Fire It Up! I'm Heading to the Houston Auto Show (Want to Join Me?)


This post is sponsored by Toyota and A Girls Guide to Cars. All opinions are my own, as always!

The first car I bought with my own money was a 1989 Toyota Camry. It was a 4 door, 4 cylinder vehicle in white with black trim, and I loved that car. I shared it with my then-boyfriend, who was still in college at the time, and he would drop me off for work, go to school, and come back and get me. It had more than 100,000 miles on it when I sold it to get a larger vehicle, and I'm sure it lasted much longer than that. 

Have you seen the Camry lately? There's a new hybrid XLE that has some incredible new features and gets more than 40 miles to the gallon. This car has come a long way, and I'm looking forward to a test drive soon. In the meantime, read through Erica Mueller's comprehensive and fascinating review on A Girls Guide to Cars

Check out that exterior on the new Toyota Camry! PHOTO:

Check out that exterior on the new Toyota Camry! PHOTO:

To whet your appetite, here are a few of the high points on the new Camry:

  • For the last 16 years, it has been the best-selling car in America
  • Sport button (yahoo!)
  • Redesigned exterior
  • Standard Toyota safety features, including Safety Sense-P

The Toyota Safety Sense C package includes the Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Vehicle Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Toyota Safety Sense P package builds on the C package and adds an in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted radar, which contributes to Pedestrian Detection, Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and more.

The LED lights on the new Camry are f-i-i-i-i-i-n-e. 

The LED lights on the new Camry are f-i-i-i-i-i-n-e. 

Of course, there is much more to see at the auto show. My favorite part is the classic cars display - I could just linger there all day, wishing I could drive one off the show floor. And then I spot a Maserati Levante... a Nissan Titan... a RAM Rebel... a Ranger Rover Sport... a Genesis G60... and on and on. 

Texans lost thousands of vehicles during Hurricane Harvey, and they're looking to replace them. This is a prime opportunity to look and step inside and get a feel for what you might like to drive next. 

Mmmm, that new-car smell. 

Mmmm, that new-car smell. 

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12 when accompanied by an adult; kids under 6 are free. The show is at the NRG Center from Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 28. From Wednesday to Friday, coupons for $2 off are available online and at participating Houston area new car dealerships and on the Houston Auto Show site.

Show hours are:

Wed. – Fri. Noon – 9:30 p.m., Saturday  10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Want to join me at the Houston Auto Show? A Girls Guide to Cars is giving away a grand prize is $100 Gift Card and 2 tickets to the show. And 9 additional winners will get a pair of tickets.

Enter here! 

Contest rules:

Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight January 23, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Texas. Winners will be notified by email by January 24, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Houston Auto Show, NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054, between January 24, 2018 and January 28, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $24 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $124. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.

Kristin Shaw