This work presents a phenomenological correction to improve a classical equation of state for representing phase equilibria and densities in the vapor-liquid critical region. This correction consists of two steps. The first step is a volume translation which locates the correct critical point; this volume translation also improves density predictions for pure fluids and mixtures. The second step provides a near-critical contribution to the residual Helmholtz energy which accounts for aomalous behavior near the critical point. For pure fluids, the near-critical contribution flattens the coexistence curve and pressure-density isotherms near the critical point. For mixtures, the near-critical contribution has only a small effect on the calculated coexistence curve; this effect is often masked by the choice of binary parameters in the classical equation which have a more profound effect on the calculated results.