The 2017 Houston Auto show is this week! From April 5 until April 9, you can find it at the NRG Center in the NRG Park complex near the home of the Texans, NRG Stadium. The show has traditionally been held in January, but has been pushed to April this year, which I’m a big fan of because we now have a shot at seeing the new models and concepts that premiered at the Detroit Auto Show, which historically was the week before the Houston show. 

A $12 ticket ($5 for kids 6 to 12 years old) gets you much more than access to look and sit in the newest car models. You’ll also be able to test drive many of them as well. Fifteen different manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Toyota and more, will all have booths offering “Ride & Drives.” At least 70 different models will be available, so you’ll definitely find something that you like. 

The full list of manufacturers participating in the car show are located on the Houston Auto Show’s website ( and it is really nice to see some of the more exotic manufacturers participating this year, such as Astom Martin, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and McLaren. Don’t expect to see them in the Ride & Drive area, but they’ll still be wonderful to look at. 

The Houston Auto Show will feature live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be several dozen classic cars for fans of older cars to check out. You can get a $2 off coupon for a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday ticket on the Houston Auto Show website, so don’t forget to save a few bucks there. 

While you may be tempted to skip the booths of more pedestrian vehicles, I recommend sticking your head in as many cars as possible, as I think that you’ll be surprised with what the manufacturers have been up to. New cars are better than ever, and this is a great no-pressure opportunity to check them all out in one place.

Wilson Calvert
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I am a long-time Houstonian and am obsessed with cars, soccer, traveling, bourbon and airplanes. I write a regular car review column for The Tribune and travel articles a few times per year.