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Best 2018 Vehicles With Built-In Wi-Fi

Connectivity for both work and play

Wade Thiel, Senior Staff Writer

Built-in Wi-Fi is something that's still fairly new, but it's one of the most helpful features you can have in your car. Staying connected with a high-speed internet service has become increasingly important for more and more people and sometimes your phone's data plan simply won't cut it. While built-in Wi-Fi is available on a long list of cars, we thought it best to highlight some of the best vehicles of the 2018 model year with this feature.

2018 Honda Accord

 
  • PROS: Wi-Fi hotspot provided by strong AT&T network, excellent to drive, comfortable and spacious interior, not notch fuel economy and safety ratings, hybrid available.
  • CONS: Wi-Fi hotspot technology only on Touring trim level, some wind and tire noise, narrow trunk opening.

The Honda Accord didn’t win Car of the Year for 2018 in Detroit for no reason. It’s a fantastic sedan with strong engine options, excellent handling, and a top-quality interior for its price. The model also features up-to-date infotainment features, including built-in Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, if you want this feature, you have to buy the top Touring trim level, which means you’re looking at a pretty pricey Accord.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

 
  • PROS: Standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, roomy cabin, large cargo space, good engine options.
  • CONS: Feels big on the road, cheaper materials throughout the interior.

Chevrolet’s all-new Traverse is a very good all-around family SUV. It offers tons of space for up to eight passengers, two strong engine choices, best-in-class cargo space, and Chevy’s high-quality MyLink infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi. One of the best things about the Traverse, and actually all of Chevrolet’s vehicles, is that OnStar Wi-Fi service is standard on all trim levels. Unfortunately, all the technology and space that you get with the Traverse also comes with a pretty big price tag.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

 
  • PROS: Wi-Fi available on most trim levels, hybrid model available, best stowable seating system out there, excellent infotainment system, good driving dynamics for a minivan.
  • CONS: Wi-Fi capability not available on all trim levels of the Pacifica, second-row seats could be comfier, some competitors offer more cargo room.

Everyone knows technology is big for minivans and the Chrysler Pacifica has tech in spades. FCA’s 8.4 Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best out there and comes with tons of features, including built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot technology. This tech is available on all trim levels but L and LX. Aside from that, the Pacifica is good to drive and feature-packed, though some competitors offer more cushioning in the second and third-row seats and a little more cargo space.

2018 Ford Escape

 
  • PROS: You can get Ford’s top-notch Sync3 system with Wi-Fi on almost all trim levels, better handling than some rivals, and good cargo and cabin space.
  • CONS: Wi-Fi capability is not standard on all trim levels, fuel economy could be better.

Ford’s Escape might not be the most modern design for a crossover – it’s been in its current generation since 2013 – but that doesn’t keep it from having excellent tech features. Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system is one of the best out there and new for 2018 is Wi-Fi capability. Sync3 is available on all trim levels except the base S trim. Aside from Wi-Fi, you get a vehicle with good handling, a roomy cabin, an athletic looking exterior, and strong engine options. That said, the Escape isn’t as fuel thrifty as some competitors.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

 
  • PROS: 4G LTE Wi-Fi is available on most trim levels, luxurious for a Jeep, superb off-road capability, strong engine options, masculine exterior styling.
  • CONS: Wi-Fi isn’t standard, thirsty engines, not as spacious interior as rivals, history of below-average predicted reliability.

The Grand Cherokee is the daddy of the Jeep lineup. It’s a fully-formed, well-rounded midsize crossover that is at home on an off-road trail as it is a mall parking lot. The model is great to drive, looks good both inside and out, offers plenty of amenities, and has FCA’s 8.4 Uconnect system with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. This infotainment system is available or standard on all trim levels but the base Laredo. The only downside to a Grand Cherokee is that they haven’t always been the most reliable vehicles and rivals offer more space inside.

2018 Volvo XC60

 
  • PROS: Standard Sensus infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, strong engines, hybrid available, beautiful exterior and interior, supremely comfortable.
  • CONS: Infotainment tends to lag a bit, not a ton of storage inside the cabin.

The Volvo XC60 is a breath of fresh air. It’s different than much of its competition and offers a Scandinavian styled SUV that’s elegant, comfortable, and modern. You can get it with a hybrid powertrain, too. The standard Sensus infotainment system is one of the slickest out there and supports 4G LTE Wi-Fi. It’s available on all trim levels. As smartly crafted as the system is, it can lag at times, which is really the XC60’s only true downfall.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt

 
  • PROS: Long list of standard features including Onstar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, quick and nimble on the road, long battery range for the money.
  • CONS: Cheap feeling interior materials, could be batter to look at both inside and out.

The Chevrolet Bolt is a wonderful car for many reasons. It offers a small but practical electric car to the masses for a reasonable price. Its center of gravity is low and this makes it drive and handle better than you’d expect. Its peppy electric motor shoots the car along with gusto, and inside the car features Chevy’s high-quality infotainment system with standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology. It’s just a shame that the interior materials feel so low rent because otherwise this car is excellent.

Why Buy a Car with Wi-Fi?

  • You can get work done no matter where you are.
  • It's great for long road trips.
  • It keeps your phone data costs lower.

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