First Drives

 
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 worked great for grading the sand into roads and freeway off-ramps for my Hot Wheels. I eventually lost countless Hot Wheels... read more

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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


 
2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive

2017 Honda Civic Si first drive: looking the part

The ascending shift lights dart along the tach, green to yellow to red, before the revs bounce and the 2017 Honda Civic Si stretches its legs in the tawny California desert... read more May 29, 2017 by


 
2018 Genesis G80 Sport

2018 Genesis G80 Sport first drive review: it's not all in the name

The letters and numbers on a car's trunk usually are its calling card, a shorthand mission statement. As writers, we'd suggest an edit on the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport decklid... read more May 25, 2017 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS, Lake Tahoe

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet first drive review: the one you want

At times, it has felt like Porsche’s myriad 911 configurations serve only to answer questions nobody was asking. But this is not one of those instances. After a few... read more May 23, 2017 by


 
2018 Audi SQ5

2018 Audi SQ5 first drive review: practicality with a dash of performance

Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places in North America. An old-growth temperate rain forest, it is impossibly green, and it offers spectacular views of... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec first drive review: character by committee

A jack of all trades, the 2018 Acura TLX is so balanced it fades among more daring, extroverted rivals. A mid-cycle update rather than a full-scale redesign, the 2018 Acura... read more May 18, 2017 by


 
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... read more May 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 first drive review: cast in convenience, forged off road

There’s no substitute for the right tool. How do I know that? Decades of hammering nails with a meat tenderizer. Don't ask. Off-roading requires the right tool, and... read more May 15, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT first drive review: ready for supercar liftoff

The nose draws to a point. It's an arrow. The tail tapers like the business end of rifle ammo. It squares up, impossibly mean in its stance. The 2017 Ford GT sets the newest... read more May 11, 2017 by


 
 

 
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