First Drives

 
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road review

Just what is Trail Rated? For years, Jeep has separately branded its most off road-oriented models. Years ago, it was the Up Country package. Today, it's the Trail Rated badge, which is affixed to all Wranglers and certain versions of Jeep's Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. Yes... read more

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2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Living with the 2017 Volvo S90: the good and the bad

I don't think there's a single brand that has a stronger identity than Volvo. Hear me out. Its focus on safety and reserved, stylish design with just a hint of Swedish flair... read more May 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Living with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: the good and the bad

We've already flown across the sand, climbed dunes, and picked our way down steep hills like a mountain goat in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The truck proved to be up the... read more May 3, 2017 by


 
Raptor vs. Hellcat Race

Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Ford F-150 Raptor race around, over a mountain

It was the question burning on our minds for all of 10 minutes: What's the quickest way to conquer a mountain? Around, or over? Like a forced induction race between a rabbit... read more May 1, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro first drive review: the everyman's Raptor

The Toyota Tacoma's "just right" recipe has long made it a leader among smaller (but still rather large) pickups, and this year the most capable out-of-the-box Taco TRD Pro... read more April 19, 2017 by


 
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, Seattle area, April 2017

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD first drive review

The Acura MDX is the most popular three-row luxury crossover vehicle, says Honda's premium division, with 850,000 sold since 2001. The vast majority of those were sold in... read more April 8, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport first drive review: the sporty choice...for now

Though it may seem like the terms “Honda Civic” and “hatchback” are inextricably linked, in truth the brand as well known for its lawnmowers as its... read more April 7, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi S4/S5 First Drive

2018 Audi S4/S5 video review: making our own music at Coachella

We have a tough time nailing down what “performance” means anymore. Automakers work really hard telling us that every car has sporting potential—right down... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi S4/S5 First Drive

2018 Audi S4 first drive review: whip, without lash

The 2018 Audi S4 carves the desert better than a blistering sandstorm. Turn after turn, the S4 knifes ribbons of pavement like a scalpel in bread dough. The looks of... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive review: a special sports car, topless or not

I'd like to start this review by prattling on about how this 550-horsepower super sports car can slay the toughest track set before it. I'd love to wax poetic about its... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country first drive review: the wagon Americans should want

Americans have made it clear. We don't like wagons anymore and haven't for quite some time. That makes it hard for automakers to justify building them despite enthusiasts... read more March 30, 2017 by


 
2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar first drive review: the 365-day sports cars

Everyone has a parent or friend's parent who owned a Volvo. Why? Because the cars are known for being sensible and safe, and that's what you buy when you have a family. But... read more March 29, 2017 by


 
Bugatti Chiron first drive

2017 Bugatti Chiron first drive review: the king of the exotics

When a Bugatti Chiron fires up, the sound it produces is loud—surprisingly, dramatically, crazy loud, even while idling at a mellow 650 rpm. Sixteen cylinders, eight... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
2017 Mini Cooper Countryman

2017 Mini Countryman first drive review: a better BMW crossover?

In the burgeoning crossover world, there's always room for one more. Enter the Mini Countryman, which is all-new for a late 2017 model year introduction. It's a smart... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Land Rover Discovery first drive review

Halfway up a wall of rock that our shiny orange 2017 Land Rover Discovery was expected to climb—using what's basically off-road cruise control, no less—rested a... read more March 3, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 first drive review: too fast to be fun

What's the right amount of horsepower? After driving hundreds of different cars in my career, I'm very confident the answer isn't “As much as humanly possible,”... read more March 1, 2017 by


 
 

 
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