If you're thinking of attending this year's LA Auto Show, keep a few things in mind. For starters, it takes place over a major holiday weekend, so crowds can be epic. It's also in downtown Los Angeles, so traffic can be equally challenging.
If you're eager to see new vehicles--and you're well-prepared--you can make a beeline for some of the top new cars, trucks, and crossovers making their debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show. It's possible to see it all, and emerge with your soles and your spirit intact, but it takes some planning.
Here are some key things and numbers you should know:920,000: That's how many people attended the 2011 show. No surprise then, that the LA Convention Center can be a madhouse, especially since it's seen a whole entertainment neighborhood erupt around it in the past decade. Game at Staples Center? LA Live hosting a concert? The auto show has to share a stage with those other attractions, and it's not always the superstar, either.
50: The number of global and North American introductions hosted at this show. This year's big names included the 2015 Chevy Colorado, the 2015 Lincoln MKC, the 2015 Subaru WRX, and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Get a map of the show stands when you enter, and plan a route to cover all of one hall at a time. It's a big place--and that will be true even if L.A. shoehorns in a football stadium next door.
13: Dollars it costs on weekends for anyone 13 and older to attend the show. On weekdays, it's $10; kids from 6-12 are $6, seniors are $8, and kids 5 and under are free.
10: Days the show is open to the public. This year, it runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1, from at least 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
2: The number of Starbucks outlets in the convention halls--one in South, one in West. You'll want a break.
Visit the LA Auto Show website for more information.