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2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

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Driver’s Notebook: Happy New Gears!

It’s 2019, and Here are Two Affordable Automobiles that Perform and Attract, While Getting at Least 30 Miles Per Gallon

2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

Heads will certainly turn when this second-generation Veloster passes by thanks to its more muscular frame complete with a rear spoiler, LED lighting package, and 18-inch wheels. This three-door hatchback matches its attractive exterior with a responsive, smooth-transitioning manual shift maneuvered by a multi-link rear suspension, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine flexing 201 horses of power. After sitting in its racing-inspired cabin, owners can’t wait to crank up the Infiniti premium audio system, press on the alloy pedals, and captivate onlookers while appreciating the wallet-friendly gas mileage. The Veloster R-Spec is truly a joy to drive and already one of the best deals of 2019.

Price: $21,400 (base price)

Fuel economy: 26 city/33 highway

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2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

For almost a decade, Mazda has done a phenomenal job rebranding and altering its initial perception as solely a practical, economically sound car producer thanks to incorporating its “Kodo—Soul of Motion” philosophy, along with a plethora of other upgrades since 2010; this year’s striking Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring maintains the steady resurgence. Powered by the 148-horsepower SKYACTIV 2.0L DOHC engine and a load of safety features, this CX-3 trim also wows with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, an advanced keyless entry system, a posh interior flaunting parchment leather-wrapped gadgetry, and the latest Mazda Connect Infotainment System to name a few pampering highlights up to five adults can enjoy. The option of dressing this impressive subcompact-crossover SUV in the custom “Soul Red Crystal Metallic” exterior just might intensify the demand to get behind the wheel and drive it off the lot.

Price: $25,745 (base price)

Fuel economy: 29 city/34 highway

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  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec
  • 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring