The class of 2018

With 2018 just a few days away, most of the dealers are double timing to sell cars off their showroom floors to car hungry consumers. The moneyed elite have started buying cars in anticipation of the revamped tax scheme for cars, while the rest of us mortals are simply buying the four-wheel contraption to make our daily commute less stressful given the unreliability of our public transport system. 

For automakers, the incoming year holds a lot surprises for everyone. Toyota has started the ball rolling early this month with the introduction of the new Yaris. As a motorhead, this writer has compiled a list of redesigned cars that might be launched in the domestic market anytime next year. 

Honda Accord

With the Civic Type R paving the way for Honda’s 2018 offensive, fans of the brand are wondering if the redesigned Honda Accord will make it to our shores. It’s got a bold new look, and is the most advanced, most sophisticated variant of the Accord bloodline. While we might probably get the 1500cc 192bhp turbocharged four-cylinder version matted to a powertrain similar to that of the all-new Civic, I personally would like to have the 252bhp 2.0 liter-10 speed version. 

The new turbocharged engines are powerful and efficient. The driving-assist features are numerous and excellent and the robust infotainment system might become a local favorite in the midsize luxury sedan segment.

Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy isn’t just the only midsize sedan to include all-wheel drive as standard equipment, it’s one of very few midsize sedans to even offer all-wheel drive at all. But while all-weather performance remains a calling card of Subaru and the Legacy, other strengths include a solid reputation for reliability and standout resale values. The Subaru Legacy is resilient in bad weather, and also stands up to the test of time.

Undergoing a recent redesign, the Legacy is a freshly relevant entry in a strong segment, thanks in large part to a refined powertrain, increased fuel economy and a greatly improved infotainment offering. If you’re looking for a midsize sedan with the added traction of all-wheel drive, the Legacy is number one on a very short list.

The Legacy’s potent 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine offers up the same kind of power as other four-cylinder cars in this class, but the continuously variable transmission (CVT) actually makes it feel more responsive than you’d expect from 175 horsepower.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen might flex its muscles next year if it decides to bring in the all new Tiguan. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is far roomier than its predecessor, which had shrunk relative to its peers to become one of the segment’s smallest entries. The new Tiguan is also loaded with cutting-edge tech, including dual 12- and 8-inch digital displays, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a long list of driver assist and safety technologies. Plus, it’s the only compact SUV other than the Honda BRV to offer seating for seven, albeit via the tightest third row on the market.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter turbo charged four cylinder engine matted to an eight speed transmission.

Toyota Camry

When debating on which car to buy in the midsize luxury car segment, it all boils down to two contenders, the Accord or Toyota Camry. 

For 2018, the eighth generation Camry is more athletic in terms of design and dynamics. The 2018 Camry sedan literally wears its athletic attitude. The sheet metal has been sculpted, creased and enhanced to portray its newfound verve. The sportier version Camry further ups the attitude with an available two-tone roof that highlights its rearmost c-pillars. Those trims also boast dual exhaust outlets with quad tips, pretty ambitious for a family sedan and a first for the Toyota Camry. Backing up its athletic looks, the Camry will be available in three engine variants; the standard and by far most popular four-cylinder, a smooth and strong V6, and a hybrid that pairs a four-cylinder gasoline engine and battery-powered electric motor. Toyota’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder is all new and boasts more power and better fuel economy than the motivator it replaces. In fact, with 203 horsepower, it can claim best-in-class power output for a standard engine in a midsize sedan, and it’s a noticeable bump over the outgoing model’s 178 horsepower.

Hyundai Accent

A best seller in the local market, the Accent is one of the most affordable cars produced by this Korean automotive giant. With a stellar 25 years of history and over 1.2 million units sold, its is one of the most recognizable variant in the global arena. For 2018, Hyundai will probably introduce the all new fifth generation middle of next year. 

For its makeover, the 2018 Hyundai Accent gains many things and loses one big factor, it will only be available in a sedan version. This popular subcompact car gains fresh and sophisticated styling inside and out, a more efficient engine, improved safety features, and a revamped infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  This new one has 130 horsepower/119 lb-ft of torque, vs. the 137 hp/123 lb-ft torque of the previous model. The output is perfectly adequate to move that amount of metal. As a vehicle for new car owners or those whose general driving requirements are mainly around town, the new Accent makes perfect sense.

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