This episode of our “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” podcast focuses on the impact-making vehicles that were unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

We start the show off with host Mike Monticello, auto editor Jon Linkov, and auto engineer Gabe Shenhar discussing the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Hyundai Kona SUVs. Subaru and Hyundai introduced these models to fill in a significant hole in their lineups. Our first impressions? These will be competitive models.

The panel then breaks down two brand-new models built to address serious shortcomings in their manufacturer's portfolio. The 2018 Nissan Kicks subcompact SUV is the replacement for the small, awkward-looking Juke, which actually kicked off the segment years ago. The all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 compact luxury SUV finally updates the long-in-the-tooth model, which traces its lineage back to the 2008 Infiniti EX35.

The show wraps up with Mike, Gabe, and Jon discussing the 2018 Lexus RX L, which finally gives Lexus a car-based, three-row SUV, and the highly anticipated, all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, looking at the Jeep's new engines, refinement, and body styles.

See the complete coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Talking Cars panelists at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Andrew Balise films "Talking Cars" panelists Mike Monticello, Gabe Shenhar, and Jon Linkov at the LA Auto Show.

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the video on YouTube.