View All The Vehicles On The Show Floor Vehicles On Display

Choose a Production Vehicle
or check out more below

Economy

Economy Cars at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Boring. Bland. Utilitarian. All of these words describe the economy cars of yesteryear. Today, economy cars are actually quite fun. Thankfully, they are still affordable and get great gas mileage as well.

Sub-$20,000 cars come in all shapes and sizes: two- and four-door sedans, two- and four-door hatchbacks, wagons, crossover utility vehicles and even a few sporty coupes. A few things they all have in common. They are small, frugal, and generally don’t have as many luxury items as their bigger cousins.

2016-Fiat-500X-4502016-Mazda-CX-3-450

That last point is starting to change, as a new breed of subcompact cars are hitting the market aimed directly at today’s youth. Vehicles like the Ford Festiva and Toyota Corolla not only get great fuel economy and cost less than $18,000, but are available with Bluetooth cell-phone links, navigation systems, and push button starting. Many subcompacts are also offering Bluetooth-linked audio systems so you can stream online services like Pandora right on your car stereo.

Subcompacts also offer the latest stafety features. All offer six airbags (dual front, front side, and curtain side), antilock brakes and stability control. Many are adding features like blind-spot alert and rear-view camera.

Another highlight you might not except from an economy car is styling. Sure there are few plain econoboxes out there, but for the most part, manufacturers are making daring changes with these cars to attract attention and, in some cases, youthful buyers.

So whether you are in the economy-car market for high mileage, great value, or big fun there’s a car, hatch, wagon or crossover for you.

You can find the following economy cars on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show or at the Vehicles on Display section of the auto show Web site.

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Tuesday, May, 26, 2015

Android Auto Now Available in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

As an update to a previous blog post , Hyundai is now officially the first car manufacturer to launch Android Auto ...

Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

If you are a speed freak, you've been waiting for this weekend all year. It's one of the few times you can ...

Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

What You Need to Know about the Takata Recall

To help clear up any misinformation that’s been circulating the Internet, we’ve compiled facts below on ...

Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

Earlier this week automakers and journalists once again descended on Elkhart Lake, WI, which has become home to the ...

Thursday, May, 14, 2015

Two days in paradise -- for a motorhead!

The 14th annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

Mazda Drive for Good

With so much negativity in the news, it’s refreshing to hear about those who contribute – both ...

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Mazda Rallies in Grant Park to Prevent Distracted Driving

To celebrate Global Youth Service Day and bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the Mazda ...

Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

Toyota's Mirai Fueled by ... ahem ... Bullsh*t

Though you can't yet buy the hybrogen-powered Mirai sedan in Illinois, Toyota is starting a national marketing ...

Wednesday, April, 15, 2015

2016 Acura RDX Ready for Launch

Fresh off it's world debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the 2016 Acura is set to hit dealer showrooms ...

Thursday, April, 09, 2015

Chicago Highlights from the Big Apple

With some flashy debuts and a healthy dose of technology news, automakers made some noise during the New York Auto ...

More

5/29/2015 11:41:58 AM

Autotrader just released its list of the 10 best cars for recent college grads: http://bit.ly/1SGSV2z.

5/28/2015 2:25:14 PM

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum in 2014! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary

5/28/2015 10:57:59 AM

We're loving this cherry-red Dodge #Challenger from the 1970 Chicago Auto Show! #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

5/26/2015 4:25:21 PM

Good news for Hyundai owners and Android users! Android Auto is now available in the 2015 Sonata. You might remember receiving a demo during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, but we've provided all of the necessary details here: http://bit.ly/1RlJRi2 #AndroidAuto

5/25/2015 8:54:01 AM

Today, we pay tribute to our fallen heroes

5/23/2015 10:05:00 AM

Did you know? The state of Illinois changed the way vehicle leases are taxed, allowing you to get more car for less money! Get all the details in 60 seconds here: http://bit.ly/1FF5nw5

5/22/2015 12:41:00 PM

It's the perfect weekend to check out community car shows and cruise nights! DriveChicago has the local lineup here: http://www.drivechicago.com/carshows

5/22/2015 10:44:05 AM

Racing's Greatest Weekend On Deck!

5/21/2015 3:07:11 PM

Today started the mass production of the all-new, redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, that debuted just a few months ago at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Pilot is scheduled to arrive at dealerships next month! #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

5/21/2015 11:11:33 AM

UPDATE: We've added an updated recalled model list (in the Takata recalls) to yesterday's blog post. Click here to see if your vehicle is listed & share with those you think may be affected: http://bit.ly/1R40z5B

More

5/29/2015 4:53:00 PM

RT @AmazingChevVolt: @daragreaney +10 Next Generation @Porsche S E-Hybrid #PHEV Follows First Generation Version As Seen At @ChiAutoShow ht…

5/29/2015 2:38:25 PM

RT @AmazingChevVolt: @daragreaney +10 Next Generation @Porsche S E-Hybrid #PHEV Follows First Generation Version As Seen At @ChiAutoShow ht…

5/29/2015 1:25:45 PM

The Dealer Direct Parts Weekly is out! http://t.co/0LyBKm69F0 Stories via @ChiAutoShow @Porsche @KiaHyundai

5/29/2015 11:43:04 AM

The 10 Best #Cars for College #Grads was just released by @AutoTrader_com: http://t.co/1wPHaPlL1j Do you agree?

5/29/2015 8:38:40 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/

5/29/2015 7:23:15 AM

@daragreaney +10 Next Generation @Porsche S E-Hybrid #PHEV Follows First Generation Version As Seen At @ChiAutoShow http://t.co/w3i6AS905b

5/28/2015 5:41:00 PM

RT @Moparunlimited: Now that's a one of one Viper! Hand built in Detroit! #CAS15 #MoparChat http://t.co/Ce5EAcSWBq

5/28/2015 4:39:51 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/