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2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Everything You Missed

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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).

2020 Land Rover Defender

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.)

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S

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:

VW ID. Space Vizzion Concept: ‘Crossover of Tomorrow’ Is Truly a Volks-Wagon 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electrified Sedans Get Juiced for L.A. Auto Show

Lame Name, Cool Grille Distinguish Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept

Ford’s New Mustang-Themed Electric SUV to be Called the Mach-E

2020 Fiat 500X Sport: A Spiffed-Up Subcompact SUV 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Not Really a Mustang, But That’s OK

Alfa Romeo Giulia, Stelvio Get Face-Lift and Fresh Features for 2020

3 Things That Make the 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition a 6-Person NSX

Gosh, This Kia SUV Debuting in L.A. Sure Looks an Awful Lot Like the Seltos

Lexus LC 500 Goes Topless for 2021

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Adds Electric, Keeps the Luxury 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: Plug Into Performance With 302-HP Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept: A Vision for the Future That’s Awesome to a T 

8 Gee-Whiz Things About the Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion Concept

Mercedes Unveils AMG GLS63 and GLE63 S Performance SUVs in L.A.

2020 Kia Niro Gets Freshened-Up Face, Telluride Tech

2021 Kia Seltos: The SUV Space Between

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback: Sleek Looks Not Just for Show

2020 Land Rover Defender: Has the Jeep Wrangler Met Its Match?

The 2021 Kia Seltos Seems to Fit Just Right

10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Santa Cruz, Tesla Truck Tame Mustang Mach-E

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: SUV Carries Torch for Past, Fired Up for Future

2020 Genesis G90: How ‘Bout That Grille?

2020 Land Rover Defender Video: An Off-Road Icon With Good Carma Reincarnated

2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Best in Show

Alfa Romeo Tweaks 2020 Stelvio SUV and Giulia Sedan Just Right

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport: Too Much Atlas, Not Enough Sport

2020 Mazda CX-30 Classes Up Subcompact SUV Class

2020 Nissan Sentra Brings Altima Looks to Compact Class

2020 Nissan Sentra Video: A Wee Altima (And That’s a Good Thing)

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Taking the Road More Traveled

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Isn’t All That Grand

2020 Porsche Taycan: You Like Screens? It’s Got All the Screens

2020 Buick Encore GX: Big Surprise in a Small Package

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Video: A Refreshing Stylistic Departure

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Video: Electric SUV With Pony Car Spirit

2019 L.A. Auto Show: All the Concept Cars

2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Winners and Losers

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback Video: Style by the All-Electric Mile

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Video: Is It Everything We Dreamed?

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Video: Not the Trailblazer You Remember

2021 Kia Seltos Video: Appealing to the Throngs

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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