Top 10 Cars and Concepts from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 09, 2019

Subaru press conference at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show photo

Blame low expectations based on the debuts of previous years, but the 2019 Chicago Auto Show was remarkably compelling this year. Important new cars, trucks, and SUVs were shown for the first time, and we’ve rounded them up on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order. This year’s Chicago Auto Show is open to the public from February 9 to February 18, 2019.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country photo

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty

Go ahead. Call this truck a Heavy Chevy, because the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD can now tow a competitive amount of weight. Properly configured, you can tug 35,500 lbs. with this rig, or haul as much as 7,466 lbs. of payload. It rolls off the Flint, Michigan assembly line starting this summer.

2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson photo

2019 Harley-Davidson Ford F-150

Once upon a time, the Ford Motor Company built F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition trucks. Now, an aftermarket customizing company called Tuscany Motor Company is. The new 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 is officially licensed, lifted, and luxed-up, with prices starting at around $85,000.

2020 Kia Sportage photo

2020 Kia Sportage

Kia freshens up the Sportage for 2020, refining the compact crossover’s styling, adding a sporty new S trim level, and upgrading the infotainment and safety technologies. It will be on sale in time for summer road tripping.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition photo

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Remember the rugged old Pathfinder? Nissan does, too. That explains the new Rock Creek Edition, a package that adds blacked-out exterior trim, rugged overfenders, unique wheels, and a 2-tone interior treatment with high-contrast stitching and metallic accents. The package costs $995 and is optional with SV and SL trim.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

If you need an SUV, Nissan’s got one sized and priced for you. Case in point: the updated 2020 Rogue Sport, which slots between the smaller Kicks and the compact Rogue. New styling, standard Safety Shield 360 safety systems, and an updated infotainment system summarize the highlights.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary photo

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

Just 500 examples of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition will be available in the U.S. market, split between convertible and RF coupe body styles. They’ll all provide an exclusive mix of equipment, and yes, they’ll all be painted Racing Orange.

2020 Subaru Legacy photo

2020 Subaru Legacy

It might look familiar, but the 2020 Subaru Legacy is completely redesigned. Key things to know are a 40% improvement in crash-energy absorption, new 260-horsepower turbocharged engine option, and a new 11.6-in. vertical Starlink infotainment system display. Yes, all-wheel drive is still standard.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road photo

2020 Toyota Tacoma

An updated 2020 Toyota Tacoma debuted in Chicago, and while the minor styling changes, more comfortable driver’s seat, and visibility-enhancing technologies are noteworthy, perhaps the bigger news is that the truck’s updated infotainment system adds Android Auto smartphone integration, as well as Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro photo

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro

Like the 2020 Tacoma, the 2020 Sequoia gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa as part of an infotainment system upgrade. The other news, however, is the addition of an off-road-ready TRD Pro trim level with an upgraded suspension, forged aluminum wheels, and a unique appearance, inside and out.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI photo

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Last but certainly not least, Volkswagen introduced its new Jetta GLI in Chicago. This is the sport-tuned version of the car: think Golf GTI, but with a trunk. You get a 228-horsepower turbocharged engine, lowered sport suspension, upgraded brakes and steering, bigger wheels and tires, and an understated but clearly different exterior appearance.

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