Shopper’s Guide to Popular Compact Cars

When searching for a compact sedan or hatchback, most shoppers are looking for a good value, strong fuel-efficiency and a roomy interior. The four top-selling compacts offer those qualities in spades. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Cruze all come in a variety of trim lines ranging from basic to sporty and luxurious. Today’s compacts can be equipped with the latest infotainment and advanced safety features. Generally compact cars will have a louder and busier ride and…

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck that slots below the full-size Cheverlet Silverado in the brand’s pickup line. With smaller and more efficient engine options, the Colorado can make sense for drivers who don’t require heavy-duty hauling capabilities. It has two truckbed lengths available as well. Pros: Fuel-Efficient Engines, Available Luxury Features, Available Off-Road Hardware, Available Diesel Cons: Loud Cabin, Busy Ride Looks Best In: Deepwood Green Metallic exterior/Black interior Competition: Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma Safety Score: Although…

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a mid-size three-row SUV that is primarily designed for families. It’s positioned above the compact Chevrolet Equinox and below the full-size truck-based Tahoe in Chevy’s lineup. Fresh off a recent redesign, the Traverse has shed its rather bland appearance for a truly handsome design that out-styles its competitors, namely the oddly proportioned Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. The Traverse has room for up to eight passengers and is available in several trim levels, with a $20,000 gap between the $30,925 base model and a loaded High Country model.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, together with its twin the 2018 GMC Sierra, make up GM’s full-size pickup dynasty. The Silverado is available in myriad configurations, everything from basic workhorse trims to exuberant leather-lined rolling palaces. The Silverado is a best-seller for Chevrolet and last year was outsold by only one other vehicle, its archrival, the Ford F-150. Prices start an MSRP of $28,285. Pros: Utilitarian, Multiple Engine & Cab Configurations Cons: Ride Quality, Outdated Interior Design Looks Best In: Centennial Blue exterior/Cocoa…

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Fresh off a redesign, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a compact SUV that competes head-to-head with the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. Prices start at an MSRP of $23,580.  Distinctions include an available diesel engine and plenty of safety and tech equipment, like available wi-fi.

2018 Chevrolet Impala

One rung above the midsize Chevrolet Malibu in Chevy’s lineup you’ll find the full-size 2018 Chevrolet Impala. Offering more space and features, it has stretch-out space front and rear and its long wheelbase allows for a smoother ride than those found in the midsize class. It’s an ideal road trip car. Prices start at an MSRP of $27,895. Pros: Huge Interior, Fuel-Efficient, Luxurious Cons: No Available V-8 Looks Best In: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior/ Dark Atmosphere/­Jet Black/­Light Wheat interior What You Should…

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is the brand’s midsize sedan, ranked in the Chevy lineup between the compact Chevrolet Cruze and the full-size Impala. It is available with several powertrain options are available, including a hybrid. Prices start at $21,680. Pros: Efficient, Comfortable, Available Hybrid, Roomy Cons: Not Very Sporty,  Expensive Optional Safety Features Looks Best In: Blue Velvet exterior/ Dark Atmosphere/­Medium Ash Gray interior What You Should Know: The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has available built-in WiFi, which can be used to connect up…

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a mainstream compact car, available in sedan and hatchback form, that slots above the sub-compact Chevrolet Sonic and mid-size Chevrolet Malibu in the brand’s car lineup. Prices for the 2018 Cruze start at an MSRP of $16,975. It’s a sensible alternative to the ubiquitous Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Pros: Unique Diesel Engine Available, Roomy Interior, Comfortable Cons: Not Sporty, Generic Styling Looks Best In:  Cajun Red exterior/Jet Black/­Kalahari interior Competition: Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic…

Game On: New Expedition Goes To War Against Tahoe

Ford has finally given the Expedition a major restyle with the introduction of the 2018 model and it is ready to do battle against the sales leaders from GM. The Ford’s styling now very closely mirrors the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon. Clearly, Ford had GM in their cross hair when building out the new model. Up to this point the GM models have handily outsold the Expedition. However, now that they are several years into their life cycle it…