The Car Book 2018

For thirty-eight years, the Center for Auto Safety has published The Car Book, America’s Most Comprehensive Car-Buying Guide. This year, The Car Book is even more convenient and accessible—we’ve made it available online for the first time ever. Now, you can have all the most important make and model information at your disposal with just a click of the mouse—or fingertip.

Each year, the Center collaborates with the legendary Jack Gillis to provide a thorough look at everything—the good and the bad—that each year’s fleet has to offer. The Car Book Online is full of all the facts that you need to make an informed purchase of a vehicle this year, including:

  • crash test ratings;
  • rollover ratings;
  • maintenance costs;
  • fuel economy information;
  • insurance costs;
  • lemon ratings;
  • reliability by make and model;
  • insights on the best safety and electronic add-ons;
  • ratings on used car models for the past five years;
  • and information about lots electric vehicle options.

If you’re a Center for Auto Safety member who has already renewed membership for 2018, then good news! You have access to The Car Book Online right now. Just visit and register with your membership number, which was mailed to you. If you have lost your membership number, please email us for support. And if you have been waiting to renew your membership, don’t wait any longer. Renew today to support automotive safety and gain instant access to The Car Book 2018.

Not a member, but still want online access to The Car Book? Click here and you can choose to gain year-long Car Book access by making a tax-deductible contribution to join the Center, or if you only need a month’s worth that’s available for $9.99. Before you decide, you can take The Car Book for a test drive by visiting You’ll be sold!

As always, print copies The Car Book 2018 are available, while they last, for those who would prefer them. Click here to purchase a physical copy of The Car Book and support the Center for Auto Safety.

Learn more about past editions of The Car Book and our other reports here.