Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Good Housekeeping Names a Dandy Dozen Recipients

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Good Housekeeping Names a Dandy Dozen Recipients

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Byline: Special for Drive

2018 Best New Car Awards

The Good Housekeeping Institute experts joined forces with Car and Driver magazine to determine the 2018 Best New Car Award recipients, announced earlier this week.

In the market for a new car? These 12 winning picks put you in the driver's seat! After driving the year's new vehicles on over 3,000 miles of test tracks and open roads, the panel of experts rated cars on safety, value, handling, design, comfort and technology.

Here are this year's winners with comments from the panel:

Best Standard Compact: Mazda 3

($18,970 base price; $21,329 tested price)

We were impressed by the easy vibe, straightforward tech and generous headroom and legroom in the front, not typical in a compact car.

Its interior doesn't feel cramped, and the smartly designed controls are easy to reach on the dashboard and steering wheel for an ergonomic driving experience.

Lab lowdown: It's perfect for someone looking for a solid and inexpensive car with the option to add on extras.

Best Luxury Compact: Alfa Romeo Giulia

($38,990 base price; $51,190 tested price)

This was seriously fun to drive. Its quick and responsive brakes and simple handling made for a smooth ride.

Best Sedan: Honda Accord

(Honda Accord 1.5T: $24,460 base price; $31,860 tested price)

A winner for the second year, this car had a roomy interior, a large trunk and above-average standard safety features that our experts appreciated.

Best Luxury Sedan: Mercedes-AMG E43

($72,595 base price; $89,595 tested price)

From the second we got in, everything about this ride screamed premium. Beyond the look, it has responsive steering and a powerful engine.

Best Compact Crossover: Mazda CX-5

($25,125 base price; $33,465 tested price)

It was a fun car to drive and handled easily, whether taking a sharp turn, accelerating or going over bumps.

Best Luxury Compact Crossover: BMW X1

($34,895 base price; $45,120 tested price)

It's an ultra-responsive car that doesn't sacrifice performance for style. …

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