The New York International Auto Show, zipping through New York City April 14-23, is an extravaganza of new cars and fun. If you love to travel, you are likely in different cars around the world. Here you can get up close and personal with shiny new vehicles – and see lots of gorgeous vintage ones, too. Plus there is a ton of interactive family fun, from rides in a Jeep course to virtual reality. Best of all, you can win a new designer handbag!

New Cars & Family Fun at the New York International Auto Show

Genesis, part of Hyundai, showed off this concept luxury car at the New York International Auto Show. Photo Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

The annual New York International Auto Show is here. Running April 14-23, the show has something for every member of the family. You can even bring Grandma, who might find a refurbished version of her first car.

Like swag? Check this out!

At the car show, some manufacturers give out key chains, baseball hats (and tickets) or other tchotchkes. Toyota, Mazda, Genesis, and Hyundai are giving away designer handbags. It’s called the Handbag Challenge at the New York International Auto Show. You can win one of six Kate Spade designer handbags from SheBuysCars.

To enter, you need to snap a photo with a participating auto brand and post to social media using the hashtag #HandbagChallengeNYIAS. Show us where you’d put your handbag when you’re checking out all the incredible new cars! Check out all the details!

New cars & Family fun and you can win new designer handbags at the New York International Auto Show

You can win of these new designer handbags at the New York International Auto Show. Photo Credit: Shannon Entin for SheBuysCars

About those new cars

In NYC, many of us drive beater cars, old, rusted dumps that can take the dings of street parking and the bumps of pothole-riddled roads. But the New York International Auto Show is filled with gleaming convertibles, SUVs and sedans loaded with all the latest technology. Some are “concept” cars, which may not come to market, but they have even more futuristic tech.

Genesis GV80 concept

Looking for family fun this week? Head to the New York International Auto Show

This luxury SUV has many hearts pumping; a luxe plug-in hydrogen fuel cell with a stunning look. There are no side view mirrors — take that narrow NYC streets! A tiny camera on each side relays the side views to the driver. The passengers (only two rows) are cosseted in leather and real wood trim makes the SUV look especially sharp. On the outside, the thin taillight strips look sharp and the deep vents carved into the body kick the design up a notch.

Hyundai, rhymes with Sunday

Win a designer handbag at the New York International Auto Show

If you go to the New York International Auto Show, you can enter the handbag challenge at the Hyundai display. Photo Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Hyundai, the parent company of Genesis, has its own big news. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata, on sale this year, debuted. The new Sonata has cool features like a wireless charging pad and a camera with a bird’s eye view. The Sonata promises a more comfortable ride and handling. Standard safety tech like a blind spot monitor makes parents happy when their kids borrow the car.

Exploring the eco-friendly options

Hyundai Ioniq has three models: plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and electric options. You can explore the different models here, from the urban-friendly, fully electric car that can go 100 miles before it needs recharging to the plug-in that has a 25-mile range plus a gas engine that kicks in after. And the hybrid gets a stunning 58 mpg. It may not look as sexy as a two-seater convertible, but I find the eco-friendliness plenty sexy.

Family fun at New York International Auto Show

Family fun at New York International Auto Show: the Camp Jeep off-road course. Photo Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Not sacrificing safety or value

The Hyundai Ioniq models have options like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Oh, and no worries about that battery: this one comes with a lifetime warranty.

Family fun: make the kids happy, too

Looking at the specs of a new car may not constitute family fun, but the New York International Auto Show has you covered.

Camp Jeep offers an off-road adventure in a four-wheel drive vehicle. The course is outside, in front of the Javits Center, and the ride-along is included with admission.

New York International Auto Show

As an avid Mets fan, I found this Toyota particularly appealing. New York International Auto Show. Photo Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Check out the vintage

This year, the Saratoga Auto Museum came to the NY auto show. The museum is in Saratoga Springs, New York. The vintage cars on display don’t have air bags or lane detection warning, but they recall the lost art of motoring.

New York International Auto Show

Vintage car from the Saratoga Auto Museum at the New York International Auto Show. Photo Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Go now to the New York International Auto Show

Again, the New York International Auto Show runs through April 23. Don’t forget to snap a selfie at Hyundai, Toyota, Mazda or Genesis and enter the SheBuysCars Handbag Challenge.