7 Most Improved Cars of 2018

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Redesigns Breathe New Life Into These Models

The automotive landscape is constantly evolving. A redesign is a chance for a vehicle to get ahead of the curve and leapfrog key competitors. Addressing shortcomings of the old version and introducing new technology are often focal points of new model development. Product planners, designers, and engineers strive to hit all the right notes and make the redesigned model a hit with critics and shoppers.

While it’s a little too soon to deem any 2018 redesign a success or failure in terms of sales, professional automotive reviewers have spoken. The seven vehicles in this slideshow have made the biggest gains in the U.S. News new car rankings since last year.

Our new car rankings are based on the consensus of America's top automotive experts, as well as safety and reliability data. We combine several components in a formula that is based on what car shoppers say matters to them most in a new vehicle. The result is an overall score for each new car on a scale from one to 10, rounded to the nearest 10th. The rankings are continually updated based on the latest information from third-party reviews and data sources.

So if you’ve ruled out the following vehicles in prior car searches, or maybe just forgot about them, now is a good time to reconsider. They’ve made meaningful gains in areas that matter to most consumers, like safety, technology, space, fuel economy, and performance, so they deserve a spot on any new car shoppers’ test drive list.

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