CR: 4 Disappearing Cars We'll Miss in 2019
Everything has a life span, and that includes cars. In a country obsessed with high-riding SUVs and pickup trucks, the traditional car has fallen on some hard times, and this year’s list of departing models reflects that.
Below are four cars we’ll remember fondly—and why we liked them so much. Not all of them earned a CR recommendation, but they etched a place in our collective memory as likable, worthy vehicles.
The C-Max hatchback started its life in Europe before it came to the U.S. Like GM, Ford is also cutting back on car models in favor of more popular (and more profitable) SUVs and pickup trucks. We found the C-Max to be an appealing all-around package. It combines the fuel efficiency of its standard hybrid powertrain with the practicality of a tall, small wagon. Based on the Ford Focus, the C-Max handles nimbly, rides comfortably, and feels substantial. It packs an impressive amount of room and utility into a small footprint. Its tall stance and low entry height make for easy access, and the cabin is airy and spacious.
Read the complete Ford C-Max road test.
Ford Fiesta ST
To be clear, we’re not talking about your garden-variety Ford Fiesta. Despite its name, it was no party. The ST version, on the other hand, was clearly developed by people who like driving. Even the most diehard enthusiasts at CR’s test track were impressed with the ST’s handling, steering responsiveness, and sporty-sounding engine. Believe it or not, the ST’s amazing braking performance is more reminiscent of a Corvette or Porsche than a small hatchback. And unlike some sporty cars, the ST doesn't beat you up with obnoxious noise levels; it emits an invigorating growl that's music to an enthusiast's ears.
Read the complete Ford Fiesta road test.
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