Cool cars from the Los Angeles Auto Show

Environmentally friendly cars are usually the big thing in California, but some performance models were unveiled this year, too.

Toyota Rav4

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The Rav4, which Toyota boasts is the "world's original crossover sport utility vehicle," enters its fourth generation with this redesigned version unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This time around, it's got a 2.5-liter 176-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A V6 engine is no longer an option. In addition to better fuel economy, Toyota promises the new Rav4 will have better handling and responsiveness.

  @peterdrives - Last updated December 10 2012 12:01 PM ET