2018 Chicago Auto Show: Photos From the Windy City

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What You Should See From the Biggest Stage on the Convention Circuit (Literally)

Chicago’s McCormick Place may be the largest convention center in the United States, but the Chicago Auto Show has struggled in recent years to attract the attention that the auto shows in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles command. Automakers tend to save their splashiest debuts for those cities, and save Chicago for niche models, new trims, and special editions.

Still, the auto show’s more than one million square feet of exhibition space gives automakers a lot of room to play around. Many use the space to set up indoor test tracks, and interesting variations of familiar cars abound.

Hyundai had more announcements than most automakers in Chicago. They showed refreshed hybrid and plug-in hybrid Sonatas to match the already-updated non-hybrid Sonata midsize sedan. Hyundai also announced that its Shopper Assurance program will be expanded nationwide from its four test markets. Shopper Assurance combines transparent pricing and online paperwork filing with a flexible test drive and return policy. Finally, the Korean automaker showed off an Elantra race car, which will compete in events across America to help promote its new “N” line of performance vehicles.

Ford showed its refreshed 2019 Transit Connect Wagon, a five-to-seven-passenger workhorse that they are aiming squarely at Boomers looking for cross-country adventure.

Volkswagen chose the Chicago Auto Show for the North American debut of the 2019 Arteon, a “four-door coupe” (as the Germans like to call them) that is replacing the CC.

Other debuts included Toyota’s refreshed TRD Pro off-road models, Subaru’s 50th anniversary models, Lexus’ 10th anniversary F models, and some ski-patrol-ready concepts from Nissan.

Click through the following slides to see what else automakers have cooked up in the Windy City, which vehicles you might expect to see at a dealer near you, and how these models fare in our new car rankings. (Keep in mind that our new car rankings are updated constantly as expert reviews and new data become available, so the rankings mentioned in this slideshow might not match what’s elsewhere on our site.)

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