The Top 10 Things to Do at the 2017 LA Auto Show

Dec. 1-10, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Divergent Blade 3D Printed | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show
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Whether you're a lifelong car enthusiast or just looking for something the entire family will enjoy, don't miss the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®), open to the public Dec. 1-10, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) in Downtown L.A.

The LA Auto Show offers something for everyone: more than 1,000 cars on display in four exhibit halls; test drives of nearly 100 of the latest models; and the newest in customized, tuner and aftermarket cars and trucks in The Garage. Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle or planning for the future, the LA Auto Show is your one-stop-shop for hassle-free, stress-free comparison shopping for cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more.

Founded in 1907, the LA Auto Show is world-renowned as the first major North American auto show of the season. General admission tickets start at $12-15 for adults, $5 for children, and kids under 6 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

1,000 Vehicles Including 50+ Debuts

Audi exhibit at the Auto Show
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Among the many North American and global unveilings at the 2017 LA Auto Show will be vehicles from Audi, MINI, Hyundai, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Volvo and more. Check the vehicle debuts page often for the most up to date listings. For a complete list of all production vehicles, visit the vehicles on display page.

After the jump, read on for the top 10 must-see experiences at the 2017 LA Auto Show.



Shopping for a new car at the LA Auto Show
Shopping for a new car | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show

Featuring nearly every make and model sold in the U.S., the LA Auto Show is the perfect place to find your next car, truck, SUV or electric vehicle. Whether you're currently in the market or planning for the future, you can do all your research across 870,000 square feet of the L.A. Convention Center. In this low-pressure environment, you can ask all the questions you want and comparison-shop models side by side. You can also test drive nearly 100 of the latest models - something no other auto show can offer.


BMW exhibit at the LA Auto Show
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Avoid the crowds with an Early Entry ticket and complimentary coffee, two hours before the LA Auto Show opens to the general public. With your coffee in hand you can discover debuts, concepts and the latest vehicles starting at 7 a.m. on Dec. 1-3, 8-9 and at 6 a.m. on Dec. 10.

Early Entry tickets are available online only and are good for one-time early admission only to the LA Auto Show. 


  • Adult (ages 13-65): $30
  • Child (ages 6-12): $10
  • Senior (ages 65+): $20
  • Kids under 6 are free with paying adult

Test Drives

Dodge test drive at the LA Auto Show
Test drives outside the L.A. Convention Center | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show

Outside the LACC, attendees can get behind the wheel and test drive nearly 100 of the latest models.* Registration for all test drives will take place onsite during the LA Auto Show - slots are available at a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close 30-60 minutes prior to the hours posted.

*Ride and drive models will be posted online before the show, but are subject to change without notice at the discretion of each participating brand.

Requirements to participate:

  • You must present your 2017 LA Auto Show ticket stub prior to signing up.
  • Drivers must meet age requirements for each manufacturer and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide follow-up information.
  • You may be asked to pass a Breathalyzer test in order to participate.


  • Saturdays and Sundays tend to have the most participating vehicles.
  • Instead of waiting until later in the day, the LA Auto Show recommends signing up to test drive your favorite vehicles upon your arrival to the show.


Powered by Prestone, The Garage - accessible via South Hall Atrium’s escalators - is one of the world's largest and most eclectic collections of renowned tuners, customizers and aftermarket goods. In 2016, customized vehicles from McLaren, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche and many more were featured.

Formerly known as Aftermarket Hall, The Garage also features specialty restoration services, tuner services, aftermarket parts and accessories, product demos, celebrity vehicles and more.


Kids at the LA Auto Show
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While the adults shop, there is plenty for the kids to experience. From video games to virtual reality demos and kids’ play zones, they're sure to be entertained. Tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5 and children under 6 are free with a paying adult.


Tesla at the LA Auto Show
Tesla | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show

With instant torque, incredible power, and zero emissions, Tesla’s products are cars without compromise. Located in the entrance of South Hall, Tesla is prepared to amaze attendees again with their line of vehicles. More information regarding Tesla models will be available on the LA Auto Show website as it gets closer to the show. 

Scale the Mercedes-Benz Mountain

Mercedes-Benz Iron Schöckl at the LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz Iron Schöckl | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show

Visit the Mercedes-Benz Iron Schöckl and witness the extreme handling and all-terrain capabilities of the G550. This one-of-a-kind experience puts you in Mercedes-Benz’s iconic vehicle while scaling grades of 45 degrees. Check the LA Auto Show floor map for more information on the location of the Iron Schöckl. 


The way we get around L.A. is changing. For 2017, the LA Auto Show is bringing back GO, featuring the latest technology devices that move us and complement our vehicles. Whether it’s electric scooters, bikes or mobility apps, attendees can test ride and explore the latest innovations in the mobility industry.


The Pink Panthermobile at Galpin Hall of Customs
The Pink Panthermobile at Galpin Hall of Customs | Photo courtesy of LA Auto Show

Located in Van Nuys, Galpin Auto Sports has earned national acclaim, won numerous awards, and been featured on TV shows like MTV's Pimp My Ride and the 2008 reboot of Knight Rider. The Galpin Hall of Customs is back with unique rides, live DJs and merchandise. Galpin’s exhibition is located in Concourse Hall, between the West and South Halls.