The all-new 2019 Mazda Mazda3 hatchback impresses with a stunning interior, improved ride comfort, optional all-wheel-drive, solid fuel economy figures, and a number of advanced safety features. However, we continue to be disappointed by the tight rear seat, a polarizing design that limits driver visibility from the B-pillar on back, a watered-down driving character and, despite improved software, a needlessly complex infotainment system.
The all-new fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes to market riding a new platform with a bold new look, more upscale cabin, and a wide range of standard advanced safety features. But upper trim levels are pricey, the engine sounds coarse when pushed, while the transmission is programmed for efficiency over sportiness.
Unchanged from last year, the 2019 Genesis G90 sits atop the brand’s lineup, offering luxury buyers a sumptuous interior, cosseting ride, and an abundance of standard features. But it continues to disappoint with an innocuous design, a V-8 that doesn’t reward the extra shekels, and a wing medallion that still lacks the prestige of the roundel and three-pointed star.
All-new last year, the 2019 Lexus LS 500, the brand’s flagship sedan, impresses with a sinewy shape, sybaritic interior, and serene ride, but falls short of perfection with unimpressive piped-in engine sounds, numb steering, and an improved – but still irritating – touchpad interface.