New York City has an uncanny ability to triumph: It boasts the biggest population of any American city at 8.5 million people, making it more than twice as populous as Los Angeles. It is also home to the tallest building in the United States. Despite the recent debunking of the “pizza principal,” New York City pizza still reigns supreme (no, we’re not taking sides in the “best pizza” discussion). The New York International Car Show of 2023, which opens to the public on April 7th, will continue with this theme. Several manufacturers aim to outdo themselves and the competition with the introduction of their latest and greatest models in New York City.
These new vehicles are putting the adage “go big or go home” to heart, from a small SUV that can pull as much as its midsize stablemate to a muscle car with 1,025 horsepower that runs on alcohol. The Cars.com editorial staff was able to attend the show two days early, on Wednesday and Thursday, for media previews. Keep reading for a rundown of the event’s coverage, including our editors’ picks for Best in Show and worst in show.
Small SUVs Punch Above Their Weight
New compact SUVs like the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness and 2024 Hyundai Kona feature improved performance, design, and cabin capacity. The Crosstrek Wilderness, a new trim for the compact SUV, shares the same off-road features of the larger Forester and Outback Wilderness. A greater ground clearance improves the Crosstrek Wilderness’ approach, departure, and breakover angles, so it’s more than simply a cosmetic upgrade. Its towing capability has also been significantly increased, now exceeding that of the smaller Forester and being on par with the Outback midsize model.
The 2024 Kona, meanwhile, gets a bit roomier and has updated style to make it look more like the Elantra and Ioniq 5. The new Kona is longer overall by 5 inches and has a larger wheelbase by 2 inches, allowing for more room inside for both passengers and baggage. The previous model only had 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, but the new one has an estimated 63.7 cubic feet when the rear seatbacks are folded down.
EVs Rise to the Challenge
New electric vehicles such as the 2024 Kia EV9, 2025 Ram 1500 REV, and 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 make themselves recognized even without the sound of an engine. The 2024 EV9 made its American debut at the show; the three-row EV promises to be a formidable competitor to the likes of the Tesla Model X and Model Y and the Mercedes-EQ EQB and EQS SUVs thanks to its roomy cabin and broad appeal.
With its conventional styling, lavish interior in the new Tungsten trim, and maximum range target of up to 500 miles with an available 229-kilowatt-hour battery, the all-electric 2025 Ram 1500 REV is also shaping up to be a worthy opponent to rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the Ford F-150 Lightning. Check out our in-depth comparison of the new 1500 REV and the F-150 Lighting to see how they fare in key areas like cabin quality and comfort, cargo capacity, range, and charging.
After making its premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, the all-electric Ioniq 6 made waves again in New York City by winning the titles of World Automobile of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year at the 2023 World Car Awards.
Check out our features on the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 and 2024 Nissan GT-R if you’re interested in performance thanks to their high horsepower ratings. The gas-powered Challenger will be phased out after 2023, but not before a series of Last Call commemorative releases are made available. The most recent model, the SRT Demon 170, can generate up to 1,025 hp from a blend of alcohol and gasoline (E85 ethanol).
Even though sports cars are in risk of extinction, the 2024 GT-R shows that they are still alive and well with a new appearance that is both aerodynamically superior and striking in the top NISMO version. The GT-twin-turbocharged R’s 3.8-liter V-6 now produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, or 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque in the NISMO trim.
Going Bigger Off-Road or Looking The Part
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler and 2024 Volkswagen Atlas aren’t completely new, but they do have a few modifications that make them better suited to life in the city or the great outdoors. The most off-road competent Wrangler, the Rubicon, receives upgrades for 2024, along with a new base 4xe plug-in hybrid variant, and considerable technological enhancements, like as a larger 12.3-inch center touchscreen. While the updated 2024 Atlas receives a more robust look with the addition of a new Peak Edition, the vehicle’s capabilities remain unchanged. The only functional upgrade are the new 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, which should also improve handling.
Which Cars are visible at New York Auto Show 2023
Kia EV9 GT-Line
2025 Ram REV
Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric, N Line and Limited
2024 Jeep Wrangler
2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness
2024 VW Atlas Peak Edition
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Disney100 Platinum Concept
New York Auto Show Dates and Tickets
On Friday, April 12 and through Sunday, April 16, 2023, the New York International Car Show will return to the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The store is open from 10 am to 10 pm (GMT -10) Monday through Saturday, and from 10 am to 7 pm (GMT -7) on Sundays. The show’s website sells tickets for $21 for adults (over the age of 13) and $7 for children (under the age of 12). Children under the age of two eat free when accompanied by a paid adult.