First Drive

2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

When the Ford Escape first hit the scene in 2001 it was an instant success, helping to launch a compact SUV segment that was still in its infancy. Flash forward a decade and a half later and the pond is increasingly crowded with an ichthyologist's nightmare of competing crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, each trying to snatch family buyers out of each other's jaws in a feeding frenzy that would terrify even the staunchest piranha.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

In trucks, as in all things, you can take the easy way or the hard way, and the 2017 Ridgeline suggests Honda has some masochists in its ranks. In a market filled with beefy, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin competitors, the second-generation Ridgeline takes a more measured, considered approach. That works for Civic and Accord, but are Tacoma and Colorado drivers really ready to embrace the thinking person's pickup?

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Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

The racetrack is not the natural place for an SUV, but then the Bentley Bentayga is not your typical truck. For a start it's luxurious in an Black Amex-melting way - it starts just shy of $230,000 but only the most ascetic of buyers resists the Bentley options list, and they've no reason to be in the showroom in the first place.

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

Automakers of the world underestimate the engineering acumen of General Motors at their own peril. After decades of less-than-stellar entry-level sedans wearing the Chevy badge, GM got serious about the compact segment in 2011 when it brought the Chevrolet Cruze to dealerships across America. Finally, here was an affordable Bowtie-wearing commuter that didn't just look good, but offered a driving experience on par with the Japanese rivals that had dominated small car sales for so many years.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

Low-speed cruising down the Promenade des Anglais in the Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet we’re a spectacle, as well we should be — top-down, sun ricocheting off 14-spoke 20-inch AMG wheels, two figures lounging back in white Nappa leather Designo seats with pillow-top headrests. I’d look at us, too.

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Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

When Tesla asks if you want to take a ride in the future, you don't turn them down. Hot on the heels of the Tesla Model 3's big reveal tonight in LA, I was invited to go for a spin in the brand new "affordable" electric car.

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2017 Acura NSX First Drive

2017 Acura NSX First Drive

Patience is a virtue when you're waiting for the next must-have supercar, but the 2017 Acura NSX has demanded more faith than most. Daring to reboot an icon - and that's certainly what the original NSX was - not only puts you squarely in the crosshairs of its most ardent, vocal fans, but levels big questions from the outset. Will the new NSX be the supercar-for-the-everyman-driver like its daddy was? Can it be both a brand beacon and a legitimate future-classic in its own right?

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2016 Honda Civic Coupe First-Drive

2016 Honda Civic Coupe First-Drive

Honda is on a roll with the Civic, and following the award-winning sedan comes this, the 2016 Civic Coupe. Wearing a redesigned body, but keeping much of the practicality of its four-door cousin, the trimmed-down and tautened Coupe promises a dash more design but without the compromise some two-doors demand.

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2016 BMW M2 First Drive: A future classic

2016 BMW M2 First Drive: A future classic

Ten years from now, looking back, I honestly believe I'll be able to say I got to break in a future classic. When the sheet came off the BMW M2 in Detroit last month, you could hear the collective, hopeful whispers from fans of the German company's tuning house: please, let it be another 1 Series M Coupe. Turns out, it's even better.

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The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

From the moment I got to the airport, and was handed the keys to a brand new Audi RS7 Performance, I knew this was no ordinary media drive program. This drool-worthy beast is now powered by a massive 605 HP, 553 lb-ft. of torque engine; for those keeping score, that’s 85 more horsepower than the standard V8, and an additional 73 lb-ft available via overboost. It certainly set the tone for what was to be an unforgettable few days leading to Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

As it turns out, size is not all that matters, at least as far as the Smart ForTwo Convertible is concerned. This summer, the first topless ForTwos will cross the pond, and when they do, owners will have a markedly better experience than on anything else to previously wear the Smart badge.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 First-Drive

2016 Cadillac CT6 First-Drive

Cadillac has hardly been conservative in its ambitions in recent years, but the 2016 CT6 arrives with even grander targets in mind. Its rivals - and its benchmarks - are the German trifecta of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, automakers with a legacy of not only supplying the luxury car segment, but shaping what's expected from it.

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