We drove hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers in 2018, and while most of them were pretty damned good, a handful
Comfort, tech, driving, storage, style, fuel efficiency, safety, audio all play a role in the scoring. Below are the cars that numerically scored the highest, even though the subjective results may have been different, meaning our choices for car/truck/SUV/crossover of the year weren't necessarily the highest scoring in their respective segments.
Talk about a great redesign. The last A5 was pretty great, but the new model is echelons better without diluting the driving experience. It's actually sharper to helm, and it looks better than ever thanks to evolutionary styling. The fact that the A5 now also comes in a 5-door hatchback sedan is even more reason to take a look at the A5. Audi's Virtual Cockpit also ups the level of tech, and
2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription AWD (8.9/10)
Though the S90 doesn't sell all that well, it's so worth a serious look. It cruises effortlessly on the highway and has the kind of tech you wouldn't expect from the Swedish automaker. The Sensus system has some lag, but the look of the new infotainment system is excellent. The slick lines and Swedish design cues inside and out make the S90 the non-German luxury sedan to look at. We loved driving it, as well as being seen in it.
2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo (8.9/10)
Who says a BMW GT has to be ugly? Now that the 5 and 3-Series Gran Turismo versions are dead, the 6 GT is the only one left, and what a car it is. Room and power in spades, as well as a truly unique and handsome
2018 Mazda6 Signature (8.8/10)
Mazda took a remarkable family/sports sedan and added the power that it really needed. The 227 horsepower turbo engine feels just right all the time, and the cabin refinement is second to none. We can't think of another sedan at this price that does everything so well. The Signature trim is truly luxurious, and the driving dynamics are totally thrilling.
2018 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring (8.8/10)
Count on Mazda to make every one of their vehicles worthy of awards. The outgoing 3 doesn't really need to be improved (though
2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 (8.7/10)
The Camry used to be *Zzzz*, and that's no overstatement. Not only did it look meh
2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport (8.7/10)
The ES has never been exciting until now. Lexus made this one beautiful to behold, wonderful to operate (though its infotainment still needs some work), and fun to drive. In F
There might be a new A4 on the way, but
The only actual SUV (body-on-frame) that nailed the reviews was the new Expedition, which won our SUV of the year hands down. Big, bold, powerful, and cushy, the Expedition also happens to be really great to drive for something this huge. Every row is roomy, and all the seats are comfortable. The SYNC3 system nails infotainment with its ease of
2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature (9.1/10)
The CX-5 attained our year's highest score and rightfully so. Mazda took the 2018 model and made it that much better for 2019. It's the best small crossover for the money, and now that it has the new turbocharged engine, it's even more fun to drive with passing power galore and truly athletic chops. No other crossover gives you so much for your dollar. Be prepared to experience a refined interior with
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Inscription (8.9/10)
The XC60 strikes the right balance between the XC90 and smaller XC40 thanks to its right-sized dimensions and engaging driving experience. It's not as fun to drive as the XC40 but definitely more agile than the biggest Volvo crossover. Add the hybrid engine, and this thing is a rocket. Interior appointments lack nothing, and some of the best seats in the business
2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL 4Motion (8.7/10)
No one expected VW to make a 7-passenger full-sized crossover this good. Though it may not be the most attractive one in the segment, it's handsome from virtually every angle. In top trim with the V6 engine and all-wheel drive, it's truly capable throughout the year. The fact that it's a sharp driving crossover seems contradictory based on its size. The third row might just be its best feature since no one will feel cramped back there, unless you're LeBron James, perhaps.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited (9.0/10)
The Pacifica proves the minivan isn't dead yet. Chrysler's only vehicle left is truly great. From its potent Pentastar V6 engine to its huge interior, the Pacifica is the family hauler of choice. It's even styled better than some cars with