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The Best Cars of 2018

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The best cars provide a balance of driving thrills and day-to-day practicality. Whether you need a compact car for zippy city commuting or a luxury SUV for family hauling, our ranked lists make it easy to find the right vehicle for your needs. We analyze 33 vehicle categories and rank them according to a comprehensive quality score that considers reliability, resale value and safety.

We’ve curated the best vehicles for buyers who demand the most from their new and used cars and trucks. These models are not only fun to drive but also have great resale value, high safety ratings and impressive fuel efficiency. Some of them may be more affordable than you think.

Whether you’re shopping for a family sedan, a sports coupe or an electric SUV, our ranked list will help you find the best car for you. Each model is a top pick in its respective segment, offering exceptional driving dynamics and the latest comfort and convenience features.

Our redesigned 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is the sportiest, most fun-to-drive Civic ever. It’s also the most fuel-efficient and safest Civic ever made, so it’s a smart choice for commuters who want to cut down on gas costs while keeping up with traffic.

To be a contender for our Sports Car of the Year award, the Nissan 370Z has to do more than just go fast. It must have excellent handling, be comfortable and safe for passengers and offer a wide range of technology to qualify as one of our best sports cars. The 370Z delivers in every department, and its sharp styling is sure to turn heads.

While the 370Z is an absolute joy to drive, it’s not for everyone. Its rear-seat headroom is cramped and its infotainment system can be confusing to use. Despite these shortcomings, it’s still worth considering if you’re in the market for an exhilarating sports car.

We’ve long considered the Porsche 911 to be the benchmark in sports car engineering. This latest generation is an objective improvement over its predecessor in nearly every measurable way, from more power to better fuel economy and more advanced driver-assistance systems. It’s also more refined, more spacious and less expensive to own than the previous model.

It’s a chameleon with multiple personalities, able to dance down a curvy road gracefully or tiptoe through town. Its sweet engines range from frisky to ferocious, while its balanced ride and handling are unsurpassed in its class. The only downside is the relative scarcity of rear-seat space compared to its competitors. But even this is enough to earn the 911 a place on our list of best cars.

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