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As the new year started, new car models are on the way. Auto companies continue to compete for the top spot of the race by bringing new car models that fit to the changing needs and demands of the consumers.

This 2018, cars that exemplify powerful engine and great aesthetic are coming to level up the run. These two factors are undeniably the vital features that most car buyers consider, driving their way to perfection while reflecting their sense of style, personality and values on the road. To give you an overview on what cars will redefine the market this year, here is a round-up of car models that not just exude a stylish exterior but also a powerful engine.

Chevrolet Equinox

With the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, style and function comes together. It has a completely redesigned exterior that complements the LED daytime running lamps, designed for an unmistakable presence on the road.

In terms of interior, Equinox boasts a spacious cabin, giving driver and passengers a comfortable ride. The dual-cockpit design features an integrated center stack, making everything easily accessible through driver’s fingertips.

The 2018 Equinox comes with powerful 1.5L turbo engine and 1.6L turbo-diesel engine, exhibiting an estimated 32 and 39 miles per gallon (mpg) on highway, respectively. For those who crave a more exhilarating drive, Equinox also comes with the 2.0L turbo engine, paired with an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission and offers 252 horsepower (hp) with 260 pound-feet of torque.

Ford Expedition

A sleek design of the new 2018 Ford Expedition and its bold, sculpted grille in sleek satin aluminum give it a standout style in any setting. It features a spacious seating, exceptional cargo space and panoramic roof, giving everyone an incredible and comfortable riding experience like no other.

Behind its elegance, the 2018 Expedition is designed to do more. Its standard 3.5L EcoBoost engine delivers up to 375 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, giving the Expedition a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package.

It also offers a range of convenience features including a capacitive touchscreen SYNC 3 with swipe capability that help the driver stay connected while on the road; six available USB ports; a center console wireless charger; and the available12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system and dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system, making long trips more fun for everyone.

Honda Accord

The completely redesigned Honda Accord is one of the best models in the midsize cars segment, earning good reviews from professional test drivers in terms of style and driving verve.

The 2018 Accord boasts a head-turning style with its bold exterior, expressed through strong character lines and a muscular, fastback-inspired design. Its front-end is tailored distinctively with Active Grille Shutters and Air Curtains that help improve aerodynamic and efficiency. For a true sport look, it is complemented by LED taillights and integrated Chrome Exhaust Finishers.

It offers three advanced powertrains including 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged engines and a two-motor hybrid system that both deliver great gas mileage, getting an estimated 30 and 38 mpg in the city and highway, respectively.

Mazda CX-5

With a more sophisticated design and advanced systems that elevate the driving experience for both driver and passengers, the all-new 2018 Mazda CX-5 is definitely worth waiting for. Mazda CX-5 embodies the “Soul of Motion” philosophy design based on the idea of refined toughness while its interior adheres to a human-centered approach in line with the jinba-ittai principle.

Its rich-looking interior is also a class above with the available Active Driving Display that shows vital information such as vehicle status, current speed and route guidance; and the Mazda Connect, an advanced infotainment system that helps the driver be entertained, informed and connected with the use of multifunctional Commander Control on the center console.

To make driving experience much better, the 2018 CX-5 is engineered with SKYACTIV Technology, where every aspect of the vehicle is designed to maximize driving dynamics and efficiency — from body construction and engine technology to the chassis and transmission — offering impressive mpg ratings.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Coming early this 2018, the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross combines the latest styling design with incredible driving dynamics and intuitive safety technology.

Eclipse Cross makes a bold statement with its muscular profile, dynamic alloy wheels and distinctive lightings, complementing the advanced shield design that merges safety with a vibrant, sporty style. This “bold vision of the future” reflects up to its interior, in which every detail was meticulously crafted. The cockpit of Eclipse is designed to enhance awareness and control, making driving feels more natural.

Eclipse Cross delivers a truly premium experience with the 1.5L direct-injection turbo engine. The newly developed MIVEC engine puts instant acceleration at driver’s command, developing an impressive 110 kilowatts (kW) of power and 250 newton meters (Nm) of torque for highly responsive performance.

Toyota Camry

With the new 2018 Toyota Camry, you will surely leave a long-lasting impression anywhere. Camry exudes an evocative new look with unique catamaran-inspired accents and a black sport mesh grille. Its muscular shape is defined by a mix of sweeping curves and chiseled surfaces, channeling its sporty side.

Camry offers a 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder and a 3.5L V6, delivering a sophisticated blend of performance and efficiency. Both engines utilize the D-4S direct-injection system, which selects the optimal injection method based on driving conditions to pack a powerful punch with enhanced fuel efficiency to boot. Mark Louis F. Ferrolino