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Most impressive cars of 2019

Pictured below and resplendent in its Flare Yellow metallic paint, the car that would reach highest on my list is the divine Lexus LC 500. As a devout lover of GT cars, the LC ticks all the boxes. Muscular and characterful engine? V8, check. Beautifully made and memorable interior? It's gorgeous, to hell with Remote Touch. Check. Comfortable and reasonably practical? Superb seats and, uh, yeah. Makes me want to stand there and stare at it? You bet.

Though I long figured my heart would say LC but my head "Porsche 911," after this go-around, that's no longer the case. LC, pretty please.

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Polestar 1

I actually feel lucky that I got to drive the Polestar 1. Only 150 will be produced each year, and it's a far more special thing than it would initially appear. And that's despite initially appearing to be a beautiful, classic two-door GT car with a roof so rakish it's only possible because it's made of carbon fiber. That it’s a massively powerful plug-in hybrid with more all-electric range than any other PHEV is a thick dollop of whipped cream on a slice of Toscakaka. You know, Swedish dessert, Swedish car. Fine, I'll stick to Ikea references

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Volvo V60 Cross Country

Speaking of Sweden, did I drive this car off the road there? Sure did! And despite this, the V60 Cross Country scratches that certain wagon itch and looks sensational to boot. I wish it were available with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it's best not to get greedy at Christmas

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Ford Explorer

This one would be getting returned (think I could exchange for a Mustang?). The new Explorer held such massive promise given specs that jumped off the spreadsheet: class-destroying power, class-leading towing and a massive interior. Oh, and it's now on a rear-wheel-drive platform. Driving fun assured, right?!? Alas, the Explorer first drive revealed disappointingly springy driving dynamics and a rather cheap, ugly interior with space that didn't quite live up to the specs. It certainly didn't help that the new, game-changing Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade also arrived this year.

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Mazda 3 Hatchback

Thats my favourite

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Mercedes CLS 450

The latest CLS proved to be just as desirable as its two predecessors even if the clever mild-hybrid inline-six doesn't tickle one's fancy quite like the 6.2-liter V8 found in the old CLS63 AMG. That would be on the all-time Christmas list. The new CLS, however, impresses with its beautiful styling outside that makes a glamorous statement everywhere you go and a high-fashion interior that pleases your eyes along the way. I also drove an E 53 AMG this year – I'd happily pay extra for the CLS.

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Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid

When a Range Rover silently wafts around town on electricity, it suddenly seems a lot less indulgent. Less, but the mack-daddy Range Rover is still as indulgent as they come. You sit up wonderfully high, gazing out over a broad patio-worth of hood, and with your elbow resting casually on the down-low window sill. The interior is pure class, and it makes you happy just looking at it, even if the touchscreen infotainment system has quite the opposite effect. The driving experience can best be described as "stately." This is a brilliant car, and I was sad to see it go.

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Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

[b][b]If I was sad about the Range Rover, I was basically in mourning for this sensational 4Runner. Its Voodoo Blue paint – a color borrowed from the FJ Cruiser back catalog – perfectly balanced the TRD Pro's overtly tough look as if saying, "I'm tough as hell, but I don't take myself too seriously." It's the Dwayne Johnson of SUVs. Beyond aesthetics, any 4Runner stands as one of my personal favorites[/b][/b]

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Honda Civic Type R

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