First Drives

2019 Porsche Cayenne

4 ways the 2019 Porsche Cayenne moves upmarket

It looked like heresy when Porsche released its first SUV in 2002, but it turned out to be a brilliant move. The Cayenne quickly took the mantle as the brand’s best-seller, and it became an adage that the Cayenne enabled Porsche to keep building sports cars. The move also turned out to be... read more

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2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)

2019 BMW 3-Series first drive review: Benchmark or bookmark?

The BMW 3-Series has made bank for decades off its undeniable clout. With its mastery of nimble steering feel and brilliant balanced handling, it’s oozed something from... read more December 12, 2018 by

2019 Porsche Macan

2019 Porsche Macan first drive review: Honed and toned

The corners are blind. An oncoming car, bus, or bicyclist could await on the other side. Please don’t be a bus. The lane is narrow. The SUV I’m in takes up almost... read more December 10, 2018 by

2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive - December 2018

2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive review: Playing it safe

When the last mid-size sedan buyer exits the showroom in favor of a crossover SUV, Volkswagen will be there to turn out the lights. That’s the overriding thought about... read more December 10, 2018 by

2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

2019 Audi e-tron quattro first drive review: A new normal for electric luxury

The Audi e-tron SUV that goes on sale next spring in the U.S. isn’t just Audi’s first fully electric vehicle. It’s the luxury brand’s way of showing... read more December 9, 2018 by

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison first drive: Heavy hitting in the off-roading sand box

Ford launched the F-150 SVT Raptor almost a decade ago to thunderous applause. The reasons were fairly apparent. Big truck. Giant wheels. Pro-level suspension. Power. Most... read more December 5, 2018 by

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 first drive review: A stable genius

Turn 16 at Atlanta Motorsports Park is a test of a driver’s courage and a car’s ability to stick to the track. Though it’s only a slight right-hander, it... read more November 30, 2018 by

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE first drive review: Outrunning dinosaurs

On Isla Sorna, the fictional island setting for the “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” dinosaurs vaulted millions of years into the future and chewed up camouflaged... read more November 20, 2018 by

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor first drive review: Smarter, faster, still king

The handheld radio crackled and a Ford Performance Driving School instructor’s voice came over the speaker: “Our target speed will be 50 mph as the front wheels... read more November 20, 2018 by

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Range Rover HSE Td6 first drive review: Tech overhaul, not tech overload

The Range Rover has set a high bar for luxury SUVs. It was one of the first of its kind and few can compete with its ability to go anywhere, any time, in any weather in a... read more November 19, 2018 by

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... read more October 30, 2018 by

2018 McLaren 570S Spider

2018 McLaren 570S Spider first drive review: Baseline dream machine

In Hales Corners, Wisconsin, last Saturday night a 14-year-old boy named Sam reached over and pushed down on his mom’s knee to get the family’s Chrysler Town... read more October 30, 2018 by

2019 Hyundai Veloster N

2019 Hyundai Veloster N first drive review: Hot hatch, Korean style, Nürburgring bred

Act One: Track time Four cars head out onto the east course at Thunderhill Raceway Park outside of Willows, California. The cars are Hyundais. Yes, Hyundais. This track can... read more October 29, 2018 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 5.0 seconds... read more October 16, 2018 by

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


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