Every January as the NFL football season winds down, auto show season kicks it into high gear. With record sales numbers in 2015, the 2016 Houston Auto Show brought their A-game, and took over the entire 700,000 square feet of NRG center with some of the newest vehicles available.
For an auto enthusiast like myself, walking the floor of the Houston Auto Show is like being a kid exploring Toys ‘r Us. With over 700 vehicles on the show floor, I spent hours wandering around admiring the classics, drooling over the exotics, and wondering if Camp Jeep would let me ride around their track one more time.
With so many vehicles to see, I spent almost two days exploring everything from the BMW M2 to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Sports cars and minivans might be opposites, but the new Chrysler Pacifica is the next generation minivan and even this hip Mom would consider owning one. And of course I added a few vehicles to my must drive bucket list like the: Audi R8, Aston Martin Vanquish, Maserati Ghibli, McLaren P1, and Lamborghini Aventador.
It’s exciting to see my hometown auto show continue to expand. With traffic that can spawn epic nightmares, buying the right vehicle is an important decision for Houston residents. For example, I spent over two hours driving to NRG on Friday afternoon, and an hour and a half retuning home. If I’m going to spend that much time in my vehicle on a daily basis, I want to find a vehicle that makes me happy. The Houston Auto Show is the perfect place to narrow down your choices, learn more about each vehicle’s features, and take one for a test drive without being pressured to make a purchase!
So what does a hard core fanatic do at their second auto show of the year? Well, I sat inside the Lotus Evora 400 while Armando Trentini told me about his experience driving the lightest Lotus ever. I drooled on the exterior and interior of my favorite truck the 2017 Ford Raptor, and imagined drifting with Ken Block in the Focus RS. I took selfies with the Kia hamsters, watched remote control vehicles catch air, and enjoyed happy hour in the VIP media tower. Yes, my friends, that’s how an auto journalist works an auto show.