Mazda CX5 Signature is all new and on display at the Seattle Auto Show

The Seattle Auto Show boasts a number of never-before-seen vehicles, filled with performance and safety advances.

You can feast your eyes on the Audi E-Tron and Lexus Crossover, never-before-seen in the Pacific Northwest. There’s also the new Chevy Blazer, Nissan Altima, Jaguar I-Pace and the all new Toyota RAV4.

“It is literally all new it’s on a new architecture, a new chassis, all new electronics, and safety features,” said Voelk.

Voelk also had first time knowledge on the Jaguar I-Pace, after a recent test drive.

“It’s an all-electric crossover that you can drive on a race track which I’ve done you can drive it into 2 feet of water!” said Voelk.

These cars are great eye candy for sure, but may not be what the average car buyer is looking for.

That person may not even know what they’re looking for.

The average driver today is sitting behind the wheel of a car that’s 6 to 9 years old, according to Tom Voelk, of “Car Driven Reviews” and the Seattle Auto Show. And therefore, he said anyone thinking of buying a car should check out the Seattle Auto Show.

“There’s a good chance that buyers that are coming to the show don’t understand about automatic emergency braking or some of the other really great technologies that are on cars,” said Voelk

He said cars today are infinitely safer than in recent years.

It’s now a federal mandate that all new cars come with backup cameras and many automakers, Voelk said offer many other safety features standard.

“There’s lane centering, so if you’re distracted by something you don’t drift into other lanes,” said Voelk.

The auto show gives drivers chance to test those features, with more than 75 vehicles available for test drives.

The show is so big that not everything fits inside CenturyLink Field Event Center.

The North parking lot features a giant course, laid out by Land Rover. They trucked in hundreds of tons of dirt to give people the feel of the vehicle on anything but a paved road.

“So, you can experience what a Land Rover can do,” said Voelk.

Back inside there are interactive displays, radio controlled cars and lots of activities for kids too.

And there’s an extra day to take it all in, since the Seattle Auto show runs through Monday, Veterans Day.

The show’s open Friday, from Noon to 9 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm; and Monday from 9 am to 6 pm. Buy your tickets online, Voelk says to save money on parking and avoid waiting in line.



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