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Mar
18
 2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Actually, this is more of a virtual First Look.

Today I was supposed to be in California driving the new Hybrid version of the redesigned-for-2020 Hyundai Sonata, but the trip (along with others) was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. But that didn’t prevent Hyundai from putting on its planned reveal of the redesigned 2021 Elantra … though it was performed without a studio audience.

Mar
16
electric pickups

Electric pickups may well be “The Next Big Thing in Trucks.” Due in the next couple of years are Tesla’s electric Cybertruck (top left), revealed to great fanfare late last year, and the Rivian R1T (top right), already boasting connections with Amazon and Ford Motor Co. Other, lesser-known “newbies” include (bottom row, left to right) the Atlis XT, Nikola Badger, and Lordstown Endurance. Ford and GM are due to add their own electric pickups to the fray.

Trucks are big business – and becoming bigger all the time. We recently attended the inaugural National Truck Summit that preceded the Twin Cities Auto Show in Minneapolis to hear about truck trends and what’s in store for the future.

Mar
09
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Guide Automotive

Toyota’s Highlander has long been a top-seller in the hot midsize-crossover class, at least in part due to the host of accolades it has received (though wearing a Toyota badge doesn’t hurt, either.) It gets a redesign for 2020 that brings an additional 2.4 inches of wheelbase and overall length, a host of new tech features, and a decidedly more miserly Hybrid variant.

Feb
07
2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Genesis GV80

Although not a debut (that occurring last month), one of the more notable vehicles on display at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show is the first crossover from the Genesis luxury marque. Called the GV80, it’s a midsize premium crossover due on sale this summer as a 2021 model.

Feb
06
2020 Ford GT

2020 Ford GT

As if the Ford GT weren’t attractive enough, the 2020 version shown at the Chicago Auto Show not only boasted more power, but also appeared … naked.

Feb
06
2020 Jeep Mojave

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

As shown at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep is going after the desert-driving crowd with the new Desert Rated Gladiator Mojave.

While most think of “off road” as consisting of rocks, hills, and mud, it can also include sand. And for those who follow that path, Jeep has built a special vehicle.

Feb
06
2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition, 2021 Toyota Trail Editions

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition

Along with their “Trail Edition” badges and expected off-road equipment, the special Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner Toyota introduced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show each boast some added storage features.

All three Trail Editions are based on SR5 trim levels, offered with 2WD or 4WD, and are available in Army Green, Cement (gray), Midnight Black, and Super White, along with black badging and black seats with tan stitching. The Tacoma comes as a Double Cab extended cab, while the Tundra is a Crew Max crew cab.

Feb
06
2021 Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia Nightshade Editions

2021 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia Nightshade Editions

At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota raised the curtain on a trio of new Nightshade Editions due on sale this fall as 2021 models.

Joining the existing Corolla, Camry, 4Runner, and Sienna versions — all based on SE trim levels — are Nightshade Editions of the Sequoia SUV and Tacoma and Tundra pickups — all based on uplevel Limiteds. They include black leather-trimmed interiors and dark exterior trim. All are offered in Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Grey Metallic, with the Tacoma and Tundra adding Windchill Pearl, the Tundra topping that with Super White, and the Sequoia matching that with Blizzard Pearl.

Feb
06

 

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD

Chrysler’s popular Pacifica minivan is set to get even more popular with the addition of new features introduced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.

Although not the only significant change, certainly the most notable is the availability of AWD — making Pacifica only the second current minivan offering it, joining the Toyota Sienna. While it “officially” comes in on the 2021 models to be introduced in the fourth quarter of this year, Chrysler says it will be available a few months earlier on special 2020 model-year Pacifica AWD Launch Editions.

Feb
06
2020 Nissan Frontier

2020 Nissan Frontier

If you’re looking at the photo above and thinking, “Boy, that 2020 Nissan Frontier sure doesn’t look much different than it did last year,” you’d be right; the changes aren’t visible — at least, not unless you open the hood. Which is what Nissan did just prior to the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.