All-New 2018 Cars and SUVs
The Top 7 You Need To See
[My Favorite Is #3]
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
It’s an exciting time of year to be in the car business. Why? Because the 2018 cars and SUVs are slowly hitting the market. It’s like the launch of the new iPhone for us.
Although you probably won’t find anyone waiting in droves at dealership doors – namely because 2018 cars and SUVs have been trickling in since the start of 2017 – we are pretty excited about this new class of 2018 cars and SUVs hitting the market and dealer lots.
If you have not started seeing them already, here is a preview of what you can expect to see on the roads near you soon – and they are all-new.
The Top 7 All-New 2018 Cars and SUVs
2018 Kia Stinger
This is not the mid-market sport sedan you’ve seen before. The base engine option for the Stinger here in the U.S. is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower, but the Stinger GT is powered by a 3.3-liter, 365-horsepower turbocharged V6.
The Stinger is the posterchild for Kia’s GT Concept Car, or its commitment to style and sleekness. And boy did it hit the mark.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
“SUV reimagined.” We’ve heard that before, but really, the Stelvio delivers. Carjojo has been reporting on the evolving class that has become the CUV and SUV throughout the year, but Ala Romeo has carved out a major niche in the market with the 2018 Stelvio.
Every Stelvio comes with all-wheel drive, and although larger in size, especially for a crossover, it has not lost any of the nimbleness of truly being a compact vehicle.
It is a head turner, for sure. Even sitting still it looks fast.
2018 Lexus LC 500
The definition of luxury coupe, literally. And with a starting price of $92,000, it is every bit of luxury.
Breaking the rules and every trend – we see a lot of crossovers coming out of previous makes and models, or hydro or turbo options – the LC 500 is a classic, upscale car.
It also comes standard with a V8 engine and only two doors, so be prepared to leave your kids at home and to have your socks knocked off.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
VW has had a rough go of it this year with the ruling this spring to pay billions in criminal fees stemming from its falsification of emissions – but the Atlas actually debuted before all of that, at the end of 2016 in LA. The Atlas went on sale in the U.S. in May as a 2018 model and we have all been rubbernecking ever since.
The Atlas is a full-size sport utility vehicle and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $30,500.
2018 Toyota C-HR
Another new crossover not made to disappoint. The C-HR is priced competitively under $25,000 and while it is not going to break any records, it is a modern – and curvy – spin on the standard crossover.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Reveled as the eclipse you can stare at, the Eclipse Cross is the trending car of the year. Not only does it come turbocharged, its price tag keeps it highly competitive in its class – with an MSRP of $21,000.
It might not be the shooting star you were expecting, but it will leave you wishing for one. It is fortunately not much like the traditional Mitsubishi Eclipse that it shares its name with, although it does have the same wedge-shape, it is very much every definition of a crossover.
2018 Tesla Model 3
Finally, everyone said, the affordable Tesla model, everyone said. And speaking of the iPhone release, the Model 3 hype was the auto equivalent.
It is the electric vehicle for the Everyman, and Tesla has stood by its commitment to keep it under $35,000 – $36,200 base price plus a $1,200 destination charge – while the Long Range version starts at $45,200 and does exactly that, it goes longer before needing an additional charge.
Over to You
With auto show season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start driving. Any 2018 models you would like us to review? Which 2018 models are you most looking forward to?