OK, stick with us here—this gets a bit complicated. With the introduction of the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe, Hyundai is changing up its midsize-SUV strategy. Previously, the Santa Fe was offered in a 3-row, 7-passenger version called Santa Fe, and a shorter 2-row, 5-passenger version named Santa Fe Sport.
Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension.
Every summer, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association stages about 20 annual street rod and custom car events at fairgrounds and other large venues across the country. These are sprawling, weekend-long gatherings that include attractions such as swap meets, manufacturer midways, live music, autocross competitions, and plenty of on-premises cruising. They draw huge numbers of participant vehicles and spectators—the larger events regularly surpass 4000 registered show cars.
After unveiling a prototype version of its redesigned third-generation compact SUV a couple months ago at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura has debuted the production version at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Acura RDX is new from the ground up, gaining a new engine, a more spacious cabin, a new performance-themed trim level, and many new technology features.
Hyundai unveiled a freshened version of its compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson gets a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh that nets it an exterior facelift, an updated interior, several new features, and a 2.4-liter available engine in place of the previous turbocharged 1.6-liter.
Subaru unveiled the all-new fifth generation of its popular compact SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The 2019 Subaru Forester offers a bit more passenger and cargo room than its predecessor and gains an updated engine, several new technology features, and a new trim level.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled a “preview” version of the three-row SUV that is set to join its lineup next year, presumably as a 2019 model. The Lincoln Aviator revives an SUV name from the brand’s recent past, and will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that is set to underpin the forthcoming redesigned Ford Explorer.
New powertrains, new names, new styling, and new tech features are all highlights of the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, which made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
This new fourth-generation version of Hyundai’s midsize SUV is a two-row, five- passenger model that is simply named Santa Fe. Gone is the Santa Fe Sport monicker, which previously denoted the five-passenger variant. The 2019 Santa Fe grows 2.6 inches longer in wheelbase and 2.8 inches longer in overall length than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled a redesigned version of one of the most important vehicles in its model lineup. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets a new platform, updated powertrains, a new top-line all-wheel-drive system, and new technology features.
Nissan took the wraps off the all-new sixth generation of its midsize sedan at the 2018 New York Auto Show. In addition to the expected powertrain and architectural improvements, and the added technology features expected of a fully redesigned model, the 2019 Nissan Altima is now available with all-wheel drive—a rare feature in the mainstream midsize-sedan class.