First Drives

 
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS first drive

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS first drive review: Luxury for every occasion

My 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS test car came with ceramic brakes, rear-wheel steering, and a frighteningly thick booklet explaining the driving laws—significantly, the penalties for breaking them—in Bahrain. The words “jail term” appeared often enough to dissuade me from... read more

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2019 Audi e-tron prototype first drive, Namibia, Africa, October, 2018

2019 Audi e-tron prototype first drive review: An SUV that happens to be electric

Embedded deep in the Namibian desert, surrounded by orange sand that looks like it was imported from Moab, we discovered one of the unexpected benefits of driving an electric... read more October 10, 2018 by


 
2019 Ford Edge ST

2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future

Ford’s ST badge hails from Europe, where it’s adorned a couple of decades’ worth of Cougars, Pumas, Mondeos, Focuses and Fiestas. In the U.S. we’ve... read more October 9, 2018 by


 
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive review: Tetonic shift

In Jackson, Wyoming, things get a little weird. More than a half a million people live in the entire state, most of them in modest small towns never far from staggeringly... read more October 6, 2018 by


 
2019 Toyota TRD Pro lineup

Into the muck: A day with the 2019 Toyota TRD Pro off-roaders

It’s probably cold down here in the bottom of a disused quarry, with the wind howling and rain approaching Biblical. I can’t say for sure, but I turn up the 2019... read more October 5, 2018 by


 
2019 Kia K900

2019 Kia K900 first drive review: Tighter and more European

Stepping out of the Archer Hotel in Napa Valley’s morning light, it’s hard to remember the lineup of gleaming white and black cars aren’t German. They are... read more October 4, 2018 by


 
2019 McLaren 600LT

2019 McLaren 600LT first drive review: Senna alternative

Braking at the same point in turn 1 of Budapest’s Hungaroring circuit as when driving the 570S, the 600LT stops well short and then has to be driven to the turn on the... read more September 25, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe, Circuit of the Americas, September, 2018

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe first drive review: The new king of sporty German four-doors

The red mist has just descended upon me, and that’s a good thing. It’s my second four-lap stint in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe on the Circuit of... read more September 25, 2018 by


 
2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ first drive

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ first drive review: The life you save

I didn’t kill the little orange traffic cone on purpose, but nor did I have much regret for its demise, which was in the name of science. Or at least, research... read more September 25, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class first drive review: A better baby Benz

The route south from Seattle to Yakima, Washington, winds through the Mount Rainier National Park. Streams and valleys bracket the road, the scenery changes from green to... read more September 24, 2018 by


 
2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review

2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Deep dive into crossover luxury

“Underway on nuclear power!” That was the message from the USS Nautilus following its 1954 launch as the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. From... read more September 21, 2018 by


 
2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4 first drive review: Luxury crossover SUV finally shows up, shows off

Fashionably late to the party, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 small crossover SUV doesn’t bother to shake hands at the door. It swaggers past competitors and waits for the party... read more September 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive review: Marathoner's muscles in a wide receiver's body

Muscle cars of the 1960s generally did one thing well. They ground out tarmac-ripping power and torque, hurtling their body-on-frame selves straight down the road or the... read more August 29, 2018 by


 
2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive review: Faith at unholy speeds

Believe what you’ve heard about the blissfully open and unfettered stretches of the Autobahn. These long, gently curving and pencil-straight stretches of German... read more August 15, 2018 by


 
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata first drive review: the sports car Mazda intended

The new Mazda MX-5 Miata we got in the U.S. in 2016 wasn’t really the car it was supposed to be. According to Mazda North American Operations manager of vehicle... read more August 13, 2018 by


 
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye first drive review: Demon spawn

Horsepower Hill at Club Motorsports is a 14-percent grade at the scenic road course carved into the side of a mountain in Tamworth, New Hampshire. It’s a heartbreak... read more August 7, 2018 by


 
 

 
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