First Drives

 
2017 Fiat 124 Spider, 2016 Press Drive San Diego

2017 Fiat 124 Spider first drive review

Fifty years ago, Fiat sought the help of the legendary Pininfarina design firm to turn its somewhat stodgy 124 sedan into a stylish convertible sports car. The result was a simple but attractive drop-top that would enjoy a 19-year production run of more than 200,000 cars—roughly 170,000 of... read more

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn first drive review

"In its tentative, inchoate, anticipatory state, dawn is the world coming to light from the ethereal dark of the night. The early-day chill of dawn provides an erotic tingle... read more May 19, 2016 by


 
Toyota Sienna SE+, 2016 One Lap of America

Toyota goes racing with the Sienna and we drive it

Have you ever considered driving your living room around a racetrack? Toyota would like you to think it's possible, and is why it decided to compete in the One Lap of America... read more May 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera

2017 Porsche 911 first drive review

The Porsche 911 isn’t just a car. It’s car history, one of the foundation garments on the body of work that includes everything from the Model T to the Beetle to... read more May 6, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e  -  first drive review, May 2016

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive review

The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e—that’s the new plug-in hybrid version of the X5 sport-utility vehicle—is going to draw you in with its numbers: 0-60 mph in 6.5... read more May 3, 2016 by


 
Superformance Shelby Daytona Coupe CSX9000

Driving the Superformance Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

Believe it or not, it's possible to get a bit jaded with all of today's automotive machinery. When you drive all manner of new automobiles, they start to blur together. Don't... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
2017 Jaguar F-Pace

2017 Jaguar F-Pace first drive review

Montenegro is mostly off the radar of Americans. We kind of know Yugoslavia, even though it no longer exists. Montenegro's a part of the former Yugoslavia, a rocky promontory... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW X1  -  First Drive  -  April 2016

2016 BMW X1 first drive review

The new 2016 BMW X1 is, for the most part, a very good car. Yet there’s a big asterisk to this: It just doesn’t feel much like a BMW. In this age when executives... read more April 24, 2016 by


 
2016 Lexus IS 200t F Sport

2016 Lexus IS 200t F Sport first drive review

Automotive quiz question: Which automaker has had the worst engine on the market for, oh, the last decade or so? Surprisingly, the answer is Lexus. The Japanese luxury... read more April 20, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC  -  First Drive  -  April 2016

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC first drive review

Roadsters like the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC aren’t exactly in vogue right now. The Honda S2000 faded away a few years ago. BMW Z4 sales have fizzled to levels far below... read more April 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Audi R8, Asheville to Daytona part III

Breaking the banks at Daytona in a 2017 Audi R8

Audi has come a long way since the days of the original Quattro. That all-wheel-drive original changed minds about which wheels should drive a performance car. But the... read more April 18, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet  -  First Drive, April 2016

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet first drive review

Talk up the feel of the wind in your hair and the natural high of sunshine as you will; but in the world of convertibles, there are those that cruise the scene, and there are... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Tesla Model 3 first ride

Last night we were treated to the reveal of Tesla Motors’ [NSDQ:TSLA] all-new Model 3 electric sports sedan. Shortly after the reveal we also received a quick ride in... read more April 1, 2016 by


 
Nissan Winter Warrior

Nissan tames snow with Winter Warrior track trucks: Video

My hands are warm from the heated steering wheel. My butt is warm from the heated seats. Classic rock is blaring through the Bose speakers. Everything seems normal about the... read more March 19, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE

Driving the Volkswagen Golf GTE: Forbidden fruit video review

Volkswagen has an issue on its hands with its diesel vehicles. You know this. The entire world knows this. That's because when you apply the suffix "-gate" to the end of... read more March 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, 2016 Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch Drive Program

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and 4-cylinder first drive

“We were sick of wearing the scarlet letter of mass with the fifth-gen Camaro.” That’s what Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser told journalists at the... read more March 16, 2016 by


 
 

 
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