The best buys and most-wanted cars of 2018

30 award-winning vehicles worth considering



Unprecedented levels of quality mean it’s harder to choose a bad car these days, according to auto research company Kelley Blue Book.

Yet with so many good new cars rubbing shoulders, there are still certain models that have something extra to get their heads in front. Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds have put together two lists, totaling 30 vehicles, to help you find them.

KBB’s Best Buy Awards of 2018 identify the top choice for most buyers in each of 12 categories, plus an overall best-buy recommendation, from extensive road tests, reviews and data like resale value. They’re all 2018 models. The 2018 Edmunds Buyers Most-Wanted Awards, meanwhile, recognize the 17 most popular vehicles among car shoppers based on sales of all models from the first nine months of 2017, as well as shopping trends. They celebrate “the one vehicle in each segment that is winning both the hearts and wallets of car buyers.”

Here are the results:


2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

Overall – Honda Accord

Small car – Honda Civic

Midsize car – Honda Accord

Full-size car – Chevrolet Impala

Small SUV – Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV – Honda Pilot

Full-size SUV – Ford Expedition

Minivan – Honda Odyssey

Pickup truck – Ford F-150

Electric/hybrid car – Honda Clarity PHEV

Performance car – Porsche 718 Boxster

Luxury car – Audi A5 Sportback

Luxury SUV – Audi Q5


2018 Edmunds Buyers Most-Wanted Awards

Compact car – Honda Civic

Compact SUV – Honda CR-V

Luxury compact car – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Luxury compact SUV – Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Midsize car – Honda Accord

Midsize SUV – Toyota Highlander

Midsize truck – Toyota Tacoma

Luxury midsize car – Lexus ES 350

Luxury midsize SUV – Lexus RX 350

Large car – Chrysler 300

Large SUV – Chevrolet Tahoe

Large truck – Ford F-150

Luxury large car – Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Luxury large SUV – Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Minivan – Honda Odyssey

Sports car – Subaru WRX

Luxury sports car – Porsche 911


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