First Drives

 
2018 Ford Mustang first drive review

2018 Ford Mustang first drive review: getting serious

Ever since Chevrolet relaunched the Camaro, it’s effectively been poking Ford, almost trying to provoke its oldest rival with cars like the SS 1LE, Z/28, and ZL1. And Ford has spent the past several years politely asking Chevy to stop with a short string of competitors in the Boss 302, GT500... read more

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 first drive review: with a little help from friends

Aston Martins are known for two signature traits: drop-dead gorgeous looks and bad-ass soundtracks. But how do you maintain the band’s identity when you have to play a... read more October 27, 2017 by


 
2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2019 Porsche Cayenne first drive review: an epoch-ending SUV

Back in the 1980s, Porsche knew it could build an SUV. And it knew a Porsche SUV would sell well. It finally got around to building that first Cayenne in 2002. Instincts... read more October 27, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG S65

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first drive review: driving the most- and least-expensive models

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious full-size cars on the market, and with that luxury comes an exclusive price. But there is luxury... read more October 13, 2017 by


 
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive review: sumptuous SUV

Land Rover has learned a thing or three since its sale nine years ago. First, pegging your future and bottom line on an all-SUV lineup can be rewarding (except when it... read more October 12, 2017 by


 
2018 Kia Stinger GT

2018 Kia Stinger first drive review: an upscale, sporty bargain

Along its journey from builder of cheap but reliable transportation to budding luxury market player, Hyundai-Kia’s strategy has been “if you can’t beat... read more October 9, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive

Living with the 2017 Honda Civic Si: the good and the bad

The latest Honda Civic is also the best Honda Civic. That's an easy statement to make, but it's not quite as simple when you add the “Si” designation on the end... read more October 7, 2017 by


 
2019 Audi A8

2019 Audi A8 first drive review: technology enabling luxury

I’m hustling through the Spanish countryside getting a back massage, attacking roundabouts with gusto in a car that can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds... read more October 6, 2017 by


 
Cadillac Super Cruise

Cadillac's Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today

When I was a kid, "The Jetsons" promised me flying cars would be part of the future, and I would have a robot housekeeper. It’s the future, and I don’t have... read more October 2, 2017 by


 
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S: the right car for a racetrack

A little evolution now and then is a good thing. That distorted maxim holds true for the Lamborghini Aventador. Originally released as a 2012 model, Lambo’s... read more September 30, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have not always been adversaries. The two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, were once... read more September 20, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo

Porsche InnoDrive first drive review: automating enthusiasm

With the self-driving car on its way, our days as drivers are numbered. Eventually, some accursed batch of engineers in a shadowy automotive tech center will put all the... read more September 14, 2017 by


 
2020 Mazda 3 prototype

2020 Mazda 3 prototype first drive: can spark-less engines ignite our passions?

In late August, exactly six next-generation 2020 Mazda 3 hatchbacks existed anywhere in the world. Each was a hand-built prototype, riding on a next-generation chassis and... read more September 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S first drive review: the wrong car for a traffic jam

Anyone who has been to Monterey Car Week in general and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, specifically, know that the whole affair creates a special kind of congestion... read more September 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk first drive: the most expensive, violent Hellcat yet

Approach the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and few external cues give away that this isn’t a normal Grand Cherokee SRT. The front fog lights are missing to allow more... read more August 29, 2017 by


 
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible first drive review: more growl than bite

I'm headed to Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, and I'm a little nervous. Just yesterday I took delivery of a 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible, and today I'm going... read more August 29, 2017 by


 
 

 
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