Now, let’s make one thing clear before moving along with the list: These 10 vehicles are my top 10 favorites driven in calendar-year 2019. As you well know, the car industry is in constant evolution and occasionally leap-frogging model years in order to get the automotive media to talk about product now is common practice. This explains why many will be 2020 and there might even be a 2021 or two.
The following cars and SUVs made the list based on merit, be it in technology, performance, styling or any combination of these elements. Given that I’m one to still enjoy burning hydrocarbons, many of the cars on the list are not exactly “green” but then again, this is my list.
And so, here they are, listed in alphabetical order:
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
- Incredibly terrible to the point of being bad – it’s effin’ perfect.
“In other words, the Quadrifoglio is a tuner’s wet dream with emphasis put on more power, noise, handling, with hardcore seats and big brakes. Essentially, the Quadrifoglio feels as though it was built in a buddy’s garage and I so absolutely adore it for this.”
2021 Audi RS 6 Avant
- It’s a near 600-horsepower station wagon. ‘Nuff said.
“No matter how hard I was on the throttle, brakes or how much steering angle I’d dialed in, the big wagon obeyed predictably. As most of the switchbacks were sown together at low to medium speeds, the RS 6’s all-wheel steering was most influential in the car’s uber-responsiveness.”
2019 BMW M850i
- Be it as a Coupe or Convertible, this is the best current GT car on the market.
“The new BMW M850i xDrive, both Coupe and Convertible, is a singular current example of a timeless design. These cars will age gracefully, perhaps even better than the original E31 8 Series from the late 80s and early 90s.”
2019 Ford Mustang GT350
- Sure, the GT500 is more powerful but the GT350 is the true driver’s Mustang.
“With the 526-horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque and eagerness to rev to a raucous 8,250-rpm redline, this V8 is a peach. Through the exclusive, excellent and enduring Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, its power rushes in with the same sustained force of a tsunami. The GT350 never lets up until you do – it’s incredible.”
2019 Hyundai Kona EV
- Performance, styling, range and family-capable – a smash hit.
“We loaded up the Kona with the stroller, diaper bags, various other bags (more kids’ stuff), the car seats, the kids and the adults,” “Point is that we all got in and headed out. Indicated range at home was of 435 km, a very comforting and impressive number to be sure. On the highway, I discovered the Kona’s powerful and responsive 150 kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, or what is the equivalent of 201-horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque. “
2019 Hyundai Veloster N
- Within millimetres of messing with the best of the best, and so much cheaper.
“Speaking of magic, the suspension, the chassis’ tuning, it’s also magic. Hyundai engineers have pulled it off. Pulled what off? Only to match the Germans in providing handling, incredible handling, without sacrificing comfort. The electronic dampers make short work of nasty roads and even when set in “normal”, masterfully negate pitch, roll and yaw.”
2020 McLaren 600LT Spider
- The smart exotic car – it’s not a Lambo or a Rarri, it’s better.
“Driving the 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider is all encompassing. It requires, no demands, all of the driver’s attention and in a sense, it flushes out all of the day’s troubles and concerns. And, well, replaces them with the fear of getting pulled over by the local constabulary should you accidentally brush the throttle.”
2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 wagon
- One of the best, most amusing daily do-it-all family cars ever.
“Is the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC wagon on your list? Stop reading, go a pick one up NOW before M-Benz Canada decides to pull the plug on the best car they sell. So few of these cars will be sold and it’s not available in the US – how can it possibly have a long shelf-life?”
2020 Porsche 911
- Power and speed when and how you want it.
“Here, once underway, the new 992 2020 Porsche 911 feels as intimate as your spouse – all the pieces fit perfectly together. Here, the 911 is at its most compact. Yes, I became one with the 911.”
2020 Toyota Supra
- It is so much more than badge-engineering. It needs to be driven.
“On switchbacks, and over rough surfaces, the Supra was incredibly civilized, very much like the drop-top Z4. The most improved aspect over the Bimmer is steering. Somehow, the Toyota is more responsive, quicker to answer the call of steering input. In this regard, it seems more agile and eager to pounce on an apex.”
Runners’ up to this list are the following, and I’m not kidding: