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Cruising through the 2017 LA Auto Show




A Martinez (left) and Sue Carpenter (right) settle into the interior of the new Jeep Wrangler.
A Martinez (left) and Sue Carpenter (right) settle into the interior of the new Jeep Wrangler.

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If you like SUVs and crossovers, the 2017 LA Auto Show is the place for you.

This year's annual car confab is a cornucopia of utility vehicles in all shapes and sizes from nearly every manufacturer. 

Highlights

Tesla: Tesla makes a rare auto show appearance this year to demonstrate its complete sustainability system. The display includes a garage-like structure equipped with a Tesla Solar Roof that generates electricity. That electricity is then stored in a Tesla Power Wall that uses it to power things inside a home and recharge a Tesla vehicle.

Tesla's display at the 2017 LA Auto Show.
Tesla's display at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler: Jeep is calling its 2018 update of the Wrangler the most capable SUV, ever. It’s also the most modern, adding creature comforts like heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as advanced in-cabin technology, including pinch-and-zoom touchscreens and more than 75 available safety and security features. 

Jeep reveals the new Wrangler Rubicon at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Jeep reveals the new Wrangler Rubicon at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The new Wrangler can be powered with either a 3.6-liter V6 or a new 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and—eventually—as a diesel or hybrid.

Available: Early 2018

Starting price: Not yet announced

Toyota FT-AC concept: The Future Toyota Adventure Concept is squarely aimed at drivers who not only enjoy the great outdoors but like to document their experiences. Cameras mounted in the side mirrors can record the fun and, using the car’s built-in Wi-Fi, upload footage to the cloud where it can it accessed, edited and posted with a mobile device. LED lights on the rear-facing roof rack can be controlled with a smart phone.

Toyota's FT-AC concept is a crossover targeting millennials with active lifestyles.
Toyota's FT-AC concept is a crossover targeting millennials with active lifestyles.
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Available: Not applicable

Starting price: Not applicable

Hyundai Kona: An all-new small compact crossover, the Kona targets the young, active and urban with its playful profile and ample tech. 

Hyundai's version of the compact crossover - the Kona subcompact SUV.
Hyundai's version of the compact crossover - the Kona subcompact SUV.

Its center touchscreen is tablet-like. Available tech upgrades include 4G Wi-Fi, active safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. An electric version will be available in 2019.

Available: Early 2018

Starting price: Not yet announced

Volvo XC40: New for the 2019 model year, the XC40 is Volvo’s smallest crossover, but it imports a lot of the safety features of its larger models: a 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as active safety features like lane-keep assist as standard features.

Volvo's new XC 40, it's new compact crossover.
Volvo's new XC 40, it's new compact crossover.

Available: Early 2018

Starting price: $35,200

Subaru Ascent: The largest ever vehicle from Subaru has three rows that can seat up to eight passengers, depending on whether the second row has captain’s chairs or a bench seat. 

The Subaru Ascent is the largest car made by the Japanese auto makers, with seven seats.
The Subaru Ascent is the largest car made by the Japanese auto makers, with seven seats.
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The all-wheel drive Ascent is powered with a new 2.4-liter engine mated with a continuously variable transmission. Designed for active lifestyles, the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds and can travel more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas.

Available: Early summer 2018

Starting price: Not yet announced

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