Kick the tires and get behind the wheel of more than 1,000 cars and tucks at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, now open daily through Sunday, April 3, including first looks at several World and North American premieres. There’s plenty to drool over. Here are some top choices for family sedans, performance sedans, SUVs and top-down roadsters.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for kids. Get tickets online and skip the line.
You won’t be able to skip the line for the popular Camp Jeep off-roading experience. Get to the show early, and get on line early to avoid waiting one hour, more or less.
NOTE that there is additional security since last year for admission, so allow additional time for airport-like screening.
Some must-see new vehicles, alphabetically –
Acura NSX GT3
Acura takes the wraps off an NSX GT3 racecar, announcing its intention to campaign the twin-turbocharged NSX supercar in North America starting in 2017. The NSX is currently undergoing testing and slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall. It’s on display both in its racecar dress and as a street-legal supercar. That one is in what I call Copcatcher Red.
This is the first North American convertible for the newly-hot Buick brand, in a 2+2 configuration.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sports the 6.2-litre LT4 V8 Small Block supercharged engine that produces 640 hp and 640 lb.-ft. (868 Nm) of torque. It is the first Chevrolet to feature the revolutionary new quick-shift 10-speed automatic transmission. It goes on sale late in 2016, and pricing will be announced closer to then.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
This is the 75th Anniversary of the iconic Jeep brand, and all models are getting special anniversary editions, plus several are getting the top off-roading Trailhawk designation, including the Grand Cherokee. It was introduced to media at the NY Auto Show earlier this week by climbing up and down stairs.
Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe
This is the hardtop convertible model of the popular roadster, which most of us still call Miata. It’s a winner – seriously – the MX-5 Roadster was named World Design Car of the Year at the media previews.
Mercedes- GLC Coupe
Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
The third generation MINI Convertible’s John Cooper Works variant is powered by the most powerful engine in the MINI range, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine powerful enough to kick out 231hp.
The third generation Toyota Highlander gets a facelift with a refreshed exterior, new V6 engine, new 8-speed automatic transmission and Toyota Safety Sense package. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid also gets new upgraded trim movels, the LE and XLE versions, also with a V6 engine.