First Drives

 
2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive

2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive review: Challenger's attitude

A Dodge Durango might be one of the last vehicles you'd want to drive on an angry lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's in-field road course. It's a 3-row crossover SUV, designed for school runs rather than running down the front straight. And yet, I'm doing just that, thundering (the wrong way)... read more

July 20, 2017 by
 
Driving a Trabant in Budapest

Time Machine Test Drive: Exploring Budapest in a Communist-era Trabant

With Lenin, Marx, and Engels literally looking down on us, my fiancée Mindy, a Hungarian taxi driver—whose name I never did catch—and I pushed a dung-brown... read more July 12, 2017 by


 
Subaru WRX STI RHD Goodwood Festival of Speed

Tackling Goodwood Hill in a right-hand-drive Subaru WRX STI

Automotive public relations is a funny profession. As a young writer, my editor told me ahead of my first media program to never say anything that could be construed as a... read more July 8, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle

Riding silently in the US Army's Chevy Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell truck

When you're slinking behind enemy lines, the last thing you want is to be detected. For the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)... read more July 7, 2017 by


 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway

Climbing to the top in a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

It's 9,000 feet from Denver to the summit of Mt. Evans, the highest point accessible by a paved road in North America. That's 9,000 vertical feet. It's a heck of a climb... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty drive with John Deere, Jessica Walker, courtesy of Chevrolet

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD first drive review: playing with John Deere equipment in the adult sandbox

When I was just a wee lad, I spent countless hours in the sandbox playing with my Hot Wheels and Tonka trucks. The scale discrepancy didn't bother me because the Tonka trucks... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet first drive review: a true E at last

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has a strange and winding 25-year history. It all started with W124-generation cars in the early 1990s, the first Mercedes models to bear... read more June 27, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi RS 5

2018 Audi RS 5 first drive review: green with mean

Like all animals, humans are subject to various temptations. A salad is healthier than a burger and fries, but the whiff you get within a block of an old-fashioned burger... read more June 24, 2017 by


 
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive review: the SUV we've been waiting for

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio needed style, personality, and drivability to help the fledgling brand not only survive, but thrive. The only question we had: Could all those... read more June 22, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe first drive review: a grand touring value

When you have an obscene amount of money, you should be driving a grand tourer. I recommend the Aston Martin DB11 or a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. But what if you're not a sultan, an... read more June 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R first drive review: track attacker

It’s a spectacular summer day in Montreal, and not just because it’s 80 degrees. It’s Formula One week, and the remote buzz is audible even downtown as F1... read more June 13, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi S5 Sportback

2018 Audi A5/S5 Sportback first drive review: a niche worth exploring

Those wacky Germans have found a way to explore every automotive niche known to man--and invent a few of their own. The BMW and Mercedes-Benz product lineups have grown to... read more June 9, 2017 by


 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio track day: exhilaration and disappointment

Italian cars are known for two things: driving passion and a finicky nature. So when I finagled my way into a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for a track day event, I was... read more June 6, 2017 by


 
Dirt 4

"Dirt 4" first play review: dirty, demanding, and damn good fun

Codemasters' "Dirt 4" has beautiful graphics, immersive physics, delightful sounds, and intimidating weather. This isn't big news in a modern console-based racer. Where "Dirt... read more June 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Porsche Panamera 4S

2018 Porsche Panamera 4S first drive review: the quiet heretic

What’s a little heresy among friends? Porsche put out its first Cayenne SUV in 2003, and oh, the hand-wringing, the garment-rending. The haterade flowed like Dom in the... read more June 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Maserati Levante first drive review

2017 Maserati Levante first drive review: beauty is pain

Check the tape: Maserati owned the U.S. comeback before Fiat and Alfa Romeo crowded into the party. Trident-clad cars could be found roaming streets in the U.S. for more than... read more June 3, 2017 by


 
 

 
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