It was a veritable sword-and-sandals epic in a city more known for sun and sand as the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vanquished all other new-model debuts at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new Jeep pickup truck piqued the interest of enthusiasts and mainstream car consumers alike, taking up three of the top 10 spots (including the No. 1 position by a wide margin) among Cars.com's most popular articles from the L.A. show, which just ended its 10-day public run on Sunday.
While the crowd roared loudest for the Gladiator at this particular coliseum — not the one where the Rams play, but the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown — the 2019 Honda Passport proved a formidable foe. Honda's renewed-for-2019 two-row SUV generated enough reader interest to grab both the No. 3 and No. 4 spots among our most read auto-show stories.
While its little surprise that two of the hottest-selling automotive body styles — pickup trucks and SUVs — would dominate the official start of the 2018-19 auto-show season, Mazda came out swinging for the embattled sedan and hatchback. The 2019 Mazda3 reminded us that there's interest left yet among car shoppers in ... well, cars. Rounding out the top five was the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, a named-for-the-neighborhood reimagining of the three-row Santa Fe with would-be coastal cachet and luxe-life aspirations to match.
Here's the full top 10 stories you couldn't get enough of from our comprehensive coverage of the 2018 L.A. Auto Show:
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