Top Five Cars of the 2015 L.A. Auto Show

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Midwesterners have a hard time fathoming pleasant temperatures and sunshine in the middle of November, but Tinseltown is warmer than a basket of fresh dryer lint right now.

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Melting the icy hearts of car enthusiasts around the world, the annual Los Angeles Auto Show is a ray of sunshine in the middle of Autumn. This SoCal city plays host to a world-class motoring event each year and here are the five most important reveals from the show.

5. 2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2

And we start with a red-hot Lamborghini, the Huracán LP 580-2. This raging bull promises to deliver an even more intense experience than other versions of this high-dollar Italian exotic. In lieu of all-wheel drive, torque is routed exclusively to its rear tires. A 580-hp V10 is guaranteed to provide a bucket of chuckles.

4. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

And in the No. 4 position we find another exotic Italian, though with an estimated price tag of around 70 grand this one is A LOT more attainable. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a gorgeous sedan with enough power and style to compete with – and possibly beat – rivals like the BMW M3 or Cadillac ATS-V. Under the hood it features a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that’s largely borrowed from Ferrari. It cranks out 505 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque.

3. 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Coming in third place is a bolt out of the blue, a fast ball from left field. Lincoln took us all by surprise, showing off its 2017 MKZ sedan. This premium four-door gains a new, Continental-inspired front end but that fresh face conceals some much bigger mechanical changes. The 2017 model features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 400 horses and the same amount of torque. This sounds like a hot-rod Lincoln to us, which makes it one of the top five cars of the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.

2. 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

The No. 2 car on this Top Five list is the 2016 Honda Civic coupe! With new style, a premium interior and more generous dimensions it may be the best Civic ever. Just like the sedan model, under its hood two different engines are offered. A 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder serves base duty, putting out 158 horsepower. But for the first time ever Honda is offering a turbocharged engine in a mainline model. This one-five-tee delivers an impressive 174 ponies and a mountain of torque, which is decidedly un- Honda like.

1. Fiat 124 Spider

And our first-place finisher, the most exciting machine revealed here in L.A. also happens to be the most reliable Fiat ever … probably. The brand’s revived 124 Spider is HOT. Essentially a restyled, rebranded Mazda Miata, this rear-wheel-drive sports car should be a more fun than a trip to Tiajuana. Under its hood this car is motivated by a 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine. It puts out 160 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque, MUCH more twist than its Japanese sibling.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Nov 23, 2015

    LOVE that Alfa Romeo. Can't wait to test one!

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    • Dave Foley Dave Foley on Dec 08, 2015

      Could it be morbid curiosity Craig? Haha!! An Alfa Romeo, with a Ferrari derived powertrain. When it comes to durability, neither one of those brands could find their own butt with both hands and a flashlight! For your video, I suggest you recreate a version of the old Letterman bit of "Will it float?" and title it "Will it Last - the duration of the test?" Alfa could make even BMW's look like Honda's!! Haha!

  • SoDamnTrue SoDamnTrue on Nov 26, 2015

    16 civy will b mine