There are two extremes when it comes to cars: car lovers who want to hear engines roar and see gleaming chrome and minimalists who want maximum cargo space and minimum fuel usage. The 115th Denver Auto Show, March 16-20 at the Colorado Convention Center, has plenty for both types, with a lot to appeal to in-betweeners, too.
This is the largest auto show between Chicago and L.A. with more than 500 vehicles from nearly 40 manufacturers. And for people who just want to trick out their existing rides it also features a showcase of custom styling, aftermarket products and accessories.
The widespread notion that American’s love affair with cars is over is at odds with record auto sales in 2015 and the first two months of 2016. Our love affair is just changing with the times. Rapidly improving automotive technology means cars perform better and last longer. They are safer, more efficient and also offer an amazing array of entertainment and information options. The Denver Auto Show is where you can see them all, get your questions answered and compare the options – in one place with no pressure.
Every year the auto show brings the newest of the new, including cars that are just introduced. Among the 2017 models you’ll see are the Chrysler Pacifica; Buick LaCrosse; Lincoln Continental; Audi Q7, A4 and R8; Jaguar XE; GMC Acadia; Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport; Cadillac XT5; Jeep Cherokee Overland and Honda Ridgeline.
Colorado drivers have responded enthusiastically to “green” alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. Manufacturer’s representatives will be on hand to explain the ins and outs of electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 and hybrids like the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Kia Optima hybrid, Toyota Prius and RAV4 hybrid. You also can learn more about the advantages of flex-fuel and diesel vehicles.
Colorado is a state where SUVs and pickups are extremely popular and useful. You’ll be able to see plenty of them including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram, Nissan, Toyota and Honda pickups and small and large SUVs from American, European and Asian manufacturers.
If sexy curves excite you, check out Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. For luxury, there’s Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Cadillac, Lincoln, BMW, Porsche and Jaguar. If you love muscle, check out Chevy’s Camaro, Ford’s Mustang and Dodge’s Challenger. Are sporty cars your thing? We’ve got the Mazda Miata, MINI, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Buick Cascada, Mercedes-Benz SLK and more.
That’s just scratching the surface.
Tons of dirt and gravel have been trucked in to create an off-road extravaganza – Camp Jeep Organic. Sign up to ride along with one of Jeep’s professional drivers on a spine-tingling course with steep inclines and big bumps. You can try out some cars yourself. Adults with a valid driver’s license will be able to test drive a variety of models from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Ram, Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Lincoln. Or you can feel what it is like to drive in thrilling simulators provided by Ford, Hyundai Kia and Toyota.
The Denver Auto Show’s hours are Wednesday, 5-10 p.m.; Thursday & Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12; children six and younger are free. Buy online at www.DenverAutoShow.com or at the door.
The Denver Auto Show offers free admission to active and veteran military personnel with military ID on Wednesday evening (March 16). Thursday (March 17) is Senior Day with $6.00 admission for people 65+. Hispanic Day with live music and dance from Mexico, Peru, Spain and Puerto Rico is Saturday, March 19. Show-goers will have the opportunity to meet KDEN Telemundo personalities.
Even if you’re only dreaming about a new car, SUV or truck, your perfect ride will be on display at the 2016 Denver Auto Show. Come and take a look!