Which cars have seen the biggest gains in popularity in 2018?
While many models see consistent demand from Cartelligent clients year over year, others can demonstrate a sharp gain in popularity over the course of a year. This can be due to a redesign, an increase in availability, a new innovation or safety feature, or the press and recognition of a prestigious award.
At Cartelligent, we help thousands of clients each year decide on the right vehicle for their lifestyle. In this post, we've compared our year-to-date 2018 numbers to the same period for 2017 to see which vehicles have experienced the greatest increase in popularity. (If you're interested in seeing last year's top movers, see Which cars have seen the biggest gains in popularity in 2017?)
10. BMW X3 (up 35% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The go-to choice for a comfortable and luxurious ride, the redesigned X3 combines spirited handling characteristics with utility. The BMW X3 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Upgrade to the X3 M40i and experience a 4.6-second sprint to 60 MPH.
9. BMW i3 (up 77% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: Refresched for 2018, the BMW i3 is definitely a taste of the future. With its electric capabilities (up to 181 miles on a charge with range extender) and uniquely modern interior, the i3 is truly an experience to drive.
8. Toyota Camry (up 83% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The completely redesigned Toyota Camry has already established a strong presence on the road. Perfect for a medium-sized family due to its impressive safety ratings, the Camry also offers Apple CarPlay standard on all models.
7. Subaru Crosstrek (up 130% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The 2018 Crosstrek offers its owners a true performer off-road, as well as a comfortable daily driver. Standard features include rear-vision camera and daytime running lights. Subaru's Star Link can be optioned on all models for smartphone integration and web-based applications that are accessible through the infotainment screen.
6. Alfa Romeo Giulia (up 175% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: With a starting MSRP of just $38,000, The Alfa Romeo Giulia is considerably less expensive than its German rivals. The Giulia comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder motor churning out 280-horsepower. For the more spirited driver, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is available in the Quadrafoglio trim; which includes upgraded suspension and brakes, as well as a twin-turbo six-cylinder power plant producing 505-horsepower. The Giulia comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
5. BMW 530e (up 267% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The 530e combines German luxury with the fuel economy of an electric vehicle. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but all-wheel drive is offered as an upgrade. Additional extras include night vision with pedestrian detection and active cruise control.
4. Volvo XC60 (up 213% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The Volvo XC60 saw a full redesign for the model year 2018. Virtual cockpit and smartphone integration come standard on all XC60 models. Upgrades include active park assist, 360-degree camera, and air suspension.
3. Nissan LEAF (up 400% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The redesigned 2018 LEAF has received a few updates over the previous model. Power has been increased to 147-horsepower and the battery range has been extended to 151 miles. Available features include Apple CarPlay and in-car WiFi.
2. Volkswagen Tiguan (up over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The complete redesign has improved nearly all of the previous Tiguan's shortcomings. Interior space has benefited from a 10.6-inch increase in length. A new turbocharged four-cylinder motor delivering 185-horsepower has resulted in a dramatic increase in fuel economy and is capable of 470 miles on one tank of fuel. Upgrades offered include Apple CarPlay, overhead view camera, and forward collision safety warning.
1. Volkswagen Atlas (up 950% over 2017 to date)
Why we love it: The all-new 2018 Atlas has been an immediate hit with Cartelligent clients. It comes standard with a digital cockpit; available extras include third-row seating, 12.3-inch display, off-road modes and LED headlights.
Whether you're in the market for a new BMW, Subaru, or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.