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.
New to the lineup last year, the 2019 Lexus RX 350L continues to impress by offering a wide range of advanced safety features, increased versatility over the regular version with more cargo space, plus a standard third row for better family hauling capabilities. At the same time, the price can climb quickly, the infotainment controls are frustrating, while only small children will find the third row remotely comfortable.
Despite a boring interior, less than sporty handling, tight rear quarters, and limited availability, the 2019 Kia Niro EV EX Premium manages to impress with brisk acceleration, a smooth ride, a 239-mile range, and a long list of standard advanced safety features.