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Consumer Reports New Cars April 2018

Consumer Reports New Cars will help you decide which new car, suv, minivan, or pick up truck is right for you. We buy every vehicle our engineers test and drive them like you would. We also provide exclusive, real world reliability ratings based on subscribers' experiences with more than 740,000 vehicles.

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1 min.
the cr difference

▶ WHETHER YOU TURNED a calendar page or swiped a screen, it’s a new year. So while you may be in the market for a new car, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck, your decision-making process has just gotten more difficult. Do you buy a leftover 2017 model or do you get that new 2018 version? And what about those 2019s—is it worth waiting for one of them? Take a deep breath and relax because this is where the Consumer Reports automotive staff can help. First, because we buy every vehicle we test and our testers live with each one, we can tell you which models live up to the manufacturer hype … and which ones make promises they can’t keep. Second, owners tell us about their experiences with their personal vehicles through our…

9 min.
what to look for in 2018

What’s coming to your dealer in the near future, and vehicles in testing at the track WINTER 2018 Jeep Wrangler Jeep promises that the new Wrangler will have improved fuel economy, ride, and safety, while not letting down its upgrade-loving loyalists. Essential Wrangler hallmarks remain, with its classic silhouette, seven-slot grille, round headlamps, and a removable top and doors. A key goal was improving fuel economy. The last four-door we tested, with a 3.6-liter V6, returned just 17 mpg overall. To achieve that goal, Jeep improved aerodynamics by cutting weight and used an eight-speed automatic. The new Wrangler Unlimited with the V6 and automatic transmission is officially rated at 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg overall. The manual gets 19 mpg overall. The updated V6 produces 285 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and it…

2 min.
2018 buick enclave

▶ THE ALL-NEW 2018 ENCLAVE has been completely modernized, while retaining the spacious and quiet cabin, responsive handling, and serene ride that defined the previous generation. We bought a mid-level Premium 1SN Enclave with all-wheel drive. We added the “Experience” package, which includes 20-inch wheels, dual sunroof, and the trailering package; navigation; special metallic paint; and a few more odds and ends, which brought the final price to $55,680, including the destination fee. Driving Impressions The large, seven-passenger Buick has smooth and punchy acceleration, delivered by its 310-hp V6 engine, and helped by its responsive nine-speed automatic transmission. We’ve been averaging about 19 mpg overall, according to the trip computer. The only major demerit so far is that the engine start/stop feature can be abrupt when restarting. The Enclave has a relaxed and composed…

3 min.
2018 bmw x3

▶ BMW’S ALL-NEW X3 makes a strong case to be considered among the best luxury compact SUVs available. The X3 is impressive, from driving enjoyment to comfort and utility. We bought an X3 xDrive30i, which features a 2.0-liter, 248- hp turbo four-cylinder engine and starts at $42,450. To that we added leather seating; the Convenience package; the Driving Assistance package; and the Premium package, for a total of $53,745, with destination. Driving Impressions One of the first things you notice about the X3 is how impressively quiet the cabin is. Road, wind, tire, and most engine noises are well muted. The X3 doesn’t have the noticeable engine rasp that we observed in our test of the BMW 330i, which uses the same engine. Power delivery is smooth, but with some slight initial turbo lag.…

3 min.
2018 gmc terrain

▶ GMC HAS REDESIGNED the Terrain with tidier dimensions, bringing it in line with most of the compact SUV segment. The automaker has positioned the Terrain as a more premium offering than its sibling Chevrolet Equinox, but we are still searching for the premium parts. Our Terrain SLE started at $29,570. To that we added the optional 2.0-liter, 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Infotainment and Driver Convenience packages, a dual-pane sunroof, power liftgate, and metallic paint. All told, with destination, it has an MSRP of $36,950. Driving Impressions On the road, the Terrain’s handling is mundane and mushy, giving the driver the impression that the SUV doesn’t want to be pushed. The engine has decent power, but the nine-speed automatic transmission is not especially smooth. Some part-throttle downshifts result in hesitation, which adds…

3 min.
2018 land rover velar

▶ THE NEW VELAR is a different type of Land Rover. It eschews the off-road-ready, adventure-seeking look, instead appealing to buyers who want a sleek, high-tech, and sporty machine. The difference is apparent from the moment you approach the Velar. It greets you with door handles that electronically extend from the body. Inside, dual touch screens instill a sleek, high-tech ambience. We recently purchased a Velar S, powered by a 247-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. While it started at $54,700, with a few options and driver-assist features, the total came to $59,503, putting it at the high end of its segment. Driving Impressions Drive off, and it’s immediately clear that this Range Rover sits lower than its brethren. It feels more stiffly sprung and sharper in the corners than any other member of its extended…