First Drives

 
2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive

2019 Infiniti QX50 first drive review: variable compression, constantly good

The Infiniti brand is difficult to pin down. Its struggle to introduce a cohesive brand identity and driving character and hide Nissan underpinnings overshadows impressive interior materials and exterior aesthetics. Few premium brands have had to prove their credentials so often. With the 2019... read more

February 1, 2018 by
 
2018 Infiniti QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80 first drive review: age is more than a number

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a frustrating vehicle. It's (finally) attractive. There's a charming powertrain moving it along. And this big truck does luxury well, with beautiful... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
2018 Cadillac CTS-V

8 things you need to know about the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V

Rip out the heart of a C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, shove it into a four-door luxury sedan, and what do you get? The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V. With far more horsepower than anyone... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
2018 Jeep Wrangler first drive, Tucson, Arizona

2018 Jeep Wrangler first drive review: expectations defied

With anticipation comes expectations. Before venturing to Tucson, Arizona, to experience the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, we assumed that it would be more refined, more livable, more... read more December 12, 2017 by


 
2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype

2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype first drive: stress relief

Matthias Erb, the engineer tasked with turning VW’s North American operations from car importer to full-on development office, isn't able to relax for long. Last year... read more December 11, 2017 by


 
2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60 first drive review: a tidy, polished package

Volvo is reinventing itself with fresh products, the latest technologies, new 4-cylinder and electrified powertrains, and ground-up platforms faster than most believed it... read more December 9, 2017 by


 
2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive

2019 Volvo XC40 first drive review: fountains of hope, and crossover SUV potential

Shooting through the streets of Barcelona behind the wheel of the 2019 Volvo XC40 is doubly appropriate. Not only because the Spanish city has been dubbed “Gothenberg... read more December 7, 2017 by


 
2018 Jaguar F-Type

2018 Jaguar F-Type first drive review: fulfilling the mission

If there was ever a reason to save $10,000—that’s the price premium Jaguar charges for a V-6 over a turbo-4 F-Type—this is it. For 2018, Jaguar has stuffed... read more December 5, 2017 by


 
2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e PHEV

2019 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV first drive: London, here's your off-roader

A cynic could argue that the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e PHEV is a compliance special for the well-heeled. But the reality is that adding an electric motor both keeps... read more December 4, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2018 Porsche Panamera video road test

To Porsche enthusiasts, the Panamera may be heresy. The engine is up front instead of mounted in the middle or the rear. The Panamera debuted in 2010 and immediately became... read more November 21, 2017 by


 
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... read more November 12, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS first drive review: fierce and focused

ALGARVE, PORTUGAL – The most fearsome, trackworthy Porsche is no longer the naturally aspirated GT3. If Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times mean anything to you... read more November 7, 2017 by


 
2018 Ford Expedition FX4

2018 Ford Expedition first drive review: an "A" student at last

For a long time, the Ford Expedition was forgotten—perhaps, even forgettable. Last redesigned in 2007, the SUV received next-to-no attention until 2015, when Dearborn... read more November 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared

Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared review: top tax bracket bruiser

“Hey dude, your car is huuuuge!” We expected that reaction while driving a vehicle with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance through Washington D.C. What we... read more November 2, 2017 by


 
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


 
 

 
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