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These are the best new vehicles of the 2019 New York International Auto Show

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NEW YORK—On Friday morning, the annual New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public. In stark contrast to last year—when I foolishly predicted that NYIAS was now the premier US auto show—this year's event feels very lackluster.

The Shanghai Auto Show is partly to blame. It opened earlier this week and pretty much every automaker with something new to show chose China over the US. In fact, some brands like BMW and Volvo weren't present at all. The Internet didn't help either, as what little new metal there was coming to the Big Apple got shown off online in the weeks leading up.

But given that we missed both LA and Detroit in recent months, I braved Amtrak's rapidly deteriorating service from DC to wander the Javits center and see what was neat among the vehicles that did show up in NYC. While have some other stories from NYIAS to come, we're kicking off this year's event with our Best Of awards.

Best Small Car: Mazda 3

For this category, the pickings were so slim we've chosen a car we've already driven—the new Mazda 3. It's built on all-new architecture, one that Mazda hopes will create an even tighter bond between machine and driver. Or, in Japanese, Jinba ittai.

  • The Mazda 3 Sedan is really very good to drive. Jonathan Gitlin
  • The Mazda 3 hatch is aimed at a sportier driver than the sedan. Jonathan Gitlin
  • Sorry, the lighting on Mazda's stand was weird, so I couldn't get a great interior shot. There are some stock images of this great interior in our earlier coverage of the car. Read More – Source

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