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Our Top 10 models from the 2018 LA Auto Show

The 2018 LA Auto Show is in the books for media, but it’s really just starting for consumers. If you plan on visiting the show, there are some stand out models you’ll want to check out which we’ve put into this list.

Weird concepts and million-dollar supercars were kept to a minimum for this LA Auto Show edition. Visitors planning to buy a car in 2019 will see new models most can actually afford. There are of course a few exclusive models on the show floor, but overall this is a good show for both your average consumer and your passionate enthusiast.

Here are 10 cars you’ll want to check out if you’re heading over to the 2018 LA Auto Show.

Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT Concept | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

It’s in the opinion of many the star of the show. A new all-electric luxury sedan that will take on the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan, it will have 590 horsepower and 400 kilometers (248 miles) of range.

Read more about the Audi e-tron GT

2019 BMW X7

2019 BMW X7
2019 BMW X7 | Photo: BMW

The X7 is BMW’s upcoming flagship SUV. Think of it as a BMW 7-Series in SUV form and will be offered in xDrive40i and xDrive50i formats with 335 hp and 456 hp respectively. It will also have all of BMW’s latest safety and connectivity technology.

Read our 2019 BMW X7 Review

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade | Photo: Hyundai

The Hyundai Palisade is Hyundai’s fourth SUV and will sit at the top of the Korean automaker’s lineup as its more upscale, luxurious option. It has room for up to 8 passengers over three rows of seats.

Read more about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul | Photo: Vincent Aube

Kia is making sure its Soul urban SUV remains relevant with a redesign that keeps the overall quirky styling of the current Soul, but with a more modern, refined edge to it. An EV version is also available.

Read more about the 2020 Kia Soul

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator
2020 Lincoln Aviator | Photo: Lincoln

The Lincoln Aviator will have some pretty impressive technology including a system that reads and adjusts for upcoming potholes on the road. It will offer a 400-horsepower twin-turbo engine as standard equipment with an eventual plug-in hybrid engine on the way.

Read more about the 2020 Lincoln Aviator

2019 Mazda3

2019 Mazda3 Los Angeles
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

One of the most talked-about unveilings in Los Angeles, the new, fourth-generation Mazda3 will be available with all-wheel drive and will also offer Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-X engine.

Read more about the 2019 Mazda3

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

The AMG GT R Pro is a GT R that’s even more aligned with track-day needs. It has been designed to be more stable and planted with a host of suspension and aerodynamic improvements. The engine makes the same 577 horsepower as in the GT R, but the goal here is to faster with the wheels turned.

Read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT Pro

2019 Nissan Maxima

2019 Nissan Maxima
2019 Nissan Maxima | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Nissan has two updated models in LA, actually. The new Murano, and the 2019 Nissan Maxima. Both get surface improvements with more safety technology and a few other tweaks here and there.

Read more about the 2019 Nissan Maxima

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | Photo: Toyota

The Corolla Hybrid along with the 2019 Toyota Prius with available all-wheel drive make Toyota’s booth a required stop at the LA Auto Show. Sure, these two models won’t get your adrenaline pumping, but the Corolla Hybrid is the only hybrid model in its segment and the Prius one of the few hybrid vehicles you can get with AWD.

Read more about the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Porsche 911 992

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 992
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 992 | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

The Porsche 911 is a legend and the German automaker chose Los Angeles to unveil the model’s latest generation. It’s wider and its hood is longer, and it’s quite a bit faster in getting up to speed. Its interior is also more luxurious and modern with a new, mostly-digital center console like in the redesigned Panamera and Cayenne models.

Read more about 992 Porsche 911

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including and as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email


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