You like SUVs? Good, ’cuz this is mostly gonna be about SUVs. The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show was lousy with ’em — infested, I say. Big ones, medium-size ones, small ones … smaller ones. Electric ones, plug-in hybrid ones, regular ones not particularly concerned with fuel economy. Off-road ones, performance ones, family ones, luxury ones, nonluxury ones, futuristic ones that will never see a dealer lot. To visit the L.A. auto show, you’d think everyone was abandoning regular old cars in favor of high-riding, stuff-hauling, people-schlepping SUVs … oh yeah, they are!
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As the L.A. auto show goes, so goes the coming year’s new-car-reveal season. And per the bellwether automotive exhibit, family sedans won’t be surging anytime soon. Hell, even Cars.com’s Best in Show was an SUV — the 2020 Land Rover Defender, to be specific. That’s not particularly surprising, though. This icon of the off-road’s return to U.S. soil after the better part of a quarter century MIA is exciting even to people bored silly of the whole SUV thing (I don’t mean me … that’s a lie, I quite pointedly mean me).
What’s a little more surprising, perhaps, is that our reviewers weren’t wooed away from the Defender’s rugged, European wiles by the sleek, sexy, showstopping entrée of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Let’s get this straight: It’s an SUV … that’s all-electric … goes 0-60 mph in the 3-second range … and whose stylistic spirit animal is the beloved pony car of its namesake? Oh, no, I mean, yeah, we were totally expecting that, too. (And dudes, it’s gorgeous.)
Elsewhere on the SUV front out here in La La Land — where our team of automotive journalists has been all week to bring you the best coverage of all the new-model debuts at the show — are Alfa Romeo’s refreshed-for-2020 Stelvio, the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring and 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrids, the performance-focused 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and GLS63 S, the 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback, the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 and Buick Encore GX in-betweeners, the mild-mannered Volkswagen Atlas’ tarted-up twin the Atlas Cross Sport and the one that, frankly, caught us all off-guard with a sneaky arrival at the show: the Chevrolet Trailblazer, reigniting the nameplate for 2021.
But there’s so much more to see at this show than just SUVs: the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, the redesigned 2020 Genesis G90 and 2020 Nissan Sentra. Trust us, whether you’re looking ahead to the next set of wheels you’ll be handing off to the valet at The Palm or just daydreaming about cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down (or more likely sitting in gridlock on Interstate 405 at rush hour), your car cup runneth over in L.A. this year.
It’s all a bit much, but you can narrow down your list of priorities for you visit to the show — which opens to the public Friday and runs through Dec. 1 — with our comprehensive news roundup straight from the show floor. Here’s everything you might’ve missed of our coverage of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show:
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