First Drives

2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS first drive review: The hottest of the hatches

Ford couldn't have released the Focus RS at a better time. The Mitsubishi Evo is officially dead, and the Subaru WRX STI is getting long in the tooth. The most recent generation of the STI is only offered as a sedan, and an Evo hatchback was never offered in the U.S. While other automakers are... read more

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2017 Audi TT RS

2017 Audi TT RS first drive review: Overcoming imbalance

If you were going to design a sports car, you wouldn’t start with the layout of the Audi TT. You wouldn’t choose a front-wheel-drive architecture. You... read more September 17, 2016 by

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive review

Big Gulps. Animal Style. Smothered, covered, chopped, and chunked. America's shameless and torrid affair with the over-the-top isn't limited to food. When it comes to luxury... read more September 12, 2016 by

2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon first drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon first drive review

An icon since its introduction at the Frankfurt auto show in 1977, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon enters the 2017 model year with a new model: the E400. Tons of new tech, a... read more September 12, 2016 by

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport first drive review: Mainstream goes premium

A couple of premium automakers have tried tossing pedestrian engines in their premium cars, and the results were disastrous. Acura shoved a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter... read more September 7, 2016 by

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB first drive review: Mid-engine magic

Quiet hands. A race instructor friend of mine harps on them all the time. If you want to go fast around a track, you need smooth, steady steering inputs to keep the... read more August 26, 2016 by

2017 BMW Alpina B7

2017 BMW Alpina B7 first drive review: A better BMW

BMW’s flagship sedan, the 7-Series, has never received the M performance treatment. That’s OK, though—Alpina is here to help. In fact, the small... read more August 24, 2016 by

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo First Drive

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo first drive review

The more the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo talks, the more it sounds like the end. In many ways, it's coarse and gruff—the way a 911 Turbo should sound. Noise from the... read more August 23, 2016 by

2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90 first drive review: A luxurious beginning

In the beginning, Honda created Acura. Toyota and Nissan looked upon it and saw it was good, and they begat Lexus and Infiniti. Many years later, Hyundai looked upon these... read more August 15, 2016 by

2017 Aston Martin DB11 First Drive

2017 Aston Martin DB11 first drive review

Aston Martin turned out garage rock and roll for decades. Of course, the small British carbuilder got some big help from deep-pocketed benefactors who tried every way to... read more August 4, 2016 by

2017 Porsche Panamera, Technical Backgrounder, July 2016

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo first ride

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo may not hit the streets until next January, but we've already had the opportunity to go for a spin. And what a spin it was! Porsche gave... read more August 1, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, red

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport first drive review

The Corvette is the king of American sports cars, but which one reigns supreme? If smashmouth acceleration and take-no-prisoners grip are your thing, the only Corvette on the... read more July 22, 2016 by

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Commuting and the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang don't mix: Second drive

We've already driven the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, and spent most of our time in its natural habitat: the road course at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (to be fair, any track... read more July 19, 2016 by

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (GLC300 Coupe 4Matic)

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic Coupe first drive review

You know that thing where we're calling things coupes, when they're not? Lay that at the feet of Mercedes-Benz. Back in 2006, Benz started the "four-door coupe" trend with... read more July 6, 2016 by

2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ first drive review

Remember when fun-to-drive cars were rear-wheel drive? When neutral handling trumped tricked-out suspensions with variable-ratio everything? When manual gearboxes weren't... read more July 4, 2016 by

2018 Audi S5 and A5

Sibling rivalry renewed: 2018 Audi A5 and S5 first drive review

Audi's A4 brings home the bacon for its U.S. sales arm, but there's no denying the stylish spin-offs that give the compact-car family its panache: the Audi A5 and S5. These... read more June 28, 2016 by


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