Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2018

  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R

    Every year at Motor Authority we drive hundreds of vehicles to tell you what's best—swank luxury sedans to hypercars that chew through miles. This year we had a wide-ranging mix including a superb Porsche Panamera, a stunning Lexus LC 500, an upstart Kia Stinger GT that we loved to drive. But what's our Motor Authority Best Car to Buy 2018? It's the new Honda Civic Type R. It's our new best friend, but with way better mechanicals than our old best friend. The 2018 Honda Civic Type R starts life as a Civic, but adds a new 4-cylinder with turbocharging and VTEC. It shoves you into the...

2018 Nominees

2017 Honda Civic Type R 2018 Honda Civic
MSRP: $18,940
2018 Kia Stinger GT 2018 Kia Stinger
MSRP: $31,900
2018 Lexus LC 500 2018 Lexus LC
MSRP: $92,000
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2018 Porsche Panamera
MSRP: $85,000

Best Car to Buy News

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    Frankencar 2018: best of our Best Car To Buy nominees

    Swap the keys of four luxury and performance cars among seven editors for a few days, and opinions get formed. Each guy learns the things he likes about each car and the things he doesn't. We start picking nits and picking favorites. The result of this back and forth was naming the Honda Civic Type...

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    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018: how we arrived at the winner

    The Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 is the Honda Civic Type R. We said as much Monday. With its combination of exhilarating performance and downright value, you would think it would be a shoo-in for the award. Think again. The competition was fast and fierce this year and covered wide ground...

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Lexus LC

    The Lexus LC is a concept car come to life. It started life as the LF-LC concept at the 2012 Detroit auto auto show, and the public's response was so overwhelming that Lexus put it into production. We're glad it did because this grand tourer drives as good as it looks. From the arrowhead LEDs that...

  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Kia Stinger GT

    Kia is taking on giants with the Stinger. Priced below a BMW 3-Series and sized like a Lexus GS, the Stinger is aimed squarely at European sport sedans, and it has the European roots to back it up. Penned by former Audi design boss Peter Schreyer and developed by the former head of BMW M...

  • 2017 Ford GT
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  • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Porsche Panamera

    The Porsche Panamera isn't the crazy bit of heresy that the Cayenne was. After all, a sedan/hatchback isn't as far a leap for a sports car maker as an SUV. But like the Cayenne, it's a Porsche, and that means it has to be sporty, even if it doesn't have two doors and an engine located anywhere but...

  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Honda Civic Type R

    Honda fans in America have wanted patiently. As other countries got four generations of Civic Type Rs, we looked on longingly. Now it's our turn. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R shoves 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through its front wheels and handles it expertly. A front suspension...

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