Tweaked slightly from last year, the 2020 Hyundai Kona retains its value proposition by offering an above average ride, reasonable fuel economy, a class-above interior, and a number of advanced safety features across all models. But it disappoints with fussy styling details, modest performance, and an upper trim with a price that’s comparable to much larger crossovers.
Unchanged a year following a complete redesign, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid retains a sleek design, smooth ride, standard advanced safety systems, and impressive fuel economy. At the same time, steering is numb, the engine sounds ragged when hustled, the large grille overpowers the sleek design, while rear cross-traffic alert is only available as part of an expensive option package on the top-trim Limited.
The big, old-school, body-on-frame 2019 Lexus LX570 continues to impress us with its edgy looks, sumptuous interior, muscular V-8, and smooth ride. But the big off-roader’s grille is also polarizing, fuel economy is dismal, while the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is the only bright spot in an infotainment system that still relies on a distracting mouse-like controller.
The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 continues to impress with a gorgeous design, sharp handling, and responsive 4-cylinder turbo on the top three trims, while meaningful additions for 2019 include additional advanced safety features on the entry-level model plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base trim. At the same time, the infotainment software remains distracting, top trims are pricey, the ride is much firmer than rivals, while a manual transmission is no longer available.