One hot lap of the 2019 Chicago auto show [Video]by Drew Johnson
Everything you need to see from Chicago in under 4 minutes.
The 2019 Chicago auto show is officially a wrap, and, while there wasn't a whole lot at this year's show in terms of all-new products, there certainly was plenty of updates and interesting off-shoots to gaze at. And with that, let's take one hot lap of the 2019 Chicago auto show.
2020 Subaru Legacy
The all-new Legacy was one of the few fresh designs at this year's Chicago show. For 2020 the Legacy switches to Subaru's global platform and gains an optional turbocharged four-cylinder (the same used in the Ascent family SUV) and a vertically oriented 11.6-inch infotainment screen.
But the most important thing about the Legacy is what it means for the next-generation Outback. Since the Legacy has long been the basis for the higher-riding Outback, we can assume Subaru's popular off-road wagon will adopt the sedan's turbo engine and over-sized infotainment screen.
2020 Kia Sportage
Kia gave its compact crossover a nip and tuck for the new model year, but the styling changes are so slight you'll probably miss them. However, buyers should appreciate some of the 2020 Sportage's new creature comforts -- things like a standard 8-inch infotainment screen running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Chevy's new heavy duty truck is immensely capable and not very pretty.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
VW's Jetta GLI is back for the 2019 model year and better than ever. The peppy four-door is now powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 228 horsepower (+18) and 258 lb-ft of torque (+41). VW has even included a cherry on top -- a standard limited slip differential.
2020 Toyota Tacoma
No one has ever accused the Tacoma of being the most technically advanced pickup on the market, but the popular truck does make a couple important strides for the 2020 model year. There's now an audio system that runs Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. Toyota has also included its Toyota Safety Sense P as standard, so the Tacoma now has lane keep alert, emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. New LED headlights promise to light up the trail better than before.
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition
Toyota is celebrating the Land Cruiser's seventh decade on the market with a new limited edition model. Overall, the Heritage Edition is largely the same basic 200 series Cruiser that's been on the market since 2008, but there are a couple of cool changes, like 18-inch gold BBS wheels, a deleted third row and vintage badging.
2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road
The TRD treatment finally makes its way to the RAV4 for the 2020 model year. Although not a hardcore TRD Pro model, the RAV4 TRD Off Road benefits from unique wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires and a revised suspension for better off-road compliance. Toyota's torque vectoring all-wheel drive system is included as standard.
Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
If you have the need to go far off the beaten path with the entire family, the new Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is your chariot. The TRD version of the three-row features off-road-tuned Fox shocks, protective skid plate and BBS alloy wheels.
2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty
The heavy-duty pickup truck wars are heating up with the introduction of Ford's new Super Duty line. Ford is keep the truck's specs a secret for now, but we know the 2020 model year will include a new 7.3L gas V8, a revised 6.7L diesel V8 and a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ram multifunction tailgate
In what could be a world's first, Ram introduced a tailgate at the 2019 Chicago show. But it was at least a pretty impressive one.
Available on the 1500 pickup truck, the new Ram multifunction tailgate features a 60/40 split design that allows the tailgate to be swung open barn door style for easier loading. That tailgate can also fold down like a normal tailgate and has a 2,000 pound load rating.
Chrysler Pacifica 35th anniversary
Chrysler introduced a new package for its Pacifica minivan to celebrate the company's 35th anniversary of selling minivans, but really, the star of the Chrysler booth was an actual minivan from 35 years ago.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque was the other all-new model to debut in Chicago. Although not radically different look than the original Evoque, the 2020 model is much more modern looking with softer lines and a face borrowed from the Velar. The new Evoque is also roomier than its predecessor, with a rear seat that you can actually use.
2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series coupe
If you've ever needed inspiration to drive a yellow car, this limited edition LC coupe could be the vehicle for you.
2019 Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary
Mazda celebrated the Miata's 30th birthday in Chicago (where it was first introduced in 1989) with a new anniversary package. The 30th anniversary model features unique orange paint, 17-inch forged wheels and special badging. But if you want one, I've got bad news -- the Miata 30th Anniversary is already sold out.
2020 Nissan Rogue Sport
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport might win the award for the lightest refresh in history, but the new model at least gets a new head uint with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia
Perhaps the least special, special edition model to ever bow in Chicago, the 4C Italia comes painted in a "unique” blue hue that's also available on the Giulia and Stelvio, and has some different badging. Alfa is only building 15 units.