Best Cars For 2018

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Automotive Editor

Brandon Turkus is CarsDirect.com’s Automotive Content Manager. He’s responsible for editing content that appears on these pages, and also represents CarsDirect’s sister sites The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Internet Brands, Brandon served as a contributor for enthusiast sites Autoblog and Motor1, covering automotive news and reviewing the industry’s newest models.


, Automotive Editor - March 21, 2018

Don't let the headlines fool you, today's sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks remains popular options even as crossovers proliferate. To maintain their appeal, automakers are adding content, power, and safety equipment.

Our choices for the best cars of 2018 finds some common themes – active safety equipment, style, and driving pleasure all play big roles.

Here are our picks for 2018.

Best Compact Car: Honda Civic
2018 Honda Civic

Why it's a top pick: Fuel economy, technology, safety, fun, style, and a reasonable price. The 2018 Honda Civic has it all, and it comes with a choice of three body styles – coupe, sedan, and hatchback – along with a pair of high-performance variants. If you have a pulse, Honda probably builds a Civic that’s right for you. The Civic is a very easy car to live with – its technology is smart and intuitive, while the driving experience feels both more premium and more substantial than any other vehicle in this class.

Worth knowing: Honda Sensing, the automaker’s advanced active safety suite, is available for a mere $1,000 on nearly every Civic trim, provided it has an automatic transmission.

Honorable Mentions: Mazda Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra

Best Mid-Size Car: Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord

Why it's a top pick: See everything we said about the Civic? It’s true of the Accord, a freshly redesigned take on Honda’s perennially excellent mid-size sedan. But the Accord's trim levels are better situated. There's an affordable sporty variant, a cost-effective middle child, and more premium offerings. Standard models feature one of two turbocharged engines, both of which are refined, powerful, and efficient. In terms of equipment, not only is a continuously variable transmission standard on most trims, but on the mid-level EX and above, the excellent Honda Sensing suite comes standard.

Worth knowing: The 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that replaced the Accord’s old V6 is closely related to the engine in the track-focused Civic Type R. While this version has better manners, it’s still a solid blend of performance and efficiency for drivers that need both.

Honorable Mentions: Mazda Mazda6, Toyota Camry

Best Full-Size Car: Kia Cadenza
2018 Kia Cadenza

Why it's a top pick: Refined styling has become a Kia hallmark, and the 2018 Cadenza is no different, boasting a clean, fashionable look that stands out in traffic. Affordably priced, this full-sizer makes a strong argument as a near-premium model from a mainstream brand. This is especially true of the range-topping trim, which starts around $45,000 but doesn't require a single optional extra – everything is standard, from the 19-inch wheels to the quilted leather upholstery.

Worth knowing: Kia continues to offer one of the most competitive warranties in the business, offering 10 years or 100,000 miles of protection for the powertrain and five years or 60,000 miles from bumper to bumper.

Honorable Mentions: Chevrolet Impala, Nissan Maxima

, Automotive Editor

Brandon Turkus is CarsDirect.com’s Automotive Content Manager. He’s responsible for editing content that appears on these pages, and also represents CarsDirect’s sister sites The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Internet Brands, Brandon served as a contributor for enthusiast sites Autoblog and Motor1, covering automotive news and reviewing the industry’s newest models.