The Washington, D.C. Auto Show returns with more hands-on experiences

The region’s largest indoor event and one of the top auto shows in the United States is back from Friday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 29. The 2023 Washington, D.C. Auto Show will fill the 750,000 square foot center Walter E. Washington Convention Center with hundreds of new vehicles — showcasing the latest advancements in motor technology. Adding to the thrilling 10-day event is an impressive collection of classic and exotic cars, live car painting, and multiple interactive opportunities for attendees to experience several models up-close and hands-on.

Educating attendees on what the future of mobility looks like, this year’s amped up EV Pavilion will be stacked with ride and drives, test tracks, and demonstrations. Groundbreaking manufacturer, Arcimoto, is back again with their three-wheel fun utility vehicles for the ultimate indoor driving experience. Jump inside this pure-electric joyride featuring a panoramic roof, removable doors, and heated seats. Just a few feet away is the brand-new E-bike Test Track from ElectriCityBikes. The 9,000 square-foot track will include twists and turns that will test the motors, handling, and acceleration of this growing in popularity mobility product. VonMercier will also debut its EV Hovercraft for the first time at the 2023 show. VonMercier will show off the Hovercraft’s levitation capabilities inside its display daily throughout the show.

Next door to the EV Pavilion and surrounding its own exhibit space will be the Hyundai Test Track. This engaging and interactive test track will provide attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of one of their progressive models and feel firsthand the power and performance this manufacturer is known for.

Take your electric experience further with Pepco’s EVsmart Outdoor Ride ‘N Drive. This crowd favorite provides guests the chance to cruise the streets of D.C. behind the wheel of a hybrid or fully electric vehicle. Registration is located in Rotunda A where Pepco representatives will also be available to inform attendees of Pepco’s EVsmart rebates, tools, and other information to charge faster, smarter, and more conveniently than ever before.

Toyota will have its own fully exclusive Outdoor Ride & Drive where guests can enjoy a drive with a Toyota professional. Located right on the L Street Bridge, the ride provides hands-on experience with several of Toyota’s top models and personal insights on the vehicle’s key features directly from Toyota representatives. For those looking to dive deeper into the performance features of the 2023 Tundra, the Get Outdoors exhibit space will feature the first-ever Tundra Pull. Showing off its premium towing capabilities, the Tundra will be hitched up to a trailer to demonstrate its impressive Trailer Garage, Straight Path Assist, and Guidance Mode.

The 2023 Washington, D.C. Auto Show dates and times:

  • Friday, Jan. 20, Noon to 9 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 23 through Thursday, Jan. 26, Noon to 8 pm
  • Friday, Jan. 27, Noon to 9 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 am to 6 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Auto Show’s website at

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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