For good reason, a lot of people are excited by the 2019 model year. Not only are today’s newest car designs focused of providing a safer ride, but they also seek to give buyers more for their money. Of course, delivering improved fuel economy remains a focal point as well. So, let’s check out the top cars of 2019.
2019 Genesis G70
If you are in the market for an entry-level sports sedan, don’t miss out on the 2019 Genesis G70. It’s already being mentioned among today’s best. With a starting price of less than $35,000, the all-new Genesis G70 is a splendid value that’s simply too good to pass up. Plus, a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty adds to its appeal.
You’ll have two turbocharged engines to choose from. Drivers seeking fuel savings should stick with the base four-cylinder. It’s rated to develop a competitive 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy tops out at a solid 30 mpg on the highway. For the drivers who hunger for more performance, Genesis offers a 365-horsepower V6. Although the Genesis G70 is mechanically similar to the top-rated Kia Stinger, it actually offers more precise handling. The availability of a six-speed manual transmission further distinguishes the G70.
Even the base G70 surrounds you with high-tech goodies. Drivers will especially enjoy the G70’s smartphone-friendly infotainment system. Luxurious upgrades, such as ventilated seats and a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system, are found on the upper trims. Most importantly, an advanced safety package comes standard throughout the lineup.
2019 Lexus ES
The Lexus ES has always been known for its great comfort and world-class reliability. To help the ES to remain competitive, Lexus gave its popular midsize luxury sedan a much-needed redesign. The new model is far more stylish and a lot more engaging to drive. Despite the sedan’s long list of improvements, Lexus was still able to keep its starting price under $40,000.
Resting under the hood of the latest ES is a more potent V6 engine. Lexus tuned it to develop a healthy 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting duties. There’s definitely no overlooking the sedan’s livelier acceleration. Fuel economy has increased to 33 mpg on the highway. An eco-friendly ES hybrid is also available, which returns a combined 44 mpg.
As always, the 2019 Lexus ES promises to deliver the necessary comfort. There’s now even more space for folks sitting in the backseat. Very few cars in the segment boasts as much standard equipment. Some of the highlights include a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Meanwhile, a standard Lexus Safety System+ rewards you valuable driving aids like automatic braking and lane-keep assist.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the all-new Volkswagen Arteon. Plenty of drivers will be drawn to this flagship sedan’s coupe-like styling. Frameless side windows and cool LED headlights help it to stand out among ordinary-looking cars. In comparison to previous Volkswagen CC, it’s roomier and far more technologically advanced. Although the Arteon’s official MSRP isn’t currently available, it should compete directly against the BMW 3 Series and the Acura TLX.
To give the Arteon a satisfying blend of power and efficiency, Volkswagen equipped it with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Although the Arteon may not deliver class-leading performance, it’s 268-horsepower output will ensure snappy acceleration. Plus, an adjustable suspension comes standard. Although the EPA has yet to give the Arteon a fuel economy rating, some car reviewers have averaged nearly 30 mpg.
While the Arteron comes loaded with desirable features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, some nice upgrades are available. Volkswagen’s Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is bound to leave you impressed. It replaces the standard gauges with a completely digital, high-resolution display. All of Volkswagen’s latest safety technologies will be offered.
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
If you want a practical commuter car that’s stylish and efficient, check out the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. It’s a big improvement over the previous Corolla iM Hatchback. Boasting 18-inch alloy wheels and a large rear spoiler, the racy XSE model has the look of a true hot hatch. A low starting price of $19,900 puts the new Corolla Hatchback well within reach of most car shoppers.
Although the Corolla Hatchback isn’t designed to blow past muscle cars, it’s just as fun as the Honda Civic Hatchback. Toyota’s new Dynamic Force engine produces 168 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A combined fuel economy rating of 36 mpg makes the Corolla Hatchback perfect for the everyday grind. While a special automatic CVT is available, the slick manual transmission allows you to squeeze out more performance. Handling is great for such an economical car.
A lot of neat features come standard, including Toyota’s easy-to-use Entune infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. While music fans will enjoy the available 800-watt audio system, road-trippers will benefit from the embedded navigation system. Like virtually every new Toyota vehicle, the new Corolla Hatchback comes equipped with a Toyota Safety Sense package.
2019 Volvo S60
For years, the Volvo S60 has remained just a step behind the competition. However, Volvo has taken this midsize sedan to new heights. Virtually every aspect of the 2019 Volvo S60 has been improved. A starting price of $36,500 means the new S60 significantly undercuts the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.
Although the S60 rides on a new platform, its engine lineup remains unchanged. Most people will choose the standard turbocharged four-cylinder, which kicks out a fulfilling 250 horsepower while returning up to 36 mpg. Meanwhile, the combination of a supercharger and a turbocharger enables the optional engine to produce 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Along with the extra muscle comes all-wheel drive. When it comes to handling, the new S60 can attack corners like a genuine sports sedan.
A more spacious interior helps the 2019 Volvo S60 to better accommodate families. Keyless ignition, a vertical 9.0-inch touchscreen, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio all come standard. As always, Volvo has prioritized passenger safety on the new S60. While all trims benefit from full-speed automatic emergency braking and Run-off Road Mitigation, a semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system enables the S60 to essentially drive itself under certain conditions.