Get your motor running to the Portland Auto Show
"Your ride starts here" is the slogan for the 2019 Portland International Auto Show, but it's more than just a catchy phrase. Wherever the journey may take you, the fundamentals you need to know before buying your next car, SUV or truck are at the Oregon Convention Center from Jan. 24 to 27.
Make sure to budget plenty of time to see this year's show. Here's what awaits you at the Oregon Convention Center:
New 2019, 2020 Vehicles
New vehicles of all kinds will be on display throughout the show, from the latest in mid-size and full-size pickup trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, Jeep and GMC to the longest list of new SUVs in history. From the subcompact Lexus UX to the futuristic Jaguar i-PACE all-electric crossover, you can choose the SUV that meets your needs and your budget.
Every automaker will have its 2019 lineup of new cars, SUVs and trucks on hand, including the most notable new and revised models. All-new vehicles being presented in Portland for the first time include the Chevrolet Blazer SUV and the 2019 Silverado pickup. Fiat-Chrysler is bringing the 2020 Jeep Gladiator 4X4 pickup as well as the all-new Ram 1500 pickup. Ford will be on hand with the exciting 2019 Ranger midsize pickup.
Passenger car debuts include the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD. American muscle will be well-represented by Ford's Mustang GT, the Dodge Challenger, and the Chevrolet Camaro, all with new features and more power than before.
SUVs coming to Portland for the first time include the class-leading 2019 Toyota RAV4 compact crossover, plus the 2019 Honda Passport, 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, the all-electric Jaguar i-PACE, and the Lincoln Nautilus Black Label edition.
Today's cars are technology showcases, and the Tech Center will show you what's available. From 4G/LTE data receivers for information and entainment access to in-home EV charging stations, it's all in one place. Representatives from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen and other brands will be available to acquaint you with their safety, connectivity and electric vehicle offerings. Also, the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association will have all the latest EVs gathered together for side-by-side comparison in the EV Showcase.
Buying a new car is just the beginning, and the independent businesses staffing The Garage will show you how you can customize your car without affecting the basic warranty. Color wraps, performance enhancement and visual customization are all on the table here, as well as a lounge where you can take a moment and relax.
Many Portlanders love getting out of town to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Outdoors exhibit showcases the accessories needed to make the most of outdoor life. The Great Outdoors is located in the Ginkoberry Concourse near the main show floor. Exhibitors this year include ReRack, U.S. Outdoor Store and Aero Teardrops trailers. Raffles and discounts are available, so be sure to stop by.
The Motorcycle Pavilion is located on the main floor across from the Dragon Cafe, and features everything on two, three and even four wheels. Tricycles and quads also are included, as well as exciting new side-by-side off-highway vehicles. Among the brands on display in the Motorcycle Pavilion are Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield, CF MOTO, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Indian, Ducati, BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Triumph, Vespa and Suzuki.
Sunday, Jan. 27, is Family Day at the Portland International Auto Show. On this day only, all kids 12 years and younger enter free with the purchase of at least one adult ticket. Throughout the show, the Kid Zone features complimentary activities like face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artists and a huge inflatable slide. Snacks are provided for kids at the zone.
Ride & Drives
More than 45 different vehicles from 10 manufacturers are available for test drives on all four days of the show. Participating brands include Volkswagen, Toyota, Subaru, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, Dodge, Hyundai and Ford. Test-drive options include SUVs, passenger cars, pickup trucks and electric vehicles. Look for test-drive options just inside the main doors and on the street outside the show.
The 2019 Portland International Auto Show is produced by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Association. Pamplin Media Group is the media partner.
2019 Portland International Auto Show
What: The largest display of new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs in the region, with additional family friendly exhibits
When: Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27; begins with Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tickets: Adults, 13-64, $14; Seniors 65+, $12; Military (with ID) ,$10; Kids age 7-12, $7; Kids age 6 and under, free; Kids under 12 free on Sunday Family Day with adults.
More info: http://www.portlandautoshow.com.