What we preferred, and what we did not


Large is again in model, no less than if the 2017 Chicago auto present is something to go by.

There’s all the time rather less information in Chicago than in Detroit, held just a few weeks earlier, however this 12 months a number of automakers took the wraps off of notable new automobiles underneath the brilliant lights at McCormick Place. Main the cost was the 2018 Ford Expedition, which retains its truck-based roots however heaps on creature comforts practically befitting a luxurious badge.

Throughout the conference middle, the Expedition’s rival, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia, was handled to an replace nearly too refined to note. We paid consideration to the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, the long-rumored reply to each fanatic with a household’s needs. With 475 horsepower on faucet and three rows of seats, it may very well be the quickest solution to drop the youngsters off in school each morning. 

The massive debuts

Here is a have a look at what we thought of to be an important debuts on the 2017 Chicago auto present, plus just a few different highlights.

The 2017 Chicago Auto Present opens to the general public February 11, and runs till February 20. 

2018 Ford Expedition: We practically wrote off the Expedition just a few years in the past in mild of $5 a gallon gasoline, but it surely’s a special story immediately. The Expedition goes decidedly upscale inside and outside for 2018 with extra options that households beg for in full-size SUVs. If you happen to’re out there for a giant household hauler that may additionally tow, it appears to be like like this new Ford needs to be on the prime of your listing. 

What we like: Large step ahead inside.

What we do not: How a lot of an enchancment can the brand new Lincoln Navigator be over this?

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT: It might share its title and engines with the Elantra sedan, however the Elantra GT was tuned on Germany’s well-known Nurburgring race observe and it was designed to attraction to consumers from Paris to Rome (and we’re not speaking Paris, Texas, or Rome, Georgia). It appears to be like like a strong contender for many who worth sporty dealing with and a cultured inside—specifically, the type Volkswagen has coveted with its Golf lineup. 

What we like: Euro-tuned suspension within the GT Sport. 

What we do not: Will customers perceive that it is fairly completely different from the Elantra Sedan?

2018 Dodge Durango SRT: Consider the Dodge Durango SRT as a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT with a bit extra cargo room and an additional row of seats. That is mainly what it’s, and that is not a nasty factor. With a 475-horsepower, 6.Four-liter V-Eight delivering energy to all 4 wheels, it needs to be as ferocious on the drive to high school as will probably be on a race observe. Simply do not search for it to sip premium unleaded—it will gulp the stuff. 

What we like: It is the reply to each query muscle automotive lovers with children have requested.

What we do not: It will cross many on the highway…but it surely will not cross many fuel stations with out stopping.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Journey: When Toyota first introduced the RAV4 Journey, we thought it was simply going to be an look bundle. Buff appears to be like, however nothing to again that up. Effectively, that is not solely true. In a bid to rival the Subaru Crosstrek and Jeep Cherokee, the RAV4 Journey truly rides on a raised suspension that ought to give it a touch extra off-road potential. Toyota is aware of methods to construct an off-roader, so it will be fascinating to see if the RAV4 Journey lives as much as its title. 

What we like: The RAV4 wanted a bit persona.

What we do not: Will it truly be measurably higher off-road? 

2018 Subaru Legacy: Certain, it isn’t all-new, however Subaru has added some fascinating tech and upped the refinement quotient to what was already considered one of our favourite mid-size sedans. And it is protected to wager that the identical upgrades will make their method onto the corporate’s hot-selling Outback (with 182,000 offered final 12 months, it was the corporate’s best-seller).

What we like: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and extra refinement.

What we do not: By way of what you may truly see, it is a very delicate replace.