2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 has been slightly updated with a new fuel-efficient engine and revised exterior styling. Prices start at $27,380, but quickly rise with the available luxury equipment. The F-150 offers something for everyone. There are no less than five available engines, three cab configurations and three bed configurations. The Ford F-150 is not only the best-selling pickup truck in America, but also the best-selling vehicle in America with an incredible 820,799 units sold last year.

Pros: Wide Appeal, Efficient Engine Options, Comfort Features

Cons: Busy Interior Design, Daunting Options List, Can Get Pricey

What You Should Know: The 2018 F-150 Limited doubles as a full-on luxury vehicle with an opulent interior, panoramic moonroof and power everything you could possibly image. The Raptor is the sporty F-150 that looks like a concept vehicles with its lifted suspension, unique bumpers and massive tires.

Looks Best In: Guard exterior/Medium Earth interior

2018 Ford F-150 exterior

2018 Ford F-150 interior

Coolest Feature: Back-to-basics steel wheels on the base 2018 F-150 XL model. Sometimes less is more.

Competition: Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra

Summary: With so many models, configurations and engine options available, there seems to be an F-150 for every purse and purpose as the old saying goes. For a down-home pickup truck experience, skip extravagant Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited models and stick with the XL or XLT.

Did You Know? According to Ford, the F-150 body is up to 700 lbs. lighter than the previous generation F-150 through the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy.

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2018 Audi Q3

The 2018 Audi Q3 is the brand’s entry-level luxury crossover-style SUV, slotted below the mid-size Audi Q5 and full-size Audi Q7. With a starting MSRP of $32,900, it competes with other small luxury crossovers from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. It comes with many features, which are expensive options on competitors.

Pros: Comfortable, Maneuverable, Well-Equipped, Good Value

Cons: Lacks Rear Interior Space, Outdated Design, So-So Fuel Economy

What You Should Know: Calling all bargain hunters! The Audi Q3 is due for a redesign soon, so deals may be available.

Looks Best In: Glacier White exterior/Chestnut interior

2018 Audi Q3 exterior

2018 Audi Q3 interior

Coolest Feature: The panoramic sunroof is the coolest feature, that also helps to keep you cool. The best part? It’s standard equipment on the 2018 Audi Q3.

Competition: Lexus NX, BMW X1, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLA

Summary: A relative bargain considering all of the standard equipment (aforementioned panoramic sunroof, leather, park assist), the 2018 Audi Q3 isn’t the most stylish SUV in the Audi lineup, but it offers the virtues of its larger siblings at a more accessible price point.

Did You Know? Audi’s first SUV, the three-row Q7, debuted for the 2007 model year.

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2018 Acura RLX

Rounding out our review of Acura’s sedan lineup, we come to the 2018 Acura RLX. This is the full-size luxury sedan perched above the midsize Acura TLX and compact Acura ILX. The 2018 RLX has a starting price of $54,900.

Pros: Speedy & Efficient Available Hybrid/AWD Combo, Less Common Than Competitors, Solid Construction, Good Interior Materials

Cons: Interior/Exterior Design Philosophy Leaves Something To Be Desired, Huge Price Jump From TLX

What You Should Know: Unless AWD is absolutely essential, check out the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid.

Looks Best In: Majestic Black Pearl exterior/Seacoast interior

2018 Acura RLX exterior2018 Acura RLX interior

Coolest Feature: 377-hp Hybrid Powertrain

Competition: Infiniti Q70, BMW 5 Series, Genesis G80

Summary: It’s easy understand why the RLX is overlooked. It lacks the flashiness of a BMW and the bespoke elegance of a Volvo. It will probably prove to have more long-term reliability than those brand’s models though. The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid is probably the closest competitor and it looks more opulent inside and out and is slightly more efficient and less expensive, however AWD is unavailable.

Did You Know? The RLX traces its lineage back to the, ahem, legendary Acura Legend, which was released in 1986 and well-loved by fans of the brand for its design and performance.

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2018 Acura MDX

The 2018 Acura MDX is the brand’s full-size luxury crossover with a starting MSRP $44,200, and is among the most popular vehicles in its class. The MDX slots above the compact Acura RDX, and have three rows of seating.

Pros: Roomy & Comfortable, Sleek Design, Available Hybrid Improves Efficiency

Cons: Infiniti QX60 Is More Stylish & More Efficient Than Non-Hybrid MDX

What You Should Know: When considering the MDX be sure the check out archrival Infiniti QX60, which is another great family vehicle.

Looks Best In: Fathom Blue exterior/Graystone interior

2018 Acura MDX exterior2018 Acura MDX interior

Coolest Feature: Fast AND Efficient Available Hybrid Powertain

Competition: Infiniti QX60, BMW X5, Ford Explorer Platinum

Summary: A solid choice for families looking for a 3-row crossover with more flair than an everyday Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot, the Acura MDX is well-suited to carrying cargo and people in style.

Did You Know? 2001 was the first model year for the Acura MDX, when it was the first three-row luxury crossover available on the market. It’s been a big seller ever since.

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2018 Infiniti QX60

The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is the brand’s most popular model, and for good reason. The three-row crossover-style luxury SUV combines style and efficiency in a family-friendly package. The Nissan Pathfinder upon which it’s based remains the choice for value shoppers, however with a starting price of $43,300 the QX60 offers a much more upscale ambiance.

Pros: Smooth Ride, Powerful Engine, Flexible Interior Layout, Stylish, Efficient

Cons: Some Interior Materials Lack Opulence, CVT Transmission Hampers Spirited Driving

What You Should Know: Although the hybrid version has been dropped, the QX60 in standard form manages to deliver slightly better fuel economy than archrival Acura MDX.

Looks Best In: Black Obsidian exterior/Java interiorqx60 exterior.PNG2018 Infiniti QX60 InteriorCoolest Feature: Trick 2nd-row sliding/tilting seat

Competition: Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander

Summary: Nestled between the compact QX30 and the massive QX80, in Infiniti’s SUV lineup, the QX60 is just the right size.  With plenty of room for passengers, groceries, baby gear and the family dog to all fit in comfort, it combines utility with style.

Did You Know? According to Automotive News, Last year Infiniti achieved an annual sales record with over 230,000 vehicles sold globally.

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2018 Acura RDX

The 2018 Acura RDX is the brand’s compact luxury SUV, slotted below the full-size Acura MDX in the lineup. Pricing starts at $35,800, and the RDX comes very well-equipped. A major distinction from many of its competitors is the standard V-6 engine.

Pros: V-6 For Same Price As 4-cyl Competitors, Roomy & Comfortable Interior

Cons: Not As Luxurious Or Stylish As Some Competitors, No Hybrid Option 

What You Should Know: The smooth V-6 delivers a premium sound and driving experience that gives the RDX more character than 4-cylinder competitors.

Looks Best In: Basque Red Pearl II exterior/Parchment interior

2018 Acura RDX exterior

2018 Acura RDX interior

Coolest Feature: Powerful 279-hp 3.5 Liter V-6 Engine

Competition: BMW X1, Audi Q3, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Summary: The understated Acura RDX has a jewel of an engine and costs thousands less than many fancier competitors. Although not the most opulent or stylish compact luxury SUV, it offers a more premium driving experience than the Honda CR-V upon which it’s based, making it worth the price jump for shoppers looking for something extra.

Did You Know? The Acura RDX was the #4 best-selling luxury SUV last year, according to NY Daily News.

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2018 Tesla Model 3

Released as a late 2017 model, the Tesla Model 3 is one of the most talked about cars on sale today. It’s Tesla’s mid-size sedan, slotting below the Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle, both of which are quite expensive. The 2018 Tesla Model 3 has an MSRP of $35,000, making it accessible to a larger customer base. With its electric-only powertain, the Model 3 has no direct competitors at its price point, however it may be cross shopped with conventional luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz C/E-Class and BMW 3/5 Series, all of which offer hybrid options, or perhaps even the Prius Prime.

Pros:  220 Mile Electric Driving Range, Available AWD, Uber Stylish, Abundant Safety Features

Cons: Not Well-Equipped, Options Expensive, Unconventional Interior Might Be Too Minimalist For Some, Usual Restrictions With Charging And Range

What You Should Know: The Model 3 has experienced highly-publicized production delays, so availability continues to be limited. Expect delays!

Coolest Feature: Massive 15” touchscreen display dominates the ultra-cool austere interior

Looks Best In: Deep Blue Metallic exterior/Black interior

2018 Tesla Model 3 exterior

2018 Tesla Model 3 interior

Summary: The Model 3 brings the appeal of Tesla to the masses. Well, sort of. To get expected comforts like heated seats and dimming mirrors you’ll need to pay extra, so the base MSRP is a bit deceiving. Nevertheless, the 2018 Tesla Model 3 is at the cusp of innovation with its electric powertrain, tech-heavy instrumentation and autonomous safety kit, and has unmatched appeal for any car under $75k. Plus, it’s all wrapped in a very stylish package. This one is worth the wait!

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2018 Acura TLX

The 2018 Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sedan, slotting above the compact Acura ILX and below the full-size RLX in the brand’s sedan lineup. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $33,000. Top competitors include the Infiniti Q50, BMW 3 Series, and Volvo S60.

Pros: Smooth & Powerful V-6 Engine Option, Roomier Than Competitors, Available AWD

Cons: Somewhat Generic Interior & Exterior Styling

Summary: A solid entry, the Acura TLX offers more space and usability than some of its competitors, and an available V-6 and AWD at a much lower price point than some competitors.

What You Should Know: The Infiniti Q50 is the TLX’s closest competition in terms of price, size and features. Both are great cars, so it may be a matter of which design you prefer if deciding between the two. If a powerful V-6 and sportiness isn’t important, the 4-cylinder 2018 Honda Accord Touring has many of the luxury features and has more room inside.

Looks Best In: Bellanova White Pearl exterior/Red interior

2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX interior

Competition: Infiniti Q50, BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord Touring, Volvo S60

Coolest Feature: The wicked fun 290-hp V-6 engine option

Summary: A solid entry, the Acura TLX offers more space and usability than some of its competitors, and an available V-6 and AWD at a much lower price point than BMW

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2018 Acura ILX

The 2018 Acura ILX is a compact luxury sedan and Acura’s entry-level model with a starting MSRP of $28,100. Competition includes the Mercedes-Benz CLA, Audi A3, and Honda Civic Touring.

Pros: Efficient, Classy Exterior, Affordable Entry to Premium Brand

Cons: High-End Civics Arguably Look Better Inside & Out, Lacks Pizazz of Mercedes-Benz CLA, Audi A3

What You Should Know: With a new ILX expected soon, discounts and generous lease offers should be available which could make the 2018 Acura ILX a more compelling value. Acura also has a great paint color selection, with nicer hues than you’ll find on the Civic. Check out our favorite exterior color, Marino Red, below.

Coolest Feature: Optional A-SPEC Package adds sporty design cues

Looks Best In: San Marino Red exterior/Ebony interior

Summary: For a $2,000+ premium over a high-end  Honda Civic, the Acura ILX has more prestige. performance and exclusivity, and has an arguably more handsome exterior design that could make it worth the jump for some shoppers. However, the ILX doesn’t quite match its European competition in terms of design, detailing and appeal.

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