Best-designed vehicles

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For many car owners, car is a reflection of their personality; it embodies their taste, interest and preference. In recent years, car design has increased in importance among new car buyers. So to stay ahead of the game, car manufacturers keep on adopting innovative designs and reinventing their aesthetics.

According to US-based market researcher J.D. Power, exterior styling is the second most important factor every car buyers consider in their decision-making process, next to reliability. In its 2016 study, based on feedback from more than 80,000 buyers and lessees of 2016 model-year vehicles after the first 90 days of ownership, 45% of the respondents look into car’s exterior styling before the actual purchase.

Although consumers have different taste when it comes to styling, car manufacturers are expanding and improving its portfolio to satisfy the diverse preference of consumers in the market. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest best-designed vehicle models today that you might consider.

Audi TT Coupe

The 2018 Audi TT Coupe has an iconic exterior design. Its elegant linings are still there but there’s additional muscle and signature Singleframe grille, which made its athletic nature even bolder. This aggressive exterior was complemented with high-gloss black accents, 19-inch Audi Sport five-spoke-blade design wheels and a red finish for the Audi Sport brake calipers.

The TT Coupe embodies a refined interior and driver-centric cockpit with 12-way adjustable seats and three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles. Making it more stylish than ever, it was touched with leather package, Alcantara leather S sports seats with S line embossing and Brushed Aluminum inlays.

Putting connections at driver’s command, the TT Coupe features the standard Audi virtual cockpit — a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display that allows the driver to customize information such as audio and available navigation with Google Earth. Also, it comes with the available MMI Navigation plus system which provides available Audi connect, enabling Google Earth with 3D satellite imagery, a Wi-Fi hotspot for passenger devices, local traffic and weather, flight information and news, among others.

Honda Accord

The 2018 Honda Accord continues to set the bar higher for mid-size sedans segment in the market. It exudes a strong stance with its bold exterior and muscular, fastback-inspired design. For an impression that lasts, it has a sporty LED Tailights and integrated Chrome Exhaust Finishers that accent the dual-outlet exhaust.

Honda Accord’s interior features high-quality, soft-touch materials and an expansive front view for an exciting combination of elegance and convenience. Keeping driver’s and passengers’ comfort as another important factor, it is designed with an impressive amount of rear headroom and legroom. For wet boots and muddy shoes, the new Accord features an All-Season Mat that acts as a protective layer between nature and the original carpets.

Furthermore, it is packed with smart technologies such as Energy Management System Display, Head-up Display, Satellite-Linked Navigation, Multi-Angle Awareness and Blind Spot Information.

Kia Stinger GT

The 2018 KIA Stinger GT is a true work of art that embodies modern elegance and athleticism. The Stinger is tailored with available high-glow LED headlights that feature distinctive jewel-like LED turn signals. Its front fascia and island hood are separated by a single lateral line that shows Stinger’s clean aesthetics and quality craftsmanship. To complement its high-performance look, it is crafted with sleek outside mirrors, available dark-chrome finish and Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille with distinctive honeycomb detailing.

Stinger’s sophistication continues up to its interior, which is inspired by aeronautic design. From the elevated dash’s wing-like design, to the circular spoked air vents and floating display screen, every accent inside the Stinger exudes ultra-modern elegance. Above style and aesthetics, the Stinger offer premium convenience with its ergonomic, contoured bucket seats that embrace the body to cradle every driver’s and passengers’ curves.

Putting safety as its main priority too, it is engineered with Anti-Lock Braking System, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Brake Fade Compensation, Cornering Brake Control, Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist Control and Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, among others.

Suzuki Swift

The all-new 2018 Suzuki Swift assures sheer road dominance with its floating roof design, solid shoulder lines, rich side body sculpting and precision cut alloy wheels. Its front fascia displays an aggressive front grille, complemented with unique LED Projector Headlamps.

Swift’s interior is carefully tailored to achieve safety and convenience. It has a driver-oriented cockpit design and a spacious, sporty cabin. Driven by technology, the Swift has an integrated SmartPlay Infotainment System with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink that provides easy access to smartphones and ensures seamless entertainment. When things get extreme and pulsating outside, driver’s and passengers’ comfort inside is assured through the Automatic Climate Control.

What’s impressive with the new Swift is its unmatched driving performance with the powerful VVT Petrol Engine. Above all, it is packed with a host of safety features that make sure it is always ready and secure.

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry has evolved along with many generations. Today, it exudes an evocative new look with unique catamaran-inspired accents. Its muscular shape is defined as a mixture of sweeping curves and chiseled surfaces. It has an aggressive front grille with sport mesh insert and dual exhaust with quad chrome tips, complemented by available eye-catching organic shape LED taillights.

This new Camry has available leather-trimmed eight-way power driver’s and passenger seats where its rear seats feature the same dynamic and supportive design as the front seats. And for all-out comfort, it comes with available individual rear-seat vents and heated front seats.

To enjoy a more connected drive, Camry has available Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan that uses front-, side- and rear-mounted cameras to display a panoramic overhead view that help drivers get in and out of the tightest spots with confidence. Also, with the available Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, the driver can detect nearby obstacle and reduce engine power and apply the brakes if necessary under certain conditions. — Mark Louis F. Ferrolino