Autotrader’s best new cars of 2019 award winners
After testing nearly every model on the market, the experts at Autotrader have chosen 12 vehicles that excel in comfort, quality, technology, safety and more. Find out how you can take advantage of your brand’s wins.
The award-winners in action
The Autotrader 2019 Best New Cars were chosen on a wide-ranging set of criteria, including interior comfort and materials, build quality, available features and ride quality. Each vehicle was agreed upon unanimously by the entire editorial and data team at Autotrader. To be considered, a vehicle must be of the current or next model-year and available for purchase at the time of the awards announcement. We also capped the price at $75,000, meaning the cars and trucks on our list offer a significant value for the asking price. Not only was value a top priority, vehicles were also judged on available technology and a rewarding or dynamic driving experience.
Learn more about the Best New Cars of 2019 and how to leverage these awards at your dealership.
2019 Acura RDX
Formerly an “entry-level” luxury SUV, the new RDX is a full-fledged luxury/sport utility vehicle that runs with Europe’s best. The A-Spec version is especially good-looking but even a base-level RDX is worth having. The turbocharged engine is quick, responsive and efficient with an estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Audiophiles will love the ELS sound system; it’s one of the best available in any new car.
2019 Ford Ranger
Ford has resurrected the Ranger name for 2019. The new Ranger is a competent and agile little brother to the well-established Ford F-150. Ultimately, the Ranger is the right combination of work-ready and everyday-useful that’s perfect for the needs of most Americans.
2019 Genesis G70
Shockingly good, the Genesis G70 is a car that has our staff uttering a series of “inconceivable” proclamations every time we get behind the wheel – and yes, we DO know what that word means. The G70 packs a lot of fun into a tidy package and does it for a reasonable price. The interior is a highlight with both design and materials that rival cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500
The Sierra is staking out its own territory in the full-size pickup world. With unique features and a traditional but completely modern look, the Sierra is a great truck regardless of its origins. GMC’s Multi-Pro tailgate is more than a parlor trick — it adds several new levels of usefulness and a wow factor to something we’ve taken for granted for about 100 years.
2019 Honda Passport
One of the few SUVs where the “sport” and “utility” totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle. We like the Passport because of its rugged look and the way it comes off like a younger version of the Honda Pilot.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace
If people are suddenly going to start buying electric cars based on things like attractiveness, fun and a rewarding driving experience, the I-Pace is the EV to get them there. Tesla started the luxury electric car revolution but Jaguar takes it to a whole new level.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450
Likely the world’s most perfect car, the GLE is a luxury SUV that pulls no punches. Filled with useful but forward-thinking technology, the GLE is capable off-road yet still manages to be serene on-road.
2019 Nissan Altima
Nissan has improved the Altima by adding some innovative features while keeping the shell of the car very familiar. A new high-tech turbo engine, the option of all-wheel drive and a host of driver assist features are part of the reason we added the updated Altima to our list this year. We also like that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
2019 RAM 1500
Plush, capable and smooth-riding, the Ram 1500 is a worthy alternative to some better-known pickups. Ram also has an innovative tailgate of its own. However, the one thing about the Ram that pushes other trucks aside is its interior: high-end audio, super soft leather and a large touch screen equal a really plush cab. Add to that an available 12,750-lb towing capacity and the Ram 1500 combines brute strength with class leading luxury – all in a pickup.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Exactly what Subaru owners have wanted for years, the Ascent is a three-row SUV that allows growing families to stay in the Subaru family.
2019 Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 isn’t just redesigned, it’s reinvented. Not only is the look more dramatic and maybe even a little more masculine, but the RAV4’s character has changed as well. Take it off-road and you feel how engineers intentionally fused fun into the RAV4 formula. Roomy inside and reasonably priced, the RAV4 is an excellent compact SUV.
2019 Volvo XC40
Often, we see luxury brands take their wares down-market with mixed results. The XC40 is a rolling playbook on how to do that well. The interior and driving dynamics are unique to the XC40 and it feels far more premium than its under-$40,000 price suggests. We also like Volvo’s forward-thinking subscription plan that extends the Volvo vibe to the entire purchasing, ownership and exchange experience.
Past Autotrader awards
Autotrader selects 12 vehicles worth taking for a spin before shoppers make their final purchase decision