"It's sharp, both in terms of driving dynamics and styling, and it's premium too. It feels like a proper sports car that rewards on road and track. It not only lives up to the Supra legend, it advances the nameplate for a new generation," he said.
Mr Nikolic said the "polish" shown by the Toyota Camry - Australia's best-selling mid-size car since 1994 - continued to shine with its 2019 award following the Camry Hybrid's overall victory in last year's Drive awards.
"Camry Hybrid's blend of quality, driving dynamics, comfort and practicality make it the clear winner in its segment," he said.
Toyota LandCruiser, with its storied history in Australia, remained the go-to upper-large SUV, with the LandCruiser 200.
"It's formidable off-road, comfortable, user-friendly and tough as nails. Few vehicles better embody the spirit of exploring our wide brown land than the LandCruiser 200," he said.
The annual Drive Car of the Year awards focus on almost 100 vehicles chosen from the hundreds of cars driven by its journalists throughout the year.
The selected vehicles are subjected to an intense week of driving evaluation - track, on and off-road - and comparisons of features, safety, comfort and packaging.