Since its introduction for 1993, Subaru’s Impreza has stood out in the compact class as being one of the few – and in many years, the only – member to offer all-wheel drive. And since 1997, AWD has been standard.
Ah, fall. When – here in the Midwest – it’s not too cold, not too hot, and not too rainy … for about three weeks.
Short as that utopian span is, it’s the closest we ever come to simulating the year-round climate of coastal California. Which, as it so happens, is where most EVs are sold.
Honda introduced the compact CR-V to the U.S. for 1997 to resounding reviews and great sales success. In fact, the company says it has stood as the best-selling SUV – of any size – for most of the two decades since.
Perhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.
When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES–Among the more significant reveals at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show was the stylish little 2018 Toyota C-HR. This expressive subcompact crossover made its debut as a concept a year ago wearing a Scion badge, but with the demise of that brand, it re-appeared this year – in production form – sporting a Toyota logo.
Honda’s popular Civic was redesigned for 2016, arriving first as a sedan, then as a coupe, both offered in rather conventional LX, EX, EX-T (turbo), EX-L, and Touring trim levels.
America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.
During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.
Yeah, I know. You’ve hated math ever since you figured out that every part of it you learned after basic algebra would never, ever be used again in your lifetime.