First Drives

 
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 behind the wheel, the optional 335-horsepower, 380-pound-feet, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is silent and... read more

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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


 
2019 Audi e-tron prototype drive, Pikes Peak

2019 Audi e-tron first ride: pulling all the brakes

Ignore the flashy, high-tech vehicle wrap, a cross between pixelated camouflage and hunting orange. The 2019 Audi e-tron is a non-event from inside, and that’s just... read more August 7, 2018 by


 
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive review: noteworthy and nostalgic

I want to be a hero. A hero reminds me of the best versions of me, especially when I can hardly muster enough courage to get out of bed in the morning. The 1968 Ford Mustang... read more August 5, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS first drive review: stylish, safe, and comfortable

Growing up in Sindelfingen, Germany, as the daughter of a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on three generations of the E-Class, Jennifer Schefczik heard the same thing over... read more August 1, 2018 by


 
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive review: Dead serious, dead sexy

Twelve-cylinder engines are an endangered automotive species. Only a handful are left: Mercedes and Maybach share one, and so do BMW and Rolls-Royce. Ferrari has its... read more July 31, 2018 by


 
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, Napa Valley, July 2018

2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante first drive review: admission to an exclusive club

Getting behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder is like knowing the secret handshake for an exclusive club. You have to be able to afford the... read more July 23, 2018 by


 
The Keen Project Safari 911 No. 2, photo by Alex Bellus

The Keen Project Safari 911 first drive review: a time machine for any adventure

Chad was running late, and we were already pressed for time. This entire plan was rushed and slapped together via a phone call and a few text messages over the weekend. The... read more July 18, 2018 by


 
2019 Genesis G70

2019 Genesis G70 first drive review: getting the details right

While I wait for my turn to attack the track at Tamworth, New Hampshire’s Club Motorsports in the 2019 Genesis G70, I notice some of the car’s details. The... read more July 16, 2018 by


 
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, Gingerman Raceway, May 2018

2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition first drive review: tracking Godzilla

Like a pilot preparing for takeoff, I flick a few switches before heading out. I reach down to the base of the center stack and push up on the transmission, damper, and... read more July 5, 2018 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon first drive review: the finest bagel hauler

In this SUV-crazy era, we don't see enough bankers’ hot rods anymore, but the mad scientists at AMG have a machine to feed the few who desire one. The 603-horsepower... read more July 3, 2018 by


 
2019 BMW X4

2019 BMW X4 M40i first drive review: the evolving SUV coupe

Greenville, South Carolina’s Swamp Rabbit Trail shadows the Reedy River along 22 miles of a former rail line. It includes a section named for American Tour de France... read more July 2, 2018 by


 
2019 McLaren Senna, Portugal Media Drive, June 2018

2019 McLaren Senna first drive review: Ultimate street-legal performer

In the age of YouTube, an exotic carmaker needs exciting overhead tracking video of its latest automotive thunderbolt to thrill online fans. McLaren Automotive ran into... read more June 26, 2018 by


 
2019 Audi Q8, Atacama Desert, Chili, media drive, June 2018

2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: the Q flagship

If a Hollywood studio wanted to fake a Mars landing, I’d strongly suggest sending a film crew to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The vast, empty stretches of... read more June 26, 2018 by


 
2018 Lexus LC 500h

2018 Lexus LC 500h first drive review: A glimpse into grand touring's future

It’s clear that the path forward in the auto industry involves electrification. No market segment will be immune from it, though some will take longer to hop on the... read more June 21, 2018 by


 
 

 
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