Though sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks now account for most new-vehicle sales, the reports of the passenger car’s death have been greatly exaggerated. There is still a lot of life left in the genre, apparent by the extensive selection of all-new and fully redesigned family sedans, luxury cars, and sport coupes that lead the class of 2019.
Here’s a quick look at five of the coolest new cars headed to dealerships for 2019.
Volkswagen Arteon. The artfully styled VW Arteon “four-door coupe” replaces the CC at the top of Volkswagen’s car line for 2019 with added style and substance. Debuting a new platform that stretches the former CC’s wheelbase by five inches, along with a wider body, this VW sports additional interior room. The inside cabin is just as sharp looking as its exterior with leatherette upholstery standard and Nappa leather optional. Full Review by Car and Driver
Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Replacing the former Corolla (Scion) iM is a revamped and renamed compact Corolla Hatchback. Longer, lower and wider, it gets fresh styling and a new 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that shells out 168 horsepower to the road via a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic with 10 simulated “gearshifts.” Standard safety features are quite impressive and include forward auto-braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, and automatic high-beam headlamps. Full Review by Car and Driver
Nissan Altima. If it’s a midsize sedan you are looking for the Nissan Altima Sedan has undergone a major makeover for 2019 and infuses it with added technology. The overall look is bolder than before, coming capped with Nissan’s big and buck-toothy “V-motion” front grille. It’s purposeful interior features both a touchscreen for the infotainment system (with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interfaces) and analog controls for intuitive operation. Full Review by Car and Driver
Kia Forte. Do you have a younger or budget-minded driver? Kia refreshes its compact sedan for 2019 and imbues it with handsome styling inside and out that makes it look like a costlier car. This stylish little beauty offers a revamped 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates an estimated 147 horsepower and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a gearless CVT automatic transmission. As befits a car with youthful appeal, full smartphone connectivity is included with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces incorporated; a wireless phone-charging pad is newly available. Full Review by Car and Driver
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Four-Door Coupe. If it’s luxury you’re after, check out the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. Aimed squarely at the Porsche Panamera, this new four-door fastback comes wrapped in assertively muscular styling, and is roomy enough inside to serve as a daily driver. A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive come standard, with a “race start” function enabling peak acceleration. Enjoy this relaxing ride with a little boost, the AMG GT Four-Door Coupe includes its own sporty fragrance and can be fitted with Mercedes’ “energizing” comfort control that adjusts various vehicle functions to relax or refresh the driver and passengers according to predefined programs. Full Review by Car and Driver
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