Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

6. Aston Martin Vanquish

It’s hard not to have a soft spot for Aston Martin’s elegant styling, even if the brand struggles with creating new designs. It’s still recognizably a Vanquish, but the brand says this is a “new breed of grand tourer.”

Sift through the stacks of promotional hyperbole and you get this: a 6.0-liter V8 with 565 hp — 45 more than the outgoing DBS. Apart from having a more muscular engine, the car also makes extensive use of carbon fiber body pieces.

The car doesn’t really break any new ground for Aston, and at $279,995 there are definitely cheaper ways to buy a car capable of 4.1-second 0-60 times. Still, there’s something special about its low-slung styling and grille that clings to its dignity despite the Ford Fusion’s best efforts.

  • G978

    It may not be a sports car but it should be the best driving midsize sedan. Great design too and one people can actually buy and use on a daily basis. well done Mazda.

  • Brian

    The 1.8 liter turbo engine from Ford is being recalled for engine fires. Maybe not the car you want to put as #1 on your list, unless its a car that is most likely to kill you list.