2019 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Early Preview

Following is an overview of all-new vehicles that were unveiled at various auto shows during the winter of 2018 that are either on the verge of going on sale or scheduled to be in showrooms by the end of the year.

A sign of our crossover-mad times, fully nine of the 21 nameplates covered in this preview classify as crossovers. In addition to the Kia Forte which will be offered in sedan and hatchback formats, there are three conventional sedans, an old-school station wagon, three hatchbacks and three three all-new pickup trucks (four if you count GM's Silverado and Sierra separately) that will be on sale before 2019 arrives.

 


Acura RDX Hyundai Santa Fe Mercedes Benz A-Class Toyota Avalon
Cadillac XT4 Infiniti QX50 Nissan Altima Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Chevrolet Silverado Kia Forte RAM 1500 Toyota RAV4
Ford Ranger Lexus ES Subaru Ascent Volkswagen Arteon
GMC Sierra Lexus UX Subaru Forester Volvo V60
Hyundai Nexo      

 

2019 Acura RDX

 

NEW

What’s new
All-new third-generation Acura goes on sale in the fall of 2018.
Comments
While the previous RDX was an assemblage of various Honda group components, the new model is to be built on an Acura exclusive platform and features Acura's own Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Honda threw its silky V6 overboard in favour of a turbocharged four cylinder like the original RDX. Acura representatives at the show stated that engine refinement, a real issue with small, powerful engines, is better than a number of key competitors. Power is funnelled to all wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The SH-AWD system can send up to 70 percent of power to the rear wheels and can shift torque front to back and from side to side.
The cabin of the RDX, with interesting shapes, finish combinations and high quality materials, is a big improvement compared to its predecessor. The cabin is roomy and comfortable and cargo space is ample. Acura's new True Touchpad infotainment system looks more user friendly than the controller it replaces.
Pricing
The base RDX is quite well equipped but it and the Tech trims both feature vinyl upholstery. The Tech trim upgrade is very good value and includes blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors as well as a navigation system. The sport-themed A-Spec which leaves the vinyl upholstery behind in favour of a leather and faux suede trim combo, is overpriced, as are the Elite and the Platinum Elite, which boasts adaptive suspension and a heads up display system. There has been strong initial interest in the new RDX and transaction prices have been very high. The APA recommends you check to see if pricing has normalized by early 2019, but it may take until the summer of 2019 for transaction pricing to reach normal market levels.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (272 HP) 

Transmissions: 10A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Cadillac XT4

 

NEW

What’s new
Cadillac enters the compact luxury crossover segment with the XT4. 
Comments
Roughly the same size as the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1, the XT4 is Cadillac's entry in the compact luxury crossover segment. Styling is easily identifiable as a Cadillac but somehow looks like more time should have been expended to sharpen the design. 
The interior reflects a visually calm, minimalist vibe with some very interesting trim accents. Cabin space and cargo volume closely mirror those of the BMW X1. Cadillac has updated its Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment device, adding a rotary controller to make navigating the system less cumbersome.
Power stems from a revised version of GM's 2L turbo four which is equipped with active fuel management and cylinder deactivation for 2019. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Power reaches the wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission in all cases.

Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4-T (237 HP)

Transmissions: 9A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Unknown 

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado-GMC Sierra

 

NEW

What’s new
An all-new generation large pickup platform goes on sale on the summer of 2018.
Comments
Continuing its recent strategy of staging the reveals of vehicles sharing the same platform at different times to open up some marketing space between them, GM unveiled the Chevrolet Silverado version of its new full-size truck; the related GMC Sierra was unveiled later in the winter of 2018.
The familiar 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines return with a more sophisticated cylinder deactivation system. The 5.3L and 6.2L V8 gasoline engines will be joined by a 3L inline six-cylinder turbodiesel. Along with the recently announced Mercedes CLS, the GM engine is the second inline six announced over the last few months, which may herald a renaissance for this engine format. In a surprise move, GM introduced a new 2.7L four-cylinder gasoline turbo engine that produced a stout 310 horsepower. 
GM will use more aluminum in the new Silverado and Sierra, but has not moved to a complete alloy body like the current Ford F-150. Perhaps surprisingly, GM managed to shave about 200 kilograms off its pickups, about two thirds of what Ford saved by moving to an expensive all alloy truck body.
Pricing
The Silverado is available in no less than eight different trim levels. No firm pricing details are available at this time.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4PU
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.7L-4T (310 HP), 3L-6TDI (N.A. HP) , 5.3L-V8 (355 HP estimated), 6.2L-V8 (420 HP estimated)
Transmissions: 8A, 10A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States, Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Ford Ranger

 

NEW

What’s new

The Ranger name returns for 2019 but in a new XXL format.

Comments
On display for all to see in Detroit, the new Ranger will go on sale in late 2018. Previously a compact, it has adopted a mid-size configuration that will compete with GM's successful Canyon/Colorado twins as well as Toyota's Tacoma. Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four is the only powerplant announced to this point but others are sure to follow. Only a ten-speed automatic transmission has been announced thus far. Both crew cab and extra cab body styles will be available.

Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. All new truck with an unproven engine and transmission.   

Specifications


Body Style:  4PU
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.3L-4T (300 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 10A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive. 

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: No information available.  


Additional Airbags: No information available. 

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Hyundai Nexo

 

NEW

What’s new
An all new hydrogen fuel cell crossover that makes use of the experience gained by field testing of the quasi-experimental Tucson fuel cell vehicle.
Comments
Hyundai's first foray into the world of hydrogen fuel cells was an adaptation of the mainstream Tucson compact crossover. Unlike the Tucson, the Nexo is a purpose-designed fuel cell vehicle. Given that the crossover vehicle is the format du jour, the new Nexo conforms to the high wagon format.
Larger than the Tucson, the Nexo is roughly the same size as the 2018 Santa Fe Sport. The result is a sleek contemporary design with room for four or five as well as good cargo hauling capability. The cabin, with an interesting mix of materials looks refreshingly modern, with the dash centre stack looking quite dramatic. Seat comfort very good up front and in the back as well. Rear seat legroom is ample but space for toes under the front seats is tight.  
The electric motor is rated at 120 kW, but combined system output is 135 kW, 95 kW from the fuel cell and 40 kW from the battery pack. The Nexo has a potential range of up to 595 kilometers on a tank of hydrogen. Hyundai notes that the Nexo fuel cell can be started down to -28 degrees centigrade and is ready to get under way only 30 seconds from a cold start.
After years of seemingly ”20 years off” hydrogen fuel cell power looks like it might be closer than most people thought. The biggest impediment at the moment is the lack of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure which will likely lead to the vehicle being available in selected cities only.

Reliability
All new vehicle using quasi-revolutionary technology. The Nexo is in some ways a test-bed using technology which will be evolving at a fast pace. If leasing is available at a reasonable rate, leasing might allow Nexo intenders to experience its unique approach to propulsion as well as being able to upgrade to the latest technology as it evolves.
Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
Hydrogen fuel cell (135 kW total output, 95 kW fuel cell and 40 kW from the battery pack)

Transmissions: None 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: No information available

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin: Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

 

NEW

What’s new
The fourth-generation Santa Fe goes on sale in the fall of 2018. 
Comments
The next-generation Santa-Fe, shorn of its "Sport" suffix, was unveiled in New York. Exterior style further explores themes and forms first seen on the latest Hyundai Elantra GT. The cabin is stylish, roomy and comfortable. A third-row seat will be available once again. An interesting new cabin feature is a sensor to alert the driver if the rear seat is occupied.
The normally aspirated 2.4L and turbo 2L engines will be joined by a 2.2L diesel engine sometime after the vehicle is launched.

Pricing
The front-wheel drive Essential trim is nicely equipped to start with but has option packages for all-wheel drive ($2000) and an active safety suite (SmartSense $1200). The Preferred trim upgrade, with Blis and rear cross traffic monitors, the SmartSense safety suite, dual zone climate control, a sliding rear seat and Keyless Go, among other things, is priced to reflect the value of its extra content. Swapping the 2.4L 1horsepower four for the 235 horsepower turbo, costs $2000 on the Preferred AWD model. The 2L AWD exclusive Luxury and Ultimate trims are both very good value if you desire their additional features. That said, the $44,499 for the range-topping Ultimate trim makes some other vehicles look tempting.


Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4T (235 HP) , 2.4L-4 (185 HP), 2.2L-4 TDI (147 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L 100 km.
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.2L 100 km.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Dual front knee airbags 

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Kia Forte

 

NEW

What’s new
The all-new 2019 Forte sedan went on sale in the fall of 2018.
Comments
The new Forte is yet another demonstration that a more conservative wind is blowing through the design halls of the Hyundai-Kia combine as the new Forte, while elegant, does not represent any design progress compared to the car it replaces
The Forte's cabin is roomy for its size, very nicely appointed and features all the infotainment features buyers expect. A forward collision warning and lane keep assist are standard on all trims but the base LX manual and bline spot and rear cross traffic warnings are standard starting witn the EX. 
The Forte uses the platform and 2L four from the current Hyundai Elantra but will eschew the Elantra's conventional six-speed automatic transmission for a CVT, a new feature for the Hyundai-Kia group but one that did not show up in the refreshed 2019 Elantra sedan. There will likely be a supplenental engine at some point but nothing has been announced thus far. 
Pricing
At $16,495, the base LX manual, which includes air conditioning, is a lot of car fo rthe money. The additional $2500 to move up from there to the CVT equipped LX is reasonable value as it includes lane keep assist, forward collsion warning as well as the transmission. The EX upgrade includes alloy wheels, L.E.D. headlamps, fancier trim as well as blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings, at a very good price. The EX+ trim is priced to reflect its content but the EX Premium, with features such as radar cruise control and a sophisticated forward collision assist system. is a bargain. The EX Limited upgrade is equipped with ventilated front seats and navigation, but is overpriced. 
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (147 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, CVT
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision warning and radar cruise control, lane keep assist and blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.


Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Lexus ES

 

NEW

What’s new
The seventh-generation ES model debuted at the Beijing show in the spring of 2018 and should go on sale in Canada in September of 2018. 

Comments
As summer follows spring a new ES is sure to follow the release of an all-new Toyota Camry. The new car is built on what Lexus refers to as the K (G-AK) platform which is a rebranded version of the Toyota New Generation Architecture that underpins the current Camry and increasingly, most of Toyota's newest models. Whereas the last ES shared its basic dimensions (wheelbase, height and width), with the old Camry, the new one is built on a 45 mm (1.8 inch) longer wheelbase and stretches 95 mm (3.7 inches) greater in overall length than the Camry.
The new ES is fronted by the latest iteration of the Lexus "Spindle" grille, with the rest of the car resembling a cross between the previous-generation ES and the prior LS super luxury sedan. The cabin is fronted by a dashboard featuring a small gauge pod containing a configurable TFT dial featuring a digital speedometre surrounded by a tachometer and flanked on one side by a fuel readout and the other side by a temperature readout. The top centre of the dashboard is dominated by an enormous touchscreen, below which are simple controls for audio and climate functions. The cabin style, which relies more on shape than applied ornamentation, is both elegant and visually calming. Lexus offers some arresting two-tone colour combinations. New for Lexus in 2019 is Apple CarPlay and the Siri concierge service.
The mainstream engine for the ES is a 302 horsepower 3.5L V6. Though it has the same capacity as the V6 in the previous model, Lexus claims that the engine is all new. Like the Camry, the V6 in the ES is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The hybrid returns for 2019 as well. Like the V6, the 2.5L four is said to be an all-new unit, which, combined with the electric motor, cranks out 215 total horsepower. Power from the hybrid powertrain reaches the front wheels via a CVT.  Unlike other hybrid makers who are using Lithium Ion batteries, the ES300h sticks with its time proven Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack.
An updated version of the Lexus Safety System, renamed LSS+ 2.0, includes cyclist detection for 2019.

Pricing

The base ES350 is nicely equipped but does not include expected equipment such as a heated steering wheel. Though a bit overpriced, the Premium trim upgrade does include a heated steering wheel, navigation, a larger centre info screen and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. The Luxury trim is needed if you want leather seating but is significantly overpriced. The Ultra Luxury range-topper is priced to reflect the value of its additional features. Compared with the Signature trim, the F Sport 1 trim is overpriced and the F Sport 2 variant lacks content for the money asked. Hybrid power costs only $2000$ more than a V6 model of the same trim level this year. On the hybrid, the Premium and Ultra Luxury trims are priced to reflect the value of their additional equipment but the Luxury trim is significantly overpriced. There are no F Sport versions of the ES hybrid. Very good value leasing for 2019.
Reliability
All-new model, not rated. The previous ES was reliable.    

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.5L-4H (215 HP estimated), 3.5L-V6 (302 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 8A, CVT (hybrid) 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic and cyclist detectection warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Unknown

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Lexus UX

 

NEW

What’s new
The Lexus spin on the Toyota C-HR effectively replaces the CT 200 in the Lexus lineup
Comments
Given that virtually everything marketed as a crossover finds eager customers, Lexus elected the morph the follow-up to its CT200 hatchback into a crossover. The new UX is built on what Lexus refers to it new GA-C Global Architecture, which is essentially the Toyota New Generation Architecture renamed. The UX shares its wheelbase with the C-HR but all other dimensions are marginally bigger. What the UX shares with the C-HR is styling that ventures past distinctive to polarizing. Lexus has really gone out of it way to make its crossovers instantly recognizable, and the UX could not be from any other brand but Lexus. Certainly the UX proves that nobody can bend metal like Lexus.
The UX's cabin is more conservative than the exterior. The driver faces a multi-configurable electronic gauge package. The climate controls consist of a series of horizontally arrayed buttons and the audio system is controlled through a console pad and a giant rectangular screen that resides at the top centre of the dash. A number of attractive two-tone interior colour combinations are available. Like the C-HR, the UX features respectable cabin space for its size and a versatile cargo hold as well.
The 2L four in the conventional UX produces 168 horsepower. Lexus offers a hybrid version of the UX (250h), the combined power output of which is 175 horsepower. All hybrids feature an all-wheel drive facility that drives the rear wheels electrically. The sole transmission choice for the UX is a CVT.
The new UX will feature the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+). LSS+ includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot monitor, radar cruise and a lane keep assist system with a semi-autonomous driving element which will maintain the car in its lane.
Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time.but the F Sport 1 package on the UX is worth about $2000. The UX 250h hybrid is exlusively all-wheel drive with the drive to the rear being electric. The Luxury package on the UX 250h is worth about $3700, the F Sport 1 is worth roughly $1500 and the F Sport 2 includes about $3700 in additional content. 
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (168 HP) , 2L-4H (175 HP)

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Forward collision, lane departure, blind spot warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Dual front knee airbags

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/120,000


Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Nissan Altima

 

NEW

What’s new
The sixth-generation Altima, exclusively all-wheel drive in Canada, went on sale in the fall of 2018.  
Comments
After a bizarre styling mis-step with the previous Altima, Nissan joins the contemporary mainstream with the latest iteration of the vehicle.
The interior is clean and modern and features class competitive space. While the cabin looks plush, the upper dash and door tops lack the soft-touch surfaces expected in this class. The iOS/Android cellphone interface is standard and the car can sync up to the iOS and Android watches as well.
With direct injection and 80 percent of its internal components redesigned for 2019, Nissan states its 2.5L four is a new engine. The Altima is exclusively all-wheel drive for 2019. The tp[ engine is a 2L variable compression turbo four that debuted in the new Infiniti QX50. 
Pro-PILOT, Nissan's semi-autonomous lane keep assist system, is standard on all but the base "S" model. Lane departure warning, lane departure prevention , rear auto braking, pedestrian intelligent emergency braking and active cruise control are standard on the SV and Platinum trims. The Platinum range-topper, with leather seating, a name brand audio system, navigation and a power passenger seat, is priced to reflect the value of its extra content. The Platimim Edition One, limited to 250 units, lacks value and will likely not be available for long. The 2L turbo will not be offered in Canada.   

Pricing
With all-wheel drive standard, the Altima finally has a unique selling point compared with mainstream, non Subaru Japansese-branded cars. The base Altima S is equipped with features such as a power driver's seat, intelligent emergency braking and intelligent forward collision warning. The SV trim updgrade includes Nissan's rudimentary ProPilot Assist lane centring system, a full suite of active safety devices as well as rear parking sonar, remote start, heated steering wheel, as well as blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, and is mind-blowing bargain. The range topping variant, the Platinum, boasts leather seating, navigation and a name-brand audio system, at a price that reflects the value of the content. The Edition One version of the Platinum doesn't offer much for the money asked.   
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. The heavily revised 2.5L and the new variable compression 2L turbo are unproven.   

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
 2.5L-4 (188 HP)

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection with rear auto brake, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Two None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 RAM 1500

 

NEW

What’s new
An all new RAM, the first since 2009, goes on sale in the summer of 2018.
Comments
After a long 10 year run, the RAM 1500 is all new for 2019. Built on an all-new chassis, the new truck is roughly the same size as before. Unlike its distinctly Darwinian-looking predecessor, the new RAM looks trim, elegant and non-threatening to other road users. It will be interesting to see if RAM customers accept the new look or begin to pine for the super-imposing look of its predecessor.
In practical terms, the main difference between the old RAM and the new one is a longer cab section of the truck, which, according to FCA, delivers class leading rear seat legroom. The cabins of pickups have become increasingly plush over the last decade or so but the interior of the higher trim levels of the RAM deliver impressive levels of luxury. New for this year is a 12 inch touch screen that dominates the dash centre stack and further enhances the luxury ambience of the new RAM. An observer at the Detroit show noted that the cabin of the top RAM was so plush that the model should be called the ''Imperial''
The new RAM rests on an all new chassis with is said to be even more robust than what came before it and is stated to be about 120 pounds lighter.  FCA touts enhanced levels of handling precision and ride comfort. Trucks with conventional suspension features Frequency Response Damping; with rear air suspension, a feature on the previous RAM, available on fancier variants. 
The 3.6L V6 and 5.7L V8 engines return for 2019, but both are now available in a 48 volt mild hybrid labelled eTorque, which adds 90 lb.-ft of torque on the V6 and 120 lb.-ft on the V8, but also includes regenerative braking and a stop-start feature. The sole transmission choice is an updated eight-speed automatic. 

Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4PU
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
3.6L-V6 (305 HP estimated) , 5.7L-V8 (395 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag 

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  United States, Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

 

2019 Subaru Ascent

 

NEW

What’s new
Subaru's follow-up to the Tribeca goes on sale in the summer of 2018. 
Comments
Subaru has returned to the three-row crossover segment after the slow death of its previous effort, the Tribeca. Like all future Subarus, the new Ascent is based on the variable architecture that debuted on the 2017 Impreza.
The new platform must not be able to accept Subaru's silky flat six engine as the Ascent will be powered exclusively by a new 2.4L turbo four, which makes similar power as the six but will lack its smooth delivery. A CVT will transmit power to all four wheels.
Styling easily marks the vehicle out as a Subaru but is not particularly noteworthy. The cabin is very nicely designed. The front seats are comfortable and there is plenty of space. The middle row seats are supportive enough but legroom is tight, too tight for larger adults. As with many of the vehicles in this segment, the third row seat is best left to the young and agile. Cargo space is quite reasonable even with the third row seat back raised to carry passengers.

Pricing
The base Ascent is comprehensively equipped considering its starting price of around $36,000. The Touring and Limited trim upgrades are priced to reflect the value of the content you get for stepping up.
Reliability
Unproven turbocharged four engine.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/2/3, 2/3/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 T (260 HP)

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


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