2019

2019 Genesis G70 — Satisfying sports sedan


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

One of the most competitive segments in the luxury ranks is the compact sports sedan. Think BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Alfa Romeo Giulia. Now add the all-new Genesis G70 to the mix. If you have little knowledge of the Genesis luxury brand spun off from Hyundai several years ago know that it has won numerous awards in its short life and now the G70, the third member of the family, is getting rave reviews has it reaches the market.

2019 Acura RDX



PHOENIX — RDX is Acura’s premium compact to mid-sized crossover utility vehicle that first arrived for 2007. With its turbo-powered engine and upscale appointments, it was an enjoyable vehicle to drive but, unfortunately, didn’t catch on with the car-buying public. Later, the second-generation RDX added more luxury and a standard 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. But it was predominantly a gussied up Honda CR-V, sharing the same basic chassis architecture.

Subaru Ascent — Checking all the boxes

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Virtually every mainstream automaker has at least one large crossover SUV in its lineup. So it is only fitting that Subaru, a pioneer in the crossover segment with its long-running Outback, has joined the fray with the three-row 2019 Ascent.

2019 Honda Insight



PHOENIX — It comes as a surprise to most people that Toyota Prius wasn’t the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the U.S. Rather, it was the Honda Insight, an odd looking three-door, two passenger hatchback that arrived in 1999 as a 2000 model, seven months earlier than the Prius. Fuel economy estimates under then-current EPA standards were 61 mpg city, 70 mpg highway, and 65 mpg combined.

2019 Nissan Altima



SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nissan has not given up on cars — sedans in particular — as several other major automakers have done in favor of crossover SUVs. Sedan sales have slipped from 50 to 30 percent of the U.S. market in recent years and Nissan figures 30 percent is the bottom. That implies there's no where to go but up and Nissan wants to be there for the comeback.

Hyundai Veloster — Affordable and fun to drive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The quirky Hyundai Veloster entered the market as a 2012 model with a rather anemic 132-horsepower engine, but a very useable "hidden" third door on the passenger side to eliminate the pain of getting in and out of the back seat of a small two-door. The three-door configuration has become the car's signature styling element.

Buick Envision — Quality crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Every automotive brand these days needs a full range of crossovers to fully compete with rivals. For more than a decade the resurgent Buick brand enjoyed robust sales with its near-full-sized Enclave. In 2013 it added the diminutive Encore — to rousing success. And to round out its lineup Buick introduced the compact Envision in 2016. For 2019, the Envision has been refreshed with added torque to its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, a new 9-speed automatic transmission and front and rear restyling.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe



PARK CITY, Utah — There was a time not all that long ago when Hyundai’s product lineup, while generally good, was unremarkable and easily blended in with the wallpaper. To be sure, their design was on the weird side – case in point, the Santa Fe compact crossover utility vehicle that debuted in 2000 as a 2001 model.
But over the years Hyundai has evolved nicely, with significant improvements in reliability, gas mileage, and its game-changing 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque



LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ram has developed a unique hybrid system for its lineup of 2019 Ram 1500 V-6 and Hemi V-8 pickups designed as a seamless way to improve gas mileage while at the same time add significant torque to both engines. It has rather appropriately been dubbed eTorque. The eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be standard equipment on all V-6 models and comes as a $1,450 option on the V-8 models.

Toyota Corolla Hatchback — A pleasant surprise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota has sold more than 10 million Corolla compact cars over the years, bringing peace of mind to countless families — reliable transportation that in addition to dependability offers excellent gas mileage and above average resale value. But for the most part Corollas have been as exciting as — well, let's say, the kitchen refrigerator.