It’s common for vehicle models to undergo updating from year to year but the real excitement comes with the introduction of new and completely redesigned models. 2018 has plenty to offer in that department and we’re sharing some of our favorite, brand-spanking-new vehicles that are sure to elicit plenty of oohs and ahhs from buyers in the coming year.
Honda Odyssey (Photo Above) — The Honda Odyssey has been fully redesigned for 2018. With improved power, advanced safety features, an impressive list of tech and infotainment systems plus an enormously accommodating interior the Odyssey is, in our humble opinion, the leader of the pack. With ample room for a growing family and all their gear, Odyssey is all about versatility. Honda’s Magic Slide seats adjust forward, backward and laterally providing a variety of passenger configurations. Technology abounds in the Odyssey and it’s not just for entertainment — parents will love CabinWatch, which provides a view of the second and third row seats on the driver’s touch screen. The Odyssey should be at the top of minivan buyer’s short list.
Volkswagen Atlas — It’s been a while since Volkswagen introduced a brand-new model and this time they went big. Like its mythical namesake, the VW Atlas is a brawny, muscular, 3-row full-size SUV. Atlas seats seven with ease and provides plenty of cargo space to boot. Atlas delivers a comfortable ride, handles like a smaller vehicle and its 4Motion all-wheel drive offers four, switchable modes to suit various driving conditions. You’ll find plenty of technical amenities with up to nine available Driver Assistance features. Properly equipped, Atlas can tow up to 5000 pounds. Atlas is a pretty great looking ride, too, as VW blends a nice aesthetic with its trademark, understated German efficiency.
Chevrolet Equinox — Chevy’s Equinox has been completely redesigned for 2018 and the changes are all good. Boasting great lines with a decidedly more Euro look and feel, Equinox delivers a well designed, quality interior and lots of standard features, along with ample passenger and cargo space. Handling dynamics are sharp, with solid handling and a very smooth ride. Chevy offers ten available active safety features like Surround Vision, Side Blind Zone Alert, Intellibeam Headlamps and Safety Alert Seat for those who prefer seat-bottom vibrations instead of audible safety alerts. Chevy’s Teen Driver technology delivers advanced features and the in-vehicle report shows how your teen performed so you can identify problem areas and coach your new driver on improvements. Affordability, great looks, solid handling and all the available amenities you could ask for make the Equinox a real winner.
Toyota Camry — Almost the only thing that isn’t new is the name. Toyota’s Camry has been one of the most popular cars on the planet and 2018’s offering has been re-vamped from the ground up with stunning results. The 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive sedan with its all-new 2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder and new 3.5 liter V-6 delivers an impressive blend of performance and fuel efficiency while its new understructure and suspension create thoroughly engaging driving dynamics. The interior is entirely re-imagined and all trim levels come with a full array of safety features including autonomous emergency braking. We love the available Cockpit Red leather-trimmed interior and the panoramic glass roof with the power tilt/slide moonroof – it’s a beautiful thing. It’s too soon to tell if sedans will regain favor over the current trend toward SUVs but if any sedan has a chance to woo buyers back it’s this beauty.