First Drives

 
2017 Mini Cooper Countryman

2017 Mini Countryman first drive review: a better BMW crossover?

In the burgeoning crossover world, there's always room for one more. Enter the Mini Countryman, which is all-new for a late 2017 model year introduction. It's a smart, focused reboot of what has become the brand's second best-selling model. But success in the Mini world isn't the same as a hit for... read more

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2017 BMW 740e xDrive

2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance first drive review

The word hybrid is indelibly attached to the Toyota Prius, a vehicle renowned for its frugality. And when the suffix plug-in is added, perhaps the first car to come to mind... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
Porsche Camp4 Canada 2017

Fast camp: Take me to Porsches on ice

Drivers dread the moment they effectively "run out of talent." That sinking feeling in the bottom of your stomach when a turn goes pear-shaped and the car goes sideways isn't... read more February 7, 2017 by


 
2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2017 Ram Power Wagon first drive review: Irrational but appealing

Las Vegas – If it were a teenager, it'd do things just “for the lulz.” Fiat Chrysler is starting to take that approach, and it's making this... read more February 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Lexus LX 570

2017 Lexus LX 570: The luxobarge value?

We live in an era in which flagship luxury SUVs start around $70,000, and they can easily top $100,000. Heck, the Mercedes-AMG G65 exceeds $220,000. And that's before we... read more February 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS first drive review: The bargain 911

Cape Town, South Africa - I'm at the wheel of the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS at Killarney Raceway behind 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Marc Lieb and I'm frustrated. Lieb, in the... read more January 31, 2017 by


 
2017 Dodge Challenger GT, Media drive, Portland, Maine, January 2017

2017 Dodge Challenger GT first drive review: Old dog, new tricks

How do you make an old car new again? If you’re Dodge and your Challenger's structure hasn’t significantly changed since it was released for the 2008 model year... read more January 27, 2017 by


 
2017 Subaru BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ: Playing in Spain

If you're still complaining about the Subaru BRZ's lack of turbo, you probably don't quite understand how Subaru--with help from Toyota--developed this sports car. From the... read more January 23, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid first drive review: Split personality

Cape Town, South Africa - The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is an enigma wrapped in the sheet metal of a four-door 911. It’s a car with incredible power, a lightning... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW 5-Series

2017 BMW 5-Series first drive review: playing the middle

BMW’s middle child has always had identity issues. Iterations of the 5er have had their moments, but it’s always worn hand-me-downs from the 7-Series and, quite... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

2017 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder first drive review: A supercar throwback

Have modern supercars become too soft? Pick pretty much any high-dollar exotic today and it's easy enough to use for an evening trip to a fancy dinner spot. Your date will be... read more December 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor first drive review: one of a kind on road and off

Sports cars are great at going fast around corners, but you know what they can't do? They can't rip across the desert, they can't crawl over rocks, and they can't perform... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
2018 Lexus LC500

2018 Lexus LC 500 first drive review

SEVILLE, Spain--If you remember the very first days of Lexus, you remember the clever ads: the champagne glasses on the hood of the car, the ball bearing rolling down its... read more December 8, 2016 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive review: the deep-knee Benz

It's time to come clean, friends. Don't worry, You're in a safe space here. Just admit it. You're power-hungry. But just how much power will it take to get your fix? 300?... read more December 7, 2016 by


 
2017 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga video review

Even among big SUVs, it's the little things that make all the differences. One-touch windows, real radio knobs. Yeah, that's the good stuff. This machine? Its little things... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5 first drive review: Everything you expect, in a better package

Sometimes, familiarity breeds discontent. Such was not the case with the Audi Q5, however. Though it first hit the market all the way back in 2008, the German automaker... read more November 21, 2016 by


 
 

 
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