The year 2018 was an exciting year for the automotive industry. There were some interesting new features being made available in more mainstream cars, including radar-guided cruise control, complete auto-pilot, and automatic parking; cars are getting smarter and more automated. The year was also an exciting one for hybrids and electric cars, especially with the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 entering the market in February.
There were some very popular models indeed, with some being a refresh of the 2017 model. So, what were the most popular cars in 2018? Let’s find out, shall we?
Honda has a lot of popular cars on the market right now, and 2018 was no different. The company has models that aren’t just reliable and affordable, but also economical to run. Based on the best car budget tips, justifying the purchase of a new Honda is easy regardless of the budget you have for a new (or used) car.
One of the most popular models from Honda last year is the Honda HR-V. Designed to be a compact SUV with the agility of a small city car, the HR-V captured the attention of many almost immediately. It may not be as capable as other SUVs off the road, but it is an incredible little crossover for everyday city use.
Any list of popular cars isn’t complete without the Toyota Camry. Year after year, this luxury model from Toyota has been selling well. In 2018, there were more than 600,000 new Camrys in the hands of owners across the country. It is an immediate rival to the Honda Accord series, and the 2018 model is special.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is an exciting car. Gone are the boring design lines meant to attract executives and professionals. The new Camry has an exciting frontend, a luxurious interior, and an engine that gives it oomph whenever you feel like hitting the gas pedal to have fun. It has a long list of smart features too.
Despite VW’s emissions scandal, many of the company’s cars are still very popular on the market. The VW Golf, in particular, is still in the hearts of thousands of customers. The compact shape, next-generation engine, and the GT version of this car are among the things that make the VW Golf a regular in lists of popular cars.
Volkswagen sold fewer Golfs in 2018; in fact, sales were down by a whopping 11%. That translates to more than 700,000 new Golfs entering the market, and that’s a lot! Despite the drop in sales, it is a city car that will always have a place in the market.
The Honda Accord may be showing signs of losing to the Toyota Camry, but the Honda Civic is more popular than ever. The turbo-charged sedan was an instant hit when it was first introduced earlier last year. The unique design lines, sporty rear end, and its spicy engine made the Honda Civic exciting again. We suspect Honda is getting a large stream of younger users with this car.
There is still room for improvement with the Civic, but the company is moving in the right direction with this one. This is the Honda Civic that can hold its own against our next popular car from 2018.
Despite the Civic’s best efforts, Toyota still leads the way with the Toyota Corolla. Both the sedan and hatchback models were very – and I do mean VERY – popular in the market. Corollas are reliable, easy to use, comfortable, and economical; they may not be exciting enough for many users, but they are a joy to own.
The low running and maintenance costs were among the reasons why the Toyota Corolla was so popular in 2019. Toyota sold close to one million Corollas in 2018, and it is looking to repeat the model’s success in 2019 with a few refreshes and some new colors.
A surprising contender for 2018’s most popular car is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, particularly the 2018 C200 Mercedes. The C-Class has always been a leading light in the luxury sedan category, but last year’s model is incredibly popular for two reasons.
First, Mercedes-Benz’s new design language is stunning. Last year’s models may look odd at first due to their proportions, but they get better the more you pay attention to them. The E-Class was great, the GL series were sleek and capable, but the C-Class tops the lineup with stunning cars.
Performance-wise, the C-Class is simply unrivaled. It is comfortable, great to drive, and can be economical in Comfort mode. Besides, it’s a Merc.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular car of 2018 is the Ford F-Series pickup trucks. Ford introduced several new models in the series last years, but the new ranges were not the main reason why this car is so popular. The car’s popularity is more due to the culture behind the Ford F-Series.
This is a car you opt for whether you spend most of your time off the road or cruising through city blocks. It has gotten more and more versatile over the years. This year, Ford included a number of new engines for better fuel efficiency too; as expected, it was met with complaints from avid F-Series lovers.
Still, you can ditch the EcoBoost engine and go for the F150 Platinum, or even better: the F150 Raptor. The Raptor is actually more affordable than both the F150 Platinum and F150 Limited, but it looks meaner, comes with beadlock-capable wheels, has live valve shocks as standard, and 450-horsepower to keep you awake.
Some believe that the Toyota Corolla will take Ford F-Series in 2019. After all, Toyota is showing all the signs of a market takeover with its economical sedan. For us, however, the F-Series is looking strong. Ford made some interesting changes to the line-up this year, especially with the addition of a Ti-VCT V6 engine to the XL. Smart features from Ford’s toolbox are coming too.
Will the F-Series top the list of popular cars in 2019? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.
published gloucestercitynews.net | April 30, 2019