Out with the old, and in with the new! It’s time to take a look at the top cars of 2018. While the 2017 models might present a great deal with significant discounts, the 2018 models might have the upper hand in some additions or enhancements. Several 2018 models are already here—and a few of them are too irresistible to pass up. Let’s look at them more closely.
2018 Audi Q5
After almost a decade, the Audi Q5 gets a complete redesign to usher in the next production cycle. Since 2009, the Q5 has functioned as Audi’s compact crossover: a touch above the automaker’s insanely popular A4—with more interior space and a higher level of off-road capability. Typical of Audi vehicles, the Q5 has a high-quality, cockpit-like cabin. But that’s not all. The 2018 Audi Q5 also has an improved base engine, which is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that now produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (up from 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque). And there’s a long list of standard features, which include leather upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button engine ignition, and 10-speaker audio that includes HD Radio and a 7-inch display.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
If you’ve never heard of the Volkswagen Atlas before, that’s because it’s a brand-new model. Skillfully straddling the line between a crossover vehicle and a large SUV, the Atlas is one of the rare vehicles of its kind to provide three rows of seats. That’s huge (no pun intended) for a vehicle that is officially classified as a midsize SUV, and yet its driving dynamics suggest that it’s smaller than it actually is. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is thus ideal for those who like a vehicle that is family-friendly and yet fun to drive: a trait that is rare to come by.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Since its debut in the 1995 model year, the Odyssey has arguably been the automotive world’s most popular minivan: with a nice blend of spaciousness, handling, and reliability that few others can match. The 2018 model year welcomes the nameplate’s fifth generation, and it’s like the Odyssey never relinquished the throne. The 2018 Honda Odyssey marks the debut of the available 10-speed automatic transmission, which makes gear shifting and driving smoother and more convenient than ever before. A lighter body—made of ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium—boosts handling on the road. And the CabinTalk in-vehicle communications system and CabinWatch camera system—also new for 2018—for easier interaction with rear-seat passengers and keeping a better eye on them.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.