2018 Honda Accord
Hondas were once as bland as rice in a bowl, then the automaker stepped up its fashion game beginning with the current Civic. Now the larger Accord gets its makeover. A wide stance and fastback proportions are accented by LED headlamps and foglights. More sculptural bodywork and unique rear window line add visual interest while soft-touch materials, available head-up display, wireless phone charging and 4G WiFi trick out the interior. It could just as easily be an Acura. Choose between 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and 50mpg hybrid powertrains.
BASE PRICE: Dodge Challenger GT AWD
Before you dismiss this massive Dodge swagger as old-school machismo, take a lesson in what it is. The Challenger’s basic architecture dates to the ‘90s Mercedes EClass, while the 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is pure Chrysler. Add in all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission for an all-weather muscle car that achieves 18/27-mpg city/hwy. Plus add in 19-inch wheels, projector foglamps, rear spoiler and heated/cooled Nappa leather seats. Throw in Alpine audio, bright pedals and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility too. It’s the contemporary muscle car with few compromises.