QOTD: Which Model Wins Best in Show?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd which model wins best in show

On Friday, our intrepid Managing Ed brought us a yaffle of photos from the L.A. Auto Show, wearing out the soles of his shoes in the process. From Ascent to Wrangler, there was plenty of new metal on display in the City of Angels.

What caught your eye at the show?

You’ll be unsurprised to learn I found the Lincoln Nautilus to be extremely fetching, both from a marketing and aesthetic perspective. With a front end hewn from the brand’s new corporate mug and a model name (finally) befitting a chrome-plated badge, Lincoln’s effort is a solid one.

The Toyota FT-AC Concept held a bit of appeal as well, despite its Aztek-level of body cladding. Yes, I’m being serious and no, I’m not drunk at this hour of the morning. I think the vowelly-challenged FT-AC is a foreshadow of the next RAV4, the current generation of which has been on sale since 2013, which is a lifetime in the car biz.

What’s that? You think the design is too extreme for a RAV? I don’t, at least not anymore, given it will share showroom space with the extroverted C-HR and newly-aggro Camry. Love it or hate it, at least it’s interesting.

Whether you were soaking up the California sun and decided to drop $15 on a ticket to the show or simply browsed through all the pictures online, what reveal caught your eye (for better or worse) at this year’s L.A. Auto Show?

[Image: Forest Casey/The Truth About Cars]

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Dec 04, 2017

    My top 5 list: 1st - Polaris Slingshot 2nd - Kia Stinger 3rd - Nissan spokeswoman who got offended when I asked if that new car was the new Juke 4th - Lincoln spokeswoman who knew that Lincoln sold something called an Aviator a few years ago 5th - Jaguar XF wagon Bonus selection - I don't like SUVs much, but I loved the Nissan Armada and liked the Buick Enclave.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 04, 2017

    A True Believer seemed to think the Model 3 stole the show: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i8PgxsWEvY"

  • SC5door SC5door on Dec 04, 2017

    2019 KIA Sorento. Plenty of bang for the buck, especially when you can pick them up on the lightly used market and KIA is to bring a diesel to the US. http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/news/2019-kia-sorento-preview-article-1.3670169

  • Mmreeses Mmreeses on Dec 04, 2017

    It still bugs me that Lincoln in its infinite wisdom dredged up Nautilus instead of bringing back the perfectly fine "Aviator" nameplate.

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    • Rocket Rocket on Dec 04, 2017

      @turbosasquatch RWD is speculated, not confirmed. The new modular platform will be capable of both FWD and RWD configurations. It is theoretically possible to have a FWD-based Explorer and RWD-based Aviator.