First Drives

 
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 take a peek in the rearview mirror. As I crash a 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 through trashcan-sized holes and muddy slip-n-slides... read more

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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 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


 
2019 Bentley Bentayga V8

2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 first drive review: 8 is enough

Burnt coffee, unlined trousers, post-Achtung Baby U2. Life is rife with mild disappointments. With four fewer cylinders under its hood than its W-12 cousin, does the V-8... read more March 8, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW X2

2018 BMW X2 first drive review: At least it’s a BMW

I’m barreling down the longest straight at The Thermal Club’s South Palm Circuit at over 100 mph, and I’m thinking this isn’t right. The 2018 BMW X2... read more March 7, 2018 by


 
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio First Drive

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio first drive review: ultimate performance, incomplete luxury

“Best RACE Experience With Shifter in Manual.” That message flashes across the instrument cluster after I twist the drive mode selector past Dynamic and into Race... read more March 1, 2018 by


 
2018 Buick Regal GS

2018 Buick Regal GS first drive review: six appeal

The 2018 Buick Regal GS wears lots of letters and words on its flanks and in its cabin. Two you won’t find? “Gran Sport.” That moniker’s a relic of an... read more March 1, 2018 by


 
2018 Audi RS 5

7 things you should know about the 2018 Audi RS 5

I’m frustrated. The Arizona desert roads Audi picked for me to drive its track-bred coupe on were picturesque and open, but I found nary a sharp corner to attack. So... read more February 27, 2018 by


 
2007 Audi S6 Avant

Es-stating the obvious: 2007 Audi S6 Avant is the dream wagon we never got

There are only two ways a third-generation Audi S6 Avant makes it to the U.S. It’s either a blackmarket car that was imported here and federalized at a completely... read more February 22, 2018 by


 
2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Living with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: the good and the bad

Jeep crows about its Wrangler being the standard for off-road driving. As my colleague Andrew Ganz found in Arizona, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a dynamite car in the dirt... read more February 21, 2018 by


 
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a snow warrior, too

It was a bright, sunny February afternoon in Chicago when I picked up the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Still, with temperatures in the 30s, the conditions weren't... read more February 12, 2018 by


 
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... read more February 7, 2018 by


 
 

 
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