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TTAC Readers’ Selection: The Best Vehicles of 2018

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Tesla Model 3, Image: Tesla

The votes are in, and out of the 20 nominees for best vehicle, listed here are the winners.

It was a troublesome marketing campaign full of mudslinging, adverse advertisements, and scandal – oh wait, that’s that different election marketing campaign that ended earlier this month. Sorry, my dangerous.

We began out by asking you, the reader, to submit as much as 10 nominations for the best and worst automobiles of 2018. We then used a scoring system to account for automobiles that have been nominated in each classes. The prime 20 automobiles, adjusted for scoring, have been then introduced so that you can select from. The full record is right here.

Right here’s what you, and our employees, got here up with for the best automobiles of 2018. We had some standards tips, and lots of of you both adopted them or got here up with your personal to find out which automobiles deserved a nod. Standards included, however wasn’t restricted to: styling, worth for the cash, enjoyable-to-drive issue, cool issue, “wtf” issue, and comparability to competitors.

With out additional ado, listed here are the best automobiles as chosen by you. You’ll word that there are literally 12 automobiles, as a consequence of ties.

  1. Jeep Wrangler (tie)

Jeep’s redone and extra civilized Wrangler presents an fascinating case. First of all, it barely made the reduce for the best nominations as an alternative of worst. You panned it for being expensive, for nonetheless being too off-street oriented, and in some instances for being outdated regardless of its current redesign. And but, sufficient of you gave it first-place votes that it nonetheless tied for tenth place. The world is actually a thriller.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt - Image: Chevrolet

  1. Chevrolet Bolt (tie)

The Bolt was seen by many of you as an reasonably priced various to the Tesla Mannequin three. Whereas the Chevy hasn’t acquired the identical avalanche of press because the Mannequin three, it’s a superb car, and just like the Mannequin three, it offers over 200 miles of range on a single cost.

  1. Ford F-one hundred fifty

Ford’s best-promoting truck acquired a lot of love within the nomination course of – a lot so, we’re a bit stunned it didn’t do higher within the remaining voting. No matter, it gained’t cease Ford from promoting boatloads. One of the nominators referred to as it “Extremely American,” stating it had “leading edge supplies.” One other one of you stated it had the correct features on the proper price. Nonetheless, America’s primary vehicle is simply quantity 9 on this listing.

Mazda 6

  1. Mazda 6

A very good-wanting midsize sedan that’s enjoyable to drive and now provides turbo energy? Surprising that it makes the listing. The 6 has lengthy been thought-about the fanatic’s selection on this phase, and y’all agree with that consensus. One commenter stated it’s a blast to drive, one other stated it’s the best of all worlds, and that’s why it sits on this listing.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

  1. Lincoln Navigator

One commenter referred to as it a “best in school” vehicle with “nice seems to be.” One of our staffers thinks it’s the one fascinating Lincoln presently on sale. Giant SUVs stay a bit of a throwback on this crossover-crazed period, nevertheless it’s clear the Navigator’s up to date styling and boosted energy have gained sufficient of you over to place it in seventh place.

  1. Chevrolet Corvette

Perhaps it’s the truth that the ZR1 is again. Or that the Z06 and Grand Sport editions nonetheless exist. Or perhaps it’s simply that the Corvette, even in “base” Stingray guise, stays one of the best efficiency bargains within the business. It in all probability doesn’t harm that Chevrolet lastly modernized the interior when the present era launched a number of years in the past – not solely is the car a hoot to drive and comparatively reasonably priced for these with just a little additional scratch, however it not punishes you whenever you cruise round city.

2018 VW Golf

  1. Volkswagen Golf/GTI/Golf R

Right here’s the primary shock of the voting. Based mostly on the nominations, it appeared that the Golf household would sail to a victory. The GTI is usually thought-about the best sporty compact car, the non-GTI Golf is a blast to drive, the Golf R is implausible, and oh yeah, you will get a Golf wagon, too. But regardless of being car-fanatic catnip, the Golf and its variants completed simply fifth. What automobiles, pray inform, did the voters like higher?

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, Image: Porsche

  1. Porsche 911

It’s no shock to see the 911 excessive on this record – it’s maybe the gold standard for sports activities automobiles. Lots of you lust after it, and for good purpose. One of you stated it’s “made for driving and having fun with, a bit analog in a digital world,” and that sentiment sums it up properly.

  1. Mazda MX-5 Miata (tie)

A Miata makes it to close the highest of the listing. How surprising. Mazda’s little roadster stays a blast to drive, providing elemental thrills and a connection to the street that’s seldom felt anyplace else. Its affordability and styling gained you over, as nicely.

  1. Honda Accord (tie)

When the brand new Accord launched, many of you poo-pooed the styling, particularly the entrance finish. But like it or hate it, you’re prepared to miss it as a result of the Accord stays fantastic to drive, reasonably priced, and nonetheless gives three-pedal driving. Like Mazda, Honda appears to “get it” with regards to understanding car lovers, and the way these of us who like driving don’t need to sacrifice sport for consolation if we’re buying midsize sedans. “Have you ever pushed one?” requested one of the nominators. Whereas the Camry is far improved, the Fusion stays (for now), and the 6 can also be a blast to drive, the Accord’s all-round capacity helps it right here.

2018 Kia Stinger GT - Image: Kia

  1. Kia Stinger

The concept of a RWD/AWD sports activities sedan that’s comparatively reasonably priced actually, actually appeals to you guys. Not solely did the Stinger get many first-place votes, nevertheless it was one of probably the most-nominated automobiles within the first spherical. The car actually is enjoyable to drive (though, as I wrote earlier than, it wants somewhat extra seasoning), and it’s a looker. Kudos to Kia for each constructing a car like this and getting it principally proper.

Tesla Model 3

  1. Tesla Mannequin three

Shade me shocked (no pun meant). The Mannequin three wasn’t as extremely nominated as different automobiles on this record through the first spherical (it even had a pair of worst-car nominations), so it’s a tad shocking that it snagged sufficient first-place votes (simply three greater than the Kia, however 9 greater than the Accord and Miata). Nonetheless, lots of you spoke extremely of it in your nomination feedback. One of you stated it “presents main efficiency for the greenback.” One other referred to as it “proper-sized for the market, an precise competitor to the three (Ed word – presumably, the BMW three Collection) and the [Audi] A4.” Yet one more hailed its “nice design and easy acceleration while being quiet.”

Remaining Ideas

A remaining phrase on the voting – whereas the highest 10 and winner have been decided just by which of the 20 nominees received probably the most first-place votes, issues change a bit if we common out every car’s votes throughout the 20 locations and assign a rating.

For instance, whereas the Mannequin three obtained probably the most first-place votes, it additionally received quite a bit of votes for nineteenth place (a handful greater than it did for first place) – and it obtained, by far, extra twentieth-place votes than some other car. It received much more twentieth-place votes than it did first-place votes. That tells me the Mannequin three is a divisive vehicle, and maybe Tesla fanboys stuffed the poll – or maybe Tesla haters tried to bury it.

Perhaps it’s not simply concerning the Tesla being a polarizing car – the Golf household additionally had so much of twentieth-place votes. Greater than double what it had for first-place votes. This, regardless of having the second-best adjusted rating for best vehicle through the nomination course of.

If we’d passed by every car’s common rating, the highest 5 would’ve been, so as: Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Accord, Ford Mustang, Kia Stinger, and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Maybe subsequent yr’s survey ought to go by common rating versus first-place votes, or maybe the survey may be arrange in another way in order that as an alternative of rating 1-20, you merely vote for first place (personally, I like having this knowledge). We’ll take heed to your suggestions under and talk about issues internally.

In order that’s it. The Tesla Mannequin three is the TTAC Readers’ Selection best vehicle of 2018, as voted by you. Verify again tomorrow for the worst automobiles, as voted by you. Let’s see how the hatred flows.

[Images: Jeep, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Honda, Kia, Volkswagen, Porsche, Tesla]

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