- Every year, Business Insider selects 15 finalists for the car's competition of the year.
- The cars are selected from the more than fifty showers we tested during the year.
- Vehicles range from family SUVs and sedans to supercars and electric vehicles.
- The brands represented this year are Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Jaguar, Kia, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla and Volvo.
- One of the 15 will be called the Business Insider of the 2018 Car of the Year.
The autumn has arrived, along with the fifth installment of the Business Insider Car of the Year award.
In 2014 Corvette Stingray was our winner. In 2015 it was the Volvo XC90. In 2016 the Acura NSX captured the trophy. And for 2017 we chose the Porsche Panamera. As with 2016 and 2017, we are stuck in our turn with 15 finalists for the current year.
Our distinguished finalists are the vehicles – from the sedans to the supercars in the SUV – that made us most impressed. It is the best of the best and was selected after a year driving test and review over 60 cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and sports cars.
To be eligible, a model must be new or have been substantially updated during the previous year and must have been tested for road safety by at least two Insider Business team members.
In 2018, senior correspondent Matt DeBord and senior journalist Ben Zhang shared the majority of the review duties, with news editor Bryan Logan lending a hand to the West Coast. The images were contributed by Hollis Johnson, Business Insider's photo editor and Jessica Tyler, a journalist with visual capabilities.
Our methodology is simple and focuses on key questions:
Is there a strong operational case for the vehicle?
Did our judges agree that the vehicle should be included? We need to reach a consensus, although we may disagree on some details.
Was the vehicle objectively excellent? There must be some sort of thing Wow! factor.
Did the vehicle stand out from the sea of competition, especially when it comes to technology? A car finalist of the year must be special.
Can we suggest you to buy or rent the car? We ask to know if we could buy the vehicle on our own if we had the resources.
We will announce the 2018 Car of the Year on November 19th and we will prepare for the big event revealing our five runners up last week. We will also reveal who won the Infotainment system of the year and the sound system of the year.
So here are the 15 finalists for the 2018 Business Insider's Year of the Year:
2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Engine test: Four-cylinder, twin-turbo, V8 503 hp
Basic price: $ 219,000
Why it is here: Volante followed our experience with the Coupé, the car of the year, in 2017.
The Volante was missing from the Coupé's V12 engine, but they were not disappointed.
DeBord wrote in his review:
"The DB11 Volante does not feel lighter or livelier than the Coupé – it has the same extremely intense vibe, with utmost certainty that it goes fast on a straight line accompanied by a sad roar of combustion through the double exhaust pipes, absolutely sure it dives at corners, extremely confident that he is struggling away from the semi-finals on the highway, with absolute certainty simply traveling through the suburbs of New Jersey (well, as extremely confident that a car can be in this environment). "
Oh, and the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is absolutely gorgeous.
2018 Audi RS3
Engine test: 2.5-liter, 400-horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder
Basic price: $ 54,900
Why it is here: "The Audi RS3 is simply amazing," Zhang wrote in the 2018 Audi RS3 2.5T quattro S tronic review.
"It is brilliant not only as a performance engine, but also as a compact luxury sedan. It is so much a predator that is hiding on the high grass, ready to bounce in a moment and a warm, comforting friend."
Zhang's verdict was clear: "We broke the style, comfort and performance of S3 in 2015. With RS3, Audi and Audi Sport have just taken things to the next level."
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast
Engine test: 6.5-liter, 789 horsepower V12
Basic price: $ 355,000
Why it is here: In the review of the 812 Superfast, DeBord had this to say about his new Ferrari:
"At the legal speed limit at the 812 Superfast, you have just overtaken the beast. On the highway, you can refine the throttle to dance the 6.5-liter under the hood – a F12 6.3 liter displacement stroke – hits and knocks or you can shift yourself with the stylish carbon fiber buttons behind the steering wheel and feel the fuses, kicks in your spine and chest as you develop the G forces.
For what it deserves, this bright machine was also the first Ferrari of Business Insider, and worth $ 474,000, was one of the most expensive vehicles we've ever considered.
2018 Honda Accord
Engine test: 2.0-liter, 252 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder
Basic price: $ 23,570
Why it is here: Zhang, a former owner of Accord, liked this humble sedan, which we tested at the mid-grade Sport and the top levels of Touring.
In the review of Accord Sport, he wrote: "The new Accord is a return to the Honda scenario."
And he added:
"It's fun, but reasonable, it's a high-tech, but affordable car, it's lighter and smaller, but more spacious, this is the best Honda, not the NSX supercar, not the HondaJet, Honda's forte has always been greatly designed and beautifully done for the masses, and with the new Accord, that's exactly what you get along with an extra dose of fun and personality. "
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
Engine test: 2.0-liter, 296 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder
Basic price: $ 38,600
Why it is here: Jaguar has added the crossover SUV to excitement in recent years.
In the 2018 E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE review, with a sticker of $ 54,000, DeBord wrote:
"Every box has been deleted from the list when it comes to E-Pace, yes, it's a steep set of wheels, yes, it has a good load capacity, yes, it can carry two adults and three smaller (but ideally two) Jaggy style. Yes, it is packed with all the airbags and driver's utilities that require modern luxury buyers' demands, a bird-friendly camera view with care in the park, emergency brake assistance, spot-check and adaptive system mer Cruise Owner.
"But what really makes the E-Pace a Jaguar worthy of the long line of the brand and the famous DNA is what happens when you drive it with a spirit of spirit, this car is fast and entertaining, too fast and an absolute blast to drop in angles. "
2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Engine test: 3.0-liter, 380-horsepower, turbocharged V6
Basic price: $ US70,450
Why it is here: In the review of the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD, Zhang wrote that it is "absolutely amazing".
"Driving experience, utility and beautiful sheets have dug," he said.
"The Sportbrake offers an exciting combination of luxury-sedan comfort, sport-sedan performance, crossover-SUV load capacity, and plenty of room for a family of five," concluded Zhang. Who needs a SUV when you can have a Jagon?
2019 Jaguar I-Pace
Engine test: Dual electric motors, producing 394 horsepower. 90-kWh battery, 234-mile series with a single charge
Basic price: $ 69,500 (before tax incentives)
Why it is here: Tesla's long-awaited opponent is a winner, according to Zhang.
In the review of the Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE, he wrote:
"After a week with the Jaguar I-Pace in 2019, we were impressed.
"Jag is ready to drive, with a luxurious and trendy cabin, its style is fashionable but retains many of the impressive design elements that make Jaguar stand out, but I-Pace is not perfect. is polarized, while the curved rear case cuts the capacity of the crossover car and the distance of 5.6 inches from the ground clearance will reduce off-road capability.
"Despite its imperfections, we found Jag to be a really fun, stylish and nice car that is easy to live with.
"The Jaguar has gone through the past few years with a series of hits such as the F-Type sports car, the XF sedan and the SUV F-Pace. With I-Pace, the English luxury brand seems to have another winner in her hands. "
2018 Kia Stinger
Engine test: 3.3-liter, 365 hp, twin-turbo V6
Basic price: $ 32,000
Why it is here: A few cars impressed us so much in 2018 as Stinger, perhaps the best machine ever made by Kia and a great challenge for the best sports that the Germans have to offer.
I actually drove it three times, in different ornaments. From $ 52,000 GT2 rated by DeBord, he had this to say:
"It is an endless fun car, a literal joy that drives, it lights up with a pleasant stroke (okay, a strengthened but still) and it cheerfully chews up when it's pushed in. It's fast, 0-60 mph is supposed to be 4.7 seconds, but I thought it was much faster than that and you have to watch yourself on cruising speeds as Stinger pulls the legal speed limit in a hurry but does so with such confidence and relative silence that one can easily overlook the speedometer …
"A brilliant risk for Kia, and one that should be rewarded superbly."
2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante
Engine test: 5.2-liter, 631 hp V10
Basic price: $ 274,000
Why it is here: Well, it's just about the nastiest Lambo Huracán that the money can buy.
From the $ US320,000 trial of DeBord, there was this verdict:
"Street-legally-wise, the best part of Performante is of course the vicious, singing, jabbing, bursting V10, all thrust and backfire and bark and yowl." Simple driving at the legal speed limit, switching between gears, is the acoustic happiness You do not have to go quickly, heretic as it is to say.You can have fun playing the combustion tube instrument, which is the brilliant Performance Engine.
"Indeed, the 320 mark is a rich price to pay for such pleasures, which can be done with less expensive versions of Huracán.
"But if you are a track hunter or just have the resources to pass a forged carbon compound and the like to feel your car stuck on the pavement at any time, then you do not want to overlook Performance.
2018 Lexus LS 500
Engine test: 3.5-liter, 416 hp, twin-turbo V6
Basic price: $ 75,000
Why it is here: Zhang led the new legendary US flagship $ 116,000 LS 500, and concluded that "people in the luxurious Toyota show that they still have the magic touch."
"Nobody doubts whether Lexus can make a luxury and refinement, but the brand has been criticized for being a bit boring and harmless over the years." In response, Lexus has pushed itself to become more contemporary and aggressive in its design, the early attempts at it quenched as a piece like a middle-aged dad trying to use slang. And you can definitely see this in early forms of the fuselage mask.
"In the last year or two, the look and feel of the new Lexus design language have really come together. And the new LS is really the cornerstone of this process.
"The new LS 500 proves that Lexus can deliver yet another luxury, sophisticated luxury luxury sedan but wrapped in a bold and dramatic design."
2018 Lincoln Navigator
Engine test: 3.5-liter, 450-horsepower, twin-turbo V6
Basic price: $ 73,000
Why it is here: DeBord reviewed the Navigator's Reserve 4×4 Rescue Level, upsetting the price ranges to $ 90,000 and understanding why Lincoln can not build the big SUV fast enough to meet demand:
"With the new Navigator, after the debut of the Continental sedan leader, Lincoln has almost completed his return to the luxury market." The Navigator was an important part of this process, and Lincoln has done everything right, the classic has been updated , cute, without sacrificing its functionality. Now it is much better occupied by the Cadillac Escalade and the Caddy will be under pressure to keep pace.
"If really, really big rides are your bag, you can not go wrong with the 2018 Navigator." Lincoln created this section and it is clear they still know exactly what they are doing.
2018 Nissan Leaf
Engine test: Single electric motor, producing 147 horsepower. 40-kWh battery with 151 mile radius at full load
Basic price: $ 30,000 (before tax incentives)
Why it is here: The Leaf was for a while and needed an update.
In the review of the $ 37,865 tester, Zhang wrote: "The new Leaf is a strong second attempt from Nissan, which looks great while its internal fit and finish carry a near-safe air. and driver technology. "
It was not plump for the 300 mile range, but noted that a larger battery is on the way.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Engine test: 2.4-liter, 260-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder
Basic price: $ 31,995
Why it is here: In an American market defined by crossover-SUV sales, the new Ascent is a warning shot across the industry's bow.
"Subaru really needed to rise," Zhang said in the $ 45,670 Ascent Touring review. "In 2019 Subaru Ascent impressed us with its user-friendly design, sophisticated cabin, anchor of typical safety features, entertainment technology that works, and an enthusiastic supercharged engine." In a market where the weak is quickly exposed, Subaru enters the game with all the firearms. "
Tesla Model 3
Engine test: Single electric motor, producing 217 horsepower. 65-kWh battery, 260 miles per full charge
Basic price: $ 46,000 (before tax incentives)
Why it is here: Do you have to ask? The Tesla 3 model is the most intense car in human history.
Fortunately, waiting is worth it. The car is absolutely fantastic. I drove him three times in 2018, both in the rear wheel version and in the high performance standard for all wheels.
In the review of Model 3 of US $ 57,500, DeBord was excited, excited and excited a few more:
"What really is so hypnotic and addictive for model 3 is how many big ideas have been filled in a car." This is a car that breaks with the thought of the present and the future – and the distant future – these ideas are overwhelming Clearly, because it does not generate emissions from export, you can buy a model 3 to feel better about yourself and your life on the Earth's eco-compatible …
"But the really amazing thing is that Tesla, in just five years of producing cars, could build a car that's good. This is an amazing achievement.
"Wait, I was saying well? I mean excellent.
"Hold, I said great? Sorry, I meant bigger.
"Welcome to the best money you can buy today."
2018 Volvo XC40
Engine test: 2.0-liter, 248 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder
Basic price: $ 34,000
Why it is here: In the review of the $ 46,000 XC40 T5 R-Design, DeBord has given Volvo the support for creating a compact crossover dandy:
"It's not BMW or Audi, but as the Volvos goes, it's refreshing." In balance, I preferred it on the XC60 (although the back of the legs are obviously better in the XC60.) My test included a mix around the prostitutes Highway Routes, so I have a decent sense of ways of the XC40 under a variety of conditions …
"For Volvo, the XC40 is critical to compete with the hot, hot, hot crossover segment. With a completely refurbished portfolio, the Chinese owned Swedish suite has a full size, medium size and solid SUV. passenger cars on profitable markets such as the US, it is vital that Volvo catches as many buyers as possible. "
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