Headroom with a view at the L.A. Auto Show
Kia's sibling company, Hyundai, is no stranger to design kudos of its own, creating visceral, sweeping exteriors and packing the vehicles with amenities that deliver far above the price point. For the company's newly revealed Azera, which slots between the Sonata and Genesis sedans, Hyundai looks to have borrowed the exact same panoramic roof and blacked-out top that drew effusive praise for the Kia Optima, adding a further sense of luxury to a cabin that sells for less than near-luxury prices.
Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover's style-first small crossover has the big daddy of all open-sky sunroofs — a 75-pound slab of tempered glass that opens up basically the entire top of the cabin to the blue above. And we do mean the entire cabin: At no point is the line of the tinted glass broken by pillars or other detailing, though you can electronically draw a panel forward to cover it. Think a glass-bottomed boat turned upside down; the view is so compelling that Range Rover may have a problem getting passengers to pay attention to other aspects of the car's sumptuous interior.
Josh Condon, editor of MSN Autos' Exhaust Notes blog, has covered everything from nanotechnology to champagne and caviar for the likes of The New York Times, Popular Science, Men's Journal, Cargo and RL Magazine. He's recently relocated from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Los Angeles and is spending way, way more time in his car as a result.