LA Auto Show: The 5 Best Consumer Vehicles
While many believe auto shows are ways for manufacturers to tease the public with cars that cost more than houses and produce more horsepower than a NASA rocket, the vast majority that debut are for the average consumer. Passenger cars, CUVs, and trucks are prominent throughout these shows, but aren’t advertised as well as Ferrari’s new hypercar built out of gold...or something. To counter that trend, and with the LA Auto Show wrapping up, we put together a short list of consumer cars with relatively low starting prices, and that have great features that the public should be excited for. RELATED: Click Here to See Hyundai’s Awesome HCD-16 Vision Concept 2017 Hyundai Elantra
With an estimated 29 city/38 highway and 33 combined fuel cycle, Hyundai’s Elantra is a true gas sipper. While the increase is mostly due to a more efficient engine, Hyundai has sculpted the Elantra to have a ridiculously low 0.27 coefficient of drag, allowing it to scythe through the air. However, Hyundai hasn’t just improved the fuel efficiency of the Elantra, the company also made the interior of the car a much more inviting place.
Hyundai started by increasing the noise-canceling material throughout the cabin to provide a quieter, more serene place for the driver and passengers. Additionally, Hyundai added an 8-inch navigation system that uses Android Auto “for seamless and intuitive operation.” Everything you could ask for in a modern luxury car, but with a starting price of around $20,000.
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2017 Kia Sportage
Where the new Kia Sportage shines most brightly is in its standard electronics. All trim levels come standard with a 5-inch color touch screen with integrated Bluetooth, Sirius XM, streaming audio, and a rear mounted camera for improved reverse safety. Kia has also introduced Apple CarPlay, which allows the user to use their phone capabilities to the max. However, our personal favorite available feature is the 320-watt Harmon Kardon audio system.
The Kia Sportage comes standard with a 160-watt audio system, which by all accounts, is perfectly satisfactory, but spec-ing out the Sportage with the Harmon Kardon package allows the occupants to be immersed in the entirety of the musical experience.
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2017 Infiniti QX30
Rising slightly in price from the previous two entries, the Infiniti QX30 is the company’s entry-level luxury “active crossover.”With Infiniti’s aim to best both Mercedes’ GLA and the new Lexus’ NX, the QX30 is looking for buyers who want an expression of themselves rather than pure status.
Where the Infiniti differs from other luxury CUVs is in the seating department. For those with long commutes, or go on frequent road trips, the way a manufacturer builds a seat is extremely important. It needs to remain comfortable, without sacrificing support. According to Infiniti, the company has made great strides using its “advanced spinal support research,” to create a seat that provides a better match to one’s own spine, and a seat that distributes loads more evenly across the cushion.
While Infiniti hasn’t disclosed pricing of the all-new QX30 yet, the QX50 the company currently sells starts at $34,450 and we can’t see how this would be a drastic increase compared to that.
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2017 Ford Escape
The refreshed Ford Escape makes use of a new dash that has been completely redesigned to help owners get more space out of their cockpit. The new Escape has an integrated smartphone slot, a new electronic parking brake, and a revised steering wheel that’s much less complicated than many other Fords on the market.
Ford has been paying close attention to the consumer market as of late, and has brought the company’s strongest lineup of cars ever. Between the consumer-based fleet and the performance fleet, Ford is set to once again become one of the biggest auto manufacturers in the world.
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2016 Mazda CX-9
Seven seats, one of the best-integrated safety systems on the market, and gorgeous looks make the new CX-9 one of Mazda’s most eagerly anticipated family haulers in recent years. Mazda stated the company’s engineers wanted to “instill driving dynamics befitting of a Mazda-agile handling, tight steering and a responsive, controllable Powertrain.” That means Mazda has built a full-size SUV that can not only handle the rigors of baseball or soccer practice, but also tear up the road when the driver feels the need to shed their everyday monotony.
The CX-9 will go on sale this upcoming Spring and will likely carry a price tag similar to that of the current generation CX-9.