Well, we've tied the bow on yet another Los Angeles Auto Show. And while we're still here soaking up some of the SoCal sun (okay, so it's actually raining a little), it's time to look back and decide what new models grabbed our attention in the best way possible while we perused the LA Convention Center.

This show occasionally gets shafted on ultra-hot reveals simply because it falls directly between a major European auto show (either Paris or Frankfurt, depending on the year) and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – the most important show in the United States. But that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of excellent metal to be seen in Los Angeles.

So, with that in mind, scroll down and have a look at what our editors have chosen as the best of the best here in LA. Be sure to leave us your own Best Of choices in Comments, too. And if you missed any of our obsessive coverage, click here to view the whole lot.

#5: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

Let's face it, we pretty much all love everything from Jeep. So when the off-roading brand decided to cook up a Wrangler Rubicon to celebrate that model's 10th anniversary and imbue it with more loads of rock-crawling toys and a signature look, there was hardly a chance that we wouldn't fall for it. A dominating stance on huge knobby tires, that winch-wielding bumper, a macho bulging hood and those red leather seats make this a Wrangler we can't wait to get our hands on, and one of our favorites from LA.


#4: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

This is a formula that can't fail. No matter how silly expensive it ends up being, making one of the fastest and sexiest supercars in the world even more competent is a recipe for enthusiast love. This retina-searing shade of yellow wouldn't work on lesser vehicles, but on a world-beater like the SLS AMG Black Series it wears easily. If we were ranking our show favorites based total surface area rendered in carbon fiber, the SLS would have been Number One in a walk-off. As it is though, making our five favorites list was a simple affair for the most beastly of AMG's Black Series.


#3: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

For all of the goodness of its badass, big brother Focus ST, we think that this Fiesta ST may end up being the sweetheart of the newly dawning hot hatch world. 214 pound-feet of torque should offer near pulse-pounding off-the-line action, and suspension tuning derived from the bigger ST has us believing that the Fiesta will have lightning-quick reflexes as well. Best of show? We believe.


#2: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

When we drove the Jaguar XKR-S Coupe (and convertible) earlier this year, we couldn't find much to complain about – aside from the fact that there are a few old bones underneath that pretty skin. But really, how can you not love a 550-horsepower, supercharged beast of a car with a demonic exhaust note and killer looks? We're now applying that same logic to the XFR-S sedan that debuted in LA, and honestly, some of us are hands-down in favor of this over the XKR-S coupe. BMW M5, take notice.


#1: 2014 Porsche Cayman

2014 Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is so, so, so much more than just a Boxster with a roof. Yeah, it looks fantastic, and it shares its mid-engined architecture with the droptop Box, but for a lot of us, the Cayman is the Porsche to buy. You heard right. Not the 911 – the Cayman. And with a choice of two new engines nestled behind those seats, better road-hugging mechanicals, and quite frankly, damn good looks, that isn't really logic one can argue with (even though people inevitably will).

With a package that's this good, how could it not be Best In Show? It's the car we've been waiting for ever since the 2013 Boxster was revealed, and it's the car we most drooled over at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel.


So... how'd we arrive at this list? Each Autoblog editor in attendance (as well as a few of our AOL Autos colleagues) ranked their personal show favorites from one to five, and points were awarded to each – five points for the first place spot, one point for the fifth place spot, and appropriate numbers in between. Votes were tallied and cars were ranked, but if you're curious, here's how the actual voting breakdown looked:
  • Cayman – 32 points
  • XFR-S – 26 points
  • Fiesta ST – 23 points
  • SLS AMG Black Series – 22 points
  • Wrangler – 16 points


Honorable Mentions

Part of the fun of doing this list is seeing what each individual staff member votes for. And since this is a point-based list, there are always a good number of cars that don't quite make the Top Five cut. So in addition to listing them all below, we'll even point out who raised their hands for each car. You know, so you can make fun of us in the Comments if you see fit.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, times are a changing. Autoblog usually gets all excited over Hyundai Accents and KIA rios.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Jeep is really great.
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      enderstc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with this list for the most part but the statement that says, "Let's face it, we pretty much all love everything from Jeep" is grossly inaccurate. The Wrangler is awesome, especially in this iteration, and the GC is pretty damn cool too, but to say we pretty much love EVERYTHING from Jeep means you've completely forgotten about the Patriot and Compass. I will say that my garage would be perfect with the Wrangler, XFR-S, and Cayman in its inventory.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @enderstc
        ..and the Commander. Don't forget we forget about the Commander.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @enderstc
        In short, we love everything from Jeep that is a Wrangler.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Mazda6 diesel 6-speed manual should be on that list somewhere. Granted, if it has the Mazda3 stick count me out. Test drove one last night and it was quite rubbery and imprecise :(. I had such high hopes.
      the.ting
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alright, where are the booth babes?
      fjrizzu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty skin on the Jag, are you kidding me? That's uglier than dirt! Jaguar has historically made some of the most beautiful cars ever and this is certainly NOT one of them.
      Groagun
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB is wrong on this. 'Yeah yeah' is the only one who questioned the criteria for this list and good for him/her. While super cars like the SLS Black get the headlines, truth is that these cars are but a drop in the bucket and most times actually contribute a loss to the company. They are halo cars, technology and flash demonstrators that while necessary and make life worth living, actually mean very little to %90 of us, other than hanging on our walls as posters or desktops as backgrounds. No the RAV4 is not sexy but it sells and has way more impact on the business than any super car. So from a business perspective and objective eye, here is the real top 5: 5: Ford Fiesta ST-North Americans are downsizing and hot hatches like this fill a void in the market that has been sadly ignored. On mass people are moving into larger and larger cities with ever increasing demands on space, especially road space, cars like this will be more popular and fill the need for fun and excitement that most smaller cars just don't have. 4: Jag F-Type-Hopefully, finally, some real competition for the 911. Power isn't outrageous and size, proportion and style are great. Taking the fight to Porsche is what the industry needs. 3: Honda Civic-Bread and butter not just for Honda but the industry as a whole. Competition in this part of the market is fierce and merciless. Getting it wrong here is a disaster and Honda has over the last few years. If this car proves to be good, the entire segment will be boosted and competition will see us the winners in the end 2: Lexus LF-LC-Yes a super car. What this super car does though is show that a boring conservative company like Toyota can produce beautiful cars. The LFA while great, best sound in the biz, really doesn't do it in the pants for a lot of us. It's just a super Supra really and is missing that something special. The LF-LC has that something special in spades and I hope they build it. Very rarely throughout history has any Japanese car captured the imagination and pure sex appeal of anything from the likes of Italy or Europe at large, but this car does it and needs to be born, after a hot sweaty night of no regrets sex 1: (2 for 1 deal)Audi TDI's and Mazda6 Diesel-Diesel is of course the deal for both these manufacturers. Moving the American market to larger diesel adoption will take time and money, topped off with great product. Audi has great product and the racing pedigree to back it up and move it forward. Mazda is taking the greater gamble here but has brought something special to the party. In this segment dominated by Camry, Accord and Fusion, the Mazda6 is a breath of fresh air. You may think that's funny when talking about diesel but this thing is sexy in a segment that has narcolepsy educing product. Some excitement in this sector may have a cascading affect on the rest of the industry. The new Fusion started it and now the Mazda has one up'd it and come to the fight with a diesel no less.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see that no hybrids made the list. That means that Autoblog is a relaible website about car reporting.
      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Cayman looks cheap. Maybe it is the color?
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