Test Drives

Get behind the wheel and take it for a spin! Test drives are the ultimate way to experience and evaluate a vehicle, and Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, and Kia will be offering free test drives for San Diego Auto Show attendees. Street test drives are located along the front drive of the convention center, and they typically operate 10am-5pm each day of the show.

New for the 2024 San Diego Auto Show is the indoor Nissan EV Test Track, a thrilling experience as you ride along with a professional driver in the all-new Nissan Ariya on a course designed to showcase the incredible performance offered by Nissan’s flagship EV. EV drives and rides are powered by LENZ Charging

A summary of participation requirements can be found at the bottom of this page, although they may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.


Vehicles available for test drives at the 2024 San Diego Auto Show include: 

Outdoor Test Drive Vehicles
• e-tron GT
• Q4 e-tron
• Q8 e-tron

• Blazer EV
• Bolt EUV
• Colorado ZR2
• Equinox RS
• Silverado LD ZR2
• Tahoe RST
• Trax

• Lightning
• Mustang Mach E

• EV6
• Niro EV
• Sportage PHEV

Indoor Nissan EV Test Track Vehicles
• Ariya

Note: Manufacturer participation, vehicles and features subject to change without notice.

Requirements to participate in Street Test Drives:

  • Drivers must have a valid U.S. driver license and may need to meet certain age requirements for each manufacturer.
  • Passengers are normally allowed and must meet the age requirements for each manufacturer. Generally, children under 8 years old or less than 65 pounds may not ride along as passengers for road-going test drives. Test drives cannot accommodate child safety seats.
  • Drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide contact information for manufacturer follow-up.
  • You may be asked to pass a Breathalyzer test in order to participate.


The San Diego Union Tribune
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