First Drives

 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio track day: exhilaration and disappointment

Italian cars are known for two things: driving passion and a finicky nature. So when I finagled my way into a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for a track day event, I was hoping that I would experience the former and avoid the latter. Instead I got a healthy dose of both. On Memorial Day, I was... read more

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2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive

2017 Honda Civic Si first drive: looking the part

The ascending shift lights dart along the tach, green to yellow to red, before the revs bounce and the 2017 Honda Civic Si stretches its legs in the tawny California desert... read more May 29, 2017 by


 
2018 Genesis G80 Sport

2018 Genesis G80 Sport first drive review: it's not all in the name

The letters and numbers on a car's trunk usually are its calling card, a shorthand mission statement. As writers, we'd suggest an edit on the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport decklid... read more May 25, 2017 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS, Lake Tahoe

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet first drive review: the one you want

At times, it has felt like Porsche’s myriad 911 configurations serve only to answer questions nobody was asking. But this is not one of those instances. After a few... read more May 23, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi SQ5

2018 Audi SQ5 first drive review: practicality with a dash of performance

Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places in North America. An old-growth temperate rain forest, it is impossibly green, and it offers spectacular views of... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec first drive review: character by committee

A jack of all trades, the 2018 Acura TLX is so balanced it fades among more daring, extroverted rivals. A mid-cycle update rather than a full-scale redesign, the 2018 Acura... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road review

Just what is Trail Rated? For years, Jeep has separately branded its most off road-oriented models. Years ago, it was the Up Country package. Today, it's the Trail Rated... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 first drive review: cast in convenience, forged off road

There’s no substitute for the right tool. How do I know that? Decades of hammering nails with a meat tenderizer. Don't ask. Off-roading requires the right tool, and... read more May 15, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT first drive review: ready for supercar liftoff

The nose draws to a point. It's an arrow. The tail tapers like the business end of rifle ammo. It squares up, impossibly mean in its stance. The 2017 Ford GT sets the newest... read more May 11, 2017 by


 
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF first drive review: the Miata coupe (targa?) we've always wanted

As soon as sports car fans discovered the Miata was a fantastic roadster, some started asking for a stylish coupe version. That was probably a couple days after the first... read more May 9, 2017 by


 
2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Living with the 2017 Volvo S90: the good and the bad

I don't think there's a single brand that has a stronger identity than Volvo. Hear me out. Its focus on safety and reserved, stylish design with just a hint of Swedish flair... read more May 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Living with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: the good and the bad

We've already flown across the sand, climbed dunes, and picked our way down steep hills like a mountain goat in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The truck proved to be up the... read more May 3, 2017 by


 
Raptor vs. Hellcat Race

Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Ford F-150 Raptor race around, over a mountain

It was the question burning on our minds for all of 10 minutes: What's the quickest way to conquer a mountain? Around, or over? Like a forced induction race between a rabbit... read more May 1, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro first drive review: the everyman's Raptor

The Toyota Tacoma's "just right" recipe has long made it a leader among smaller (but still rather large) pickups, and this year the most capable out-of-the-box Taco TRD Pro... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, Seattle area, April 2017

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD first drive review

The Acura MDX is the most popular three-row luxury crossover vehicle, says Honda's premium division, with 850,000 sold since 2001. The vast majority of those were sold in... read more April 8, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport first drive review: the sporty choice...for now

Though it may seem like the terms “Honda Civic” and “hatchback” are inextricably linked, in truth the brand as well known for its lawnmowers as its... read more April 7, 2017 by


 
 

 
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