Best Cars For 2019

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A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


, Automotive Editor - February 21, 2019

Though there's plenty of people heralding the end of times for family sedans, buyers sticking to four-doors will find plenty of excellent choices on dealer lots. With ample features, advanced safety equipment, and robust powertrains that shame some sports cars of even just 10 or 15 years ago, there's hardly a model out there that doesn't impress.

Here are our top three picks from the class of 2019:

Best For Families: Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord

Why it's a top pick: Families will love the massive leg room and long list of standard safety features; drivers will love the buttoned-down chassis and surprisingly responsive handling. Excellent fuel economy and a massive trunk only further entrenches the Accord as a family favorite.

Worth knowing: The base 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is paired up to continuously variable transmission, which works well but is a real whiner under nearly any kind of acceleration. The optional 2.0-liter turbo-four and 10-speed automatic combination is more powerful and refined, and is worth ponying up for.

Honorable Mentions: Toyota Camry, Mazda Mazda6

Best Mid-Size Value: Kia Optima
2019 Kia Optima

Why it's a top pick: The value of the 2019 Kia Optima is embedded in the feature count. Base models start at $23,915 after destination charges and get goodies like power seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, keyless ignition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the top-shelf Optima SX costs $32,915 and comes with a panoramic roof, LED lighting, and a Harman Kardon audio system, among other things.

Worth knowing: Three powertrains are available on the Optima. Of these, we like the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the SX's 2.0-liter turbo-four. A 1.6-liter turbo-four proclaims itself as the efficiency champion of the three, but an uncouth dual-clutch transmission and less horsepower than the base engine make it the one we'd avoid.

Honorable Mentions: Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy

Best Sporty Compact: Honda Civic
2019 Honda Civic

Why it's a top pick: With its unique mix of practicality, reliability, and an uncanny ability to dance around corners with surprising vigor, there isn't a compact around that can match the sporting pretensions of the Civic. There are three doses of performance.

The Civic Sport uses a tweaked suspension and grippier tires, the Civic Si brings in a slick six-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, and suspension upgrades, and the Civic Type R packs 306 horsepower and is bent on redefining the limits of what a front-drive sports car can do. The breadth and excellence of this triumvirate should please anyone trying to have fun on a budget.

Worth knowing: Three body styles are available on the Civic: coupe, sedan, and hatchback. The Sport can be had in all three flavors, the Si is offered as a coupe or sedan, and the Type R only comes in hatchback form.

Honorable Mentions: Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatchback

, Automotive Editor

A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


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