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Pick your Favorite Rides from the LA AUTO SHOW
 
By Corey Conley



Autumn is auto show season, and Los Angeles is one of the largest. Every year automakers leap at the chance to debut next year’s models amidst the glitz of the US’s entertainment mecca.  Here is a selection of Dish’s favorites.


 Honda Civic Si
Honda Civic Si
With Honda’s Civic Type R poised to be the top dog of the lineup, it’s easy to forget the brand’s stalwart Si, long North America’s only hot Civic. The Si will be cheaper and less powerful than the Type R, but will still be the fastest Si to ever roll out of a Honda factory. Available as either a sedan or coupe, expect it to appear in showrooms in mid 2017.


Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass

The outgoing Jeep Compass is widely derided as one of the worst cars in its class. This all-new Compass aims to dispel its predecessor’s reputation for cheapness and unreliability with fancy new interior digs and a mini-Grand Cherokee look on the outside. The mini-crossover/ high-riding hatchback craze shows no signs of abating, and Jeep wants their bite of the market.

 

Colorado ZR2
Colorado ZR2
Nothing delights the inner eight-year-old of full grown men like a burly off-road truck slinging mud and jumping dunes with wanton abandon, a fact Ford’s rough and tumble F-150 Raptor has been trading on for years. Chevrolet noticed and prepped their midsized Colorado pickup for off-road duties and dubbed it the Colorado ZR2.

 

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is one of a handful of luxury makes who never made it to the early-2000s SUV craze, but are determined to cash in on the profitable segment this go-around. The Stelvio is the storied Italian nameplate’s first effort, and in 2017 US buyers will have their chance to judge whether Alfa succeeded in adapting their sexy shapes to suit the boxy form.

 

Passat GT
Passat GT
The midsize sedan segment may have fallen out of favor with American buyers eager to upsize into SUVs, but automakers are turning the sensible sedans of yore into genuine performance cars like the Honda Accord V-6 and Ford Fusion Sport. Volkswagen’s Passat GT concept shows the team from Wolfsburg are thinking racy thoughts about their staid midsizer, marrying their optional V-6 to red trim, large rims, and a lowered ride height.

 

Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR
The C-HR started life as a Scion, but when Toyota’s neglected youth brand got the axe, it was salvaged and pressed into service as the company’s play for young, crossover buyers. Its pedigree explains the dramatic styling, which will stand out next to the preternaturally conservative offerings which usually fill Toyota lots. Love it hate it, the angular styling is likely to be the main conversation started about the car, which is otherwise a standard Toyota vehicle, with a modest engine married to a CVT transmission and a host of standard features.

 

Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen is another outsider to the SUV craze, their previous small crossovers never quite finding their feet in the distinctly US market. One thing everyone knows about America is that we like to go big, so VW is bringing their first three row SUV to the States to throw down with the big boys. Buyers of big who still pine for carlike rides and handling may find a lot to like with this SUV, as it’s bound to get a healthy dose of VW’s trademark refinement.

 

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