L.A. winners & losers: Concept cars
This year's Los Angeles Auto Show is about real-world production cars, but Cars.com editors also tackled the intriguing concepts under the lights of the Los Angeles Convention Center. We also have extensive posts about the Winners & Losers for cars & convertibles and for crossovers, SUVs & minivans.
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Subaru Impreza Design Concept
David Thomas: Winner For a company with such a small lineup, it's strange that Subaru's vehicles don't have a uniform look. If the next Impreza takes on the design of this concept, it'll look similar to the larger Legacy sedan. The silver color didn't add any wow-factor to the concept, but it's a clean look that I can't wait to see on a production car.
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner When you look at this thing, there's a lot going on – more than we'll ever see in a real car – but it all works as a package: the wicked face, the various grilles and vents, and the multifaceted rear end. Among the hard edges, I'm especially pleased to see the curved fender flares. The recent WRX enhancements have brought overly squared-off flares, which are also a bit too wide for the car. Even though this concept is a busy design, nothing seems out of place.
Kelsey Mays: Winner Turbo variants notwithstanding, the current Impreza boasts solid drivability but marginal appeal in terms of styling and interior quality. This concept suggests Subaru is addressing both issues – and how.
Mike Hanley: Winner Subaru lost its way a bit with the recently redesigned Legacy, but if this concept is what the next Impreza will resemble it appears they've found their way again. This is one sharp-looking car – even when you discount the overly aggressive bumper styling.