The 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show is a reminder that even while we are running toward an era of electrification, there is still a place for the internal-combustion engine with the car-buying public.
Arguably, the star of the show is the Lucid Gravity, the first utility vehicle from battery-electric automaker Lucid Motors. The Gravity will have a range of up to 440 miles (708 km) and will start under $80,000.
There are also a couple of ICE stalwarts as well. Hyundai took the wraps off the newly designed Santa Fe CUV, which has a hybrid variant, but is mostly a traditional ICE vehicle. And Subaru unveiled an all-new Forester CUV, that won’t get its first hybrid propulsion system until 2025.
Wards senior editor and podcast host David Kiley has been on the road: first to Las Vegas to check out the new all-electric hypercar from Karma Automotive, and then on to Los Angeles to talk with Lucid, Toyota and Subaru executives about their new offerings.