First Drives

 
2015 Infiniti Q50

2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 Quick Drive

We're doing final drives of new and updated vehicles from the 2015 model year, and one we've been keen on revisiting is the Infiniti Q50. Our first drives were in pre-production cars, and with glitches in its dual-screen InTouch infotainment system and with its troublesome Direct Adaptive Steering... read more

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport  -  First Drive, January 2015

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive

At last, U.S. Land Rover dealerships are slated to get exactly what they’ve been missing. No, we’re not talking about a revival of the iconic Defender...at least... read more January 24, 2015 by 


 
2016 Audi S7

2016 Audi S6 / S7 First Drive

Depending on your viewpoint, Audi’s adherence to a single, consistent design theme across its entire range, from tiny coupes to large sedans, may seem either brilliant... read more December 2, 2014 by 


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf R (Euro spec)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R First Drive: Video

If you asked the average enthusiast if they’d like a 292-horsepower hot hatch with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive, you’d probably be greeted by a big... read more December 1, 2014 by 


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S at Laguna Seca, first drive, November 2014

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S First Drive

It’s rare that a car aimed so squarely at a competitor does so much so differently and yet comes out with a very similar result. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S is just such... read more November 17, 2014 by 


 
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG, Vermont, Oct 2014

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG: First Drive Of Compact Hot Hatch

Let's get one thing straight right up front: Despite its model name, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG--soon to be a Mercedes-AMG GLA45--is no GL-like utility vehicle. It may... read more November 10, 2014 by 


 
2015 BMW M4

2015 BMW M3 / M4 First Drive

Coupe-like crossovers, carbon-bodied sportscars, urban-mode city hatchbacks--BMW can build them all, but when it gets placed in the balances and judged by its hardcore... read more October 26, 2014 by 


 
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, First Drive. Photo by Greg Jarem for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA.

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II First Drive

There are many things which make a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce, but only one is essential: a certain attitude. The Ghost Series II delivers that attitude in spades. What is... read more October 10, 2014 by 


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid, U.S. pre-production car tested, Stuttgart, Germany, Aug 2014

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid First Drive

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been an automotive icon, one of the best cars in the world--and for more than 50 years, the vehicle of choice for prosperous German... read more September 27, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford Mustang electronic line lock

2015 Ford Mustang First Drive

It took all day--a scramble out of L.A. morning rush hour toward the canyons, a thread-the-need operation through a few thousand degrees of hairpin turns and ambient degrees... read more September 18, 2014 by 


 
2016 Audi TT / TTS First Drive  -  Spain, September 2014

2016 Audi TT / TTS First Drive

The task automakers face when they have to update established sporty coupes or roadsters, like the Audi TT, is nothing to be envied. As much as we like seeing the result, it... read more September 8, 2014 by 


 
2015 Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F First Drive

At some point in the early 2000s, Lexus approached peak grandma. Cars like the SC convertible and the ES sedan were arguably its best efforts, just when Cadillac was brewing... read more September 7, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2015 Chevrolet Corvette 8-Speed Automatic First Drive: Video

What do you do when Chevy hands you the keys to a 2015 Corvette Stingray and an open run at the Milford Road Course? You flog it for all you’re worth, whether you know... read more August 20, 2014 by 


 
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe first drive

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe First Drive: Video

As much as General Motors has been in the news for getting things wrong of late, Cadillac deserves notice for how much it’s been getting right over the past decade... read more August 11, 2014 by 


 
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S & Vanquish Meld Old With New

Both the Aston Martin Rapide S and the Vanquish have a handful of things in common. As they should, considering they're both from the same automaker: styling cues can be... read more August 5, 2014 by 


 
2015 Acura TLX 2.4

2015 Acura TLX First Drive

Whatever happened to the Legend, the Integra, or even the Vigor? Acura used to have such brilliant, instantly recognizable model names. Names that inspired thoughts of... read more August 4, 2014 by 


 
 

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