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6 of the biggest reveals at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

Crossovers rule the day.

The all-new Lincoln Aviator. Lincoln

Automakers gathered this week in New York City to show off all the latest vehicles. There were futuristic concepts, traditional sedans, and lots of new SUVs and crossovers.

Here’s a look at the biggest, most talked-about reveals from the 2018 New York International Auto Show:

1. Lincoln Aviator

The Lincoln Aviator is a crossover with three rows of seating and a luxurious interior. This isn’t the production model, but Lincoln says it’s very close to what we’ll see when it goes on sale next year. The new Aviator will have two powertrain choices.

Customers can opt for either a twin-turbocharged V6 engine or a plug-in hybrid that uses the same engine as backup if the car runs out of juice. Lincoln didn’t give details about which V6 will be under the hood, so we’ll have to wait and see. Rear-wheel drive will be standard with all-wheel drive available. The Aviator will also feature the latest technology, including the ability to leave the key fob at home and use your phone to lock/unlock and start the vehicle.

2. 2019 Cadillac XT4

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is an all-new crossover that will be arriving in dealerships this fall. Power for the XT4 comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Three trim levels will be available with luxury features, including leather and wood trims, power seats, and advanced safety. It has all the style and luxury of the Cadillac brand, but with a notable difference. Starting price on the XT4 is only $35,790, making it one of the most attainable Cadillacs available.

3. 2019 Lexus UX

The Lexus UX is another all-new luxury crossover debuting for the 2019 model year. There will be two available engines giving customers the choice of either a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission or the same engine paired to a hybrid system for better fuel economy.


This will also be the first Lexus available through a subscription service. Details on how exactly that will work and what will be included have yet to be announced.

4. 2010 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a sales leader for Toyota, making the all-new 2019 model a big deal. Updates include a bolder exterior and a roomier interior with upgraded materials. It’s powered by a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There’s a hybrid, too, which features the same engine paired to a second-generation hybrid system with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Toyota also improved the all-wheel drive system for better traction.

5. 2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Subaru Forester made a big impression with a new engine, new technology, and more room. Power for the new Forester comes from a 2.5-liter boxer engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission across the range. All-wheel drive is standard, because this is a Subaru.

Also standard is EyeSight, a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-keep assist. The Touring trim includes DriverFocus, which uses facial recognition software to tell if you’re fatigued and let you know if it’s time for a break.

6. 2019 Nissan Altima

The 2019 Nissan Altima sedan made its debut in New York with a new look designed to give it a sportier, more aggressive stance. Big news for this region is the addition of all-wheel drive for the first time ever on the Altima. Power comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, or a new VC-Turbo engine.


The variable compression ratio VC-Turbo made its debut on the Infiniti QX50, and makes its move to the Nissan lineup with the Altima. It provides 248 horsepower with 273 lb-ft of torque and is only available on top trim levels. There’s also an infotainment upgrade with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and standard safety that includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and driver alertness monitor.