2018 Seattle Auto Show comes to town

Images and coverage by Adam Hosey, Written by Deanna Isaacs

The Seattle Auto Show is one of the top 10 auto shows in the United States, with more than 500 new vehicles to view and another 75 to test drive. Whether you’re looking for a new truck, sweet sports car, people hauler, or exotic, there was something for everyone at the Seattle Auto Show.

More than 25 brands brought vehicles to CenturyLink Field in SoDo Seattle. Attendees could climb in and out of fresh rides, such as the 2019 Ford Ranger, the Honda Clarity, or the new Jeep Wrangler. Mazda, Fiat, Dodge, and other OEMs allowed licensed and insured drivers to take a cruise around the block in their cars.

Land Rover even brought an off-road experience with a 14/foot hill to conquer. More than 1,200 yards of sand, crushed concrete, and other rugged-making accoutrements. With the popularity of SUVs, manufacturers were keen to showcase the newest changes they’ve made.

Mazda also unveiled their new 2019 CX-5 Signature edition. Caturra Brown Nappa Leather, genuine wood trim, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are some of the improvements made to the brand’s midsize SUV.

Mazda “focused on the directness of the vehicle response” in the new engine. The turbocharged engine was originally developed for the CX-9 but is also found in the Mazda6. And, according to vehicle development engineer from Mazda, David Coleman, and every other vehicle enthusiast out there, “everyone loves it when you put a big engine in a smaller car”.

Lexus also brought their newest UX Hybrid, Jaguar displayed the I-PACE hybrid SUV, and Chevrolet’s new Blazer made its Seattle debut. Nissan also showcased their newest version of the Altima. The Altima ‘went back to the drawing board for simpler, stronger lines’.

Along with test drives and reveals, the Seattle Auto Show offered family fun through the Lynnwood Kong RC Drift Club, a kid-sized test track for battery-powered cars, and caricature artistry that everyone could enjoy.

Held Nov. 9-12, the Seattle Auto Show is gone for this year but will be back again next November. Until then, check out the full 2018 Seattle Show Photo Gallery from freelancer photographer Adam Hosey or visit his website.