After a full year of testing cars and trucks, I've decided to look back at which vehicles (all 2018 models) impressed me the most and stood out from the pack. Each one of these picks involved a full week of testing to find out which features were the most compelling.

1. Alfa Romeo Giulia ($37,995)

A fantastic sedan for your morning commute, the Giulia just feels "right" when you drive it--responsive, low to the ground, smooth around corners. I drove both the 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio version and the base model and both felt snappy and fun.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ($85,900)

A rip-roaring 707-horsepower engine means you can merge into traffic quickly on your commute. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a dial you can use for traction control in mud or on snow. My favorite feature: It's the fastest SUV ever made and goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

3. Audi A4 Allroad ($44,500)

A wonderfully trim wagon, the A4 Allroad has a 252-horsepower turbocharged engine, a stunning display above the steering wheel that shows Google Earth maps, and enough space in the hatch on luggage rack for all of your gear if you decide to go off-road.

4. Chevy Bolt EV ($37,495)

An all-electric for people who don't own a bank, the Bolt EV is surprisingly sporty, pushing your head back when you drop the accelerator from a full-stop. You can drive it 238 miles on one charge. The car will charge automatically at home based on the GPS coordinates when you park and hook-up.

5. Lexus LC ($92,000)

This stylish and sporty coupe has a 471-horsepower V8 engine and looks stunning, angled from back to front for the sleekest drive. The LC has a hefty growl, the kind that turned heads during my week-long test. Inside, the hand-selected material is hand-stitched.

6. Volvo S90 ($48,100)

Volvo's top model, the S90 has plenty of room for your whole team, especially in the back where there's more legroom than a BMW 5 Series. The tech is a showcase for modern automotive design, keeping you in the lane automatically and at a set speed.

7. Lincoln Continental ($45,160)

Another business sedan, the Continental uses a twin-turbo engine, won't slip around on the road in winter thanks to an AWD power-train, and has a 400-horsepower engine. I liked the refinements and styling, but I really liked the comfortable seats for long drives.

8. VW Golf Alltrack ($25,850)

The Golf Alltrack is a versatile wagon that gets a nice 32-miles-per-gallon on the highway. I tested one on a camping trip, packed to the gills. A handy new off-road gauge shows you the angle of the rocky terrain; the AWD gripped tightly on loose gravel and dirt.

9. Ford F-150 Raptor ($50,020)

The redesigned F-150 is really nice, but the rugged Raptor version has something even more unique--a powerful 450-horsepower engine, a new design with huge block letters on the front grille, and enough torque to pull a tree stump out of the ground like butter.

10. Infiniti Q60 ($38.950)

An amazingly sleek coupe, the Q60 has all of the tech perks you'd expect from Infiniti including automated steering and lane-keeping. Yet, it's sleek, low to the ground, and has a 400-horsepower twin-turbo engine for extra punch and an interior that's lush and streamlined.

Published on: Dec 28, 2017