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The 2018 Best Auto Tech Award Winners were just named by Kelley Blue Book. I am looking forward to seeing these award-winning cars at the upcoming LA Auto Show. Want to join me? Stay tuned for my ticket giveaway!
The 2018 Kelly Blue Book Tech Award Winners are cars that combine the best safety features together with the latest in technology. There is a category for those cars that give us the best value for our dollars and another category that recognizes those luxury cars that offer the most useful yet innovative tech features.
If you are shopping for any kind of vehicle – car, truck, or minivan – new or used, look to Kelley Blue Book to make an informed choice.
The experts at Kelley Blue Book look at many factors when evaluating and comparing makes and models. Not only can you see the fair market value of the car, but you can also learn the cost to own information and the facts on the resale value.
You’ll find expert reviews alongside actual consumer reviews and ratings. It is a one-stop source so you can make a wise decision on an expensive purchase.
Kelley Blue Book 2018 Best Auto Tech Award Winners
The Kelley Blue Book editors spend all year test driving all types of vehicles. Then it’s back to the starting place for an intensive six week closer look. This is when the narrowed down vehicles are really compared side by side to determine the winners. Once the category winners are chosen then that one special vehicle will win the overall best buy award. The competition is intense. Here are the 2018 winners!
Overall Winner – 2018 Honda Accord
The mid-size sedan segment has long been a sweet spot of needs, wants and value and the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Accord is the most appealing car in the category. The Accord’s storied refinement and resale value advantages remain, but the new model now outclasses the competition in almost every meaningful measure. It also sells for far less than the average new car while providing more features, better fuel economy and a more proven reputation for quality and reliability. Value without compromise is as rare as it is desirable, and it’s why the all-new Honda Accord is their Overall Best Buy for 2018.
Small Car: 2018 Honda Civic
Honda’s venerable compact car has now claimed our Small Car Best Buy Award three years in a row. And while it doesn’t also three-peat as our Overall Best Buy this year, the refined, reliable and downright desirable Civic remains one of the country’s most recommendable cars, a trait confirmed by its strong sales number.
Mid-Size Car: 2018 Honda Accord
Totally redesigned for 2018, the 10th-generation Honda Accord sets a new standard for the popular mid-size sedan segment. Groundbreaking style and excellent tech are backed by standout roominess, comfort, and efficiency, not to mention one of the best reputations on the road.
Full-Size Car: 2018 Chevrolet Impala
This is the fourth year in a row the Impala has won over the editors’ heads and hearts to capture a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy recommendation and award. Chevrolet’s full-size sedan continues to earn its stripes and reward its owners for making a smart car-buying decision.
Luxury Car: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback
The editors at Kelly Blue Book thought the Audi A4 might be a slam dunk to repeat as our Luxury Car Best Buy this year, but then they got their hands on its new stablemate, the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback. With sleeker styling, hatchback utility and a slightly roomier feel, the all-new A5 Sportback offers even more to love.
Performance Car: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster
That a two-seat Porsche sports car would collect awards is not surprising. That it might be the year’s best sports-car value, however, is a notion that may take some getting used to. In fact, this is the second year in a row Porsche’s mid-engine magician has earned their Best Buy Award in the Performance Car category.
Electric/Hybrid Car: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda’s newest offering combines five-passenger capacity, 47 miles of all-electric range and an available $7,500 federal tax credit to bring electrified transportation closer to the mainstream and claim this year’s Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy Award.
Small SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda CR-V
Another Honda with multiple Best Buy Award trophies on display, the Honda CR-V is still fresh off a 2017 redesign that further separated it from the competition. Whether you want a flexible and fuel-efficient errand-runner or a leather-laden commuter with enough premium amenities to pass for a luxury SUV, the Honda CR-V has you covered.
Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda Pilot
Combining style and substance with an established reputation for reliability, the 2018 Honda Pilot this year fended off some strong new challengers to retain its title as our Mid-Size SUV Best Buy. Excellent resale value remains an ace up the Pilot’s sleeve among smart shoppers.
Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2018 Ford Expedition
A decade is a long time to wait for a major model makeover, but Ford’s efforts have earned the Expedition its first Best Buy Award right out of the gate. From powertrain and driving dynamics to technology and practicality, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the new class leader.
Luxury SUV/Crossover: 2018 Audi Q5
Audi’s compact luxury SUV has been the company’s best-selling vehicle for several years, but the new-for-2018 model has upped the Q5’s game. Larger, more luxurious and more powerful, the Q5 expands and improves on what Audi is known for, namely, a refined driving experience, tech-friendly cabin and stylish, elegant design.
Truck: 2018 Ford F-150
For four years straight, the Ford F-150 has taken the pickup truck honors in the Best Buy competition. And, for four years straight, nobody else has come close to toppling it. This year, Ford updated the styling, added a new base engine, expanded the availability of its excellent 10-speed automatic, and promises to add a turbodiesel to its lineup of engines later this year.
Minivan: 2018 Honda Odyssey
In our first review of the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey we called it the best family car in the world. After a thorough back-to-back evaluation alongside the other class leaders, they are only more convinced. Money matters weigh heavily in our annual Best Buy Awards, and that’s where the resale value and 5-Year Cost-to- Own data once again played heavily in Honda’s favor.
What will be your choice? You can’t go wrong picking one of these for your next vehicle. Which car would you like to test drive?
Tune In for The Awards Show
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I will be attending the LA Auto Show taking place December 1 – 10th. There will be interactive exhibits, over 1,000 cars to see plus you can even test drive certain models. If you kids are interested in cars, there will be activities designed just for them.