First Drive

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

It was only a matter of time before Land Rover got around to dusting its most popular family SUV with the same magic that has dramatically overhauled the brand's Range Rover line-up of luxury people movers. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery breaks with the past by abandoning its truck-like platform for a more modern design, while simultaneously getting back in touch with its heritage by reviving the long-dormant - in North America, at least - Discovery name.

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2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

In a world that's gone SUV-crazy, Jeep is one of the brands best poised to reap the rewards. The 2017 Jeep Compass, an all-new design that replaces not just one, but two strong-selling but outdated models - the previous-generation Compass and the soon-to-be-defunct Patriot - is the latest in a line of revamped people movers that have completely transformed the more affordable spectrum of the company's line-up.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds - or are those forced induction vortices? - that have come to define the drivetrains found in top-tier luxury coupes. That the Lexus LC is a stunning design achievement is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes. That it also waves a big, five-liter middle finger in the direction of its would-be German rivals is in a way both a more and a less-subtle statement.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

It was as the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive surged at triple-digit speed into a hairpin and pirouetted neatly, rather than rolling into a spectacular fireball, that I had cause to question the laws of physics. "Sports sedan" is an overused phrase these days, applied liberally and shamelessly to any four-door with 200+ horsepower and a set of fancy wheels, but BMW has brought its feistiest 7 Series to school us on just what it really means. And, while the $154,795 starting price might seem astonishing - for the same amount you could put a new 750i xDrive and a BMW M2 in your garage - it turns out the M760i is more than just the sum of its parts.

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2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman

2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman

I’m not convinced with the new BOLT EV’s tail-lights, but in just about every other way this all-electric car is a knock-out. A no compromise, zero-emissions vehicle capable of delivering up to an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge, it's fun and dynamic to drive, with plenty of interior space.

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2017 Ram Power Wagon First Drive: Heavy-duty off-road apocalypse escape vehicle

2017 Ram Power Wagon First Drive: Heavy-duty off-road apocalypse escape vehicle

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon is a full-size pickup that dares to answer the question, 'what would you use to tow your house into the middle of the desert during a zombie apocalypse?' After spending a full day flogging the P-Wagon on the hot sands an hour outside of Las Vegas, I can comfortably report that it takes a special kind of product planning bravery to create a heavy-duty truck capable of bludgeoning any obstacle in its path - undead or otherwise - on its way to saving your delicious brain-bacon from flesh-eating creeps.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, coupe and cabriolet first-drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, coupe and cabriolet first-drive

It's hard to argue with the Mercedes-AMG 43 range, filling the gap between your bread & butter 'Benz and the potent-but-pricey AMG 63 cars. None exemplify the strategy of balancing power, luxury, and price like the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43, either. Faced with the opportunity to test out all three variations - sedan, coupe, and cabriolet - I had one big question. Had the AMG spirit been shed along with the big-ticket price?

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD First Drive: Four-season Grand Touring in an affordable retro package

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD First Drive: Four-season Grand Touring in an affordable retro package

In the mid 1960's a talented group of engineers in West Bromwich, England, dared to ask the question 'why can't a muscle car spin all four wheels?' The end result was the Jensen FF, the first production vehicle to feature AWD, and a coupe that just happened to be hiding a 383 cubic inch Chrysler V8 under the hood. Flash forward 50 years and the Pentastar has picked up the torch once again in the form of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD, which throws down nearly the same gauntlet at the rear-wheel drive-only options from Ford (the Mustang) and Chevrolet (the Camaro).

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

You could argue that the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is a double-tweener. Just as the E-Class slots in-between its C and S siblings, so the Mercedes-AMG line sits in the gap between the mainstream Mercedes-Benz series and full AMG cars. The automaker is upfront about the fact that it saw unfilled "white space" between models like the C300 and the C63, and figured there'd be an audience of drivers wanting some of the performance and cachet of the latter but at a more affordable price.

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2018 Audi Q5 First Drive: Evolution in action

2018 Audi Q5 First Drive: Evolution in action

The Q5 is hands-down Audi’s numero uno: its top-seller and, in my humble opinion, one of the best premium crossovers on the market today. First introduced back in 2008, the Q5 sold over 1.5-million in its first generation worldwide. Undeniably a home-run hit, then, and with good reason, an Audi knows just the buyer it's selling to and what they want. Why mess with a winning formula?

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

I’ve waited nearly a year to drive the all new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor unveiled at last year’s North America International Auto Show (NAIAS). Twelve long months. As I found at high speed among the sand dunes of Anza Borrego in Southern California, the wait was well worth it and Ford did not disappoint. No mere publicity stunt to give the F-150 a sales halo, the new Raptor more than exceeded my expectations.

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Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

The Las Vegas Strip does its best to grab your attention, but it's the displays inside Hyundai's Ioniq Autonomous Concept that are holding my gaze as the car drives itself. Nevada's loudest, shiniest city is trying to make a name for itself as more than just gambling and Celine Dion impersonators, aiming to wrest the title of "most tech-friendly" from San Francisco. That means self-driving cars plowing the streets, as automakers like Hyundai attempt to crack the code on the mobility of tomorrow.

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