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The Top Daily Drivers of 2018


December 28, 2018 Briefings By

A high-quality daily driver tends to be an extension of its owner. He’ll spend hours upon hours commuting and road tripping on stretches of highway and over winding back roads. To that end, even when brand new, the car should be like a new home — welcoming and ready to be personalized. And like a new home, it should match the driver’s style in regards to performance, luxury and design and, hopefully, hold up against the test of time. Out of all the cars to come out of 2018, these are the best candidates for a daily driver.

The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Is Worth Getting for the Interior Alone
The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Is Worth Getting for the Interior Alone

Updates to the Volkswagen Jetta for 2019 might have you reconsidering going upmarket with an Audi.

The Budget-Friendly Mercedes Finally Shows Its Face
The Budget-Friendly Mercedes Finally Shows Its Face

After months of hints, teases and a slow trickle of information, Mercedes finally unveiled the new 2019 A-Class.

Ford Turned Its Ranger Pickup into an Insane Little Off-Roader
Ford Turned Its Ranger Pickup into an Insane Little Off-Roader

Ford's new lifted, diesel-powered Ranger is an off-road monster that isn't coming to the US.

Can Ford’s ST Treatment Actually Make a Boring Family Hauler Fun?
Can Ford’s ST Treatment Actually Make a Boring Family Hauler Fun?

The new Edge ST rocks a tiny, 335-horsepower 2.7-liter turbo four. But is it too tame?

Volkswagen’s Beautifully-Designed Sedan Is a Luxury Car at a Lower Price Point
Volkswagen’s Beautifully-Designed Sedan Is a Luxury Car at a Lower Price Point

A turbocharged four-cylinder and an attractive design make this an enticing entry-level luxury car.

This Diesel Van Will Haul Your Family Better Than Any Crossover Could Ever Hope To
This Diesel Van Will Haul Your Family Better Than Any Crossover Could Ever Hope To

Now the whole family can live the #vanlife.

You Won’t Find a Better Looking Car for Under $25,000 Than the New Mazda 6
You Won’t Find a Better Looking Car for Under $25,000 Than the New Mazda 6

If you're shopping for a car based on the best bang for your buck, Mazda is hard to overlook.

Save Money, Skip the R-Line Upgrade and Get the Standard Volkswagen Arteon
Save Money, Skip the R-Line Upgrade and Get the Standard Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen just announced it'll debut the R-Line package next week at the New York International Auto Show, but when the Arteon goes on sale later this year, you should save your money and skip that...

Toyota Is Going After the Volkswagen Golf and It Might Just Pull It off
Toyota Is Going After the Volkswagen Golf and It Might Just Pull It off

The last time a Toyota Corolla hatchback received this much fanfare, Ronald Reagan was in office and Michael Jackson was serenading us over the radio waves with Billie Jean.

The All-New Sierra AT4 Brings GMC’s Luxury Off-Road
The All-New Sierra AT4 Brings GMC’s Luxury Off-Road

The Luxury pickup now has the tools it needs to bring you off-road and keep you in the lap of luxury at the same time.

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Is a Special Edition You Actually Want
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Is a Special Edition You Actually Want

Special editions tend to be nothing more than a paint job and extra trim pieces. The Tahoe Custom Midnight has a healthy dose of practicality mixed in.

The Volkswagen Jetta Gets a Lower Price Tag for 2019
The Volkswagen Jetta Gets a Lower Price Tag for 2019

Based on how the Jetta's price tag has fluctuated over the years -- even considering inflation and market conditions -- it's safe to assume the next-generation Jetta will be at it's most affordable as soon...

The Special Edition Subaru STI Is Ridiculously Affordable And You Want One
The Special Edition Subaru STI Is Ridiculously Affordable And You Want One

Based on how Subaru is building and pricing the Specia.Gray edition WRX and STI, they're spec'd to be the ultimate driver's car for under $40,000.

Finally, the All-New 2019 Volvo S60 Sedan Is Revealed
Finally, the All-New 2019 Volvo S60 Sedan Is Revealed

And you can get it with a 415 horsepower hybrid drivetrain if you so choose.

Chevy Brings Back the Blazer But It Will Probably Bum You Out
Chevy Brings Back the Blazer But It Will Probably Bum You Out

The iconic off-roader is now a perfectly-fine mid-size crossover.

The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road
The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road

As of now, a US-bound Ranger Raptor is still undecided. But if the excitement over this promo video is anything to go by, Ford would be insane to hold back from the American market.

Toyota 86 GT Black Review: Is the New Looks Package Really Worth It?
Toyota 86 GT Black Review: Is the New Looks Package Really Worth It?

That's where the GT Black is special: it takes an admittedly cult-classic car and ups the nerd cred a bit within its own circles.

There Will Be a Less Powerful Toyota Supra, But That Will Be the Better Buy
There Will Be a Less Powerful Toyota Supra, But That Will Be the Better Buy

It's widely known the Supra, and the next BMW Z4 share similar platforms and engineering, but the smaller, less powerful engine is a new discovery.

The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV
The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV

Audi redesigned the second generation compact Q3 SUV taking a heap of inspiration from the all-new Q8.

The New Jeep Wrangler Moab Is a More Luxurious Rubicon
The New Jeep Wrangler Moab Is a More Luxurious Rubicon

The Wrangler Moab is the first new edition of the current generation Jeep. Combining the Sahara and Rubicon, it sets a new standard.

The Ford Ranger Raptor Gets Beaten to the Punch
The Ford Ranger Raptor Gets Beaten to the Punch

Chevrolet pulled a fast one on everybody and announced the Colorado ZR2 Bison concept is actually in production and will go on sale January 2019.

At $33K, the Lexus UX Is the Premium Brand’s Most Affordable Car
At $33K, the Lexus UX Is the Premium Brand’s Most Affordable Car

My prediction is that Lexus will edge back up as a major threat in the US premium segment. And who knows? Maybe the UX will be a great car too.

The 2019 VW GTI Will Give You More For Your Money
The 2019 VW GTI Will Give You More For Your Money

Volkswagen just announced the changes for the 2019 Golf GTI and even though there's a price hike, the little hot hatch will still be a performance bargain.

The New Audi SQ2 Is Just a Big Hot Hatch
The New Audi SQ2 Is Just a Big Hot Hatch

Audi is busy bolstering its SUV lineup with entirely new models, but more importantly, it's slotting in S-level performance version as well.

I’m Delighted to Inform You That the New Suzuki Jimny Has Won a Design Award
I’m Delighted to Inform You That the New Suzuki Jimny Has Won a Design Award

I am not delighted to inform you that you still can't buy it in the US.

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