First Drives

 
2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive review - Image via Jeff Jablansky

2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive review

The Soul hatchback has been very, very good to Kia. Where some car companies believe in their most expensive products to exemplify their respective brand identities, Kia has turned to the chance popularity of its compact hatchback to embody the image of a brand in transition. The way Kia explains... read more

November 15, 2016 by
 
BMW M2 vs. Focus RS

BMW M2 vs. Ford Focus RS: Have turbos, will travel

Being low man on the totem pole isn't always so bad. Two of our finalists for the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2017 award, the 2016 BMW M2 and 2016 Ford Focus RS, started... read more November 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE first drive review: More than a track package

I’m in the base model, on a pencil-straight desert road, and I already love this car. Even with the V-6 engine you can get in an Impala, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE... read more November 7, 2016 by


 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio first drive review

Cracking off shifts of the ZF 8-speed automatic with the column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, the 505-horsepower turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 snarling like a staked... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental first drive review

It must be tough to be Lincoln. As the brand has learned, time and again, there is a difference between image and reputation. The most tired trope among those who care about... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS first drive review: the hottest of the hatches

Ford couldn't have released the Focus RS at a better time. The Mitsubishi Evo is officially dead, and the Subaru WRX STI is getting long in the tooth. The most recent... read more October 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S, white

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman first drive review: don't play it by ear

The Porsche Boxster and Cayman are brilliant sports cars, but they're not so different as the names might suggest — they’re basically the same car, aside from... read more October 8, 2016 by


 
2017 Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport first drive review: truth in truth

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 tells no lies. In top trim, Q60 Red Sport 400, the Q60 delivers on every one of its promises: It’s one better than the Q50 (from which its... read more October 3, 2016 by


 
2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo first drive review

Faulkner famously told us the past isn't dead; it isn't even past. We can't prove it, but we think he had the Nissan Sentra SE-R in mind. The 1991-1994 SE-R set the cheap-car... read more September 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive review

Big Gulps. Animal Style. Smothered, covered, chopped, and chunked. America's shameless and torrid affair with the over-the-top isn't limited to food. When it comes to luxury... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon first drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon first drive review

An icon since its introduction at the Frankfurt auto show in 1977, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon enters the 2017 model year with a new model: the E400. Tons of new tech, a... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport first drive review: Mainstream goes premium

A couple of premium automakers have tried tossing pedestrian engines in their premium cars, and the results were disastrous. Acura shoved a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter... read more September 7, 2016 by


 
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB first drive review: mid-engine magic

Quiet hands. A race instructor friend of mine harps on them all the time. If you want to go fast around a track, you need smooth, steady steering inputs to keep the... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

2017 BMW Alpina B7 first drive review: a better BMW

BMW’s flagship sedan, the 7-Series, has never received the M performance treatment. That’s OK, though—Alpina is here to help. In fact, the small... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo First Drive

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo first drive review

The more the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo talks, the more it sounds like the end. In many ways, it's coarse and gruff—the way a 911 Turbo should sound. Noise from the... read more August 23, 2016 by


 
2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90 first drive review: a luxurious beginning

In the beginning, Honda created Acura. Toyota and Nissan looked upon it and saw it was good, and they begat Lexus and Infiniti. Many years later, Hyundai looked upon these... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
 

 
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