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2019 Model Year Jeep Changes

2019 Jeep Model Year Changes

The 2019 Jeep models started extremely early this year, with the redesigned Cherokee going on sale in February.


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A significant refresh on the 2019 Cherokee sees the controversial headlights redesgined and a new optional 2.0 turbo charged 4-cylinder engine option added to the lineup. LED headlights replace high-instensity discharge as standard.

The 2.0-liter turbo and the V6 have automatic idle start/stop functionality and it has also been added to the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Overland models now have 19-inch wheels with 235/50R19 tires.

A hands-free liftgate is now optional on Limited and standard on Overland. Heated mirror s are now standard.

A rear backup camera is now standard.

Air conditioning is now standard.


2019 Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass Sport offers a new Upland special edition with wheels from the Trailhawk, skid plates, gloss black roof and select trim. Limited gets a new High Altitude appearance package with 19-inch satin gloss wheels, navigation, HID headlights and satin gloss trim.

Adaptive Cruise Control is now offered, part of the Advanced Safety Group Package, available for Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited.

Dual zone automatic climate control air conditioning, Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (both smartphone integration types) and a household 115-volt outlet are all now standard.

Keyless Enter-N-Go, a hands-free key system, is now optional on Compass Sport; it is standard on other models.

Grand Cherokee

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

 Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Warning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all now standard on all models.

Navigation is now standard on Limited.

Limited X model with unique front grille, fascia, hood and 20-inch wheels.

Diesel models are coming, but have not been certified by the EPA, yet. The Trackhawk is still the most powerful SUV ever, with a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.


2019 Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler JL becomes just the Wrangler as the older JK version is now officially out of production.

Forward Collision Wrning and Adaptive Cruise Control are new optionas, part of the Advanced Safety Group.

We're still waiting on a Wrangler Pickup and a diesel engine. 


2019 Hyundai Model Year Changes



2019 Hyundai Accent

Just redone for 2018, the Accent only gets a few shifts in equipment: LED headlights are added to the Limited (replacing projector halogen lights), fog lights are now standard on SEL (previously only Limited), SE gets a chrome grille and SEL gets a chrome molding under the window-line.

Elantra Sedan

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Only two years into its last redesign the Elantra gets a significant refresh wih new hood, front fenders, grille, fascia, headlights, trunk and taillights. All of the new metal and plastic add up to two inches more overall length. Wheelbase and other exterior dimensions are unchanged.

The powertrains remain the same: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine as the standard; a 1.4-liter turbo for the Eco model; and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine borrowed from the Veloster Turbo for the Elantra Sport. 

The Elantra Sport now exclusively has a multi-link independent rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. This sets it apart from its lesser Elantras with their torsion bar. All models get quicker steering racks for sharper steering response.

Safety systems are becoming more important in new cars, especially autonomous systems which could lead towards driverless cars. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Braking, previously only offered as an option on Elantra Limited, is now standard on all but SE models. Elanrta Limited offers the option of adding pedestrian detection to the system.Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist are also standard on all but SE; It includes a new Driver Attention Warning that uses the cameras in the Lane Keep Assist system to detect the signs of a drowsy driver and sets off a warning, suggesting a break. Finally a back-up camera is now also stndard on SE.

Sport gains automatic high beam assist, in addition to it now being standard on Limited.

SE manual includes standard Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted audio controls, making it standard on all Elantras, now.

Elantra GT

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

No changes.


2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

A Driver Attention Alert feature is now available, it monitors how well the driver stays in the lane and alerts if signs of drowsiness are detected. Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and Electric now can have their charging status remotely monitored and managed via smartphone app.


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric at NY Auto Show

An electric version of the Kona joins the conventionally powered version. With 250 miles of range (estimated) it's right up their with the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. The Kona Electric also gets a more sophisticated, fully-independent rear multi-link suspension. Due to the battery placement, under the rear seat, rear headroom and legroom are slightly down compared to the gasoline Kona. Cargo volume is the same as the gasoline model, though. Unlike its gasoline cousin, the Kona Electric only offers front-wheel-drive. An All-wheel-drive version may not be in the works, as the battery may take up too much space to mount another electric motor on the rear axle.

A lot of advanced safety features are made standard on the Kona Electric: Foward Collision Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and a Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance. Automatic High Beams are standard on Limited and Ultimate and a rear Park Distance Warning is standard on Ultimate.


2019 Hyundai Nexo at NY Auto Show

The Hyundai Nexo is the replacement for the Tucson Fuel Cell. 

Burning hydrogen through a fuel cell stack resulting in electricity and water vapor, the Nexo is now a dedicated hydrogen platform which solidifies Hyundai's position in alternative fuels. Nexo is lighter than Tucson fuel cell, has a more powerful electric motor and a range of 370 miles, 40% more than the Tucson Fuel Cell. The dedicated platform allows a more efficient placement of storage tanks, batteries, motors and fuel cells. This results in a larger passenger cabin.

In Korea, the Nexo is being tested as an autonomous vehicle, so American buyers can expect at least some autonomous features such as lane-keeping and autonomous braking. Of course, only American buyers in California will have the opportunity to buy or lease the Nexo.

Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe at NY Auto Show

O.K., pay attention: last year's Hyundai "Santa Fe Sport" is now just the "Santa Fe." Last year's "Santa Fe" will get a new name: "Sante Fe XL." The two-row compact sport utility from Hyundai is now called the "Santa Fe."

The Santa Fe is new for 2019. The engines are carry-over: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo. However, the transmission has been upgraded to an eight-speed. The two extra gears are expected to improve  acceleration. Fuel mileage is slightly higher with the base 2.4-liter engine. The fuel tank is larger: 18.8 gallons vs. 17.4.

Bigger news under the hood: a 2.2-liter diesel will be offered. With 190 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque, the new engine will offered increased fuel mileage and range.

A lot of safety and convenience equipment is standard across the board: high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, forward collision avoidance assist (automatic braking), driver attention warning, rear cross traffic warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and safe exit assist (warns of approaching vehicles on the side that a door is being opened).

On the outside the Santa Fe gets a new cascading grille and a set of three levels of lights, similar to the Hyundai Kona: top slits are daytime running lights, middle row are headlights, integrated into the sides of the grille, and bottom are optional fog lights. The wheelbase and length are almost three inches longer than last year's Santa Fe Sport.

On the inside there's more passenger space, including over an inch-and-a-half more front headroom, almost three inches more front legroom, an inch-and-a-half more rear legroom, and more hip room front and rear. With the optional 2.2 Diesel engine, you can get an optional third row seat for small people. Cargo room is basically unchanged.

Santa Fe XL

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Last year's "Santa Fe" is now "Santa Fe XL." The SE Ultimate model is discontinued, leaving the SE and Limited Ultimate.


2019 Hyundai Sonata

"Sonata Sport+" and "Limited+" are now "Sonata Sport" and "Limited." The 2.0T turbo engine with 245 horsepower is no longer offered in the Hyundai Sport, only the Limited.

Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic High Beam Assist, Dynamic Bending Headlights, Electric Parking Brake are all now standard on Sonata Limited.

The Sonata SE now has a compact spare tire, leaving the Eco as the only one without one.


2019 Hyundai Tucson at NY Auto Show

The Tucson is refreshed with new bumpers, new grille, facias, headlights and taillights. New wheel designs for the 17 and 19-inch wheels and a new 18-inch wheel for the SEL round out the exterior changes.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

A new Sport model is placed between the SEL and Limited models.

The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine has been replaced with a normally aspirated 2.4-liter with more horsepower and less torque (181 horsepower, 175 pound-feet). This optional engine comes in the SEL, Sport and Limited Tucson. The SE and Value Tucson still have the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 164 horsepower.

Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (forward collision warning and automatic braking) and Lane Keeping Assist are now standard on all Tucson models for 2019. As an option on Tucson Limited, Pedestrian Detection can be added to the system. A Driver Attention Warning system can also be added on Limited, utilizing facial recognition to alert the driver to distraction or drowsiness. Rain sensing wipers are also optional on Limited. Automatic High Beams and Smart Cruise Control are standard, the latter will bring the Tucson to a full stop if traffic stops.

BlueLink telematics have been extended to all but SE models. It allows remote starting and can call for help if an airbag deployment is detected, among many features.

A power front passenger seat is no longer offered.


Alpha-Numeric Soup: Out of the Soup


Lincoln will completely exit its hellish MK-flavored version of alpha-numeric naming when the MKC is redesigned for the 2020 model year; its new name: Corsair. Air-cooled engines and unpredictable handling will not be available. Here's the rundown on Lincolns new names:

Aviator, a new mid-sized, rear-wheel-drive sport utility never had a MK-name. Originally an upgraded and rebadged Ford Explorer, the Aviator was previously sold in model years 2003 through 2005. Sales start this Fall as a 2019 model. The new Aviator will be offered eventually as a plug-in hybrid.

MKS Badge

Continental, the hit full-size car to replace the slow-selling MKS was the first out of the soup. Although sales are slowing now, along with the sales of other cars, the success of the redesign and its new name is probably the main reason Lincoln is getting out of the soup. Lincoln's use of the Continental name goes back to the 1930's, but its latest reincarnation drew the ire of Bentley, who is worried that a $45,000 front-wheel-drive luxury sedan will be mistaken for a $187900 all-wheel-drive coupe. With Ford's withdrawal from the car business and the discontinuation of the Fusion, upon which the Continental is based, its unclear whether the Continental will ride for very long, though a redesign including suicide doors has been shown to dealers.

MKC Badge

MKC was the original name given to the Ford Escape cousin when it was introduced in 2015. Possibly one of the least confusing MK-name, it will be renamed the Corsair. A french name for pirate and the name of several military aircraft, the Corsair will not fly or traverse large bodies of water, but Lincoln hopes you still get the connotation. A redesign in late 2019 as a 2020 model will mark the transition to the new name. The 2019 MKC still rides.

MKT Badge

MKT is being produced for 2019, unchanged for the past few years, but its future is unclear. The MKT was the indirect successor to the Town Car, so perhaps Lincoln can resurrect that storied name when it decides to refresh or redesign the MKT. MKTs roam Manhattan, picking up hotel and airport fares that are pre-arranged, but not hails, similar to the Town Cars use. Suburbans and Escalades picked up a lot of the business after the Town Car was discontinued.

MKZ Badge

MKZ sales are down 33%. Although Lincoln renewed their trademark of the Zephyr name, its future is about the same as the wooden roller-coaster in East New Orleans. The MKZ will be quietly phased out over the next year or two.

MKX Badge

MKX models have now been replaced with the Nautilus. Nuclear power is not available at launch.

Navigator resisted going into the soup from the start and still retain their original name from 1997.



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2019 Acura Model Year Changes



2019 Acura ILX A-Spec

The ILX is the last Acura to lose the "Acura Beak" and get the new corporate diamond grille. The A-Spec version includes a lot of black chrome and becomes more easily distinguished from the regular ILX. In addition to the new grille there's a new hood, front fenders, fascia, wheels and headlights. Inside the seats are redesigned  and the infotainment system has been revamped, including faster response and a better touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. The start-stop button now has a machine finish.

A driver's power-adjustable lumbar is new, standard on all models.

More safety is standard: Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System (automatic braking), Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Departure Mitigation (detects if the vehicle leaves the road and helps steer it back without overshooting) are all standard, now. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Path Warning systems are still optional.

The 201-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission remain the same.


2019 Acura MDX A-Spec at NY Auto Show

The Acura MDX will get a sporty A-Spec version, leaving the RLX and NSX as the only models without A-Spec versions, though I believe NSX owners aren't missing anything. The A-Spec is only offered with AWD (branded "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" or SH-AWD) and comes with 20-inch wheels with fatter 265 section tires. It features a unique front fascia, wheels, body-colored sills, bigger exhaust tips and black grille. Chrome is blackened and headlight openings are smoked to finish the sinister appearance. Overall you should be banned from the kid pickup lane at preschool within a week.

The interior get sport seats in black or red leather with contrasting stitching, unique gauges, metal pedals, carbon-fiber-like trim, a thicker A-Spec steering wheel and A-Spec branded door sills.

Engines, suspension and brakes are all the same as standard for A-Spec models.

Automatic Start/Stop is standard, now. The Active Damper System standard last year only on the Sport Hybrid is now also optional on non-Hybrid models.

A 14-way driver's and 12-way passenger's power seats replace 10-way and 8-way. This includes 4-way lumbar adjustments on both.

The nine-speed automatic is retuned.


2019 Acura NSX

The very low volume NSX super car gets a refresh after only two model years. Except for a new color called Thermal Orange Pearl and blue and red interior options, all of the changes are under the skin. The chassis improvements are centered around larger, stiffer stabilizer bars and bushings. In addition, the SH-AWD software has been tweaked, allowing better turn-in by channeling more power to the outside rear tire sooner, along with similar changes to the software for the shock absorbers, steering and stability control.

Orange calipers are available on the optional carbon ceramic brakes and red calipers are available on the standard iron brakes. Glossy black trim replaces the matte trim on the outside. The ELS Studio Audio and Tech Package are now standard; this includes standard navigation and parking sensors front and rear.


 2019 Acura RDX

First it has a turbocharged 4-cylinder (the first for Acura in the US), then a V6, and now... a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine again!

Each time the RDX flip-flopped from turbo 4 to V6 to turbo 4 its fuel mileage improved and this time is no exception. city fuel mileage improves by 2 MPG on both AWD and Front-Wheel-Drive models. Newly available A-Spec models lose 1 MPG on the highway due to their fatter tires.

The usual magic takes place: stronger, stiffer body, more passenger room, moor cargo room, not much more weight. Of course swapping a V6 for a four takes a little of the magic out of it, but don't expect your performance to disappear: with almost the same horsepower (272 vs. 279) more torque (280 lb-ft vs. 252) and more gears (10-speeds vs 6), the new RDX should keep up with or pass the old one easily.

Stylistically the RDX gets sharper creases and loses the Acura shield, sharing its new grille with the rest of the newer Acura lineup. In the roofline, one would expect the new floating roof trend, but Acura mixes it up: instead of a glossy black insert above the C-pillar to give the illusion that someone forgot to glue the roof on, the RDX has a chrome strip that runs the length of the window-line. On A-Spec models it's black, but doesn't have the same look as other "floating" roof designs.

The front fascia, with its "C" shape is aggressive, especially blacked out as in the A-Spec.

As with many new vehicles, a whole raft of safety features that help drive the car are standard: frontal crash warning and automatic braking, smart cruise control, lane keeping assistance, road departure mitigation (detects if you leave the road surface and helps you back on without over-correcting). Blind-spot warning and rear cross path warning are available.

The infotainment system in the RDX gets a new interface, the latest in the search for "let's control everything without any buttons and try not to die." Called "True Touchpad," it attempts a one-to-one mapping of the touch interface with the screen so that a touch on the upper left corner of the pad activates the item on the upper left portion of the screen. It also allows the drawing of characters, similar to the Audi interface, in the entry of things such as addresses for the navigation system.

The audio system has standard Apple CarPlay, but Android Auto will await a later over-the-air update to the system.

Huge CD wallets take one more step towards oblivion as the RDX no longer offers a CD player.


2019 Acura RLX

No changes.


2019 Acura TLX

Fans of the edgier A-Spec model will be able to choose a 4-cylinder engine this year. Previously the A-Spec was only available with the V6 engine, but now the 19-inch wheels, more aggressive aerodynamics, matte black accents and darkened headlight recesses can be equipped with the standard 206 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.


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