For many people, the car they buy says something about them. Jeep Wrangler drivers like to be known as adventurous. Dodge Challenger drivers like the aura of power their car gives off. Mercedes-Benz S-Class owners want to project success and affluence. But what if you don’t care about image? What if you just want a good car and couldn't care less what it says about you to the world? That’s when you buy one of the following three cars because they're good to drive, come festooned with great features, and cradle you in comfort.
2018 Kia Cadenza
We’ve extolled the virtues of the Cadenza often. It’s a car that punches well above its price point and value-shopper badge. The Cadenza looks great, drives wonderfully, and has a commendable 3.3-liter V6 that makes 290 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. The cabin is large and luxurious for its price point, and the UVO infotainment system with either a 7 or 8-inch screen is one of the best on the market. The car comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and navigation.
There’s also tons of optional driver assistance technology, including a Surround View Monitor, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Advance Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning System, and Lane Departure Warning System. The problem with the Cadenza for many people is that it’s simply not prestigious or cool enough. If you don’t care much about that, then you should seriously consider this car.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet has made many sub-par sedans over the years, but the Malibu isn’t one of them. It’s simply excellent. That said, it’s not exciting or enthralling, which means it won’t do much to improve your image. The Malibu offers a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, or a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor that’s good for 182 hp overall. The Malibu is shockingly good to drive,
The Malibu features Chevy’s high-quality MyLink infotainment system with access to 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity via either a 7 or 8-inch touchscreen display. Available driver assistance features are robust and include Front/Rear Park Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and OnStar Safety and Security services. As long as you aren’t looking for the kind of image that comes with, say, a Camaro, then you should be pleased with this Chevy.
2018 Genesis G80
The Genesis brand is too new to have any real prestige. For that reason, you’re simply buying this car for its content, and that’s a very good thing if you want a luxury car without the huge price hike that comes with most luxury vehicles. You can get a G80 with either a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque, a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. All engines can be had with either rear or all-wheel drive.
The rest of the car features some of the best interior materials and seats at the price point, and a high-quality infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and Genesis Connected Services Telematics System with Connected Care. Driver assistance features are plentiful and include Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Automatic Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Driver Attention Alert. If you’re after a luxurious ride, but don’t want to pay the typical premium sedan price, the Genesis G80 is the way to go.