My favorite design details from the LA Auto Show

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While most automotive journalists are sent to all corners of the world to view and drive the latest cars, the other 95 percent of our jobs are describing the latest and greatest in cars, from photos. You can imagine, kind of like a car, some of the best details are best seen in person, which brings us to the LA Auto Show.

While the show is somewhat lackluster compared to shows from years past (and its major auto show counterparts in Detroit and New York), a car show is always a great way to take in the sights, sounds, and textures of the cars in one place. Here are a few that left a lasting impression.

The 2024 Ford Mustang

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The Blue Oval showcased its most popular products, such as the Maverick, Bronco, F-150 Lightning EV and the recently introduced 2024 Ford Mustang. Most of us would agree that the new version of the pony looks great – the details put into this car really bring it together. Look at this shoulder line. And that side pleat. If you didn’t know you were looking at a new convertible Mustang, you’d probably think it was a Chevy Camaro. The similarities are already noticeable in photos, but in person it is quite eye-catching. Fortunately, it does not detract from the overall design.

Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 EV

Hyundai had a pretty big media day at the LA Auto Show with the introduction of the second Ioniq EV: the Ionic 6. We at Jalopnik fell hard for the Ioniq 5, and the 6 should certainly convince a lot of buyers. Like the 5, the 6 also incorporated some stunning tones into its design.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 LED DRL

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For example, Hyundai’s unique integration of LED DRLs. The Ioniq 6 features its “Parametric Pixel” amber LEDs, an attractive patterned addition first introduced on the 5.

The Ioniq 6’s interior lighting system is just as cool and innovative, with 64 colors and over 4,000 combinations, that too synchronizes with the speed of the car. The faster you go, the brighter the interior is lit.

Honda pilot

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Maybe it’s just me, but this Honda Pilot looks like it has a little Toyota 4Runner in the C-pillar.

The new Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius from 2023

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I don’t think anyone expected Toyota to change the game like they did with the 2023 Prius. When you see it in real life, the most striking part of the design is really at the rear of the car. The way the side gussets meet the back light bar just looks so damn good. (These are words I never thought I’d say about a Prius.) There’s almost a fluidity to the design. I find myself almost tempted to thank designers for making a Prius that I actually want to buy. It has matured, or matured through the fuel-sucking device of its earlier years. If only we could let designers make every hybrid look so appealing.

Toyota Prius from 2023

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