The car industry doesn’t follow the calendar like the rest of us do. Models labeled 2018 can arrive anytime after 2017 starts, and many models will be available well before the 2018 calendar goes up on the wall.
Some of these models are all-new. Others are redesigns of existing vehicles, so you might be able to get a great new car deal on the outgoing model before the new one arrives.
2018 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America, but it’s never been known for its dynamic styling or driving prowess. Toyota aims to change that with the 2018 model, which features an edgier design inside and out, a host of standard safety tech, plus more powerful yet efficient engines.
In addition to giving the 2018 Camry a stance that’s lower, longer, and wider, there will be greater visual distinctions between the luxury, sport, and hybrid models. The standard engine will be an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while updated V6 and hybrid powertrains will be available.
All Camrys will now come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced electronic safety aids and driver assistance technologies. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Competition in the minivan segment has heated up in the last couple of years with the arrival of the redesigned Kia Sedona and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. For 2018, Honda aims to leapfrog the competition with the 2018 Honda Odyssey, which is loaded with family-friendly technology and seating features.
The 2018 Odyssey’s second row of seats can slide side to side, making it easy to access the third row, install and load child seats, and ensure that small passengers are located in the safest area of the car. An interior camera system allows parents to keep an eye on passengers, potentially ending “he’s touching me” conflicts. Honda’s CabinTalk feature allows parents to talk to second- and third-row passengers using the van’s audio system, even if they are using the headphones from the vehicle’s rear-seat entertainment system.
2018 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition has been around in the same basic form for a long, long time. For 2018, the Ford Expedition will feature a body made of lightweight aluminum, rather than steel. The weight savings, paired with an efficient new powertrain, is expected to provide significantly improved fuel economy.
It will also be a technological powerhouse, with a whole slate of available advanced safety tech and driver assistance features, plus the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports are provided throughout the cabin, and passengers can connect to an onboard Wi-Fi hot spot that pulls data through a dedicated 4G LTE data connection.
2018 GMC Terrain
GMC’s popular Terrain compact SUV has been redesigned for 2018, with a bolder yet curvier look than the outgoing model. However, the big news is under the hood. Three turbocharged engines will be available, including an efficient 1.6-liter turbodiesel. The new gasoline-powered turbos will employ a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Every Terrain will come with the Traction Select system that allows drivers to fine-tune the SUV’s driving dynamics for different conditions. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The Terrain will be offered in a number of trim levels, including the opulent Terrain Denali model.
2018 Kia Stinger
When you think of high-performance sports sedans, Kia probably doesn’t come to mind. However, when Kia took the wraps off the 2018 Kia Stinger at the Detroit Auto Show, the shapely coupe-like sedan stole the show. It will go on sale in the United States late this year.
A choice of two engines will be offered, including a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that’s expected to produce 365 horsepower. Kia estimates that it will produce enough power to launch the Stinger from zero to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, while all-wheel drive will be an option.
2018 Lexus LS
It’s a busy year at Lexus, with two major products due to come to market for 2018. Their flagship sedan, the LS, is completely redesigned, gaining a dynamic coupe-like silhouette that’s nothing like the outgoing model. It’s longer, lower, and wider than before, gaining 1.3 inches in wheelbase.
The standard engine in the new LS will be a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that produces 415 horsepower and uses a 10-speed automatic transmission to send power to either the rear wheels or all four wheels. Four-wheel steering is an option. In addition to the advanced safety tech that you would expect in a flagship luxury sedan, the LS is available with a system that will actively try to steer around a pedestrian in its lane.
2018 Toyota CH-R
Toyota’s new small four-door crossover comes with a starting price of $22,500. The 2018 Toyota C-HR brings aggressive looks and sporty intentions to a segment that’s better known for practicality and efficiency. The C-HR was originally destined for Toyota’s now defunct Scion brand.
Like many Toyota products, the C-HR comes standard with emergency automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. While the coupe-like profile appears to only have two doors, the handles for the rear doors are neatly hidden in the roof support pillars.
The C-HR seats five, but unlike most crossovers, all-wheel drive will not be an option.
2018 Audi Q5
The redesigned Audi Q5 is faster than the last generation and loaded with the latest in safety and infotainment technology. It will feature a four-cylinder turbo, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive that can propel it from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
The Q5 receives the latest in Audi technology, including an available Virtual Cockpit that replaces the traditional instrument panel with a 12.3-inch customizable video display. Audi’s MMI all-in touch interface allows control of the infotainment system using handwriting recognition technology in addition to voice or menu scroll wheel inputs.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is expected in dealerships this fall. It will seat up to eight passengers, and access to the spacious third-row will be enhanced by a second row that both tilts and slides, even with a child seat installed. All three rows will have USB charging ports.
Two new trims levels will be offered, including a sporty RS with unique exterior touches, 20-inch wheels, and a black chrome grille. The range-topping high country will feature an upgraded leather interior with suede accents, standard all-wheel drive, and power-folding rear seats.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru used the Geneva Auto Show to introduce the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek. It’s the model’s first significant update since its 2012 launch. Subaru has yet to release details on the U.S. version of the car, but it retains its rugged design and high ground clearance.
Buyers can expect it to have more refined on- and off-pavement driving prowess than the current model, as well as the latest suite of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance and advanced safety systems.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
The Land Rover Family continues to grow with the introduction of the 2018 Range Rover Velar. It rides on the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, which is one of the top-ranked luxury compact SUVs.
Three powertrains will be offered, including a four-cylinder diesel and a 380-horsepower supercharged V6. All-wheel drive is standard, and air suspension is available to enhance the SUV’s off-road prowess. The Velar debuts a new Land Rover InControl infotainment system with a pair of 10-inch touch screens.
2018 Ford Mustang
The redesigned 2018 Ford Mustang is going high-tech in both looks and features. The V6 base engine is gone, in favor of the more efficient 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s currently available. The 5.0-liter V8 has been updated, and a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission can be paired to either engine.
Inside the cabin, the Mustang’s retro-inspired gauges can be replaced by a 12-inch customizable flat-panel display. Even the exhaust note on the V8-powered Mustang GT can be tuned with an available active-valve exhaust.
2018 Lexus LC
An all-new model for Lexus is the 2018 Lexus LC, a high-performance luxury sports coupe derived from its LF-LC concept car.
The LC features a 2+2 seating arrangement, which basically means that the rear seat is of little use for anything other than carrying packages. But hauling passengers isn’t what the LC is for. It’s a high-performance coupe with either a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain or a 471-horsepower V8 under the hood.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is set to compete in the heart of the midsize SUV segment, alongside rivals including the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. VW will offer a choice of an efficient four-cylinder or a powerful V6 engine.
Accessing the third row is a challenge in many midsize SUVs, but the Atlas’ second row folds forward in a way that provides an easy pathway, even when child seats are installed in the second row. Volkswagen’s customizable digital cockpit will be available on the Atlas, as will a number of advanced electronic safety aids and driver assistance systems.
2018 Ford EcoSport
Ford is entering the subcompact SUV market in the U.S. for 2018 with an updated version of a model that has been sold in other markets for some time. The 2018 Ford EcoSport will be available with a choice of two engines, including a super-efficient 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. It will feature Ford’s intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system with support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There’s going to be plenty of room to stow your stuff in the hatchback EcoSport, with storage niches placed throughout the cabin and a cargo management system in the back.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Named after a famous mountain pass road in the Italian Alps, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV continues the reintroduction of the brand into the U.S. market. Leading the lineup will be the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a 505-horsepower monster that can leap from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Two other models will be offered, and all-wheel drive will be standard on all Stelvios. They will be built at Alfa Romeo’s Cassino plant in Italy. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will compete with high-performance SUVs such as the Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5, and Mercedes-AMG GLC43.
2018 Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is set to receive its first major redesign since its initial introduction nine years ago. Volvo says the 2018 XC60 will be one of the safest cars ever built, employing such groundbreaking features as Oncoming Lane Mitigation to prevent head-on collisions.
Available on the 2018 Volvo XC60 will be Pilot Assist, which manages the steering, acceleration, and braking while driving up to 80 mph on highways with clear markings.