First Drive

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT First Drive: Porsche’s nightmare

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT First Drive: Porsche’s nightmare

In any up-and-coming professional's life, there's a moment where a pressing decision must be made: is it time to buy a Porsche 911? Virtually a uniform for flaunting success at almost any age, the 911 has become synonymous with inconspicuous conspicuous consumption, the acceptable way to flaunt status and cash without making your employees feel too terrible on the morning walk into the office.

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2018 GMC Terrain First Drive: Small SUV, Big Ambition

2018 GMC Terrain First Drive: Small SUV, Big Ambition

There are a handful of brands that are uniquely positioned to take full advantage of soaring public interest in crossovers and SUVs, and GMC - alongside Land Rover and Subaru - is one of them. Long the truck-focused division of corporate parent General Motors, GMC has enjoyed rousing success thanks to sales of family-oriented vehicles like the Yukon, the Acadia, the Terrain, and the enormously profitable Denali luxury line.

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2018 Polaris RZR Dynamix First Drive: Off-road witchcraft

2018 Polaris RZR Dynamix First Drive: Off-road witchcraft

For those unacquainted with the experience of offroading in a Polaris RZR, allow me a few brief words to familiarize you with the sensations. Dusty. Bouncy. Jarring. Thrilling. Windy. Scary. Rattling. And after you’re done, Aching. For most weekend-warrior RZR drivers, the raw joy of conquering the backroads and trails of the western deserts of the USA have to be balanced by the raw muscles you’ll have the day after. But that “offroader’s hangover” might be a thing of the past, thanks to Polaris’ new Dynamix suspension.

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom First Drive: SUV body, pickup soul

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom First Drive: SUV body, pickup soul

Ask yourself three questions. Do I need to tow something? Do I need to carry stuff? Do I need to haul people? Chances are you answered “yes” to at least one of those questions. That doesn’t exactly immediately suggest your next vehicle purchase. But if you answered “yes” to all three, the folks at the Golden Bow Tie would like a word with you.

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2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

Most of the time I'll do my absolute best to avoid a traffic jam, but the 2019 Audi A8 makes them oddly appealing. Forget "Artificial Intelligence": the AI we're talking about today is Audi Intelligence. What exactly does this mean, and why should we care? We as a collective of road-users are going to need to be much more sensitive to the fact that there are cars on the road not being driven by human beings. Instead, we're increasingly going to see advanced driving assistance software taking the wheel, like the new Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the world’s first Level 3 automated driving system in a production vehicle.

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2018 Nissan Leaf revealed: 150 miles range, and we’ve driven it

2018 Nissan Leaf revealed: 150 miles range, and we’ve driven it

Meet the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, the much-anticipated updated version of one of the most affordable electric cars on the market. Promising more range, more power, and more technology, the new 2018 Leaf also adds some enthusiasm to the design of Nissan's zero-emissions hatchback. And, having had the rare opportunity to cruise around Nissan's research facility in Japan behind the wheel of a prototype, here's why I think this is a tipping point for the car.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive: The 707hp SUV

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive: The 707hp SUV

If you’re offended by the concept of a 707 horsepower SUV, then you should probably just stop reading right now. In our age of instantaneous outrage, it's easy to see how from certain quarters the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could appear as yet another missive intended to inflame the passions of those who have already decided that high-po people movers represent the height of excess in an era where emissions and efficiency are increasingly under the microscope.

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2018 Audi SQ5 First Drive Review

2018 Audi SQ5 First Drive Review

I struggle with the new SQ5 because the Q5 is already an amazing mid-size SUV. There’s so much goodness I’d imagine one would struggle with the idea of anything better, right? The correct answer is, wrong. While the differences are subtle for what you can and cannot see, they might be just enough for the right buyer in search of a high performing vehicle that stands out from the rest of the crowd; especially when there are over 1.5-million first generation Q5 roaming the roads today. That’s where Audi’s S-badge comes in.

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2018 Range Rover Velar First Drive: The Midsize SUV to beat

2018 Range Rover Velar First Drive: The Midsize SUV to beat

Velar is an very old name for a very modern Range Rover. Automakers mining their history for neglected nameplates isn't new, of course, but all the same few spend so long in the cold as Velar did. Used, nearly five decades ago, on the first "hiding in plain sight" prototype Range Rovers, the badge is back to usher in a very British reinvention of the midsize luxury SUV. No small challenge ahead, then, as Land Rover explained when it invited me out to Norway to experience the 2018 Velar in action.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

Throbbing red and scented with bespoke perfume, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63's cabin made absolutely clear that, even by Stuttgart's standards, this is no ordinary luxury sedan. Still, to describe the 2018 S-Class as an important car for Mercedes-Benz is to damn it with understatement. What's under its handsome sheet metal doesn't just represent the pinnacle of the automaker's engineering efforts, but in effect sets a roadmap for the rest of its vehicles over the next ten years.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: 5 things you need to know

2018 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: 5 things you need to know

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is here, and while the automaker's mid-size family sedan hasn't been completely redesigned there are a few aspects of its recent refresh that are definitely worth discussing. The Sonata has moved past its challenger status and now sells at or over 200,000 examples every year in the United States, although it's starting to show the same battle scars as other sedans as a result of growing consumer interest in SUVs.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT First Drive: 5 things you need to know

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT First Drive: 5 things you need to know

Compact hatchbacks like the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT have never really caught on in America, but it has little to do with their merits. Easy to park, cheap on gas, and remarkably practical, the fickle gods of fashion have long turned their backs on the humble hatch, a state of affairs made all the more ironic by the exploding popularity of small SUVs, which are essentially hatchbacks on stilts.

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