First Drive

2019 BMW X7 First Drive: Unexpected agility in a 7-seat luxury SUV

2019 BMW X7 First Drive: Unexpected agility in a 7-seat luxury SUV

The first ever 2019 BMW X7 is, without a doubt, built to satisfy the cravings of modern car buyers. We all know that SUVs - or sport utility vehicles - are the current darlings of the car buying crowd; you have to be a brave automaker to not have an SUV of some sort in your lineup. With BMW, there have been many SUVs to pick from - unless, that is, you needed a bigger people hauler. It's about time that the X7 made its debut, then, casting a huge net in the sea of potential SUV buyers.

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Tesla Model Y first ride: The new and the familiar

Tesla Model Y first ride: The new and the familiar

I just climbed out of the Tesla Model Y, and if first-impressions are anything to go by, Elon Musk's newest EV hasn't strayed far from its predecessors. The all-electric crossover isn't going to arrive with buyers until Fall 2020 at the earliest, but when it does I suspect they'll be struck more by how familiar it is, rather than how new.

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2020 McLaren 720S Spider First Drive Review: The Exquisite Flaw

2020 McLaren 720S Spider First Drive Review: The Exquisite Flaw

It was while trying to calculate, for the fourth or fifth time, which organ or combination of organs I could sell in order to afford a McLaren 720S Spider of my own that I found myself thinking about perfection. Nothing quite gets the juices flowing like a supercar edition of "which would you buy?"; similarly, nothing provokes so fierce a debate as arguing the pros and cons of incredibly expensive cars few of us could hope to acquire.

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2020 McLaren 600LT Spider First Drive: Speed with a Soundtrack

2020 McLaren 600LT Spider First Drive: Speed with a Soundtrack

If you thought slicing the roof off might leave the 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider softer, less extreme, or - dare I say it - even disappointing, worry not. The British automaker's latest addition to its Sport Series may have gained a retractable hard top roof, but this is no dilution of what makes a Longtail special. Never mind giving you a view of the sky: this extreme of engineering is all about bringing its audacious soundtrack inside.

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2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive – The Wagon Agenda

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive – The Wagon Agenda

It was while going sideways on a frozen lake in the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country that I began to seriously question the wisdom of giving the American customer what they want. For years now, the answer to that question at car dealerships across the US has been "an SUV, please." That may be what they want, but what they actually need is something very different.

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2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

It all started with the beautiful Audi Prologue concept unveiled by Audi at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The Prologue heralded the future of Audi exterior and interior design, under the pen and leadership of Marc Lichte. The rounded lines of the past are now strong and aggressive; gone are button-heavy consoles from the interior and, in their place, touchscreens and a handful of necessary keys.

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2019 Honda Passport First Drive: 5-seat SUV with off-road style

2019 Honda Passport First Drive: 5-seat SUV with off-road style

Few cars fill their niche quite so completely as the 2019 Honda Passport. Riding high on record US passenger car sales, Honda's attention has turned to the growing midsize SUV category where the pickings are rich if you get the packaging right, but fierce competition leaves little margin for error. Go big, go bold, or go home.

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Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

You don't typically find too many Infiniti cars in the Gobi Desert, mainly just humungous poisonous spiders and feisty scorpions. Oh, and dinosaur fossils, which is why the automaker teamed up with the Hong Kong chapter of The Explorers Club, to revisit and rewrite the rules of exploration - and put the QX50, QX60, and QX80 SUVs through their paces in the process.

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2019 Acura NSX First Drive: Soul Upgrade

2019 Acura NSX First Drive: Soul Upgrade

If exclusivity is your lodestar when you're buying a supercar, then on a dollar basis the 2019 Acura NSX should probably be your first port of call. The Japanese automaker's resurrection of the iconic sports car may have been around since 2016, but - despite widespread acclaim - this second-generation car has sold in unexpectedly rare numbers.

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2019 Audi A8L First Drive: Luxury as a place of sanctuary

2019 Audi A8L First Drive: Luxury as a place of sanctuary

When’s the last time you got into any vehicle, as driver or passenger, and felt like you’d just entered a sanctuary of sorts? Sitting cross-legged with a meditation guru, I contemplated that very question as he attempted to lead me in a mindfulness session. Moments later, transcended into Audi’s new flagship luxury vessel, the 2019 A8 L, my mind was anything but still. Settled in for a drive through California’s magnificent Big Sur, I anticipated what the Pacific Coast Highway and the new A8 would reveal.

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2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive: The Supercar SUV

2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive: The Supercar SUV

The 2019 Lamborghini Urus is, depending on your frame of reference, the natural evolution of an enthusiast's performance car brand or a monstrous betrayal by yet another fan-favorite. With it, the Italian automaker joins the long - and growing - list of luxury car companies adding an SUV to their line-up. Entrusted with the keys to this $200k+ monster, I had one big question I hoped to answer: is the Urus a "proper" Lamborghini?

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Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Welcome to the future

Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Welcome to the future

When you get the opportunity to drive a concept car, and to be ahead of a superhero like Tony Stark, you don't say no. No, I’m not the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist I wanted to be growing up - I’m still working on that - but getting to try out the Audi e-tron GT Concept is perhaps the next best thing.

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