Small SUVs Take Center Stage at Los Angeles Auto Show, Says Edmunds.com
“For many car shoppers, compact SUVs check the boxes for many ‘must have’ features: a reasonable price, generous cargo space and utility, and good fuel efficiency, all with a commanding view of the road,” says Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell.
When the Honda HR-V debuts in Spring 2015 as the little brother to the popular Honda CR-V, it will stake its case against competitors on the vehicle’s interior space. The HR-V assumes the platform of the Honda Fit, which already boasts superior roominess among subcompact sedans. The HR-V also promises cargo space that’s more on par with the larger class of compact SUVs.
The Mazda CX-3, meanwhile, will try to stake its claim in the subcompact segment as the stylish – yet affordable – choice among its competitors. Edmunds.com favorably compares the interior design to the luxury Audi A3, with stitched and padded vinyl and multi-colored tones that are a departure from Mazdas of the past.
Other vehicle debuts at the LA Auto Show highlighted by Edmunds.com include:
- 2016 Ford Explorer – Unlike the subcompact SUVs debuting at the LA Auto Show, the Ford Explorer offers a traditional option for shoppers who want a bigger ride. New features in the 2016 Explorer include both front and rear view monitors and electronic park assist systems to guide drivers into tight parking spots.
- 2016 Toyota Mirai – The Mirai will be the first production vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell to hit the market. The zero-emissions vehicle will be welcomed by green car enthusiasts, but owners will have initial trouble finding many locations to fill up while Toyota works to build a critical mass of hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S.
- 2016 Jaguar F-Type – The new F-Type will have the luxury and performance of its earlier generation but with a few new features, including standard all-wheel drive on R models and optional manual transmission on rear-wheel drive V6 models.
Edmunds.com’s full coverage of news and debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show can be found at https://www.edmunds.com/auto-shows/los-angeles/2014/.
Feature videos of all the top debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show can also be found by subscribing to Edmunds.com’s YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/Edmundsvideo.
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