First Drives

 
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 with a pair of twin-turbocharged V-6 engines, Ford's perennial best-seller pushed the art of the truck into an important new... read more

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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


 
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive review: the 918 Spyder distilled

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is an intensely busy machine. There’s nothing raw or visceral, two words nearly synonymous with Porsche, about this four-door... read more July 31, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi RS 3

2018 Audi RS 3 first drive review: less money, but no less fun

Audi’s turbocharged 5-cylinder cars have a short but distinguished history. The Audi Quattro burst onto the scene in the early 1980s and won multiple driver's and... read more July 28, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi TT RS

2018 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 July 28, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off Road

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off Road trail review: archaic in all the right ways

The Toyota 4Runner refuses to evolve, and that’s why we love it. It has stayed true to its rugged roots for more than three decades, outliving long-forgotten 4x4s like... read more July 22, 2017 by


 
2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive

2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive review: Challenger's attitude

A Dodge Durango might be one of the last vehicles you'd want to drive on an angry lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's in-field road course. It's a 3-row crossover SUV... read more July 20, 2017 by


 
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon First Drive

2018 Dodge Demon first drive review: Hellcat for real sinners

Americans love excess, noise, and bombast, and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is as excessive, noisy, and bombastic as a car can get. But the ultimate Challenger is also... read more July 18, 2017 by


 
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody first drive

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody first drive review: big looks, incremental improvements

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is very, very fast. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is even faster. So naturally, rather than calling it a job very well done, Dodge is... read more July 18, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic+

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first drive review: relaxation chamber

R-E-L-A-X. Frankie said we should all do it. Aaron Rodgers famously said it when the Green Bay Packers started 1-2 in 2014 before coming within three minutes of a trip to the... read more July 18, 2017 by


 
Driving a Trabant in Budapest

Time Machine Test Drive: Exploring Budapest in a Communist-era Trabant

With Lenin, Marx, and Engels literally looking down on us, my fiancée Mindy, a Hungarian taxi driver—whose name I never did catch—and I pushed a dung-brown... read more July 12, 2017 by


 
Subaru WRX STI RHD Goodwood Festival of Speed

Tackling Goodwood Hill in a right-hand-drive Subaru WRX STI

Automotive public relations is a funny profession. As a young writer, my editor told me ahead of my first media program to never say anything that could be construed as a... read more July 8, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle

Riding silently in the US Army's Chevy Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell truck

When you're slinking behind enemy lines, the last thing you want is to be detected. For the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)... read more July 7, 2017 by


 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway

Climbing to the top in a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

It's 9,000 feet from Denver to the summit of Mt. Evans, the highest point accessible by a paved road in North America. That's 9,000 vertical feet. It's a heck of a climb... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty drive with John Deere, Jessica Walker, courtesy of Chevrolet

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD first drive review: playing with John Deere equipment in the adult sandbox

When I was just a wee lad, I spent countless hours in the sandbox playing with my Hot Wheels and Tonka trucks. The scale discrepancy didn't bother me because the Tonka trucks... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet first drive review: a true E at last

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has a strange and winding 25-year history. It all started with W124-generation cars in the early 1990s, the first Mercedes models to bear... read more June 27, 2017 by


 
 

 
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