.

Ford Focus
Base Engine 2.0L/159-160-hp/146-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine/Motor 1.0L/123-hp/125-lb-ft turbo I-3; 2.0L/252-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.3L/350-hp/350-lb-ft turbo I-4; 143-hp/184-lb-ft electric
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; 6-sp twin-cl auto; 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-30/25-40 mpg; EV Range: 115 miles
0-60 mph 4.5-11.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 41%
* Estimated

Ford Fusion

Base Price: $22,995-$39,995

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: After its 2017 refresh, we don’t expect significant changes for the 2018 Fusion. With its 325-hp, 380-lb-ft 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, the high-performance Fusion Sport introduced in 2017 is the quickest midsize sedan we’ve tested. Other engine options include a 2.5-liter I-4, 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engines, a hybrid, and an Energi plug-in Hybrid model. Five trim levels are offered from the base S to top-spec Platinum.

Also Consider: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda6.

Sum Up: A sporty take on the family sedan.

Ford Fusion
Base Engine 2.5L/175-hp/175-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.5L/181-hp/185-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L 245-hp/275-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.7L/325-hp/380-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 2.0L + elec 188-195-hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-43/26-41 mpg; PHEV: 42 mpg combined; EV Range: 22 miles
0-60 mph 5.3-9.1 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Base Price: $450,000

Body Type: Coupe

Unchanged: Ford resurrected its famed Le Mans–winning and Ferrari-trouncing Ford GT, this time with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 instead of a big V-8. Unlike the Ford GT tribute version of the mid-2000s, the new car is as race-bred as the original. The new GT makes 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft from its EcoBoost engine and drives the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Options include carbon-fiber wheels and accent colors.

Also Consider: Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracán, McLaren 720S.

Sum Up: The Ford GT is back and more badass than ever.

Ford GT
Base Engine 3.5L/647-hp/550-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 11/18 mpg
0-60 mph 2.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Ford Mustang

Base Price: $27,500-$65,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The refreshed Mustang gets revised styling, LED lighting, and more active safety tech. The V-6 is dropped, and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 and new 5.0-liter dual port- and direct-injected V-8 gain power. The six-speed manual has been beefed up, and a new 10-speed auto replaces the six-speed auto. We don’t expect many changes to the GT350/R. A new GT500 with a supercharged 5.0-liter and the new injection setup could debut in 2018.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger.

Sum Up: More power and tech for America’s original ponycar.

Ford Mustang
Base Engine 2.3L/320-hp/340-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 5.0L/450-hp/410-lb-ft V-8*; 5.2L/526-hp/429-lb-ft V-8; 5.0L/680-hp/630-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 10A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-21/18-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-6.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%
* Estimated

Base Price: $29,000-$44,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: Although Ford hasn’t released details on the U.S.-market 2018 Ford Taurus, we expect the full-size sedan to get many of the same updates as the Chinese-market car, including moving to an extended version of the Ford Fusion chassis with a longer wheelbase (112.9 inches vs. 116.1 inches) for more rear-seat space. Engine options could include the F-150’s new 3.3-liter V-6, 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 for the new SHO. A 2017 Taurus is shown here.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera.

Sum Up: Full-size body in need of a full-size interior.

Ford Taurus
Base Engine 3.3L/295-hp/265-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.7L/325-hp/380-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6*
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-20/24-29 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.2-7.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%
* Estimated

Base Price: $36,000-$43,000*

Body Type: Sedan

All-New: With the new G70, the Genesis luxury brand gets smaller and larger at the same time. The G70 rides on the same rear-drive platform as the wildly styled Kia Stinger and will likely be offered with the same engines, including a 255-hp turbo-four and 365-hp twin-turbo-six (with 376 lb-ft of torque). We’ve seen that V-6 in the executive G90 sedan and large G80, so we’re excited to see how it pairs with the smaller G70 four-door, which will offer all-wheel drive.

Also Consider: Kia Stinger, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4.

Sum Up: The Genesis brand’s most anticipated car yet.

Genesis G70
Base Engine 2.0L/255-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 3.3L/365-hp/376-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-22/26-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.9-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $42,725-$60,475

Body Type: Sedan

Major: Genesis introduces the Sport model powered by a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 and features a continuous damping suspension system, 19-inch dark alloy wheels, and dark chrome exterior trim with copper-colored accents. All three engine options are now available with RWD or AWD. The G80 comes standard with a suite of advanced driver assist features. The headlights, lower grille, and front and rear fascia were refreshed.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS.

Sum Up: South Korea gets serious about luxury and safety.

Genesis G80
Base Engine 3.8L/311-hp/293-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.3L/365-hp/376-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 5.0L/420-hp/383-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-19/23-27 mpg
0-60 mph 5.2-6.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
* Estimated

Base Price: $69,500-$73,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The G90 packs a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 or a potent 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 paired to an eight-speed auto. The G90 can be equipped with RWD or AWD and utilizes the automaker’s adaptive control suspension with electronic damping. The full-size premium sedan comes standard with a myriad of driver assist safety features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and a full color head-up display.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, Lexus LS.

Sum Up: Impressively luxurious with undeniable value.

Genesis G90
Base Engine 3.3L/365-hp/376-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/420-hp/383-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-17/23-24 mpg
0-60 mph 5.0-5.4 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%

Honda Accord

Base Price: $24,000-$37,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The Accord enters the 2018 model year completely redesigned and ready to battle the also-new Toyota Camry. The coupe has been discontinued, and the sedan’s updated styling might remind you of the Civic sedan. The new car’s engine lineup starts with a 1.5-liter turbo-four (CVT or 6M), continues with a 2.0-liter turbo-four (10A or 6M) replacing the V-6, and includes a hybrid. Those who want a midsize plug-in might check out the Clarity Plug-In.

Also Consider: Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu.

Sum Up: The 10th-generation Honda Accord has arrived.

Honda Accord
Base Engine 1.5L/192-hp/192-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 2.0L/252-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L I-4 + elec, 215 hp*
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M, CVT, 10A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-54/30-51 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.6-7.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 51%
* Estimated

Honda Civic

Base Price: $20,000*-$34,775

Body Type: Sedan, coupe, hatch

Major: The new 205-horsepower Honda Civic Si sedan and coupe variants are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4. The finally-in-America Civic Type R hatchback hits the streets with a 306-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual with active rev matching. But those are small-volume variants compared to the mainstream Civic sedan, coupe, and hatchback, which get few changes for 2018.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra.

Sum Up: One of the best drivers in the segment gains sportier variants.

Honda Civic
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/138-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.5L/174-180-hp/162-177-lb-ft turbo I-4; 1.5L/205-hp/192-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/306-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-32/28-42 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.7-8.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
* Estimated

Honda Clarity

Base Price: $32,000*-$59,365

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric join the Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car for 2018. Honda says the Clarity plug-in can travel 42 miles on electric power and more than 330 miles with the range-extending gas engine, while the Clarity Electric has an 80-mile range. A 240-volt Level 2 charger can charge the PHEV in 2.5 hours, and a DC fast charger can charge the electric version in 30 minutes.

Also Consider: Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Ioniq, Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Sum Up: Multiple routes to a greener future.

Honda Clarity
Base Motor 174-hp/221-lb-ft electric
Opt Engine/Motor 1.5 I-4 + elec, 181-hp/232-lb-ft; 161-hp/221-lb-ft electric
Drivetrain Front-motor, FWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy PHEV: 42 mpg combined*; EV Range: 42-366 miles*
0-60 mph 7.8-8.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Honda Odyssey

Base Price: $30,930-$47,610

Body Type: Minivan

Major: With a 280-hp V-6 under the hood and a nine- or 10-speed automatic, the redesigned Odyssey is quick for a minivan. The seven- to eight-seat van has lots of space inside and offers an updated infotainment system on an 8.0-inch screen, an available infotainment system with a 10.2-inch screen and Blu-ray player, adaptive safety tech on almost every trim, and second-row seats that slide forward, backward, and toward the center of the car.

Also Consider: Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna.

Sum Up: Comfortable, spacious, and handles well, too.

Honda Odyssey
Base Engine 3.5L/280-hp/262-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 9A; 10A
Seats/Cargo 7-8/140.7-144.9 cu ft
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19/28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value
* Estimated

Honda Fit

Base Price: $17,500-$21,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor:  The second-generation Honda Fit gets a midcycle refresh with updated exterior styling. Honda has added its Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety tech is available. The Fit hatchback features a flexible interior package with multiple surprisingly spacious seating/cargo configurations. The manual-transmission model offers quicker acceleration than with the CVT.

Also Consider: Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Nissan Versa.

Sum Up: Innovative packaging in a small wrapper.

Honda Fit
Base Engine 1.5L/130-hp/114-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 29-33/36-40 mpg
0-60 mph 7.9-9.1 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%

Base Price: $16,000-$18,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The Accent receives a redesigned exterior resembling the larger Elantra, an improved interior, new features, and an updated powertrain. It also gets an updated version of the 1.6-liter I-4 producing 132 hp. New features include a 7.0-inch LCD instrument panel display and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic emergency braking is a new safety feature not commonly found in this segment.

Also Consider: Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris.

Sum Up: Hyundai’s most affordable model gets a redesign.

Hyundai Accent
Base Engine 1.6L/132-hp/119-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 26-27/36-37 mpg
0-60 mph 8.0-9.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 43%
* Estimated

Hyundai Azera

Base Price: $35,000-$40,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Discontinued: The Hyundai Azera has been discontinued in the U.S. market. With the Genesis luxury brand’s expansion, Hyundai buyers who want a more premium feel than the Sonata can offer can consider the large, front-drive Kia Cadenza or the new Genesis G70, a rear- and all-wheel-drive premium sport sedan that will come in at a similar price point as the outgoing front-drive Azera.

Also Consider: Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, Genesis G70.

Sum Up: The Azera reaches the end of the road in the U.S.

Hyundai Azera
Base Engine 3.3L/293-hp/255-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-20/28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 36%

Hyundai Elantra

Base Price: $18,000-$23,500*

Body Type: Sedan, hatch

Major: The new Elantra GT hatchback joins the lineup powered by the 201-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4. The GT features European styling with a cavernous 55.1 cubic feet of cargo room. For greater fuel efficiency, opt for the 128-hp 1.4-liter turbo-four found in the Eco sedan model. The sport sedan receives blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert standard, and a new SEL sedan trim replaces the SE with the Popular Equipment package.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, Chevrolet Cruze.

Sum Up: Turning up the heat on rivals with a sporty and spacious hatch.

Hyundai Elantra
Base Engine 2.0L/147-hp/132-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.4L/128-hp/156-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/162-hp/150-lb-ft I-4; 1.6L/201-hp/195 lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-32/30-40 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.8-9.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
* Estimated

Hyundai Ioniq

Base Price: $23,200-$33,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: Hyundai’s trio of electrified hatchbacks includes a hybrid model delivering up to 58 mpg combined, an EV with a range of 124 miles, and—available for 2018—a plug-in hybrid that can run on all-electric power for 20 miles. The Ioniq uses a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission—unlike most hybrids—and is available with an 8.0-inch navigation touchscreen, wireless phone charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Also Consider: Toyota Prius, Honda Clarity, Kia Niro.

Sum Up: Low- and zero-emission vehicles.

Hyundai Ioniq
Base Engine 1.6-liter I-4 + elec, 139 hp*
Opt engine/Motor 1.6-liter I-4 + elec, 156 hp; 118-hp/215-lb-ft electric*
Drivetrain Front-engine/motor, FWD
Transmission 1A; 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 55-57/54-59 mpg; EV range: 20 miles (PHEV)*, 124 miles (EV)
0-60 mph 8.1-9.4 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Base Price: $22,935-$39,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: Hyundai updates the Sonata with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a redesigned front and rear fascia, new wheel designs, available LED lights, and a redesigned steering wheel and center stack. The 185-horsepower 2.4-liter I-4 engine is still standard, but the available 2.0-liter turbo-four is now paired with an eight-speed automatic. Opt for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid for impressive fuel economy.

Also Consider: Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion.

Sum Up: The Sonata’s extensive lineup gets refreshed.

Hyundai Sonata
Base Engine 2.4L/185-hp/178-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/178-hp/195-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/245-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L I-4 + elec, 192-202 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A, 8A, 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-39/30-45 mpg*; EV range: 27 miles
0-60 mph 7.6-8.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
* Estimated

Base Price: $19,000-$23,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged:

The Veloster will have a long 2017 model year before a new generation offers performance to match its sporty looks. The standard 132-hp 1.6-liter I-4 will carry over in addition to the 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four equipped in the Turbo and Turbo R-Spec models. The Value Edition comes with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, navigation on a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and a premium Dimension audio system.

Also Consider: Mini Hardtop, Kia Soul, Volkswagen Beetle.

Sum Up: An odd-looking hatch with undeniable value.

Hyundai Veloster
Base Engine 1.6L/132-hp/120-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/201-hp/195-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6-sp twin-cl auto; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-28/32-35 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-8.8 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%

Base Price: $35,500-$52,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The Q50 gets a midcycle refresh including new trim-specific front and rear fascia, revised grille, headlights, taillights, and new wheel styles. The interior gains dashboard stitching and a steering wheel with shifter paddles. Red Sport 400 models gain red seat stitching and quilting and black mirror caps. The 2.0t and 2.0t Premium are now the 2.0t Pure and 2.0t Luxe, respectively. Several packages have been renamed.

Also Consider: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS.

Sum Up: Unique entrant in crowded segment.

Infiniti Q50
Base Engine 2.0L/208-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.0L/300-400-hp/295-350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 3.5L V-6 + elec, 360 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-27/26-32 mpg
0-60 mph 4.5-6.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 39%
* Estimated

Base Price: $40,500-$54,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Unchanged: After its 2017 redesign, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 coupe returns with only minor changes. The Red Sport 400 gains new 20-inch wheels with non-run-flat tires, and the 3.0t Sport’s 19-inch wheels now get a machined face and black pockets wrapped in wider tires. The 2.0t and 2.0t Premium are now the 2.0t Pure and 2.0t Luxe, and some option packages have been renamed. Solar Mica has been added to the color palette.

Also Consider: BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A5.

Sum Up: Sexy coupe companion to the Q50 sedan.

Infiniti Q60
Base Engine 2.0L/208-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.0L/300-400-hp/295-350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-22/26-30 mpg
0-60 mph 4.5-6.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

Base Price: $51,500-$68,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Infiniti’s flagship sedan carries over unchanged for 2018. The Infiniti Q70 sedan is available in standard- and long-wheelbase forms. Three engines are offered, including the base V-6, a V-8, and a hybrid V-6. The hybrid version is only offered in rear-drive on the regular wheelbase model. Options increase with the gas-powered V-6 and V-8, both of which are offered with rear- or all-wheel drive on the standard and long-wheelbase models.

Also Consider: BMW 5 Series, Volvo S90, Audi A6.

Sum Up: Infiniti’s flagship sedan soldiers on before a redesign.

Infiniti Q70
Base Engine 3.7L/330-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.6L/416-hp/414-lb-ft V-8; 3.5L V-6 + elec, 360 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-28/23-33 mpg
0-60 mph 4.9-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/60,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 37%
* Estimated

Jaguar F-Type

Base Price: $60,895-$125,995

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The F-Type engine lineup expands with a 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine and a 400-hp supercharged V-6 in the 400 Sport special edition. Jaguar also added a new front fascia, a new headlight design, and new interior and exterior colors. This Jaguar can be purchased as either a coupe or convertible, with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, in rear- or all-wheel drive, and, in the SVR model, up to 575 hp.

Also Consider: Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, Chevrolet Corvette.

Sum Up: Jaguar’s performance coupe and convertible just got better.

Jaguar F-Type
Base Engine 2.0L/296-hp/295-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.0L/340-400-hp/332-339-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6; 5.0L/550-575-hp/502-516-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-20/23-28 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-5.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 41%
* Estimated

Base Price: $36,720-$55,770

Body Type: Sedan

Major: A new 247-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine joins the XE lineup in addition to a 380-hp supercharged V-6 for the S model. A suite of driver assist features, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, and a power-operated trunk are available. Opt for the available 2.0-liter turbodiesel to achieve more than 40 mpg highway. The range-topping Portfolio model features Windsor leather upholstery.

Also Consider: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS.

Sum Up: Jaguar redefines the “sport” in sport sedan.

Jaguar XE
Base Engine 2.0L/247-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 2.0L/180-hp/318-lb-ft t’diesel I-4; 3.0L/340-380-hp/332-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-32/29-42 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.5-8.8 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Jaguar XF

Base Price: $48,770-$67,860

Body Type: Sedan, wagon

Major: A new 247-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four becomes the base engine replacing the now-optional turbodiesel engine. With the new XF Sportbrake, a wagon returns to Jaguar’s U.S. lineup. Also new, the XF receives a powered trunk with gesture access, as well as forward traffic detection and forward visual park assist. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission, and AWD can be had with any model including the 380-hp XF S.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S90.

Sum Up: Jaguar continues to expand its appealing midrange model.

Jaguar XF
Base Engine 2.0L/247-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 2.0L/180-hp/318-lb-ft t’diesel I-4; 3.0L/340-380-hp/332-339lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-31/28-42 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.9-9.5 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 38%
* Estimated

Jaguar XJ

Base Price: $75,500-$122,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Jaguar’s flagship sedan enters the 2018 model year with a new performance-focused four-door called XJR575. With a 575-hp version of the brand’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, the XJR575 has a top speed of 186 mph. The standard 340-hp supercharged V-6 powers the base XJ, and a 470-hp supercharged V-8 is an option. The 550-hp supercharged V-8 found in the XJ R rockets the XJ to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The V-8 engines are rear-drive only. The XJ L version’s longer wheelbase allows for an additional 4.8 inches of rear-seat legroom.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS.

Sum Up: A back road stormer in an opulent wrapper.

Jaguar XJ
Base Engine 3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Opt engine 5.0L/470-575-hp/424-517-lb-ft s’chg’d V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-18/23-27 mpg
0-60 mph 3.7-5.4 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 35%

Karma Revero

Base Price: $131,400

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: After Fisker’s 2013 bankruptcy, Chinese investment group Wanxiang bought the tooling for the Karma, moved the factory from Finland to California, and relaunched the premium extended-range plug-in as the Karma Revero. Electric power is supplied to the lithium-ion battery by either a 235-hp turbo I-4 generator, onboard or off-board chargers, or the roof-mounted solar panel. Expect a 32-mile electric range and 220-mile range overall.

Also Consider: Tesla Model S, Honda Clarity.

Sum Up: Don’t call it a Fisker.

Karma Revero
Base Engine 403-hp/981-lb-ft dual elec + 235-hp turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, rear-motor, RWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy PHEV: 20 mpg combined*; EV Range: 32 miles*
0-60 mph 6.0-7.9 sec*

Kia Cadenza

Base Price: $33,000-$45,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: We expect minimal updates to Kia’s large front-wheel-drive sedan. The sole powertrain for the Cadenza is a 290-horsepower, 253-lb-ft 3.3-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which together propel the Kia to 60 mph in a quick 6.5 seconds. Notable features include quilted Nappa leather with diamond stitching, a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, and a surround-view camera system.

Also Consider: Nissan Maxima, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon.

Sum Up: Impressive luxury with loads of value.

Kia Cadenza
Base Engine 3.3L/290-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20/28 mpg
0-60 mph 6.5 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 37%

Base Price: $17,500-$25,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: Kia has discontinued the Forte Koup. The sedan comes standard with a 147-hp 2.0-liter I-4, and the Forte5 has the 164-hp 2.0 liter as standard. The Forte5 SX packs a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four that can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic and is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. The Forte is available with blind-spot assist and rear cross-traffic alert safety features.

Also Consider: Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze.

Sum Up: Kia’s compact has become one of its best-sellers.

Kia Forte
Base Engine 2.0L/147-hp/132-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/164-hp/151-lb-ft I-4; 1.6L/201-hp/195-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-29/29-38 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.9-8.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 40%
* Estimated

Kia K900

Base Price: $51,000-$63,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The K900 will likely carry over into 2018 with minor updates. A 311-hp 3.8-liter V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic powers the K900, and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 is the optional engine. Three trim levels are available for the K900: V-6 Premium, V-6 Luxury, and V-8 Luxury. Some notable features include Nappa leather upholstery, a surround-view camera system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and 19-inch wheels.

Also Consider: Acura RLX, Cadillac XTS, Volvo S90.

Sum Up: Kia’s flagship is a luxurious highway cruiser.

Kia K900
Base Engine 3.8L/311-hp/293-lb-ft V-6
Opt engine 5.0L/420-hp/376-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-17/23-25 mpg
0-60 mph 5.5-6.4 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 35%

Kia Niro

Base Price: $24,000-$30,500*

Body Type: Wagon

Unchanged: Sharing the same hybrid platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, the Niro’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.6-liter inline-four paired to an electric motor for a combined power rating of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The wagon comes standard with the UVO3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Smart cruise control, navigation, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system are also available.

Also Consider: Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Ford C-Max.

Sum Up: An affordable and very efficient crossoverlike hybrid.

Kia Niro
Base Engine 1.6L I-4 + elec, 139-hp/195-lb-ft
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 46-52/40-49 mpg
0-60 mph 8.7 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 44%

Kia Optima

Base Price: $23,500-$36,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The sister vehicle to the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima comes equipped with a standard 185-hp 2.4-liter I-4 engine. An efficient 178-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four and a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four are optional. For improved efficiency, opt for the hybrid, which delivers 39/42 mpg city/highway, or the 202-horsepower plug-in, which can run up to 29 miles on electricity alone. The Optima has automatic emergency braking as an available safety feature.

Also Consider: Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord.

Sum Up: A midsize sedan with two electrified powertrains options.

Kia Optima
Base Engine 2.4L/185-hp/178-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/178-hp/195-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/245-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L I-4 + elec, 192-202 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-39/31-46 mpg; EV Range: 29 miles
0-60 mph 7.5-8.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Base Price: $15,500-$22,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Major: The starter-car Rio receives more technology with an available 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Automatic emergency braking is also an option. Kia’s smallest model grows, offering more passenger and cargo space behind the rear seats. Under the hood is a more efficient 1.6-liter I-4 paired to a six-speed manual or automatic. Sedan and hatchback body styles are still available.

Also Consider: Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent.

Sum Up: Kia’s most affordable model gets updated.

Kia Rio
Base Engine 1.6L/130-hp/119-lb-ft I-4
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 28/37 mpg*
0-60 mph 8.2-9.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Kia Sedona

Base Price: $28,000-$43,000*

Body Type: Minivan

Minor: The Kia Sedona’s sole powertrain is a 276-hp 3.3-liter V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The top-level SXL trim can be optioned with luxurious features such as a cooled glove box, Nappa leather upholstery, a 360-degree camera system, reclining second-row captain’s chairs, heated and ventilated front seats, and a multipane sunroof. It has received good safety scores; emergency automatic braking is available.

Also Consider: Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica.

Sum Up: Loads of luxury with minivan comfort and space.

Kia Sedona
Base Engine 3.3L/276-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A
Seats/Cargo 7-8, 142.0 cu ft
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/22-25 mpg
0-60 mph 7.8 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP

Kia Soul

Base Price: $17,000-$33,500*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: With a midcycle refresh last year, the Soul will likely have minimal updates for 2018. A 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the range-topper, but the 130-hp 1.6-liter I-4 remains the standard engine. The Soul EV’s 109-hp electric motor has an EPA-rated driving range of up to 93 miles on a full charge. The traditional Soul impressively provides up to 61.3 cubic feet of total cargo room, and the EV model has 49.5 cubic feet.

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Fiat 500L, Mazda3.

Sum Up: Plenty of cargo room and engine options.

Kia Soul
Base Engine 1.6L/130-hp/118-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine/Motor 2.0L/161-hp/150-lb-ft I-4; 1.6L/201-hp/195-lb-ft turbo I-4; 109-hp/210-lb-ft electric
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 1A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-26/30-31 mpg; EV range: 93 miles
0-60 mph 7.0-9.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Kia Stinger

Base Price: $32,000-$41,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

All-New: Kia’s all-new sporty hatchback takes aim at the Germans and packs an available 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 mated to eight-speed automatic. Like a true sport sedan, RWD with a mechanical limited-slip differential is standard and optional AWD features torque vectoring. The Stinger is available with Brembo brakes, five-mode adaptive suspension, adjustable rack-mounted power steering, and 19-inch wheels.

Also Consider: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback, Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Sum Up: German sport sedans get a new competitor.

Kia Stinger
Base Engine 2.0L/255-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.3L/365-hp/376-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-22/26-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.8-6.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
* Estimated

Lamborghini Aventador

Base Price: $407,000-$545,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Unchanged: The Aventador gains a standard rearview camera, and new optional equipment includes navigation with Apple CarPlay and a telemetry track system. The available Travel package gains storage on the rear wall. Lamborghini’s flagship supercar is offered in two trim levels (S and SV) in coupe or roadster form and is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 making 691 to 740 horsepower, depending on the model.

Also Consider: Ferrari 812 Superfast, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Aston Martin Vanquish.

Sum Up: Exclusive combination of luxury, acceleration, and handling.

Lamborghini Aventador
Base Engine 6.5L/691-hp/509-lb-ft V-12
Opt Engine 6.5L/730-740-hp/509-lb-ft V-12
Drivetrain Mid-engine, AWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 10-11/16-18 mpg
0-60 mph 2.6-2.9 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles

Lamborghini Huracán

Base Price: $245,000-$274.390*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The all-new Huracán Performante features more power and less weight via forged carbon fiber as well as the better handling from the automaker’s new ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) lightweight electric-actuated active aerodynamic system. Other updates include a standard rearview camera, and optional bits include navigation with Apple CarPlay, a telemetry system, and rear wall storage with the Travel package.

Also Consider: Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT, Porsche 911 Turbo.

Sum Up: An exotic car meant for the track.

Lamborghini Huracán
Base Engine 5.2L/602-hp/413-lb-ft V-10
Opt Engine 5.2L/640-hp/443-lb-ft V-10
Drivetrain Mid-engine, AWD/RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/20-21 mpg*
0-60 mph 2.5-2.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Lexus ES

Base Price: $40,000-$43,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: For 2018, the Lexus ES lineup returns as a carryover model from the previous model year. The Premier package adds features such as heated and ventilated front seats, a leather steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, park assist, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. During 2018, expect a redesigned ES sedan to arrive riding on the TNGA platform, which will underpin front-wheel-drive Lexus and Toyota vehicles.

Also Consider: Buick LaCrosse, Kia Cadenza, Lincoln MKZ.

Sum Up: Vanilla in character, polarizing in looks.

Lexus ES
Base Engine 3.5L/268-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.5L I-4 + elec, 200 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-40/30-39 mpg
0-60 mph 6.6-7.5 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%

Lexus GS

Base Price: $47,500-$85,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Last year, the Lexus Safety System+ active safety suite became standard across the entire GS lineup. The turbocharged GS 200t receives a name change and is now called the GS 300 RWD. Gas and hybrid powertrain choices remain, with the most powerful being the 467-horsepower GS F sport sedan. The adaptive cruise control system in the GS F has also been upgraded to a full-speed version, and lane keep assist has been added.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S90.

Sum Up: The sport sedan for those who don’t want something European.

Lexus GS
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.5L/311-hp/280-lb-ft V-6; 3.5L V-6 +elec, 338 hp; 5.0L/467-hp/389-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; 8A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-29/24-34 mpg
0-60 mph 4.4-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

Lexus IS

Base Price: $39,000-$45,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: With the CT 200h discontinued for the U.S, the IS is now the entry-level Lexus. The four-cylinder IS 200t has been renamed the IS 300 RWD, and the updated V-6s in the IS 300 AWD and IS 350 each receive a 5-hp bump. A limited-slip differential is now standard on the rear-drive IS 350 F Sport. The Comfort package replaces the Luxury package and includes blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. Also Consider Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4.

Sum Up: The angriest-looking sport sedan in its class.

Lexus IS
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/260-311-hp/236-277-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-22/26-32 mpg
0-60 mph 5.3-7.0 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%

 


Lexus LC

Base Price: $92,995-$97,505

Body Type: Coupe

All-New: The LC 500 and LC 500h are the new flagship rear-drive coupes in Lexus’ lineup. Both feature a sleek exterior design and a thrilling exhaust note that will turn heads everywhere. With your choice of a 471-hp 5.0-liter V-8 or a hybrid system that makes 354 hp combined, the LC lineup comes with potent powertrain options perfect for zipping through highways at high speeds while getting coddled in the car’s luxurious cabin.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Porsche 911, BMW 8 Series.

Sum Up: A concept car brought to production form barely touched.

Lexus LC
Base Engine 5.0L/471-hp/398-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + elec, 354 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 10A; 4A + CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-26/26-35 mpg
0-60 mph 4.8-5.3 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Lexus LS

Base Price: $74,500-$85,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: Featuring a more aggressive design than its predecessor, the Lexus LS is longer and lighter than the car it replaces. The V-8 has been dropped in favor of a 415-hp twin-turbo V-6, and the LC 500h’s hybrid powertrain is available in the LS 500h. An F Sport trim with 20-inch alloy wheels and a package with a sport-tuned air suspension, variable-ratio steering, active rear-wheel steering, and an active stabilizer will be offered on the LS 500.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8.

Sum Up: Lexus’ flagship sedan gets larger and more tech-heavy.

Lexus LS
Base Engine 3.5L/415-hp/442-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + elec, 354 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 10A; 4A + CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-27/26-35 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.5-5.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Lexus RC

Base Price: $41,500-$65,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Minor: The four-cylinder RC 200t has been renamed the RC 300 RWD, and the V-6-powered RC 300 AWD and RC 350 each get a 5-hp boost. An updated version of the Lexus Enform Telematics suite is available, and the Lexus Safety system+ suite of active safety features is now standard on the entire RC lineup. F Sport models and the RC F get an updated drive mode selector, which includes S+ and custom settings.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, BMW 4 Series, Audi A5.

Sum Up: Angry looks and a screaming V-8 make for a powerful package.

Lexus RC
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/260-311-hp/236-277-lb-ft V-6; 5.0L/467-hp/389-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/25-32 mpg
0-60 mph 4.3-7.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
* Estimated

Lincoln Continental

Base Price: $46,000-$66,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Minor changes to Lincoln’s flagship sedan include a standard 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, a moonroof and climate package added to Black Label, and some rearranging of the package contents among the Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim grades. Rhapsody Blue (Reserve), Blue Diamond, Ivory Pearl, and Iced Mocha replace Jade Metallic, Midnight Sapphire, Diamond Black, and Palladium Gold on the exterior paint palette.

Also Consider: Cadillac XTS, Acura RLX, Genesis G80.

Sum Up: Stylish sedan gets minor revisions.

Lincoln Continental
Base Engine 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Opt engine 2.7L/335-hp/380-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 3.0L/400-hp/400-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-18/24-27 mpg
0-60 mph 5.4-7.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 41%
* Estimated

Lincoln MKZ

Base Price: $37,000-$50,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Changes are limited to content/package revisions and new paint colors (Rhapsody Blue for Reserve, Blue Diamond, Ivory Pearl, and Iced Mocha). New content includes a standard 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Revel audio system is now standard on Reserve. A power trunklid with a soft-close feature has been added to the Select Plus package. The new Magnetic package adds 19-inch wheels, a painted grille, and aluminum pedals.

Also Consider: Lexus ES, Buick LaCrosse, Kia Cadenza.

Sum Up: More than just a Fusion in a better suit.

Lincoln MKZ
Base Engine 2.0L/245-hp/275-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L + elec 188 hp/129-lb-ft; 3.0L/350-400-hp/400-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-41/26-38 mpg
0-60 mph 5.2-8.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 38%
* Estimated

Base Price: $94,500-$106,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Unchanged: Although Lotus hasn’t released any details on the 2018 Evora, we don’t expect any significant changes to the mid-engine, rear-drive coupe during its second year back in the U.S. The 400-hp Lotus Evora 400 is available as a two-seater or 2+2, and the lightweight 410-hp Evora Sport 410 is two-seat only. A six-speed manual is standard, and a six-speed auto is available. Watch for special editions such as the Evora Sport 410 GP.

Also Consider: Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster, Alfa Romeo 4C.

Sum Up: Lightweight mid-engine sports car looking to its roots.

Lotus Evora 400
Base Engine 3.5L/400-410-hp/302-lb-ft s’chg’d V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/24 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.1-4.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $73,000-$81,000

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Maserati’s entry-level sedan packs a standard 345-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that routes power to the rear wheels. The GTS is equipped with the 404-hp version of the twin-turbo V-6 found in the Quattroporte. The Zegna edition features silk and leather upholstery, wood trim, and power-adjustable pedals. Other options include a premium Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a hands-free power trunklid.

Also Consider: Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

Sum Up: A ferocious-sounding Italian sedan to rival the Germans.

Maserati Ghibli
Base Engine 3.0L/345-hp/369-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/404-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/24 mpg
0-60 mph 4.6-5.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Maserati GranTurismo

Base Price: $135,000-$184,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: The long-running GranTurismo gets a much-needed exterior update this fall. The car retains its front-engine, rear-drive setup and the naturally aspirated V-8, and all models now produce 456 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard on both of the lineup’s models, Sport and MC (Maserati Corse).

Also Consider: Porsche 911, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Sum Up: A timelessly styled Italian supercar.

Maserati GranTurismo
Base Engine 4.7L/456-hp/384-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/20-21 mpg
0-60 mph 4.6-4.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $105,500-$147,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The four-door Quattroporte comes standard with a Ferrari-developed 404-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that drives the rear wheels. S Q4 models get all-wheel drive. Opting for the rear-drive GTS will get you the 523-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 that rockets the premium sedan to 60 mph in a manufacturer-claimed 4.6 seconds. The Italian sedan is available with adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Also Consider: Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Sum Up: A large and luxurious sedan with Ferrari flair.

Maserati Quattroporte
Base Engine 3.0L/404-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 3.8L/523-hp/524-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-16/22-23 mpg
0-60 mph 4.2-4.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Mazda3

Base Price: $19,000-$26,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: Mazda3 Sport models gain Smart City Brake Support. The 2.5-liter inline-four engine is standard on the Touring model, as are dark silver wheels, overhead console with sunglasses holder, and vanity mirrors. The new Touring Bose/Moonroof/Satellite Radio package replaces the Touring Popular Equipment package. The Grand Touring Popular Equipment package gains many of the features from the i-Activsense Safety package.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze.

Sum Up: Still one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the segment.

Mazda3
Base Engine 2.0L/155-hp/150-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.5L/184-hp/185-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-28/33-37 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-8.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Mazda6

Base Price: $23,000-$32,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Although Mazda hasn’t revealed details on its midsize sedan, we suspect the automaker might finally add its 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel I-4 to the option list for the U.S. market. Also look for content revisions for the trims and packages. Despite being a small company, Mazda offers lots of high-tech features on the 6, among them a full suite of active safety and driver-assist tech and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

Also Consider: Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord.

Sum Up: Midsize family sedan with a huge helping of sport.

Mazda6
Base Engine 2.5L/184-hp/185-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-27/34-35 mpg
0-60 mph 7.9 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Base Price: $26,000-$34,000*

Body Type: Convertible

Unchanged: Last year, Mazda added the Miata RF or retractable fastback body style alongside the standard convertible. We don’t expect many changes to the fun-to-drive open-top two-seater for 2018. Mazda could add its G-Vectoring system, which reduces driver fatigue and improves handling feel. Power for both models comes from a 155-hp 2.0-liter Skyactiv I-4 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed auto that sends power to the rear wheels.

Also Consider: Fiat 124 Spider, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86.

Sum Up: A better British roadster from Japan.

Mazda MX-5 Miata
Base Engine 2.0L/155-hp/148-lb-ft I-4
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 26/33-35 mpg
0-60 mph 5.8-6.8 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 45%

Base Price: $191,500-$211,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: In the U.S., McLaren’s Sports Series includes the 570S and the 570GT with more luxury and more cargo space. The McLaren 570S coupe is unchanged for 2018 but is joined by a new Spider. The McLaren 570GT will see minor revisions. Both are powered by a 562-hp version of McLaren’s twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. McLaren says both models weigh less than 3,000 pounds.

Also Consider: Mercedes-AMG GT, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracán.

Sum Up: The 2016 McLaren 570S was our 2016 Best Driver’s Car winner

McLaren 570
Base Engine 3.8L/562-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/23 mpg
0-60 mph 2.8-3.1 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

McLaren 720S

Base Price: $285,000*

Body Type: Coupe

All-New: The all-new McLaren 720S replaces the 650S in the automaker’s Super Series. The 720S is based on a new carbon-fiber MonoCage II with integrated roof similar to the one used for the P1 hybrid. A new 710-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 replaces the 650S’ 641-hp 3.8-liter unit. The side scoops are gone, but the 720S features scoops around the headlights as well as deep channels on either side of the cockpit.

Also Consider: Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 488, Aston Martin Vanquish.

Sum Up: A clean slate for McLaren’s Super Series.

McLaren 720S
Base Engine 4.0L/710-hp/568-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/22 mpg*
0-60 mph 2.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Mercedes-AMG GT

Base Price: $113,500-$158,000*

Body Type: Coupe

Major: The AMG GT lineup is expanded with a new GT Roadster, a 550-hp GT C Coupe and Roadster, and the 577-hp GT R. The GT and GT S get updated exteriors and slight power bumps. All powertrains are mated to an AMG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The GT R is available with extensive carbon fiber, an adjustable coil-over suspension, active rear-wheel steering, and a nine-setting AMG traction control system.

Also Consider: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GT-R.

Sum Up: A very impressive sports car to take on the Porsche 911.

Mercedes-AMG GT
Base Engine 4.0L/469-hp/465-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Opt engine 4.0L/515-577-hp/494-516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/22 mpg (GT/GT S)
0-60 mph 3.2-3.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 47%
* Estimated

Base Price: $41,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: The B250e is the automaker’s only EV and hatchback. Now nearing the end of its life cycle, the B-Class should continue without major changes. The 177-hp motor provides instant and brisk acceleration and an 87-mile driving range on a full charge, which takes about four hours using a Level 2 charger. The Mercedes EV comes standard with a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, Attention Assist, and a suite of driver-assist safety features.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Bolt EV, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf.

Sum Up: A more unassuming and premium EV.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Base Motor 177-hp/251-lb-ft electric
Opt Motor None
Drivetrain Front-motor, FWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 87 miles
0-60 mph 6.5 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 22%

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Base Price: $41,000-$82,000*

Body Type: Sedan, coupe, convertible

Minor: The C-Class is available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet body styles. All can be had in the base C300, C300 4Matic, AMG C43, or AMG C63/C63 S trims. The C350e plug-in hybrid sedan is the most efficient C-Class, and it can be run on all-electric power for short distances. The AMG C63 S produces 503 hp from its twin-turbo V-8. Notable features include large, dual high-resolution driver and infotainment screens and a myriad of advanced safety features.

Also Consider: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS.

Sum Up: A large C-Class lineup with a model for all.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 275 hp/243 lb-ft; 3.0L/362-hp/384-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 4.0L/469-503-hp/479-516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A; 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-25/22-35 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.0-6.5 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Base Price: $33,625-$51,325

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: With a refresh last year, the CLA-Class will likely receive minimal updates for 2018. The automaker’s most affordable model is powered by a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. The AMG CLA45 packs a very potent 375-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and AWD standard. The front-drive-based CLA comes standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and a suite of driver assist features. Adaptive cruise control and a parking assist feature are available.

Also Consider: BMW 2 Series, Acura ILX, Audi A3.

Sum Up: A stylish, sporty, and small alternative to the C-Class.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Base Engine 2.0L/208-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 2.0L/375-hp/350-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-24/30-37 mpg
0-60 mph 4.2-6.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Base Price: $68,500-$110,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The CLS-Class should remain unchanged, ready for the next generation based on the new E-Class. The base CLS400 will get a new twin-turbo inline-six in in mid-2018, and a 577-hp twin-turbo V-8 powers the AMG CLS63 S. The four-seater started the sloped-roof craze and lends its design to the smaller coupelike CLA-Class. Notable features include Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio and AMG carbon-ceramic brakes for the CLS63.

Also Consider: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A7, Jaguar XJ.

Sum Up: The stylish CLS is ready for an overhaul.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Base Engine 3.0L/329-hp/354-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6 (2017 model)
Opt engine 4.7L/402-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/577-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A, 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-20/22-29 mpg
0-60 mph 3.4-5.1 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 39%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Base Price: $53,500-$82,000*

Body Type: Sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon

Major: Mercedes expanded the E-Class lineup with a new coupe and cabriolet model and has also added new advanced safety features. The AMG E63 S will be powered by a new 603-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Pairing the standard 12.3 high-resolution infotainment screen with the available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster creates an impressive-looking single display.

Also Consider: BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF.

Sum Up: The middle child is as impressive as ever.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/329-396-hp/354-384-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 4.0L/603-hp/627-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-22/24-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.3-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Base Price: $88,000-$250,000*

Body Type: Sedan, coupe, convertible

Major: The S-Class receives redesigned front and rear fascia, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and an updated infotainment system. A new S450 entry-level model is powered by a 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 replaces the outgoing 5.5 liter and sees duty in S560 and Maybach S560 models. (The 12-cylinder Maybach is now called the S650.) A host of advanced driver safety features and three interior upholstery choices are new.

Also Consider: BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera.

Sum Up: An extensive premium lineup that most can’t match.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Base Engine 3.0L/362-hp/369-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt engine 4.0L/463-603-hp/516-664-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 6.0L/523-621-hp/612-738-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7A, 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-19/22-27 mpg
0-60 mph 3.8-5.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 35%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Base Price: $88,000-$222,500*

Body Type: Convertible

Unchanged: The SL-Class will likely receive small updates after a refresh last year. The two-seater has a range of potent engines, ranging from the standard 362-hp twin-turbo V-6 to the AMG SL65’s 621-hp twin-turbo V-12. The SL’s standard features include a Harman Kardon audio system, heated 16-way power seats, and a host of advanced safety features. The available Active Body Control helps to suppress body roll and lateral forces.

Also Consider: Jaguar F-Type, BMW 6 Series, Porsche 911.

Sum Up: A grand touring roadster that many try to replicate.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Base Engine 3.0L/362-hp/369-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt engine 4.7L/449-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/577-hp/664-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 6.0L/621-hp/738-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 7A, 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-20/22-28 mpg
0-60 mph 3.9-4.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 37%
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

Base Price: $49,000-$61,000*

Body Type: Convertible

Unchanged: Mercedes-Benz’s hardtop roadster comes in two models, the standard SLC300 with a 241-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and the AMG SLC45 equipped with a 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. With the roadster’s refresh last year, we expect minimal changes. The SLC-Class comes standard with a 7.0-inch infotainment display screen, sport exhaust system, and torque-vectoring braking. Adaptive dampers with a cornering assist feature are available.

Also Consider: Audi TT, Porsche 718 Boxster.

Sum Up: A small, sporty, and quick alternative to the expensive SL roadster.

Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
Base Engine 2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.0L/362-hp/384-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 9A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-25/29-32 mpg
0-60 mph 4.5-5.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 45%
* Estimated

 

Mini Clubman

Base Price: $25,650-$36,750  

Body Type: Wagon

Minor: The entire Mini Clubman range gets a rearview camera and rear parking sensors as standard, along with a redesigned fuel gauge, turn signal, and wiper stalks. Apple CarPlay compatibility is now part of the optional Technology package. A new Attentive Assistant feature now comes on Clubman models equipped with the latest version of the iDrive infotainment system featuring a touchscreen.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, Kia Soul.

Sum Up: A small, quirky wagon for those who want to stand out.

Mini Clubman
Base Engine 1.5L/134-hp/162-lb-ft turbo I-3
Opt engine 2.0L/189-228-hp/207-258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-25/30-34 mpg
0-60 mph 6.4-8.3 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 46%

Mini Hardtop/Convertible

Base Price: $22,450-$37,450

Body Type: Hatchback, convertible

Unchanged: Like the larger Clubman, all models in the Mini Hardtop and Convertible lineup now come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Mini also redesigned the fuel gauge, windshield wiper stalk, and turn signal stalk on the 2018 Hardtop and Convertible. A refreshed Hardtop and Convertible should arrive for the 2019 model year, likely with updated powertrain options that could include a more powerful Cooper S variant.

Also Consider: Fiat 500, Volkswagen Golf.

Sum Up: Not so Mini in size.

Mini Hardtop/Convertible
Base Engine 1.5L/134-hp/162-lb-ft turbo I-3
Opt Engine 2.0L/189-228-hp/207-236-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-28/32-38 mpg
0-60 mph 6.0-7.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
* Estimated

Base Price: $19,000-$23,000

Body Type: Sedan

Discontinued:  In August, Mitsubishi ended production of the Lancer, a nameplate that dates back to the ’70s. Replacing the Mirage from the ’90s, the Lancer made its debut in the U.S. in 2001 as an affordable compact sedan. Soon after, the rally-bred Evolution reached the U.S., impressing many with its on- and off-road performance. The current generation is outdated but is known for the already discontinued Ralliart and Evolution MR models.

Also Consider: Kia Forte, Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra.

Sum Up: A lasting Japanese compact famous for its outrageous Evolution model.

Mitsubishi Lancer
Base Engine 2.0L/148-hp/145-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/168-hp/167-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 5M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-27/30-34 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-8.3 sec
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%

Mitsubishi Mirage

Base Price: $14,000-$18,000*

Body Type: Hatchback, sedan

Unchanged: One of the most affordable models on the market delivers up to 39 mpg combined and comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The G4 sedan sibling was introduced last year, expanding the Mirage’s lineup. The Mirage offers optional Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 300-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system. The Mirage hatch offers a healthy 47 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats down.

Also Consider: Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, Kia Rio.

Sum Up: Very efficient with loads of value.

Mitsubishi Mirage
Base Engine 1.2L/78-hp/74-lb-ft I-3
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 33-37/40-43 mpg
0-60 mph 11.0-12.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 31%
* Estimated

Nissan 370Z

Base Price: $31,500-$49,500*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Minor: After 10 years on the market, the biggest news for the Nissan 370Z is a new Heritage Edition to celebrate 50 years of the “Z.” The 370Z Heritage Edition is offered in Chicane Yellow with black exterior trim or Magnetic Black with silver exterior trim—all come with yellow interior details. All 2018 models get revised headlights and taillights, a new rear fascia, smoked chrome door handles, and a new clutch for manual cars.

Also Consider: Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ.

Sum Up: Ready for a replacement.

Nissan 370Z
Base Engine 3.7L/332-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Opt engine 3.7L/350-hp/276-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M, 7A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/24-26 mpg
0-60 mph 4.7-5.2 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 45%

Nissan Altima

Base Price: $24,000-$34,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: After a 2016 refresh that brought more aggressive looks and a sporty SR model, the 2018 Nissan Altima now adds standard automatic emergency braking. Nissan says that more updates could be announced later, but no details are available as of yet. Power for the Altima comes from a 179-horsepower four-cylinder or a 270-horsepower V-6. Both engines are mated to a CVT, which sends power to the front wheels.

Also Consider: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda6.

Sum Up: The V-6 Altima is nearly as quick as the more expensive and powerful Maxima.

Nissan Altima
Base Engine 2.5L/179-hp/177-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/270-hp/250-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-27/32-39 mpg
0-60 mph 5.9-7.8 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%

Nissan GT-R

Base Price: $112,000-$177,000*

Body Type: Coupe

Minor: Although no updates have been revealed about the 2018 GT-R, we expect Nissan to continue its tradition of giving its flagship supercar yearly refinements. Three trims are available, including the 565-horsepower Premium and Track models and the top-spec 600-hp NISMO. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 is backed by a rear-mounted six-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

Also Consider: Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type.

Sum Up: Seeking perfection through incremental improvements.

Nissan GT-R
Base Engine 3.8L/565-hp/467-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Opt Engine 3.8L/600-hp/481-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/22 mpg
0-60 mph 2.7-2.9 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Nissan Leaf

Base Price: $34,000-$38,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Major: After seven years on the market, the Nissan Leaf will finally get redesigned from the ground up. Expect the IDS concept to preview its styling direction. The next Leaf will feature more than a 200-mile range, thanks to new battery technology also seen in the Renault Zoe concept. That will make the next-gen Leaf competitive with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3. The hatchback body style, pictured here in camouflage form, will return.

Also Consider: Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq.

Sum Up: New model should be on par with newer competitors.

Nissan Leaf
Base Motor 120-hp/240-lb-ft electric*
Opt Motor None
Drivetrain Front-motor, FWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 200 miles*
0-60 mph 8.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 19%
* Estimated

Nissan Maxima

Base Price: $34,000-$41,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: With Nissan’s flagship four-door sports car completely revamped in 2016, we don’t expect major changes for the 2018 Maxima. Last year, the automaker added Apple CarPlay to the infotainment roster. The top-spec Platinum model satisfies the luxury crowd, and the SR and blacked-out SR Midnight Edition focus on the sportier end of the spectrum with sportier suspension tuning.

Also Consider: Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger.

Sum Up: Nissan’s big sedan tries to keep its sporty edge.

Nissan Maxima
Base Engine 3.5L/300-hp/261-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/30 mpg
0-60 mph 5.7 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%

Nissan Sentra

Base Price: $18,000-$26,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: Automatic emergency braking becomes standard on all Sentra models equipped with the CVT. Expect other minor changes and package revisions. Last year, the Sentra NISMO model arrived with a 188-hp turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual or CVT. In our testing the NISMO was more than 2.5 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the base engine. Nissan added its signature V-Motion grille during a 2016 refresh.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla.

Sum Up: NISMO brings zip to Nissan’s compact car.

Nissan Sentra
Base Engine 1.8L/124-hp/125-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/188-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-29/30-37 mpg
0-60 mph 7.3-10.0 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%

Nissan Versa

Base Price: $13,000-$20,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Major: Although Nissan hasn’t released details for its subcompact sedan and hatchback, rumors predict an all-new Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback for 2018. Despite its subcompact exterior dimensions, the Nissan Versa offers near midsize interior space. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the base sedan, and all other models feature a CVT. Nissan is expected to reveal official info closer to the 2018 model year (the 2017 sedan is shown here).

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio.

Sum Up: One of the least expensive cars in its class and one of the largest interiors.

Nissan Versa
Base Engine 1.6L/109-hp/107-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; CVT*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 26-31/35-39 mpg*
0-60 mph 9.8-10.3 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman

Base Price: $56,500-$85,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The 718 Boxster and Cayman were the first models to feature the automaker’s newest turbocharged four-cylinder engines, which make both cars more potent than their predecessors. Porsche will likely revive the Boxster Spyder and the Cayman GT4 with a naturally aspirated flat-six, possibly a detuned version of the 4.0-liter unit found in the recently refreshed 911 GT3, and it might be paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

Also Consider: Alfa Romeo 4C, Chevrolet Camaro, Audi TT RS.

Sum Up: Still as potent as a Porsche sports car should be.

Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
Base Engine 2.0L/300-hp/280-lb-ft turbo flat-4
Opt Engine 2.5L/350-hp/309-lb-ft turbo flat-4; 4.0-liter/400-hp/320-lb-ft flat-6*
Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/24-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 3.4-4.8 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 53%
* Estimated

Porsche 911

Base Price: $92,150-$250,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Major: The refreshed GTS and GT3 and the new GT2 RS join the 911 range. The GTS has a 450-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six and a sportier suspension, and the GT3 has a six-speed manual option, a 500-hp 4.0-liter flat-six, a track-tuned suspension, rear-wheel steering, and an aero kit with a carbon-fiber wing. The GT2 RS should have well north of 640 horsepower from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six and also gets the GT3’s suspension and aero kit.

Also Consider: Acura NSX, Mercedes-AMG GT, and McLaren 570S.

Sum Up: The seminal 911 keeps improving.

Porsche 911
Base Engine 3.0L/370-hp/331-lb-ft twin-turbo flat-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/420-450-hp/368-405-lb-ft twin-turbo flat-6; 3.8L/540-680-hp/523-570-lb-ft twin-turbo flat-6*; 4.0-liter/500-hp/339-lb-ft flat-6
Drivetrain Rear-engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 7M; 7-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-22/18-30 mpg*
0-60 mph 2.5-3.9 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 52%
* Estimated

Porsche Panamera

Base Price: $86,050-$195,850

Body Type: Hatchback, wagon

Major: The Panamera receives a second variant, the Sport Turismo, a wagon that will be available with gas and plug-in hybrid powertrains. A second hybrid variant, called the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, joins the lineup and pairs the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 to an electric motor for a total output of 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Panamera on sale; however, it’s not available in the Sport Turismo body style. Also Consider Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Audi A7.

Sum Up: Blistering speed without sacrificing practicality.

Porsche Panamera
Base Engine 3.0L/330-hp/331-lb-ft turbo V-6
Opt Engine 2.9L/440-hp/405-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 4.0L/550-hp/567-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 2.9L twin-turbo V-6 + elec, 462 hp/516 lb-ft; 4.0L twin-turbo V-8+ elec, 680 hp/626 lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine RWD/AWD
Transmission 8-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-21/25-28 mpg; EV Range: 20 miles*
0-60 mph 3.2-5.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Base Price: $318,000-$346,000*

Body Type: Coupe, convertible

Unchanged: The Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible both use Rolls-Royce’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 but in different power outputs. The Wraith Black Badge’s claimed 0–60 time of 4.3 seconds makes it the quickest Rolls-Royce. With the discontinuation of the Phantom coupe and Drophead, the Wraith and Dawn are the only coupe and convertible offered by the automaker. Expect new special editions. Also Consider Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-AMG SL65, Aston Martin DB11.

Sum Up: Rolls-Royce’s appeal to younger billionaires.

Rolls-Royce Dawn/Wraith
Base Engine 6.6L/563-624-hp/590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Opt Engine 6.6L/624-hp/642-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/19 mpg
0-60 mph 4.1-4.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Rolls-Royce Ghost

Base Price: $301,000-$334,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 propels the Ghost to 60 mph in a Motor Trend–tested 4.4 seconds. The Black Badge edition increases engine output to 603 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the extended wheelbase, and receive 6-plus inches of additional rear-seat legroom. Customizable with an almost endless selection of color schemes, veneer styles, and monograms.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Maybach S650, BMW M760i xDrive, Bentley Flying Spur.

Sum Up: The “entry-level” Rolls-Royce is as prestigious as ever.

Rolls-Royce Ghost
Base Engine 6.6L/563-hp/605-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Opt Engine 6.6L/603-hp/620-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/19 mpg
0-60 mph 4.4 sec
Basic Warranty 4 years/unlimited miles

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Base Price: $425,000-$500,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Major: The Phantom receives a rare redesign and is now underpinned by a lighter aluminum-intensive architecture. It packs the automaker’s most powerful version of the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 mated to an eight-speed auto with more usable interior space and a fully modernized electronics suite. The coupe and Drophead Coupe models have been discontinued.

Also Consider: Bentley Mulsanne, Mercedes-Maybach S650, BMW M760i xDrive.

Sum Up: A long-awaited overhaul of one of the world’s most prestigious automobiles.

Rolls-Royce Phantom
Base Engine 6.6L/624-hp/642-lb-ft twin-turbo V-12*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 11/19 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.8-5.4 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/unlimited miles
* Estimated

Smart Fortwo

Base Price: $15,500-$28,500*

Body Type: Hatch, convertible

Major: The tiny two-seater gains an electric variant in both coupe and convertible body styles. The Electric Drive packs an 80-hp electric motor and has a manufacturer-claimed driving range of 70–80 miles. A full charge takes about three hours using a Level 2 charger. Smart might drop the gas engine, making it an EV only. The Fortwo is available with ambient lighting, a panorama sunroof, a JBL audio system, and a Brabus sport package.

Also Consider: Fiat 500, Mitsubishi Mirage, Mini Hardtop.

Sum Up: A pint-sized two-door made for an urban environment.

Smart Fortwo
Base Engine 0.9L/89-hp/100-lb-ft turbo I-3*
Opt Engine 80-hp/118-lb-ft electric*
Drivetrain Rear-engine, RWD
Transmission 5M; 1A; 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 31-33/38-39 mpg*; EV Range: Not Yet Rated
0-60 mph 10.1-11.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 29%
* Estimated

Subaru BRZ

Base Price: $26,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Minor: Last year the BRZ received a midcycle refresh, which added slightly more power to cars equipped with the manual, an updated suspension, a new Performance package option, and the Series.Yellow special edition. For 2018, the BRZ tS joins the lineup and comes with Brembo brakes, an adjustable rear wing, Sachs dampers, Bilstein shocks, a more aggressive suspension setup, black leather and Alcantara seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Also Consider: Toyota 86, Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Sum Up: Balanced handling remains the Subaru BRZ’s biggest strength.

Subaru BRZ
Base Engine 2.0L/200-205-hp/151-156-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-24/29-33 mpg
0-60 mph 6.3-7.7 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 47%

Subaru Impreza

Base Price: $19,500*-$36,955

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: The Impreza was redesigned last year and was the first vehicle to ride on Subaru’s new global platform. The WRX gets refreshed with minor exterior tweaks, an optional Performance package for the Premium trim, optional full LED headlights, and an updated EyeSight safety suite. The WRX STI gets a Type RA model with 19-inch BBS alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, a more aggressive suspension, and an uprated 2.5-liter turbo-four.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf.

Sum Up: Practicality and all-weather traction for the most sensible drivers.

Subaru Impreza
Base Engine 2.0L/152-hp/145-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/268-hp/258-lb-ft turbo flat-4; 2.5L/305-310-hp/290-lb-ft turbo flat-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-28/22-38 mpg
0-60 mph 4.6-9.2 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 54%

Base Price: $23,055-$32,805

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: The 2018 Subaru Legacy receives a minor exterior styling refresh, which includes a revised lower grille, reshaped headlights, more sound-deadening material, and a wider grille. Newly available features include adaptive full LED headlights, LED foglights, and an updated version of the Starlink multimedia interface, which now has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Subaru also revised the steering, brakes, and dampers.

Also Consider: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata.

Sum Up: A midsize sedan for all seasons.

Subaru Legacy
Base Engine 2.5L/175-hp/174-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/256-hp/247-lb-ft flat-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, AWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-25/28-34 mpg
0-60 mph 7.0-9.2 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%

Tesla Model 3

Base Price: $35,000*

Body Type: Sedan

All-New: Although specs on the much-hyped upcoming Tesla Model 3 sedan are not yet official, a chart on the automaker’s website promises a range of more than 215 miles and a 0–60 time of 5.6 seconds. The Model 3, which is smaller than the Model S, will feature a conventional trunk (and frunk) and will offer seating for five. It will also feature one large center-mounted display for vehicle info and infotainment/navigation.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3

Sum Up: The affordable Tesla is scheduled for a late 2017/early 2018 arrival—if you’re on the wait list.

Tesla Model 3
Base Motor 235-hp electric*
Opt Motor 325-hp dual electric*
Drivetrain RWD/AWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 200 miles*
0-60 mph 5.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
* Estimated

Tesla Model S

Base Price: $71,000-$142,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: Instead of following the conventional model year formula, Tesla model years denote the actual production year. Tesla also rolls out updates periodically during the year, so we expect more model and pricing revisions as well as more software updates to the drivetrain and active safety/autopilot tech. Tesla recently consolidated the model offerings to the rear-drive 75 and all-wheel-drive 75D, 100D, and P100D to simplify the lineup.

Also Consider: Karma Revero, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Clarity.

Sum Up: One of the quickest and greenest cars we’ve tested.

Tesla Model S
Base Motor 315-hp/325-lb-ft electric*
Opt Motor 329-hp/387-lb-ft dual electric; 417-hp/485-lb-ft dual electric; 463-532-hp dual electric
Drivetrain RWD/AWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 249-335 miles
0-60 mph 2.3-5.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 34%
* Estimated

Toyota 86

Base Price: $27,500*

Body Type: Coupe

Minor: The 2017 86 received a number of small changes, among them a mild power bump with the standard manual transmission, some minor exterior styling changes, and a revised suspension. For 2018, the 86 could receive a higher trim level with additional standard features similar to the 860 Special Edition, which comes with heated front seats, keyless entry/start, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, a spoiler, and LED foglights.

Also Consider: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ, Fiat 124 Spider.

Sum Up: Affordable, fun, and a true driver’s car.

Toyota 86
Base Engine 2.0L/200-205-hp/151-156-lb-ft flat-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 6M; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-24/28-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.3-7.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 47%
* Estimated

Toyota Camry

Base Price: $24,380-$33,135  

Body Type: Sedan

Major: Styled with a more distinctive exterior, the Camry is the third vehicle to move to Toyota’s new TNGA platform, and it will come with a range of new powertrains, including an updated hybrid system with more power and better fuel economy. Toyota says the newest iteration will be sportier and more engaging to drive, and it will feature the newest iteration of its Entune multimedia interface and Toyota Safety Sense-P.

Also Consider: Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu.

Sum Up: One more attempt to shed its vanilla image.

Toyota Camry
Base Engine 2.5L/203-206-hp/184-186-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/301-hp/267-lb-ft V-6*; 2.5L I-4 + elec, 208 hp
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 8A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-51/32-53 mpg
0-60 mph 5.5-8.2 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Intellichoice 5-Year Retained Value 48%
* Estimated

Toyota Avalon

Base Price: $34,385-$43,685

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The Avalon is getting on in years, but it will carry over unchanged. Last year, the Toyota Safety Sense-P suite of active safety features became standard across the entire Avalon range. In the near future, a new generation could arrive riding on Toyota’s new TNGA platform; power should come from an updated V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic or a revised hybrid powertrain with more power and better fuel economy.

Also Consider: Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza, Nissan Maxima.

Sum Up: Soldiering on in a shrinking segment.

Toyota Avalon
Base Engine 3.5L/268-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.5L I-4 + elec, 200 hp/156 lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-40/30-39 mpg
0-60 mph 6.2-7.4 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%

Toyota Corolla/iM

Base Price: $19,500-$24,000*

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: The Corolla sedan gets a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel in the SE and XLE grades. All models now come with illuminated sunvisors for the driver and front passenger. The more practical Corolla iM hatchback (née Scion iM) carries over unchanged and will remain as a single-spec model with a generous standard equipment list, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Toyota Safety Sense-C, and a 4.2-inch multi-information display.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda3.

Sum Up: Safe and reliable but lacks soul and personality.

Toyota Corolla/iM
Base Engine 1.8L/132-140-hp/126-128-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 27-30/35-40 mpg
0-60 mph 9.2-9.8 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%

Toyota Mirai

Base Price: $58,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The Mirai, currently only available in California, should carry over unchanged. Available as a single loaded model, the Mirai is one of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to go into mass production and is able to travel up to 312 miles on a single tank. It comes with plenty of standard features, but the Mirai will likely get additional tech goodies, such as an updated version of Toyota’s Entune system.

Also Consider: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Chevrolet Bolt EV, BMW 330e iPerformance.

Sum Up: Cutting-edge tech meets Dark Lord exterior styling.

Toyota Mirai
Base Motor 151-hp/247-lb-ft electric
Opt Motor None
Drivetrain Front-motor, FWD
Transmission 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 312 miles
0-60 mph 8.6 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles

Toyota Prius

Base Price: $24,500-$28,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Unchanged: Last year, the Prius Prime joined the Prius range as the new plug-in hybrid variant for the world’s most recognizable hybrid vehicle. It’s able to travel up to 25 miles before the gas engine turns on. A new base trim called the Prius One, which lowered the Prius’ base price to compete with new competitors, was also added last year. We don’t expect updates except the possible addition of new colors and packaging.

Also Consider: Hyundai Ioniq, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Clarity Plug-In.

Sum Up: Fuel efficiency with a touch of fun handling.

Toyota Prius
Base Engine 1.8L I-4 + elec, 121 hp
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 54-58/50-53 mpg; EV Range: 25 miles
0-60 mph 9.7-10.1 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%

Toyota Prius C

Base Price: $21,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

Minor: The Toyota Prius C returns with mild exterior design changes for the 2018 model year. This includes slightly revised exterior styling, two new exterior colors, and a new 15-inch wheel design. The 99-horsepower hybrid powertrain remains the only option on the Prius C, and all trims now have a standard rearview camera. Although the Prius C is smaller and more affordable than the standard Prius, the latter car is quicker and offers significantly better fuel economy.

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Hyundai Ioniq.

Sum Up: Small and city friendly but now with cheap hybrid competition from Hyundai.

Toyota Prius C
Base Engine 1.5L I-4 + elec, 99 hp
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 48/43 mpg
0-60 mph 10.6 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 42%

Toyota Prius V

Base Price: $27,500*

Body Type: Wagon

Unchanged: With the arrival of hybrid crossovers, expect the Prius V to only live on for another year or two. For the 2018 model year, there aren’t any changes expected on the Prius V, meaning it’ll most likely carry over unchanged. However, there might be a limited-production special edition to help improve the car’s sales, and it could feature unique exterior styling treatments to set it apart from other Prius V trims.

Also Consider: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Kia Niro, Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

Sum Up: A Prius wagon for families who don’t want to conform to automotive trends.

Toyota Prius V
Base Engine 1.8L I-4 + elec, 134 hp
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 43/39 mpg
0-60 mph 10.1 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%

Toyota Sienna

Base Price: $31,000-$45,500*

Body Type: Minivan

Minor: The Sienna receives an updated front fascia with a larger lower grille, three new exterior colors, and the latest version of the Entune multimedia system. Upper trim levels of the Sienna also get an updated JBL premium audio system with Clari-Fi music restoration tech, a 360-degree camera system, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and five USB ports. All models get Safety Sense-P as standard.

Also Consider: Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Pacifica.

Sum Up: A freshened look to go with the added power.

Toyota Sienna
Base Engine 3.5L/296-hp/263-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
Seats/Cargo 7-8; 150.0 cu. ft.
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-19/24-27 mpg
0-60 mph 7.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
* Estimated

Toyota Supra

Base Price: $65,000*

Body Type: Coupe

All-New: The other sports car in the BMW-Toyota partnership will be the new Supra. Toyota’s legendary coupe will return with the help of BMW and will likely sport a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder from Toyota’s new family of engines. A hybrid might also be in the cards and might be the same unit found in a new LC 500h and LS 500h. The fifth-gen Supra will be produced alongside the upcoming BMW Z5 roadster in Austria.

Also Consider: Porsche 718 Cayman, Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette.

Sum Up: An icon reborn with a little help from Germany.

Toyota Supra
Base Engine 3.5L/480-hp/450-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6*
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + elec, 354 hp*
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Transmission 10A; 4A + CVT*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/25 mpg*
0-60 mph 4.3 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Toyota Yaris/iA

Base Price: $16,520-$19,945   

Body Type: Sedan, hatchback

Minor: The Yaris hatchback gets the most updates, with the L and LE grades getting an updated Entune infotainment system with 6.1-inch touchscreen. The SE grade gets a 7.0-inch unit and navigation as standard. The Mazda2-based Yaris iA sedan will likely carryover unchanged; it already comes with a long list of standard equipment, including low-speed automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, keyless entry/start, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.

Also Consider: Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta.

Sum Up: Efficient transportation gets safer and a little less bare bones.

Toyota Yaris/iA
Base Engine 1.5L/106-hp/103-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; 4A; 6A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 30-32/35-40 mpg
0-60 mph 8.9-10.9 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 4-5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%

Volkswagen Arteon

Base Price: $35,000-$38,000*

Body Type: Hatchback

All-New: The 2019 Arteon is an all-new model that fills the role of the CC in the VW lineup, though it’s not a true replacement. Unlike the tweener CC, the Arteon will sit squarely alongside the Passat in the midsize segment but above it as a more premium model. The Arteon will feature more active safety and driver-assist tech as well as a more luxurious interior with more soft-touch bits and leather. It will be offered in Elegance and sporty R-Line trims.

Also Consider: Infiniti Q50, Buick Regal Sportback, Genesis G70.

Sum Up: Don’t call it a CC replacement.

Volkswagen Arteon
Base Engine 2.0L/276-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22/30 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
* Estimated

Volkswagen Beetle

Base Price: $21,500-$30,500*

Body Type: Hatchback, convertible

Major: A new 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter turbo I-4. The S model gains an optional Style & Comfort package with auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and keyless entry. A new Coast special model adds the above features plus blind-spot monitor and rear traffic alert, Heritage wheels, plaid seats, available Deep Sea Teal paint, and more. The SE model gains automatic climate control, a sunroof, and available Premium package.

Also Consider: Fiat 500, Mini Hardtop, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Veloster.

Sum Up: A subtle refresh and more power for an iconic model.

Volkswagen Beetle
Base Engine 2.0L/174-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/210-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6M; 6A; 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-24/29-33 mpg*
0-60 mph 6.3-8.0 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 44%
* Estimated

Volkswagen Golf

Base Price: $21,500-$37,000*

Body Type: Hatchback, wagon

Minor: The 2018 Golf is refreshed with revised trims, new LED exterior lighting, exterior styling and wheel designs, and an available infotainment center with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive has always been standard on the Alltrack, but it is now optional on the Golf SportWagen. All GTI models gain 10 hp. The Golf R gains a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (a six-speed manual is still available). Other new content includes more active safety tech.

Also Consider: Honda Civic, Mazda3, Ford Focus.

Sum Up: A people’s car for all kinds of people.

Volkswagen Golf
Base Engine 1.8L/170-hp/184-199-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/210-220-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4;2.0L/292-hp/280-lb-ft turbo I-4; 134-hp/214-lb-ft electric
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; 6A. 6-sp twin-cl auto; 7-sp twin-cl auto; 1A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-25/30-36 mpg*; EV Range: 125 miles
0-60 mph 4.5-9.1 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
* Estimated

Base Price: $19,500-$29,500*

Body Type: Sedan

Unchanged: The biggest news is a Wolfsburg trim, which adds a GLI bumper, heated leatherette seats, a leather shift knob and handbrake, 16-inch alloy wheels, and more to the base S model. S, SE, and SEL trims gain a chrome grille and revised wheels. The Jetta Sport adds black interior and exterior details, a rear spoiler, a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, and 17-inch wheels. The SEL adds a rear spoiler and Fender Premium Audio system.

Also Consider: Mazda3, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze.

Sum Up: A compact sedan complements the Golf hatch and wagon.

Volkswagen Jetta
Base Engine 1.4L/150-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 1.8L/170-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/210-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 5M; 6M; 6A; 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-28/33-40 mpg
0-60 mph 6.3-8.4 sec
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%

Base Price: $24,000-$35,000*

Body Type: Sedan

Minor: Volkswagen’s new 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter turbo I-4 while the available 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over. A new Passat GT model (only available with the V-6) features 19-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, and a dual exhaust with unique tuning. Other GT bits include R-Line bumper and grille, red accent line and brake calipers, spoiler, and black interior and exterior accents. Other trims get minor package revisions.

Also Consider: Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry.

Sum Up: Volkswagen’s midsize sedan offers near full-size interior space.

Volkswagen Passat
Base Engine 2.0L/174-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 3.6L/280-hp/258-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD
Transmission 6A; 6-sp twin-cl auto
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/28-34 mpg*
0-60 mph 5.7-7.7 sec*
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 43%
* Estimated

Base Price: $35,000-$62,500*

Body Type: Sedan, wagon

Unchanged: A 240-hp turbo-four is the standard engine for the S60 sedan and V60 wagon. The lineup comes with City Safety, an automatic emergency braking feature, and Volvo On Call standard. Available features include adaptive cruise control and Sensus apps and navigation. Both the S60 and V60 have Cross Country variants with 7.9 inches of ground clearance and AWD. Expect to see a redesign by the end of 2018, built on Volvo’s new global platform.

Also Consider: Lexus IS, Audi A4, Jaguar XE.

Sum Up: Swedish safety with some fun flair.

Volvo S60/V60
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/302-hp/295-lb-ft s’chg’d and turbo I-4; 2.0L/362-hp/347-lb-ft s’chg’d and turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-25/27-36 mpg
0-60 mph 4.4-6.6 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars; IIHS: TSP+
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 39%
* Estimated

Volvo S90/V90  

Base Price: $49,095-$64,645

Body Type: Sedan, wagon

Minor: For 2018, all S90s are a Chinese-made long-wheelbase version. The S90 and V90 come standard with a 250-hp turbo-four. The V90 Cross Country comes with a 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged I-4, AWD, and 8.3 inches of ground clearance. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, and a 9.0-inch touchscreen. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera system, and automatic parking are available.

Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF.

Sum Up: A slice of Scandinavian luxury.

Volvo S90/V90
Base Engine 2.0L/250-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/316-hp/295-lb-ft s’chg’d and turbo I-4; 2.0L s’chg’d and turbo I-4 + elec, 400 hp/472 lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-engine, FWD/AWD
Transmission 8A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-25/30-34 mpg*; EPA Range: 28 miles
0-60 mph 5.0-6.5 sec*
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety IIHS: TSP
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 40%
* Estimated
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