While Japanese automakers are known for dependability and European companies renown for luxury, domestic car manufacturers can still keep up when it comes to quality and performance. Here are some of 2018s highest-ranking models.
Chevrolet Bold Premier – Compact
The Bolt has an expansive driving range for the cost, and its small hatchback has a large battery under its floor that gives it a more planted feel despite its high stance. Even better, the bolt can accelerate impressively. Ranging between $37,000 and $45,000, this one provides a quiet but exciting ride.
Ford Fusion Titanium – Midsize
With easy handling and a luxurious feel, the Fusion mimics a European sedan. Also, the sport version comes equipped with all-wheel drive and a 325 horsepower, 2.7 liter V6. It’s fast, comfortable, and noiseless, with most costing over $40,000.
Chevy Impala 2LTZ – Large Car
With lots of room and a quiet, smooth drive, it feels controlled but luxurious. Braking and handling feels responsive and dependable, and it provides tons of leg room in the back. In addition, it now has Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging, all from about $28,000 to $37,000.
Lincoln MKZ – Luxury Midsize
The MKZ has been updated with new engines, simplified controls, a more accessible trunk release, and a cushier ride. Also available are automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection bolster. It runs between $35,000 and $50,000.
Tesla Model S P85D – Ultraluxury
This fully-electric, sleek luxury vehicle seats five to seven people with optional rear-facing seats, and it can hold a charge for about 235 miles. Acceleration is quiet but intense, and its hatchback aids the versatility. All-wheel-drive comes standard and updated safety features are available. This one comes with a cost, but the bells and whistles are worth it at between $75,000 and $135,000.
Ford Eagle SEL – Midsize SUV
Like other Ford models, the SEL drives like a luxury European model. With a six-speed transmission and both front and all-wheel-drive versions, it is well worth the price (between $30,000 and $41,000).
Chevy Traverse Premier – Large SUV
The redesigned model has a more quiet, comfortable interior and responsive handling. It also boasts impressive entertainment capabilities and plenty of up-to-date safety features, all for around $29,000 to $52,000.
Ford F-150 XLT – Pickup Truck
For anyone who knows trucks, Ford consistently ranks high in value and dependability, and the F-150 XLT is no exception. With an aluminum body and a 10-speed automatic transmission, it has impressive fuel efficiency to boot. It ranges from about $27,500 to $64,000.
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