This has been an interesting year for the North American auto industry. Chevy revealed a newly designed Silverado and media reported a slump in new car sales despite a growing economy. And 2019 brings auto trends that will make everyone sit up and take notice, including Ford’s plan to focus 90% of their portfolio on crossovers, trucks and SUVs discontinuing production of all cars except the Mustang and Focus Active.
Other manufacturers seem to be following these trends and increasing the focus on auto safety, electrification, AI and even subscription plans that allow you to upgrade your vehicle just like you upgrade your smart phone. In fact, Lincoln, Porsche and Cadillac already rolled out such plans.
The biggest market for new car buyers remains SUVs and crossovers, and they will have plenty to choose from. Here are a few of the vehicles chosen as the best 2019 Car Models for Safety according to Kelley Blue Book:
Top rated for safety and with room for 5 passengers, ample cargo bay, and an available turbo-charged engine, the 2019 CR-V will continue to stand out in 2019 as one of the nation’s best-selling compact crossovers. This is a solid, dependable vehicle but it doesn’t support heavy towing or off-roading and it doesn’t accelerate like a sports car. But it carries impressive amenities and safety features with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting right around $25,345 for the base LX model
Chevy VS. Ford
In the full-size category, Chevy siblings Tahoe and Suburban have been the undisputed sales leaders. However, the 2019 Ford Expedition will give them a run for their money with state-of-the-art technology and design. In fact, the Expedition beats the Tahoe in a few categories including higher tow rating, superior ride and handling, a level cargo floor and comparatively decent fuel economy for a full-size SUV. And you can now add a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. That’s the high-end brand by Harman associated with Audi and Aston Martin. MSRP for a 2019 Ford Expedition XLT starts around $50,000 and goes all the way to about $77,350 for the Max.
2019 Acura MDX
In the luxury SUV category, the 2019 Acura MDX is competent and highly recommended. It comes standard with V6 power and impressive safety features. This 3-row luxury crossover SUV rivals its European counterparts such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. With a reputation for reliability and excellent resale value, the 2019 MDX A-Spec model features standard all-wheel drive. The MSRP range is $45,295 – $61,045
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