Since these are what have replaced station wagons for hauling kayaks… if anyone is thinking about making a swap to a new car imminently it would be a good idea to get to a car lot and see what the 2019’s look like. While some 2018’s may still be around if you prefer them.
I was looking for accessories to spend a coupon on for my Rav4 and there is a giant redesign in the 2019 models, regular and Adventure versions. Mixed bag going on - the rails look better, but are designed in a way that could shorten the length of the run. The ground clearance is 2 inches higher but head room is less and the specs seemed to be silent on the cargo capacity. Etc.
The 2019 Subaru Forester has some body changes and a new edition of the Boxer engine. As in first year of the redesign. Later add, just noticed they also added reverse automatic braking in the 2019’s.
I didn’t check all of them but the creep is to get taller.
Overall gas mileage is running better in the 2019’s, and for those who like the car to make decisions for you the ramp up in technology is significant. If you don’t like that the 2019’s really take it over the top, at least in the middle tier of packages. Hyundai puts some basic driver info, like speed, in driver’s line of site looks like projected on the window. I assume that you can click something on the steering wheel to make it go away. Others are reducing the accessibility of the options like the pseudo-standard gears -which I do find useful in the winter - and Sport setting that gets you real 4 wheel drive with settings for road conditions instead. For ex Toyota has settings for Snow as well as for Mud and I think Ice on a knob. The computer then uses an algorithm specifically for each of those conditions to manage the traction control and wheel slip.
Anyway - worth a stop to check this stuff out if you are on the hunt for a new new car.