The Chicago Auto Show is back again for another year, giving us the chance to get our hands on all sorts of new cars and finally see some of the coolest new models on the sheet metal. Kia unveiled refreshed versions of its K5 sedan and Carnival minivan; Tesla brought its revised Model 3 sedan and new Cybertruck; and we saw the highly anticipated new models, ranging from the Toyota Land Cruiser to the Cadillac Escalade IQ SUV.
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Cars.com’s editorial team got a sneak peek of the 2024 model during preview media days ahead of the public showing that begins Saturday and runs through February 19. Here are the highlights from our coverage.
Even a Hybrid Minivan
Buyers looking for a fuel-guzzling hybrid minivan now have one more option: the 2025 Kia Carnival. Kia revealed the 2025 Carnival at the Chicago Auto Show with refreshed looks inside and out, plus more standard technology across the board. It still looks like a minivan wearing a thick SUV suit, but the refreshed version makes one of our favorite minivans an even more compelling package. Now, buyers will have a choice between Carnival’s existing 3.5-liter V6 engine or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a 54-kilowatt electric motor. Check out our walkthrough here for a full rundown of all the added tech and regular Carnival features.
Kia’s Not-a-Blazer finally gets an update
The angular Kia K5 is a breath of fresh air among midsize sedans, which sometimes feel like they’ve been styled as plainly as possible, so rental car customers won’t be too upset that their car isn’t it looks like the picture. For 2025, the K5 gets a sharp redesign with more standard tech features, cool new lighting patterns, and a more powerful base engine (which is really just an unmodified version of the hot K5 GT engine). Inside is a new display layout that combines the driver’s instrument cluster with a new standard 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen in an attractive curved bezel, and we’re happy to see the climate and some stereo functions carry over their dedicated controls below. Check out our closer look here to see everything that’s changed.
The Land Cruiser is back!
While we had a lot of fun with the new Lexus GX, our in-person test drive of the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser convinced us that this might just be the version to get for dedicated off-roaders. Toyota’s beloved SUV is back with a chunky, retro-inspired design and a smaller footprint that should be more nimble on the road. The 1958 base fairing at the auto show had durable-feeling materials inside that seemed much easier to clean than those found on the luxury GX, plus durable-looking underpinnings that seem up to the job. Check out our full walk-through of the new Land Cruiser that shows what’s great about it and what might send the most die-hard creeps shopping for a new bumper.
Our first real look at some hot new EVs
We finally got to know some of the most anticipated electric vehicles of the year. Tesla brought the recently refreshed Model 3 to the show as well as the Cybertruck. The Model 3 update looks sharp, but it also further simplifies the interior by removing all the stalks behind the steering wheel. Meanwhile, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ impressed us with luxury features that made it feel like a budget Rolls-Royce. While we were left with some concerns about whether taller passengers would have enough headroom, its incredible executive seating package for the second row made it the car we’d most like to travel in.
Hyundai’s refreshed sedans continue to impress
We finally got an up-close look at Hyundai’s refreshed 2024 Sonata and 2024 Elantra at the auto show, too, and we came away impressed. The Sonata’s aggressive new redesign looks sharp, with a large curved bezel for the instrument panel and infotainment screen dominating the dashboard. Meanwhile, the Elantra’s refresh is much more subtle, changing the exterior slightly and adding plenty of new standard features, especially when it comes to safety.
Check out our coverage you may have missed from the 2024 Chicago Auto Show below:
Chicago Auto Show Dates and Tickets
The 2024 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public Saturday at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive. The show runs until February 19, open Saturday from 10am to 9pm; Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm; 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. February 12-18; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on February 19. Tickets are available on the show’s website. Adult admission is $17; seniors age 62 and older, and children ages 4-12, are $12; and children 3 and under get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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