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Best Cars, Trucks of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/21/2014 Motor Trend Editors

The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show had pretty much everything: diesel off-road trucks, super muscle cars, uber luxury. Heck, Mini even revealed … an electric scooter. Following are highlight cars from the show, as chosen by the journalists of Motor Trend.

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Not just for the heritage and what it represents but because Ford has pulled out all the stops to make what we suspect will be the best-driving Mustang ever. No compromises, no excuses, just pure, unadulterated badass.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel

2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept We love everything about this truck — from the aggressive stance and perfect ride height to the Duramax diesel with 369 lb-ft of twist and slick integration of a winch into the skidplate. Kudos to Chevy for bringing this to the LA show, effectively dropping the mic in the backyard of the mini truck/desert racer scene — and at the doorstep of Toyota, who dominates the midsize truck segment. Now all it has to do is build it.

Jaguar F-Type

2016 Jaguar F Type R AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Jaguar F Type R AWD Even with its wide 295/35R20 rear Pirelli tires, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R has been quite a handful thanks to its 550-hp (502 lb-ft of torque) 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Now the automaker has come up with a solution to tame the big cat's persona. The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R will feature standard all-wheel drive. While the potential for better lap times is there, we wonder if the lack of smoky full-throttle burnouts will subdue the Jaguar's character too much. 550 hp and all-wheel drive are also now available in drop-top form.

Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer The most noticeable change for the 2016 Ford Explorer is the new front end with a more SUV-like grille and headlights with standard and available LED lighting elements. Other welcome updates include a more powerful EcoBoost four-cylinder (a 2.3-liter EcoBoost replaces the 2.0-liter EcoBoost) that is now available with all-wheel drive. The base 3.5-liter V-6 and optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 remain. Inside, the interior can be had with more luxury and tech, and a new Platinum model rolls on 20-inch alloy wheels.


2015 BMW X5 M© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW X5 M The BMW X5M and X6M have both been given a new engine for the model year, the M TwinPower Turbo engine. This 4.4-liter V-8 engine pumps out 575 horsepower, making it BMW's most powerful unit for an all-wheel drive vehicle. And while not much has changed for the exterior of either model, that new engine alone is enough for us to consider it one of the show's cars we'd most like to drive.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi XR PHEV Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi XR PHEV Concept With shades of the Isuzu VehiCross and Battlestar Galactica — and one of the most brilliant paint colors we've ever seen — Mitsubishi's crossover looks ready to eat commuting duties and off-the-beaten-path fire roads while being somewhat friendly to the woods and animals.

Cadillac ATS-V R

2016 Cadillac ATS V R Race Car© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac ATS V R Race Car Yes, it's a race car that we'll likely never drive in my life. But look at it! We can't wait to see this thing on the race circuit.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

Infiniti Q50 Inspiration© Provided by MotorTrend Infiniti Q50 Inspiration Its good looks caught our eye, and the 550 horsepower from its hybrid powertrain held our attention. While the car is just a concept for now, Infiniti says the model previews a future full-size car. And if what we see is any indication, the future Q80 could give the conservatively designed BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class a run for their money.

Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR V© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Honda HR V We're gonna find that this (along with the Mazda CX-3) is the crossover many shoppers have been waiting for. Gen-Yers and empty nesters alike (Remember what happened with the Toyota Matrix and Scions?) who don't need the space of the CR-V or RAV4 but don't like the Fit's styling will gobble up a quality, subcompact offering like the HR-V.

Audi Prologue Concept

Audi Prologue Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Prologue Concept This car definitely needs to be seen in person. The overall look is relatively subdued, but Audi nailed the details. The taillights are a favorite feature, as are the intricate wheels and the digital interfaces packing the instrument panel and dashboard. As for the now-commonplace six-sided grille, Audi says they did theirs first.

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Acura ILX It's impressive when a company listens to drivers. Acura is addressing what customers have told them about the previous ILX's 2.0-liter base engine: "MOAR POWER." The new, better-styled (incuding Acura's jewel-eye LED headlights) ILX's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder offers 201 hp 180 lb-ft of torque. That's 50 hp better than the current model.

Lexus LF-C2 Concept

Lexus LF C2 Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Lexus LF C2 Concept We were never big fans of the previous IS convertible. This thing, however, is sharp. Aside from the tiny side mirrors and the garish yellow-trimmed wheels, the LF-C2 looks ready for the production line sporting RC badges.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen GTI Roadster Concept Now this is a car we'd want to take for a joyride. The GTI is already great, so we can't imagine how much fun we'd have driving this thing around. We're simply loving that sharply raked wraparound windshield, 20-inch alloys, and, of course, that in-your-face rear wing. With 503-hp and 491 lb-ft of torque on tap, it's hard not to love this thing.

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX 3 Front Three Quarter 2© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda CX 3 Front Three Quarter 2 The all-new CX-3 shares the same wheelbase as the Mazda2 subcompact but is slightly longer and wider than its hatchback sibling. Expect a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Mazda6

2016 Mazda6© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda6 Admittedly, it is hard to notice from the outside that the Mazda6 has been refreshed for the 2016 model year. New LED taillights, a redesigned shark fin antenna, and a radically updated interior spruce up the sedan and could help this constant class-leader hold off competition from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Scion iM

Scion iM Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Scion iM Concept Seeing something like this offered by Scion is completely refreshing. The Toyota Auris looks good in a Scion badge, and with its good looks and its sporty appearance, we don't doubt for a second that this will help pump some more life back into the brand.

Mercedes-Maybach S600

2016 Mercedes Maybach S600© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Maybach S600 We thought we loved the S-Class. This just takes it to luxury levels that are hard to quantify. We can quantify the V-12 engine that makes 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. But who really cares when you're riding on beautiful quilted leather, with more screens available than most of us have in our houses? Just gorgeous.

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