First Drives

 
2018 Mercedes-AMG S65

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first drive review: driving the most- and least-expensive models

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious full-size cars on the market, and with that luxury comes an exclusive price. But there is luxury and then there is luxury and there is exclusive and then there is exclusive. We already reviewed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz... read more

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2019 Audi A8

2019 Audi A8 first drive review: technology enabling luxury

I’m hustling through the Spanish countryside getting a back massage, attacking roundabouts with gusto in a car that can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds... read more October 6, 2017 by


 
Cadillac Super Cruise

Cadillac's Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today

When I was a kid, "The Jetsons" promised me flying cars would be part of the future, and I would have a robot housekeeper. It’s the future, and I don’t have... read more October 2, 2017 by


 
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S: the right car for a racetrack

A little evolution now and then is a good thing. That distorted maxim holds true for the Lamborghini Aventador. Originally released as a 2012 model, Lambo’s... read more September 30, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have not always been adversaries. The two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, were once... read more September 20, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo

Porsche InnoDrive first drive review: automating enthusiasm

With the self-driving car on its way, our days as drivers are numbered. Eventually, some accursed batch of engineers in a shadowy automotive tech center will put all the... read more September 14, 2017 by


 
2020 Mazda 3 prototype

2020 Mazda 3 prototype first drive: can spark-less engines ignite our passions?

In late August, exactly six next-generation 2020 Mazda 3 hatchbacks existed anywhere in the world. Each was a hand-built prototype, riding on a next-generation chassis and... read more September 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S first drive review: the wrong car for a traffic jam

Anyone who has been to Monterey Car Week in general and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, specifically, know that the whole affair creates a special kind of congestion... read more September 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk first drive: the most expensive, violent Hellcat yet

Approach the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and few external cues give away that this isn’t a normal Grand Cherokee SRT. The front fog lights are missing to allow more... read more August 29, 2017 by


 
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible first drive review: more growl than bite

I'm headed to Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, and I'm a little nervous. Just yesterday I took delivery of a 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible, and today I'm going... read more August 29, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept

What it's like to drive a concept car

When an automaker says its concept vehicle is powered by unicorn farts, emits only cotton candy, and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in two shakes of a lamb's tail, don't... read more August 25, 2017 by


 
2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150 first drive review: so good you won't even notice

When the new Ford F-150 was unveiled in 2015, it was the world's first aluminum pickup truck, an innovation that General Motors and Ram still haven't caught up with. Combined... read more August 13, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road

2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road review

Term limits don't apply to the new car industry. If they did, the 2017 Nissan Frontier you see here wouldn't be a dead-ringer for the 2005 Nissan Frontier that hit dealer... read more August 12, 2017 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS: Living with a street and track star

Life gets in the way, even when you're behind the wheel of a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Instead of zipping around scenic Lake Tahoe or pushing things to the limit on a... read more August 8, 2017 by


 
2017 Audi RS 7

2017 Audi RS 7 Performance first drive review: living with a $137K hatchback

Audi Sport's slogan is "Born on the track. Built for the road." While most of us would love to test the limits of any Audi Sport model on a racetrack, we'd also be happy to... read more August 4, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo first drive review: practically perfect in (almost) every way

Neither jaw-droppingly gorgeous nor particularly utilitarian, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is nonetheless highly endearing. It’s the latest in a line of cars... read more August 2, 2017 by


 
 

 
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