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Feb
27
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Consumer Guide Automotive Over its more than 50 years of existence and 40 million units of sales, Toyota’s Corolla has built an enviable reputation for reliability and value. With the 2020 redesign of the sedan, Toyota hopes to add “sporty” and “thrifty” to its long-established virtues.

Feb
08
2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson

2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson

Chicago Auto ShowTwo famous American makes founded in 1903 have once again collaborated on a special pickup truck that was introduced at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson models were sold in various forms from 2000 to 2012. The newest edition is built by Tuscany Motor Company, which has assembled several other “special edition” trucks based on the Ford F-Series.

Feb
07
2020 Rogue Sport

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

Chicago Auto Show Nissan provided a preview of the 2020 Rogue Sport due this fall at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Though not radically changed, the company’s subcompact crossover features new front and rear styling that is hoped will further differentiate it from its larger Rogue sibling.

Feb
07
Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

Chicago Auto Show As it was the 1989 Chicago Auto Show where Mazda introduced the first Miata, it seems only fitting that the company debuted its special 30th Anniversary version of the iconic sports car at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Feb
07
2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Kia Sportage

Chicago Auto Show Although the 2020 Kia Sportage shown at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show doesn’t look that much different, it boasts several subtle changes. Both the front and rear fascias have been revised, LED headlights and fog lights will be available, new wheel designs are used, Steel Grey has been added to the color palette, leatherette upholstery will be offered, and a new S trim level has been added to the existing LX, EX, and SX choices. There’s also a newly standard 8-inch touchscreen hosting Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. But at least as notable are the changes that appear on the list of safety equipment.

Feb
07
2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Chicago Auto Show Toyota’s popular Tacoma pickup receives numerous updates for 2020, and the company chose to show them off at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. While most fall under the “styling tweaks” category, several others are notable equipment changes.

Feb
07
2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy

Chicago Auto Show Subaru took the wraps off the redesigned, seventh-generation Legacy sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Moving onto the Subaru Global Platform introduced for 2017 helps give the Legacy what Subaru says is 70-percent-stiffer torsional rigidity. But the real news has to do with added features and newly available power.

Feb
05
2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, Midnight Pine Metallic

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Chicago Auto Show Nissan is set to take the wraps off a special Rock Creek Edition of its Pathfinder midsize crossover at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Although primarily a trim package that adds unique 18-inch wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, two-tone upholstery with contrast stitching, metallic interior trim, and special badging, also included are a trailer-tow hitch and harness to make use of the Pathfinder’s 6000-lb towing capacity.

Jan
31
2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

Consumer Guide Automotive Frankly, it seems Honda got caught with its pants down.

As the market made its seismic shift to crossovers, the company continued to concentrate on cars, adding but one entry of the crossover variety in the past 15 years. As a result, today’s Honda lineup of 10 vehicles contains only three crossovers.

Oh, the shame.

Dec
24
2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

This preview didn’t go entirely according to plan.

Mazda flew us up to Whistler, British Columbia — site of the 2010 Winter Olympics — to demonstrate its “predictive” i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system, introduce a newly available turbocharged engine in the CX-5 line, and let us experience all three of its crossovers in slippery, snowy conditions. The first and last, of course, depended on the cooperation of Mother Nature, and she accommodated — a little too generously, as it turned out.

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