7 new cars to consider as the 2018 models hit dealerships

BMW Concept 8 Series.
BMW Concept 8 Series. –BMW

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There’s rarely an ideal time to need a new car. Maybe your lease is about to run out or that noise under the hood turned out to be something quite serious. Luckily, if you need one soon, the new 2018 models are starting to hit dealerships.

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The latest crop of cars offers an incredible combination of power and efficiency, and new infotainment systems seamlessly integrate your smartphone. Most importantly, new safety features can prevent the accident you don’t see coming. Read on to see if one of these cars, available later this year and early next year, is right for you.

The 2018 Mustang GT in Drag Strip mode can reach 60 mph in under four seconds, setting a new standard as the fastest Mustang GT ever. —Ford

1. Ford Mustang

Ford continues to refine the design of the Mustang, with a more sculpted look. Ford has dropped the V6 engine from the lineup, relying on the 320-horsepower EcoBoost I4 as the base engine. The Mustang GT gets a bump in power, to 460 horsepower. It also gets a bump in price: The GT starts at $35,095.  

 

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2018 Kia Stinger GT. —Kia

2. Kia Stinger GT

Kia is known for affordable cars and quirky designs like the Soul, so a rear-wheel drive sport sedan is new territory. Though it has four doors, the Stinger GT boasts a coupe-like profile. You’ll be able to get either a 255-horsepower turbo I4 or a twin-turbo V6 making 365 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission routes power to torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, too.

All-new Ford EcoSport invites drivers to go small and live big in a compact SUV that’s packed with features and personality. —Ford

3. Ford EcoSport

Ford is late to get in on the ever-expanding subcompact SUV market, but the EcoSport might be worth the wait. Based on a vehicle of the same name that’s been available in Europe since 2013, it features welcoming exterior styling, and a sensible, versatile interior, with features like SYNC3 infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the latest safety tech. 

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. —Land Rover

4. Land Rover Range Rover Velar

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The Range Rover Velar is a pavement-focused SUV, positioned between the subcompact Range Rover Evoque and the svelte Range Rover Sport. Its low, sleek roofline gives it a deceptive profile, and engine options range from a turbo I4 up to a supercharged V6, making 380 horsepower. With the available air suspension and Terrain Response, you can get off the paved roads, but the Velar’s true place is on the road.

With available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the all-new Ford Expedition makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob. —Ford

5. Ford Expedition

This long-overdue replacement to the current Expedition combines the looks of the F-150 pickup and Explorer SUV in one handsome package. Like the F-150, it will employ aluminum body panels, significantly reducing weight. This will make the most of the EcoBoost V6 under the hood. The new Expedition will have a significantly improved interior, and the latest SYNC infotainment system.

2018 Audi Q5. —Audi

6. Audi Q5

The new Q5 has a sharper front end look, backed by a potent turbocharged I4 engine. With the 7-speed automatic and standard Quattro all-wheel drive, the Q5 will do 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Inside, Audi’s available Virtual Cockpit consists of a massive digital instrument panel, replacing the conventional gauge cluster.

The BMW Concept 8 Series. —BMW

7. BMW 8 Series

Reviving a name BMW hasn’t used in 20 years, the 8 Series Concept is a design study that hints at a production car that will look a lot like it. No word on what will power the 8 Series, but we anticipate V8 and even V12 engine options. You can bet on a hybrid setup as well. Even better: BMW has confirmed a high-powered M8 performance coupe.