First Drives

 
Volkswagen California Ocean Red

2018 Volkswagen California first drive review: forbidden fruit you can live in

Our ideal garage is full of weird French hatchbacks, Japanese kei cars, German wagons, and Volkswagen vans. But as North Americans, we’re stuck admiring these wondrous oddities from afar. Aside from the tragic Volkswagen Routan, the U.S. hasn't seen a new VW van since the Eurovan disappeared... read more

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante video road test

The 2018 Aston DB11 Volante just may be the grandest of today’s grand touring cars. A 2+2 convertible with a sensuous shape and 503 German horses under its clamshell... read more May 14, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and AMG G63 first drive review: flying bricks and off-road tricks

We’re far off charted roads, somewhere in France’s L’Occitanie region, on some family estate where wine and off-roading are baronial hobbies, when I first... read more May 7, 2018 by


 
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Doing grown-up things with the do-it-all 2018 VW Golf GTI

No one car can do it all, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes pretty close. VW’s hot hatch is almost as happy snaking through twisty canyon roads as it is doing... read more May 4, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Stinger GT

Living with the 2018 Kia Stinger GT: the good and the bad

It took years for Americans to embrace Japanese performance cars and the different philosophy behind them. If the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is any indication, it won't take South... read more April 30, 2018 by


 
2018 Volkswagen Golf R

2018 Volkswagen Golf R first drive review: no juvenile delinquent

Automaker family portraits are like most of ours. See that mohawk in the back? That’s the Honda Civic Type R. The blue-face scoundrel flipping the bird? Hello, Ford... read more April 23, 2018 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera first drive review: baser instincts

What’s the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever had to make? Drip coffee at home instead of a drive-thru latte? The middle seat in back, in coach? Okay, breathe. The... read more April 12, 2018 by


 
2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive

2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive review: tilting at windmills

The giant blades on the lazy-looking wind turbines that dot southern Portugal produce the sound of a passing jet, only it never goes away. I know this because the... read more April 10, 2018 by


 
2019 Ram 1500

Living and working with the 2019 Ram 1500

My mom's moving saga never ends. It's the gift that keeps on giving for a son who wants to help and has occasional access to pickup trucks. Recently, a 2019 Ram 1500 was... read more April 10, 2018 by


 
2019 Jaguar I-Pace first drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover (brief) first drive review: 4:34 to the future

In the four minutes and 34 seconds that I get behind the wheel of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, I could listen to “Moby Dick” (Zeppelin, not Melville), make a bag of... read more April 3, 2018 by


 
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Living and working with the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Dear truck makers, Enough already! Your trucks are big. I get it. Can we stop with the bigger is better mentality? City boy I spent a last week with a 2017 Ford F-250, a mega... read more March 23, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW M5, BMW Test Fest, February 2018

2018 BMW M5 video road (and track) test

Feel. It's what makes us fall in love. It's what drives our passions. And it's what made auto enthusiasts revere BMW's M cars for years. But even as it got faster around a... read more March 11, 2018 by


 
2019 Bentley Bentayga V8

2019 Bentley Bentayga V-8 first drive review: eight is enough

Burnt coffee, unlined trousers, post-Achtung Baby U2. Life is rife with mild disappointments. With four fewer cylinders under its hood than its W-12 cousin, does the V-8... read more March 8, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW X2

2018 BMW X2 first drive review: at least it’s a BMW

I’m barreling down the longest straight at The Thermal Club’s South Palm Circuit at over 100 mph, and I’m thinking this isn’t right. The 2018 BMW X2... read more March 7, 2018 by


 
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio First Drive

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio first drive review: ultimate performance, incomplete luxury

“Best RACE Experience With Shifter in Manual.” That message flashes across the instrument cluster after I twist the drive mode selector past Dynamic and into Race... read more March 1, 2018 by


 
2018 Buick Regal GS

2018 Buick Regal GS first drive review: six appeal

The 2018 Buick Regal GS wears lots of letters and words on its flanks and in its cabin. Two you won’t find? “Gran Sport.” That moniker’s a relic of an... read more March 1, 2018 by


 
 

 
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