SUVs have held strong as one of the primary types of vehicles on the market today. They’re practical and, if you’re choosing a newer model, they have far surpassed their old standard of being clunky or dated. In fact, 2018 SUVs are quite sporty and modern looking, which is why many families and practical drivers are turning to them as their go-to mode of transport.
#1 in Compact SUVs: 2018 Honda CR-V
The 2018 Honda CR-V advertises incredible gas mileage and, as the many positive reviewers will tell you: It doesn’t just meet the advertised range, it often exceeds it! Getting up to 34 mpg highway, the Honda CR-V is also known for its reliability and safety. In fact, it scores highly on all marks thanks to its modern design both inside and out.
#1 in Midsize SUVs: 2018 Buick Enclave
Fully redesigned, this midsize SUV offers good interior space along with up to 26 mpg highway. It seats a total of seven people, making it spacious enough for your entire crew and then some. It also offers excellent handling while featuring a very smooth and quiet ride, which makes the experience comparable to that of a luxury vehicle.
#1 in Large SUVs: 2018 Ford Expedition
Ford’s complete redesign of the Expedition puts the 2018 model in the top spot for large SUVs, but the great ratings go far beyond the sleek exterior style. The clean interior, the spacious cargo area, and seating for eight all helped lead the Expedition to the number one spot. Three rows of roomy seats and an upscale cabin are surprising perks considering the 24 mpg highway rating.
#1 in Hybrid SUVs: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
Save money while enjoy the generous space offered by the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. With seating for seven and new features, like smartphone integration and HD radio standard, you’ll appreciate just how nimble this SUV is compared to other models. In addition, its exceptional fuel economy and upscale interior top it all off, leaving you with an SUV you’ll feel proud to drive!
#1 in Luxury Crossover SUVs: 2018 Volvo XC40
Great performance is just the first delight you’ll experience with this subcompact luxury vehicle. Technology and beautiful design come together to offer the best on the market by means of a powerful engine, a smooth ride, and a posh interior design. The features list is lengthy with most of the other models’ upgrades coming standard, and with seating for five, the whole family can enjoy what Volvo has to offer. Once you’re in the driver’s seat (or anywhere else!) you’re sure to agree that Volvo has outdone themselves–especially when you realize it gets 31 mpg highway.
#1 in Three-Row Luxury SUVs: 2018 Lincoln Navigator
If you want a spacious luxury SUV, look no further than the Lincoln Navigator. Featuring seating for seven and so much more, the Navigator gets an impressive 23 mpg highway and has many features to boot. Completely redesigned for 2018, Lincoln has made tremendous cargo space and supportive seats standard. You’ll also be delighted by the cushioned and quiet ride along with an excellent predictability rating. All this and more place it at the top of the charts.
Finding Your New SUV
If this short list has given you any idea of the number of options out there on the market today, you may be beginning to feel overwhelmed by the SUVs you have to choose from. However, the secret to car shopping is wrapped into one word: patience! Don’t feel pressured to make a car buying decision the same day you walk onto the lot. In fact, feel encouraged to explore multiple makes and models, and find a salesman who truly wants to listen to what you are after in your new SUV.
If you take your time and you put thought into it, you can easily find the right model to fit your needs. All it takes is laying out your list of must-haves and like-to-haves and you can help save yourself the time and stress that comes along with a salesman who tries up-selling you to all sorts of features you don’t need. Walk onto the lot with a clear idea of what you are after and the SUV purchasing process will be made a lot easier.
Finally, be sure to bring your family along so you can all weigh in. Have everyone who will be riding with you regularly pack into the vehicle so you can see how easy loading and unloading will be, and take it for a test drive, being sure to check for blind spots and other downsides. It might take you a few days, or even a few weeks, to match yourself with the right model, but when it’s all said and done, you are bound to be happy with your well calculated decision.