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Preview: New and Redesigned 2019 Cars

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Redesigned new cars for 2019

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Yellow Left Side Action Shot

Volkswagen introduces the appealing new Arteon for 2019. (Volkswagen)

BY Kevin Barr


Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 PM

It’s no secret that SUVs, especially of the crossover variety, have become incredibly popular amongst new car buyers in the United States.

Want proof? Honda recently slowed production of the popular Accord in order to cut down on surplus inventory, Chevrolet recently pulled the plug on its Sonic compact car, and Ford will begin to phase out nearly all of its cars in favor of crossovers, SUVs, and trucks by the 2020 model year.

While consumers continue making the switch from sedans to quasi-SUVs that are often built on car platforms, there was a time when compact cars and sedans were the go-to choice for those seeking practical, affordable everyday transportation. And that time doesn’t seem too far in the past.

As American automakers begin to bow out from the traditional car market, import manufacturers continue to step up to the plate, offering a variety of new, interesting, and appealing choices for 2019.

2019 Hyundai Veloster

For 2019, the Hyundai Veloster is redesigned, though it maintains the quirky and unique exterior styling it is known for.

Arguably the most exciting addition to this sporty 3-door hatchback for 2019 is the new Veloster N model, which adds a variety of performance oriented tweaks to the interior, exterior and most importantly, mechanics. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine resides under the hood of Veloster N models, which Hyundai estimates will deliver 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo

Hyundai’s unique Veloster undergoes a redesign for 2019. (Bruce Benedict)

Safety features such as forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and distracted driver alert are all standard on the 2019 Veloster.

2019 Kia Forte

For 2019, Kia’s affordable Forte sedan is redesigned. The new Forte is longer than the outgoing model, which allows for extra room for passengers and cargo alike. Additionally, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard equipment. 

2019 Kia Forte Sedan Red Right Front Quarter

For 2019, the affordable Kia Forte Sedan borrows design cues from its bigger sibling, the Kia Stinger.  (Kia)

Three trim levels are available on the 2019 Kia Forte: LX, S, and EX. All trims use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission are standard equipment on base LX trim models, while a newly developed continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard on higher trim levels.

2019 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima receives an extensive redesign for 2019. The new Altima has a sleeker exterior design than the outgoing model, which results in improved outward visibility for drivers thanks to a lower cowl and hood.

Driver assistive systems such as automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and distracted-driver detection are included as standard equipment across all five of the Altima’s trim levels; S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum.

2019 Nissan Altima Maroon Right Front Quarter

The newly redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima includes an option for an all-wheel drive system, a first for the popular sedan. (Nissan)

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