Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2019

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    Each year the Motor Authority editors place our butts in a slew of new luxury and performance cars. We drive them on the road and on the track. We treat them like we own them and like we stole them. This year we whittled down a particularly strong class of candidates to five finalists: the Audi RS 5, BMW M5, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, and Jaguar I-Pace. After comprehensive back-to-back testing, we arrived at a winner. The Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. We were overwhelmed by the ZR1's prodigious power—755...

2019 Nominees

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive 2019 Audi RS 5
MSRP: N/A
2018 BMW M5 2019 BMW M5
MSRP: $102,700
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway 2019 Chevrolet Corvette
MSRP: $55,900
2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2 2019 Ford Mustang
MSRP: $26,395
2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Edition 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
MSRP: $69,500
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Best Car to Buy News

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  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
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  • 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Audi RS 5

    Audi struck a cord with enthusiasts when it introduced the gorgeous A5 and S5 coupes in 2007, then doubled down with the fire-breathing RS 5 in 2013. The RS 5 sees some big changes for its second generation, but it still delivers thrills worthy of its Audi Sport RS badge. The 2019 RS 5 has more. It...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Edition
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Jaguar I-Pace

    Automakers are jumping into the electric pool left and right. To the world's surprise, the first true all-electric luxury challenger to Tesla didn't come from Germany. It came from England. Jaguar beat the Germans by six months, and did it with style. Not only does the I-Pace look good, but it...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2

    Ford made the leap from muscle car to sports car with the current-generation Mustang, but the Blue Oval didn't finish the job. We drove the latest Mustang GT, and while it's good, it falls short of spectacular. Even the engineers knew it could be better, so they decided to tinker with it in their...

  • 2018 BMW M5
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: BMW M5

    Like its smaller sibling, the M3, the BMW M5 is a legendary nameplate that has been a benchmark sport sedan for decades. Its luster faded in recent generations as BMW focused more on pure performance numbers than feel behind the wheel, but now things seem to be back on track. New for 2018, the...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    It's been called the Blue Devil in the past, but we just call it the King of America now. Chevrolet brought back the Corvette ZR1 for 2019, the third time it's offered the nameplate, and once again the car has destroyed much of the competition. The latest Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's heart is a...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway
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