First Drive

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster First Drive: A silver bullet

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster First Drive: A silver bullet

Luckily, my fun in the sun with Mercedes-AMG’s new GT C Roadster in Arizona didn’t come to a premature end when my driving partner got a speeding ticket. The topless Solarbeam Yellow GT cruiser shot out as though the canyon had just given birth to it… and that happened to be the exact spot where we drove past the state trooper. I sat quietly in the passenger seat as he explained to the officer, “it’s this stupid car, it feels like it’s going 60…” only to have the officer reply “you’re really flying, I clocked you at 90 mph.”

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2018 VW Atlas First Drive: A 7-seater SUV to dethrone Explorer

2018 VW Atlas First Drive: A 7-seater SUV to dethrone Explorer

The 2018 Atlas is long-overdue: VW has needed a proper, 7-seater SUV for some time. More than that, it's needed a proper, 7-seater SUV that is built with the American market foremost in mind. The Tiguan is too small; the Touareg too expensive: enter the Volkswagen North American Region (NAR) and a big SUV that, while it'll be sold elsewhere in the world, really has America's best-selling Ford Explorer in its crosshairs.

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Drive: First of the hybrid SUV breed, best of the hybrid SUV breed

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Drive: First of the hybrid SUV breed, best of the hybrid SUV breed

Acura has been on the electrification bandwagon since the slow-selling, current-generation RLX sedan was introduced in 2013, but with this latest effort - the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid - people are actually going to take notice. Sure, the battery-assisted NSX supercar has gotten more than its fair share of attention, but the loyal folks who drive the premium brand's sales are far more interested in SUVs and MPGs than they are in lap times and turbochargers.

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2018 Audi S5 Coupe and S4 Sedan First Drive: Seriously Smooth

2018 Audi S5 Coupe and S4 Sedan First Drive: Seriously Smooth

By now, Audi knows the formula for making attainable performance cars like the 2018 S5 Coupe and 2018 S4 Sedan. Take the A-series vehicles on which they're based, glam up the exterior and interior, drop in a more powerful engine, and you end up with a rewarding driver's car that doesn't break the bank. In the process, you find yourself in the midst of a growing segment of enthusiasts' wheels.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

Hyundai's Ioniq initiative is more than just a green flare rising up from the sea of increasingly electrified automotive options. The decision to introduce a family of not one, not two, but a trio of new environmentally-friendly automobiles - the Ioniq Hybrid, the Ioniq Electric, and later this year, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid - is the second wind for Hyundai's self-celebration as a major automotive player after last year's launch of the Genesis luxury sub-brand. In many ways, this eco after-party is even more significant than the Genesis project, given that the premium market promises eventual profits. No one, it must be noted, makes anything resembling real money on hybrids and EVs, which means that Hyundai is building these cars in large part to demonstrate to the rest of the world that it can afford to do so - and do so comfortably.

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country First Drive: A wagon America can love

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country First Drive: A wagon America can love

When is a wagon not a wagon? Why, when it's a Volvo Cross Country, of course. The nameplate has graced several cars since it first appeared - in abbreviated "XC" form - back in 1997, building up no small fanbase along the way. Fast forward to today, and you're looking at the 2017 V90 Cross Country, the car Volvo is hoping will coax well-heeled outdoors types out of their SUVs and crossovers, and into something altogether more Swedish. Not bad for a metallic brown wagon.

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2017 Volvo V60 Polestar First Drive: Feeling Blue

2017 Volvo V60 Polestar First Drive: Feeling Blue

It's a Volvo renaissance right now but, though the XC90 and S90 may be flying off dealers' lots with their high-tech cabins and minimalistic style, true aficionados know it's Polestar where the Swedish spirit lies. Whether that spirit is akvavit or high-octane gasoline is questionable - the uncharitable might suggest they both taste the same - but the 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar and S60 Polestar are unmistakable. Peak crazy comes in the shape of a bright blue wagon.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

Legacy is a powerful thing, and at times it can threaten to smother the equally mighty maxim that moving ever forward is the only way to stay above water in the ultra-competitive automotive industry. Chevrolet, faced with the need to redesign its strong-selling compact SUV - the Equinox - refused to be dragged down by the temptation to simply keep riding a popular horse until it collapsed, foaming and spent, into its grave. Instead, the company realized that the future favors the bold, and elected to invest heavily in a completely new and dramatically different 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

For nearly twenty years, Audi Sport was known as quattro GmBH, but with cars like the 2018 RS 3 the performance division is embracing its more public persona. There’s brand equity in “Audi”, and Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s CEO is under no illusion about how much potential that has for his line-up of unusual, rip-roaring cars. Winkelmann’s next job, he tells me, is to bring the brand to a whole new level.

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

Strange new hydrogen fuel; same reassuring Honda experience. That's the equation the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is counting on for success, a four-door premium sedan straddling the cutting edge of propulsion and the familiarity behind the wheel that the automaker is known for. Not a science experiment, or an ecological hair-shirt, but simply guilt-free driving with nothing but pure water coming out of its hidden tailpipe.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

Mazda finds itself in a tricky spot. The CX-5 is due for a refresh; however, it's also the best-selling car in the company's US line-up. Sales in 2016, in fact, accounted for a quarter of all Mazda purchases in the US. Get it wrong, and the 2017 CX-5 could end up doing more harm than good.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

If the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF aims to introduce some hard-top practicality to the iconic little roadster, does it run the risk of losing what makes a Miata, well, a Miata? That should've been the question we asked when the Japanese company unveiled the RF at the New York Auto Show a year ago: instead, we were too busy being wowed by its innovative retractable roof and achingly pretty design. Fast forward to today, with the first of the MX-5 RF Launch Edition cars reaching the initial 1,000 buyers and the regular versions landing in Mazda dealerships, it's time to get behind the wheel and ask the tough questions.

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