As in past years, luxury cars had a large presence at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but so did fuel-cell vehicles, which reclaimed a share of the spotlight alongside a new midsize pickup from GM and a redesigned version of the rally-inspired Subaru WRX performance sedan. Editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Aaron Bragman, Joe Bruzek and Mike Hanley scrutinized them all and separated the winners from the losers.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner
It's a nice truck and nice looking. Small-pickup lovers are a minority — a vocal one, but a minority. GM decided not to abandon them as the other domestics have, and I think GM will be rewarded.
Aaron Bragman: Winner
GM is right in saying that not everyone wants a big full-size pickup. This is the first entry into the segment in nearly a decade and with the style, equipment and refinement the Colorado seems to possess, this could be a big win for Chevy. Abandoned Ford Ranger fans, your new American truck has arrived.
Joe Bruzek: Winner
The Colorado's upright front styling gives the truck a commanding presence in photos, which in person is still there but on a smaller scale. GM could have made the distinction blurry if the Colorado were larger. Buyers needing a smaller pickup will have no trouble deciding between the Silverado and Colorado with the Colorado's medium size.
Mike Hanley: Winner
For all the truck guys who've been clamoring for a midsize truck with an available diesel engine, here's your pickup. The diesel won't come until the second model year, GM says, but the Colorado otherwise looks like a strong competitor to the Toyota Tacoma.