Shopping for a new SUV? The 2018 automotive model year is filled with great options from automakers such as Ford, Audi, and Honda, and we’re here to share with you the best of the best. These trend-setting SUVs are powerful, stylish, comfortable, and roomy, with each boasting the versatility to more safely reach your favorite destinations. Each of our favorite SUVs satisfies a different corner of the SUV market while fully deserving overall accolades. You will want to learn more about these SUVs before trekking out to dealerships. Read on to learn more about our top three SUVs of the 2018 model year.
Top 3 SUVs of 2018:
- 2018 Ford Explorer
- 2018 Honda Pilot
- 2018 Audi Q5
2018 Ford Explorer
Few SUVs strike the perfect balance of power, performance, style and space like the 2018 Ford Explorer. This versatile SUV does nearly everything well. The only knock on this year’s Explorer is it’s slightly cramped in its third row of seats; otherwise, this is a can’t-miss SUV. Buyers can choose from five trims with varying degrees of luxury, with the high-end Platinum trim featuring a panoramic sunroof, an incredible sound system, premium leather seating, and more. Ford offers the new Explorer with three engine options; the base 3.5-liter V6 punches out 290 horsepower, while an optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumps out slightly less horsepower with substantially more torque. The Sport and Platinum trims are available with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It’s hard to go wrong with an SUV this good.
- Slight front- and rear-end styling changes
- Built-in 4G hotspot
- More stylish and less spacious than comparable picks
2018 Honda Pilot
Want an SUV that is large and practical while still being stylish? If so, check out the 2018 Honda Pilot. The new Pilot is unchanged from the previous model year, but that’s just fine—this spacious, luxurious SUV is still among the best choices for family minded buyers. Packing a hefty V6 engine with front- or all-wheel drive, the Pilot is loaded with comfort and convenience features to make driving simpler, safer, and more entertaining. The interior is enough room for eight passengers with luggage, and its eight trim levels offer something for everyone. Higher-end tris feature heated seats, leather seats, state-of-the-art safety features, captain’s chairs and more.
- Spacious three rows of seats
- Base V6 engine makes 280 horsepower
- Five trims to choose from
2018 Audi Q5
Powerful, thrilling, and distinctly European, the 2018 Audi Q5 is the most luxurious SUV of our highlighted models. Even better, the Q5 was fully redesigned for this model year, which means new buyers get the best of Audi’s critically acclaimed SUV. The revamped Q5 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out a whopping 252 horsepower, and it gets up to 27 mpg on the highway with road-gripping all-wheel drive. The Q5 comes standard with leather upholstery, climate control, a slick infotainment system, a premium audio system and more. It’s also loaded with safety features. You won’t find many SUVs as affordable and luxurious as the new Audi Q5.
- Fully redesigned for 2018
- Packs a 252-horsepower turbocharged engine
- Leather upholstery is standard
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of one of the market’s best new SUVs. These top three SUVs are perfect for weekend camping trips or hauling large families, and dealers frequently offer special cash-back or financing incentives. Do your research when shopping for SUVs, but these great rigs deserve to be on your list of finalists.