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2018 Honda Changes

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2018 Honda Model Changes

As we get new information on all of the 2018 Hondas, this article will be updated. So bookmark it!

Edited 10/20/2017: Added CR-V and Civic.

Accord

2018 Honda Accord Touring

This sub-title was "Accord Sedan" last time, but the coupe is not returning for 2018.

Honda intimates that this is the biggest change for the Accord model in its storied history. That may be true. In addition to dropping the coupe variant which has been present since 1986 (before that a three-door hatchback), the V6 is gone, replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. With 26 less horsepower but 21 more pound-feet of torque (twisting force that helps cars jump off the line), and with less weight to carry, it will probably accelerate faster.

The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is replaced by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a little more horsepower and torque. These are the first turbocharged engines in an Accord, and both of them are borrowed from the Civic, the 1.5 with more horsepower and the 2.0 with less than in the Civic Type R.

The good great news for driving aficianados: both engines are offered with a six-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 turbo also offers a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and the 2.0 offers a ten-speed automatic. #SaveTheManuals

Sport and Touring models also offer adaptive shock absorbers, so the driver can choose a smooth ride or extra sharp handling, aided by a computer monitoring speed, steering wheel angle and other factors.

Also in the chassis department, technology has allowed the Accord to lose weight and still become stronger and safer. But, as a wonderful side benefit of new ultra-strength steel: the A-pillars are 20% thinner, reducing the huge blind spots that modern cars have been forced to present their drivers due to stringent roll-over safety standards. At first the only thing car makers could do was install beams around the windshield the size of telephone poles. Now, by using new forms of high-strength steel and computer testing and design the trend is finally reversing.

Available new technology includes: blind spot warning, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats and in-car wi-fi mobile hotspot. 

More importantly, the Honda Sensing® package is now standard, with Collision warning, autonomous braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams and more.

Keep an eye on http://thecarchat.net for more Accord information.

Accord Hybrid

The Accord Hybrid returns on the all-new Accord platform with a more efficient engine and its battery pack moved out of the trunk. No manual.

CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

This model, new in 2017, stays the same :).

Fit

2018 Honda Fit Sport

A refresh includes new front and rear fascias, a new grille in piano black and chrome and new finishes for the wheels. These changes result in an overall length increase of almost one-and-a-half inches. Interior dimensions stay the same.

The Sport model has returned, fitted with a front spoiler, side air dams and a rear diffuser. It also has orange contrasting stitching on the inside. The Sport is available with the CVT with paddle shifters found in the EX; otherwise it's equipped similarly to the LX.

Honda Sensing is now offered, optional on LX and Sport with the CVT, standard on the EX and EX-L. It includes forward collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning and a Road Departure Mitigation System.

Variable intermittent wipers replace one fixed intermittent setting on the 2018 Fit EX and EX-L. This allows the driver to set the delay to better suit rainfall. EX and EX-L also get sliding sun visors to better block glare from the side.

Power mirror controls are moved to the driver's armrest, where they are easier to control than their previous placement on the dash behind the steering wheel.

Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is all new. Primarily, 32 more horsepower (280 total) from its direct fuel injected V6 and about 50 pounds less curb weight will help acceleration significantly. The six-speed automatic is replaced by a nine-speed on LX, EX and EX-L; ten speeds on Touring and Elite.

Fuel mileage remains rated at 19 city/28 highway. Fuel tank, at 19.5 US gallons, is one-and-a-half gallons smaller.

Blind Spot Warning is now standard on EX and higher models, replacing the passenger-side blind spot camera system. Cross Path Warning is now included with it, warning driver's who are backing up if a vehicle is approaching from the side. Collision Mitigation Braking (automatic braking when an obstacle is detected) is now included with the forward collision warning standard on EX and above.

HondaLink Assist is now standard on EX and above (all but LX), and it will monitor and call emergency services if it detects that you are in an accident.

Odyssey Touring and Elite can get unlimited ATT LTE WiFi.

Ridgeline

2018 Honda Ridgeline

No changes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Ford Changes

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2018 Ford Model Changes

All the changes to all Ford cars and trucks for 2018 model year. Stay tuned and bookmark this article, as we will be updating it periodically with new information.

C-Max

2018 Ford C-Max

Satellite radio is now extra cost.

EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

This new entry into the subcompact crossover sport utility has a confusing name, considering it isn't a hybrid. It does have a standard 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine with gas direct injection and 123 horsepower. An optional 2.0-liter non-turbocharged 4-cylinder with 166 horsepower is optional. Both have 6-speed automatic transmissions and offer optional all-wheel-drive.

Standard safety equipment include side-impact airbags for front and rear and curtain airbags for the front and rear as well as knee protection airbags for the driver and front passenger. Blind spot warning and rear cross-path warning are optional.

Edge

2018 Ford Edge

In addition to Titanium and Sport, SEL now offers optional Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Collision Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

Escape

2018 Ford Escape

A new SEL trim level wedges in between SE and TItanium. It splits the difference between the two in price and equipment. 

A compass and outside temperature gauge are now also standard on Escape S. SE models now get standard automatic up/down one-touch windows on all four doors, but S models lose their driver's up one-touch (driver's down still standard).

Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping System, Driver Alert Monitor, Auto High Beams, and Rain sensitive wipers are now optional on SE and SEL.

Heated steering wheel and Active Park Assist (automatically steers you into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots) are now standard on Titanium.

Expedition

 2018 Ford Expedition Max

The Expedition gets a thorough redesign for 2018, including a new all-aluminum body (the frame is steel), a revamped 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6, now good for 375 to 400 horsepower, 470 to 480 foot-pounds of torque, all driven through a ten-speed automatic (higher trim levels get a new rotoray shifter and paddle shifters on the steering wheel).

New available safety features include forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure warning and keeping, adaptive cruise control and driver attention alert that warns if the system thinks the driver is sleepy.

The new design has weight down almost 150 pounds. The short model has a longer wheelbase: 122.5 inches, and a roomier interior. The longer model is more similar in size to the model it replaces. The EX name has been replaced with Expedition Max.

Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

The Explorer gets a very early refresh.

Heated side mirrors are now standard.

F-150

2018 Ford F-150 Super Crew Lariat

The 1/2-ton pickup US best seller gets a refresh, a new base engine, start/stop engine technology across the board, and ten-speed automatics on every engine except the new base 3.3 V6.

The newish 2.7 twin turbo V6 is the next in line and its retuned for more torque: 400 foot-pounds at 4500 RPM.

The 5.0 naturally aspirated (no turbos) V8 also gets tweaked, up to 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

The 3.5 turbo optional engine is unchanged, 375 horsepower/470 pound-feet or torque, but towing is now up to 13,200 pounds in SuperCrew. Horsepower and torque are still 450/510 in the Raptor.

The biggest engine news comes next Spring: 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 Power Stroke engine.

Backup cameria is now standard on all models, and it includes "Dynamic Hitch Assist," which helps alighn the trailer hitch to the trailer. In other safety news, pre-collision assist is now added when you order collision warning and the brakes withh smash themsaelves automatically if you are imminently approaching a pedestrian or other obstacle.

Fiesta

2018 Ford Fiesta

Backup camera is now standard on all models.

Flex

2018 Ford Flex

No changes.

Focus

2018 Ford Focus

No changes except an electric parking brake.

Focus Electric

2018 Ford Focus Electric

Range is now 115 miles, a nice improvement.

Focus RS

2018 Ford Focus RS

Power driver's seat, heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel are now standard.

The lever-type parking brake has been replaced with an electronic one, a move which may upset drivers that use the E-brake to help kick the back around.

These changes don't come cheap: the RS now costs almost $42,000.

Focus ST

2018 Ford Focus ST

Same electric-assist parking brake as the RS.

Fusion

2018 Ford Fusion

Rear seat a/c vents in the back of the center console are now standard on all Hybrid trims; previously only SE and higher.

Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

The V6 is discontinued as the EcoBoost 2.3 4-cylinder becomes the new standard engine and gains more torque: 350 pound-feet. The 5.0 V8 in the Mustang GT gains 25 more horsepower for a total of 460 (just enough to squeeze past the Camaro SS) and 20 pound-feet more torque for 420.

Fuel mileage improves: 

Mustang Fuel Mileage Comparison

Other significant powertrain differences: a ten-speed automatic with quicker shifts replaces the old 6-speed. A six-speed manual is still standard. A new tuneable exhaust is available on the GT, alonging you to go from whisper to roar. All of us who hear throaty Mustangs wailing around town constantly will hope for a high take-rate on that option, and that it defaults to whisper.

New safety features include front collision warning and automatic braking, lane depature warning, adaptive cruise control, and a driver alertness monitor.

Taurus

2018 Ford Taurus

The 2.0 EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has been discontinued due to lack of poluarity, another victim of low gasoline prices. Otherwise, unchanged.

Transit

2018 Ford Transit

The full-size vans get a dually (dual rear wheel) option for 2018, increasing their payload capacities significantly.

Heated front seats now optional on XL (previously XLT, only).

A heavy-duty cargo flooring option has been added along with an available heavy-duty rear scuff plate kit and rear-door scuff plate kit for Transit cargo van. A pedal-type parking brake can be ordered to replace the lever with an RV package or on cutaways and cargo vans.

Transit Connect

2018 Ford Transit Connect Van 

No changes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Jeep Changes

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2018 Jeep Changes

All of the 2018 model year changes at Jeep: Cherokee Sport axed, Compass Limited offers FWD, Trackhawk Grand Cherokee with 707 horsepower, all-new Wrangler JL, etc.

Cherokee

2018 Jeep Cherokee

Cherokee Sport is discontinued, so the Latitude is now the least expensive trim. Among other things, fog lights, High-Intensity Discharge Headlights (xenon) and automatic headlights with light sensors are now standard on the Cherokee.

Compass

2018 Jeep Compass

Dubbed the "new Compass" as it was sold alongside the original Dodge Caliber-derived model for 2017, the all-new version stays mostly the same for 2018. Now the Compass Classic is gone. Compass Limited is now available in front-wheel-drive, previously all-wheel-drive, only.

Dual zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 115-volt household electrical outlet are now also available on Compass Sport.

Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The huge-ass news is of course that Hellcat power is now available in the luxury sport utility from Jeep. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk carries all 707 horsepower in its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8.

As the EPA leftovers from the previous administration war with FCA and diesels in general, the future of the 3.0-liter diesel option is not fully certain. Fuel mileage ratings for the 2018 version are not available, evidence that its certification is not certain.

In lesser Grand Cherokee news, all models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard. Active noise cancellation, previously only available on Grand Cherokee Summit is now optional or standard on all except Laredo models, included with the Alpine 9-speaker stereo system. Headlight washers are now available on all except Laredo, included with HID headlights or Trailhawk Luxury Group. Seven inch media center replaces the old 5-inch model as standard.

Patriot

Buried in a small military ceremony.

Renegade

2018 Jeep Renegade

Backup camera is now standard on all Renegade models.

Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk; optional on Sport. Interior is adjusted to make a little more storage room in the front seat console.

Dual zone automatic climate control is now optional on Renegade Sport; standard on all other trims.

Wrangler JK

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

This is the last year for the Wrangler JK before its redesign. To commemorate it, Jeep is adding "JK" badges just to make sure you know you're buying an obsolete Wrangler, or if you're more optimistic, the last of the real Wranglers.

In addition, a bunch of special editions will usher out this generation of Wrangler: Golden Eagle Edition, Freedom Edition, and Altitude Edition.

Wrangler JL

The new Wrangler retains its solid front and rear axles (the Mercedes G-Class is the only other so-equipped) with the coil springs it got in the nineties. 

Two new engines join the 3.6 Pentastar DOHC V6, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (a slip, typo or joke on a registration credits it with 368 horsepower; not true.) and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel, borrowed from the Grand Cherokee. An 8-speed automatic replaces the older 6-speed. A six-speed manual is still available.

The oldest continually sold ragtop in the world finally gets a power top option.

Full-time all-wheel-drive will be offered, in addition to the Wrangler's more traditional part-time off-pavement version.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Mitsubishi Changes

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2018 Model Year Mitsubishi Changes

As Mitsubishi Motors settles into its new ownership by Renault and its relationship with Nissan, Mitsubishi's product is temprarily winding down. The Lancer and all-electric i-MiEV are discontinued. The tiny and lackluster Mirage remains their only car. The promised 2017 plug-in Hybrid Outlander has so far been vaporware (now promised for 2018). The years have seen many Mitsus pass into obsolesense and then die long after they were worth having: Eclipse, Galant, Montero...

Now we await the EclipseCross, a crossover borrowing a storied sports car name from Mitsubishi past. Fitting: the Eclipse used to offer an all-wheel drive variant at the height of its performance roster.

i-MiEV

With the company that sells the most electric cars on the planet (no, not that one) buying a controlling stake in Mitsubishi, it's not surprising that their small, poorly selling i-MiEV electric car is discontinued. How long will it be before Mitsubishi dealers sell a rebadged next-generation Nissan Leaf or perhaps the original?

Lancer

Dead.

Mirage

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback

A backup camera and Bluetooth are now standard. A new 7-inch audio display controls the audio. SE and GT get a driver's seat armrest and a center console.

Outlander

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert now standard on SEL, previously optional.

A new Smartphone Link Display Audio is standard for SE, SEL and GT models and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) version is supposed to come out in December.

Outlander PHEV

 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Due out in December, now, as a 2018 model, this plug-in hybrid EV is not yet rated for all-electric range. It comes in SEL and GT trims, with roughly the same equipment as those two gas models. It's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine couple with two electric motors, front and rear, net a system horsepower of 197, less than the V6 but more than the 4-cylinder gasoline only Outlander.

It trades two passenger seats for all of those batteries, but actually gains maximum cargo space: 78 cubic feet with its rear seats folded.

Outlander Sport

 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

A refresh adds new bumpers front and back, new daytime running light LEDs, a new shifter design and floor console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard, included with a new 7-inch audio touch screen with smartphone integration.

A new Touring Package will offer safety features such as forward collision warning, Forward Collision Mitigation (automatic braking), Lane Departure Warning and Automatic High Beam headlights.

A rear camera is standard and noise, vibration and harshness have been diminished.

Top-line GT is discontinued, its content bestowed on SEL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018 Nissan Changes

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2018 Nissan Model Changes

As we get new information on all of the 2018 Nissans, this article will be updated. So bookmark it!

370Z

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition

Manual transmission models get a high-performance clutch, all the better to keep the car together when you launch it in a smokey burnout. In addition, subtle retuning of the engine controller helps improve the feel of acceleration. This is basically a recalibrating of the electronic throttle to open more quickly.

Smoked headlights and taillights are new to this year's "Z" car. Together with a blacked-out rear fascia, a new shade of available red paint and a new design on the optional 19-inch wheels, they give a slight visual refresh.  A Heritage Edition begs the question, "Isn't this car nine years old?"

 The Heritage Edition comes in yellow or black and offers hood and sill stripes in black or yellow, respectively.

NISMO is now standard in the Tech trim, with standard navigation, voice command, backup camera, and the Bose audio system.

Altima

2018 Nissan Altima

Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking is now standard, on all models.

After a 2017.5 model, the 2018 gets a little simplification: Base 2.5 and 3.5 SR models are discontinued, leaving 5 trim levels, down from 7.

This means Rearview Monitor (backup camera), automatic headlights, ventilation microfilter, cruise control and Nissan Advanced Key with Pushbutton Start are now standard.

Armada

2018 Nissan Armada 

NissanConnect, a telematics system that can call for help in the event of an accident, even if everyone in the vehicle is incapacitated, is offered as standard equipment.

On Armada Platinum, the standard rearview camera displays its image in the rearview mirror.

Frontier

2018 Nissan Frontier Midnight Edition

A new Midnight Edition features lots of black paint.

Front map lights, AM/FM Stereo, CD player, Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls are now standard.

A backup monitor is also now standard on all models.

Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

The Leaf is fully redesigned. One of the pioneers in the all-electric car realm, along with the GM EV1 and Tesla Roadster, the new Leaf will have a much greater range. Its redesign makes it much more attractive, with a faux floating roof, a totally new front grille and a more conventional rear end.

With a 150-mile range and 147 horsepower, both up about 40%, and new standard equipment like forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, the $690 price break wasn't expected.

Again available as Leaf S, Leaf SV and Leaf SL, it will go on sale in all 50 states sometime in early 2018.

Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Rear Door Alert is standard equipment: open a rear door before beginning your journey and when you leave the Pathfinder and close its doors it will chirp its horn to remind you to check your back seat. 

Automatic Emergency Braking with frontal collision warning is now standard on all models as is Intelligent Cruise Control.

Quest

The slow-selling minvan has been discontinued.

Rogue

2018 Nissan Rogue

The seven-passenger configuration is no longer offered. Small children will have to be tied to the luggae rack, instead. To offset this safety issue, Rogue SL now offers standard Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian Detection.

SV now has a standard hands-free power lift-gate.

Rogue SL with the Platinum Package now has Nissan's ProPILOT: a revised Intelligent Cruise Control with full stop and go capabilities, a brake hold feature (don't fall asleep at traffic lights, please), and steering assist, which will actively keep the Rogue in a properly marked lane, but cancels if the wipers are are engaged above the intermittent setting. This package replaces the pedal-operated emergency brake with an electronic one.

Sentra

Automatic Emergency Braking with Forward Collision Warning is now standard with CVT (automatic transmission), except Sentra NISMO.

Rearview camera is now standard on all Sentra models.

In addition to Sentra SL, Sentra SV also now has standard dual zone automatic climate control.

Intelligent Cruise Control now standard on SR 1.8 and SL; previously optional.

Versa Note

2018 Nissan Versa Note

The SL trim is discontinued, leaving the SR as the top model. Versa Note S Plus is now just Versa Note S.

Versa Sedan

2018 Nissan Versa Sedan

Map lights, adjustable front headrests, steering wheel audio controls and variable intermittent wipers are now standard on all trims.

The luxurious (okay, relatively) SL trim is discontinued. The SL's Easy Fill Tire Alert (horn beeps when you've reached the correct tire pressure) and Intelligent Key (hands-free entry and pushbutton starting) become standard on SR and optional on SV.

Every model is $20 more expensive. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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