2016 Chevrolet Equinox: First Look

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Competes with: Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4

Looks like: Equinox gets bedazzled instead of full redesign

Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

The five-seat Chevrolet Equinox small SUV has been on sale in its current form for six model years. At that age, a car is typically due for a full redesign, but that's not what the Equinox gets for the 2016 model year. Instead, Chevrolet said in a statement that it has "contemporized" the Equinox with new styling and more features like a newly standard backup camera. The 2016 Equinox debuts at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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The base L trim level is only available with front-wheel drive, but LS, LT and LTZ trims can have all-wheel drive. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Equinox is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available V-6. It hits dealerships this fall.

By Mike Hanley | February 11, 2015 | Comments (10)

Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions, 2016 Avalon to Debut at Chicago Auto Show

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Along with a refreshed Avalon (above), Toyota will trot out two special edition models at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next week: the midsize Camry and compact Corolla sedans. The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition and 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition pair a unique feature package with aesthetic upgrades both inside and out; both models will have a limited production run.

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By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2015 | Comments (7)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Holdovers from Cars.com's coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show continue to dominate our list of most-watched videos, with our overview of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype topping them all at No. 1. Still, this week's roster did welcome a pair of newcomers as our critique of the 2014 Infiniti QX80 lands at No. 3 and PickupTrucks.com's value-minded assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT earns the No. 5 spot. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2014 Infiniti QX80
4. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

By Matt Schmitz | March 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

Which Small SUV Has Best Rear Visibility?

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You can mitigate that pesky over-the-shoulder blind spot by properly setting your mirrors, but it always helps when a car has good sightlines to begin with. Five years ago at the Chicago Auto Show, we documented visibility in a slew of small SUVs. Of the 10 we checked out, the Subaru Forester's narrow pillars and tall windows made it the clear winner. The cavelike Nissan Rogue, meanwhile, pulled up the rear.

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The ever-moving target for aerodynamics is responsible for pulled-forward windshields and rakish rooflines, but cars can still be fuel-efficient — and meet roof-strength crash tests — without being a visibility nightmare. Case in point: The Honda Accord sedan ranked second in a mileage drive among its family-sedan competitors, thumped the group in our driver-visibility rankings and achieved top roof-strength scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. See, you can have it all.

What about these SUVs? The whole class has been redesigned since our last checkup, and I took my iPhone to investigate the mainstream players — all 2014 models — during the auto show. Check out my grades from best to the worst.

By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2014 | Comments (13)

2014 Chicago Auto Show Winners and Losers

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There weren't many high-profile debuts at this year's Chicago Auto Show, but there was plenty to see. From an upscale yet pint-sized Winnebago to a Stanley Cup champion themed Chevy Camaro, show-goers will find plenty to check out. Among the auto show debuts, our editors graded them on their impact at the show and individual merits.

Kia Niro Concept

David Thomas: Winner
In a day and age when true concept cars are few and far between, the Niro (above) is very welcome. I love the outlandish hinged doors, color scheme and wheels, but if you look at some of the design elements, especially in front and back, I can see a future Kia Sportage in a few places.

Aaron Bragman: Winner
I'm a fan of small urban runabouts, and this one ticks all my boxes. I especially love the brushed metal upper surfaces, which will, of course, never make it to production. I also see some old Isuzu Vehicross in the overall shape, and that makes me happy, too. I look forward to seeing how this translates into a production car, which it almost certainly will, in some form.

Joe Bruzek: Winner
Looking nothing like a traditional weak-styled, pastel-painted hybrid concept, the Kia Niro's aggressive appearance and off-road-ready stance sound promising with the indicated powertrain. The 160-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine powering the front wheels and 45-hp electric motor powering the rear could be an interesting competitor to a Nissan Juke NISMO.

Mike Hanley: Winner
The Niro's lifted stance and compact dimensions look great. Tiny crossovers are showing up everywhere these days, and something like the Niro would fit in well with that trend.

By David Thomas | February 8, 2014 | Comments (6)

Where To Find the Concept Cars at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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Some of the most exciting, intriguing and unique vehicles you'll see at auto shows are, without a doubt, concept cars. However, automakers aren't churning out the wild concepts of old much these days, and you'll have to look hard to find any at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. We scoured McCormick Place's show floor during the press days, leading up to the public opening on Saturday, and found seven concept cars. Yes, only seven even though there are 41 automotive brands with their own distinct booths.

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Here is a list of the seven concepts and where they are located within their various brand booths:

By Robby DeGraff | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro SS Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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For the past few years at the Chicago Auto Show, a company based in Gurnee, Ill., has built and displayed a custom Chevrolet Camaro in honor of the local NHL franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks. This year is no different.

UPDATE: Check out the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro (35 photos)

Real Wheels makes custom parts for an array of vehicles from semitrucks to SUVs, but it’s the Chicago Blackhawks Camaro that likely gets this company the most attention. This year’s car is a 2014 Camaro SS convertible with some new tweaks. There’s still the Indian head logo cutouts in the custom grille, but there is no logo on the hood, just a stripe job around the hood scoop.

By David Thomas | February 7, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Chicago Auto Show What You Missed: Day One

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We're live from the Windy (and frozen) City for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show where dozens of exciting new vehicles filled McCormick Place. Debuts included the newest generation of the Subaru Legacy midsize sedan and the unveiling of Toyota's new hardcore off-road TRD Pro Series packages for its Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner trucks and SUV.

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Kia showed off an electric version of its popular Soul, a refreshed Optima Hybrid and a cool concept hybrid crossover called the Niro (pictured). Nissan also showed us a diesel-powered version of its light-duty Frontier pickup truck. Check out the list below to see what else made news at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

By Robby DeGraff | February 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Legacy: Concept Vs. Reality

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It is rare that any production car carries over completely from its concept precursor. However, Subaru has been taken to task the past few years for unveiling enthralling concepts only to follow them up with considerably more sedate production cars.

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The 2015 Legacy seems to follow that tradition, but there are some interesting similarities. Check out the comparisons below, and let us know if you think the production car went far enough in terms of design to steal some stares from midsize-sedan shoppers.

By David Thomas | February 6, 2014 | Comments (11)

2015 Subaru Legacy at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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Competes with: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200
Looks like: A Chevy Malibu from the front and a Hyundai Sonata from the side
Powertrains: 175-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; optional 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, CVT, standard all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

Subaru has taken the wraps off of its redesigned midsize 2015 Legacy sedan at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, revealing a more spacious and aerodynamic family car that retains the company's classic boxer engines and standard all-wheel drive. Four trim levels will again be offered: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.

By Aaron Bragman | February 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

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