We're almost always shocked by the prices of cars these days. Hell, the average new car price is over $35K last time we checked, so that means it even exceeds some folks' salaries. Talk about pricey. But then there are the vehicles that are so well made and outfitted with rich amenities that you feel like you're actually getting more for your
2018 Mazda CX-9
The Mazda CX-9 ($32,100 base MSRP) looks and feels premium without the premium price. Take one look at it, and you'll know what we're talking about. Some people we came across mistook it for a Jaguar, and you can see why. The slick body looks great coming and going, and even when you spend the money for the top Signature trim, you pay a little bit over $45K, and you get open pore Rosewood trim, Auburn Nappa leather seats, adaptive cruise control, heated seats and steering wheel, just to name a few features. It's also a thrill to drive, not something common for SUVs of this size. The CX-9 is easily one of the best three-row SUVs on the planet right now, and you'll be shocked at how much you get at every trim level.
2018 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima ($22,500 base MSRP) is one of those cars that gets overshadowed by cars that get more marketing dollars thrown at them like the Honda Accord. But we think it's way better looking than more popular family sedans. Its racy sheet metal is better than it's ever been, and even the base LX model offers standard features like rear camera, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry with trunk opener, and even heated outside mirrors. It's one of those cars that
2018 Audi Q5
Count on Audi to make their new Q5 ($41,500 base MSRP) better looking than their flagship Q7 SUV because that's exactly what they did. The totally redesigned Q5 for the 2018 model year is a prime example of a premium model looking, feeling, and driving more premium than it is. The taut body looks stunning, and the interior follows the Audi reputation for ergonomics and style. The base model comes with a litany of standard features like Xenon headlights, power tailgate, power front leather seats, three-zone automatic climate control, ten speaker audio system, keyless start, rear camera, Audi Pre Sense, and a gorgeous 7-inch infotainment screen. And for nothing, you get the Audi reputation for style and reliability.
2018 Chevrolet Impala
Ever since the Chevy Impala ($27,770 base MSRP) hit the scene, critics have adored it for the sheer value it provides. Not only is it handsome outside and well thought out inside, it's incredibly roomy and also has great driving manners. Add in features like an 8-inch touchscreen, onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and two engine options in the form of a 197-hp 2.5-liter inline-four or 305-hp 3.6-liter V6, and you have the makings of an excellent daily driver.
2018 Hyundai Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata ($22,050 base MSRP) doesn't get the respect it deserves in terms of sales volume, but the 2018 model year marks a significant step in making the Korean family sedan even more appealing. It's better to drive, more attractive thanks to key styling tweaks outside, and the already superb infotainment system gets more upscale and more user-friendly controls. Our favorite is the potent 2.0T