First Drives

 
2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR first drive review: continuous improvement rings true

I awaken at the Dorint Hotel on a cool, dewy May morning. The surface of the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife rests just a few feet outside my window, and it, as well as the plentiful surrounding greenery, is shrouded in a pea soup fog. Mid-May shouldn’t be this cold. The temperature... read more

May 29, 2018 by
 
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... read more May 18, 2018 by


 
2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2 first drive: making it a real sports car

The Ford Mustang was born a pony car, but it’s worked tirelessly for most of the last decade to move past its roots. To become a true sports car. The reintroduction of... read more May 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Bentley Continental GT, Austria 2018

2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive review: the stuff of dreams

The day begins in a Sequin Blue 2019 Bentley Continental GT at the exclusive Kitzbuhel Country Club in the Tyrolean region of Austria. Set against verdant rolling hills and... read more May 16, 2018 by


 
2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first drive review: Porsche’s case for electrification

An air of practicality sweeps over Porsche these days. It’s not unlike the strong winds coming off the Mediterranean Sea on the warm spring day when I find myself... read more May 14, 2018 by


 
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


 
 

 
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