Every year, auto makers reveal their new SUV models and model revisions for consumers. They are rated on their quality and features, and many consumers look forward to seeing the results so they can make an informed decision on the best SUV for them. There are several things most consumers look for in a luxury SUV; quality, power, good looks, and the latest, most innovative high-tech features. If you are in the market to get a new luxury SUV but aren’t sure which models have the highest ratings and are being recommended for this upcoming year, then take a look at the following list. These are the top ten luxury SUVs to keep an eye on for 2018.
10. 2018 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage hasn’t changed much since last year’s model, with it’s coupe-like roof, sleek, smooth lines and robust grille. The Sportage has been designed with two separate engine choices; the 2.4 liter in-line four and the turbocharged 2.0 in-line liter engine. Both are used with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Sportage is a five-passenger SUV with rear folding seats. The spacious and roomy cabin was designed with ample room for toting everything you need on a trip or running errands around town. Kia knows what customers want, and that is quality, performance, and economically efficient, which is what the Sportage promises to deliver, down to the ergonomically designed console, loaded with all the most innovative technological features for ease of use and complete control of the cabin. The Kia Sportage is definitely a luxury SUV to keep your eye on in 2018.
9. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen has been a bit in the rears when it comes to making highly desirable vehicles anymore, but now, there’s the Volkswagen Atlas, the car manufacturer’s full-size crossover that looks every bit as masculine and macho as its performs. The Atlas SEL version, designed with 20-inch wheels and solid grille and flared wheel arches only add to its muscular stance. The Atlas performs with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Atlas versions with a 4Motion all-wheel drive, house a 3.6-liter V6, giving it 276 hp when it’s run at 6,200 rpms. If room is what you’re looking for, you will enjoy the 20.6 cu. ft. of space for hauling everything you need, whether toting groceries, luggage, or hardware supplies. Volkswagen has created a strong contender for one of the best luxury SUVs for 2018, and you can own one with prices starting at around $35.5k.
8. 2018 Mazda CX-3
The Mazda CX-3 promises a luxury at it’s best when on the road, whether it’s in-town or a road trip. The sleek curves of the CX-3 are sleek and sporty, whether you choose from the Sport model, the Touring or Grand Touring. Your visibility in the CX-3 are excellent in the driver-focused cabin, as you sit elevated behind the wheel to expand your vision all around you. The dash was designed with the latest innovative technology, using futuristic analog dials, along with a full-color display screen for easy, readable information. Mazda equipped with CX-3 with a smart predictive I-ACTIV AWD all-wheel system that is on constant alert to monitor weather and road conditions to adjust the power deliver for the optimum traction when needed. Every detail is refined and the highest quality to give a driving experience like no other. When it comes to performance, you can expect the best, with the 146 hp at 6,000 rpms and 146 lb-ft of Torque. The Mazda CX-3 is a luxurious SUV that is one to watch for in 2018.
7. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse is a mid-size SUV that can seat up to eight total. It is roomy, comfy and a great drive for long road trips, or every day driving. Chevrolet has been making reliable vehicles for years and is one of the most well-known automakers in the business. The Traverse is their luxury SUV that boasts 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine with a stop-start engine control system, running on a 9-speed automatic transmission. Inside the 98.2 cu. ft cabin, luxury is all around you with the latest features and premium-stitched leather. You get enhanced Smart-slide second row seats, Teen Driver technology that caters to teen drivers by muting the audio until front seat riders are buckled up and automatically engages the advanced safety features, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert and more. There is a great deal of storage space in the cabin to keep things secure as you drive, and you may also choose from other features; the Dual SkyScape 2-panel power sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and more. Keep your eye out for this SUV next year, as it is one of the top ten in the line of luxury SUVs.
6. 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
One of the most popular names in sports cars, Porsche has a hybrid SUV coming out for 2018. The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is everything a Porsche should be and more, since this is not your little, two-seater sports car. This roomy SUV seats 5 comfortably and was designed with an all-wheel drive to give you outstanding handling on the highway, and in town. How well does the Cayenne compare to their sports car? Being a hybrid, it is equipped with an electric motor, but not just any, it’s a supercharged 333-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 95-hp electric motor. The combined system give you 416-hp and 435 ft-lbs of torque by way of an 8-speed automatic transmission. Of course Porsche didn’t scrimp on any interior details. Only the best quality materials and craftsmanship were used to design the luxurious cabin, and you get to choose some of the features you want, such as the moonroof or panoramic roof system. Memory seats are an option, as well as a Bose surround sound system, the power liftgate and self-leveling air suspension. Look for the Cayenne in 2018. It’s one of the top rated SUVs for next year.
5. 2018 Audi Q3
It’s what you would expect from a luxury automobile maker, the 2018 Audi Q3 is one of the top luxurious SUVs to watch for next year and is the perfect SUV for navigating the city, or the open road. The turbocharged 200-hp 2.0-liter, six-speed engine and automatic transmission give it an extra sporty feel to drive, agility, and excellent performance. The Audi Q3 was designed with all-wheel drive and gives you superb road grip and control, including slippery roads. Inside the cabin, luxury is all around with the high quality craftsmanship, such as your choice of Aluminum or Balsamic Brown Walnut Wood for the interior inlays, as well as the leather wrapped shift paddles and the fully-loaded steering wheel that gives the driver full command of the vehicle at his fingertips. One of the most anticipated SUVs for 2018, the Audi Q3 is one of the top ten to look for next year.
4. 2018 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar is known for its line of sports cars, and with the F-Pace, you get to have the luxury of a roomy, comfortable ride, combined with all the agility of a sports car. Jaguar gives you a choice of advanced gasoline or diesel engines, and handles like you’d expect from a Jaguar. You can’t compare the performance of the F-Pace’s Supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine. Get your choice of 340 hp and 380 hp versions, with the 380 taking you from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. Inside the cabin, the interior chocies are sophisticated and luxurious, with supple leather and premium materials all around you. You can choose from your color choices and other interior features to customize your personal style. Jaguar still creates some of the most luxurious automobiles on the road, and the F-Pace is just another example of their eye for detail and grand vision.
3. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
Although Subaru has a great reputation with their automobiles as being safe and reliable, they have been one of the car manufacturers that has taken a “watch-and-wait” approach to the crossover craze that has been happening in the auto world. Now, their Crosstrek has really boosted their sales streak with their line of SUVs, and their Subaru Crosstrek has given Subaru reason to believe their 2018 Crosstrek will keep it going. The 2018 model is very similar to previous models with little changes having been made. While the shape and size are comparable, inside the cabin rides much more comfortable and quieter. Every Crosstrek is designed with a symmetrical all-wheel drive and has excellent fuel efficiency, for both highway and in-town driving. One of the best features added, is the new Eyesight technology that monitors traffic movement, warns you when you sway out of your lane, and will even help you to steer the vehicle back to your lane. The Suebaru Crosstrek ranks as one of the top luxury SUVs for 2108.
2. 2018 BMW X4
The 2018 BMW X4 is a combination SUV that gives you multiple styling features. First, it is a coupe-style vehicle that boasts a hatchback utility, the height of an SUV, and an all-wheel drive, all in one package. Although the X4 is a bit smaller inside the cabin than the X3 model, it has a better look to it. It also rises above as a more fun drive than the X3. The BMW X4 is not only luxurious with its many top quality features, it gives you great power, both the standard model which features a 355-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium) engine, and especially the more powerful, X4 M4oi model. The BMW X4 seats 5 and has plenty of cargo space for all practicality reasons. This is one of the best, luxury SUVs for 2018.
1. 2018 Audi Q5
Audi is known for its high quality, luxury vehicles. The 2018 Audi Q5 has been a popular SUV for the auto maker and this year’s model promises to be even better than before. It has been fully redesigned from previous years. Audi took the time to address specific issues with the 2017 model, giving the 2018 an improved base engine, an updated infotainment system, and more driver assistance features, from prior models. It also gets better gas mileage than previous models, added safety features, plus a longer list of standard features. You not only get an excellent combination of luxury and sportiness, but it is comfortable and a highly rated safe automobile. The 2018 Audi Q5 gives you so much for your money that it falls into the slot of number one top luxury SUVs for 2018.