First Drives

 
2019 Audi A7, January, 2018 media drive, Cape Town, South Africa

2019 Audi A7 first drive review: evolution in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa - The South African landscape is unusually parched. Late January is midsummer here, and the country is in the throes of a drought that threatens the water supply. Day Zero is April 16, about a month before the rainy season that could stave off this water crisis. It's an... read more

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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... read more February 1, 2018 by


 
2018 Subaru BRZ tS

2018 Subaru BRZ tS first drive review: less sideways, more stick

The Subaru BRZ has been focused on handling and fun since its introduction in 2011. Dynamic drivability comes naturally in a lightweight sports car, after all. For 2018, the... read more January 31, 2018 by


 
Byton concept first ride

Byton concept first ride: the future is a trendy family room on wheels

Walk up to your Byton and an exterior camera knows your face. The door unlocks and you open it. The car boots up and it knows your name. It knows your health data, reads your... read more January 12, 2018 by


 
2018 Buick Regal Sportback

2018 Buick Regal Sportback first drive review: the crossover of cars

The decision to do away with a sedan shape and offer the 2018 Buick Regal as a hatchback (called Sportback) and a wagon (called Tour X) is an odd one at first blush. After... read more December 19, 2017 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


 
 

 
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