The birthplace of the skyscraper stood tall among automotive exhibitions once again as the Chicago Auto Show returned to its regularly scheduled winter dates for 2022 after last year’s scaled-back show was pushed to July due to pandemic-related concerns. Standouts among the complement of all-new and upcoming models debuting at downtown Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center — at what has long boasted to be the biggest (in terms of square footage) auto show in America — included the 2023 Toyota Sequoia and a new flavor of Ford Bronco for 2022.
Anyone wishing to catch up on what they missed, or look back on what they saw, at the Windy City car show can do so with Cars.com’s most popular news story of the past week, a roundup of all the highlights from the event, which ran Feb. 12-21. Toyota’s Sequoia full-size SUV has finally gotten a redesign for the 2023 model year after roughly a decade and a half without a major overhaul, and it appeared in range-topping Capstone guise on the show floor. The new Sequoia gets a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid powertrain, good for a significantly boosted 437 horsepower and 583 pounds-feet of torque; a 9,000-pound towing capacity, 22% better than the outgoing model’s best; and a spacious, well-appointed cabin featuring a 14-inch touchscreen.
Elsewhere at the Chicago Auto Show was another rugged SUV, albeit one that’s significantly smaller — and swampier, as it were — in the Bronco Everglades edition. Among other aesthetic and mechanical upgrades, the Everglades’ name-appropriate claim to fame is the Ford’s formidable fording capability — a full 3 feet — that comes, in part, courtesy of its air-intake snorkel. The ability to traverse gator territory without getting bogged down sure sounds cool — but, at $54,495, including a destination charge, the privilege will cost you a few more frogskins than a basic Bronco.
For the lowdown on everything you might’ve missed at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show — which also includes news on the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer and Corvette Z06, the forthcoming, all-electric 2024 Ram 1500 and much more — follow the link below to the No. 1 news story on this week’s countdown.
Parked in the third-place position this week is a compare-and-contrast of two family-friendly, three-row Kia SUVs, the 2022 versions of the Sorento and Telluride. Cars.com’s Jennifer Geiger, expert reviewer and expert mom, drove both SUVs and liked both so much that the ultimate decision on which is better comes down to the narrowest of margins — as well as each would-be buyer’s needs, preferences and budget. Both Kias compare favorably in interior appointments, convenience features, second-row seating room and child car seat accommodation, while the Sorento edges out the Telluride in price and powertrain options, and the Telluride beats the Sorento in actual power, as well as in towing capacity, third-row comfort and cargo space.
“So how do you narrow it down?” Geiger says in her conclusion. “With the Telluride, you get more of just about everything, but you’ll also have to pay for it. If you don’t need the extras, the Sorento is also an excellent choice.”
For Geiger’s full comparison, follow the link below to the No. 3 article on this week’s countdown.
Beyond that we’ve got headlines on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe, Aston Martin DBX and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
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