First Drive

2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive: The best Swedish all-rounder since ABBA

2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive: The best Swedish all-rounder since ABBA

Volvo's reinvention has been a bright star in the auto industry, and with the 2018 XC60 SUV it's set to bring that thoroughly Swedish thinking into the mainstream. First of the new 60 Series models, it's a vital car for Volvo to get right. The old XC60 was Volvo's best-seller after all, not to mention the most popular premium SUV in Europe, even in its final year of production.

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The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is unlike any other Gran Tourismo

The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is unlike any other Gran Tourismo

It’s rare that a car stuns me into silence, but then again there are few cars quite like the new Aston Martin DB11. The storied British automaker has decided it’s due a reinvention, and this is the coupe it’s chosen to spearhead that process. It’s a Gran Turismo in both the classic sense of an elegant long-distance tourer, but also according to the modern definition of a car that possesses both organ-melting performance and superlative comfort, with no compromise along the way. Or, for shorthand, a car that wows.

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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI First Drive: One-two turbocharged punch for street and track

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI First Drive: One-two turbocharged punch for street and track

You don't have much time to acknowledge the bear sitting upright on the side of the highway when you're behind the wheel of the 2018 Subaru WRX. There's something about being hammer-down on the zigzag roads that wrap around the river leading into the town of Kaslo, British Columbia - almost like someone had stretched out an enormous tangled slinky and then abandoned it in frustration - that does wonders to focus the mind on the task at hand. At these speeds, you do you, and the bear does whatever it is 600 lbs of black-furred muscle does when it encounters 3,300 lbs of screaming bright blue metal that vanishes around the next bend in a burst of gravel and off-throttle turbo-whump.

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2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec First Drive: Millennial-minded

2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec First Drive: Millennial-minded

Acura is three decades old, and with the 2018 TLX it's looking for like-minded Millennials. Latest in the automaker's line-up to bear the redesigned corporate grille, the new TLX also debuts an A-Spec version that builds on that nose-job with a sharper, more aggressive body kit. Acura's target is clear: it wants to be the sports sedan of choice for youthful drivers wanting bang-for-their-buck that the Germans just don't deliver.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive: Right-size off-roader offers high-tech romp

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive: Right-size off-roader offers high-tech romp

The sun has long since set on the stretch of Colorado 141 that I'm driving, eyes bleary, windshield smeared with grease and cheese from the pizza sitting on that dashboard that I scored in Grand Junction just before the entire city rolled up its streets and shut down for the night. I've been awake since four a.m., a victim of weather and mechanical gremlins forcing me out of the skies not once, but twice today, and sending me down this lonely road far later than planned. 'Detroit Rock City' is playing on the radio as I push Chevy's latest pickup as quickly as I dare through the mountain passes, frantically racing sleep and exhaustion to the warm bed waiting for me while lightning frames the peaks that tower above with shocks of light, when I see it: walking down the opposite shoulder, looking right at me. Is that a damn bear? Yeah, that's a damn bear.

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2017 Ford GT First Drive: When brute-force and beauty collide

2017 Ford GT First Drive: When brute-force and beauty collide

There are few moments in life so memorable that they burn deep into every single fiber of your body. For me, one such moment came the first time my index finger pushed up against the 2017 Ford GT’s ignition start button. Two years after the GT’s shock unveil at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the build-up of anticipation until I was behind the wheel and seated inches in front of the mid-mounted 647 horsepower, 550 lb-ft of torque twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine could’ve gone one of two ways. As the hardly-tamed beast roared to life, would the GT live up to its supercar promise?

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport First Drive: Smaller, but not lesser SUV

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport First Drive: Smaller, but not lesser SUV

What's in a name? If that name happens to be 'Rogue,' well, you're looking at the substantial brand equity of the best-selling SUV in America, and a vehicle that's managed to move more units than even the mighty Ford F-150 pickup through the first quarter of 2017. It makes perfect sense, then, for Nissan to swap out the 'Qashqai' name that's used to identify its latest compact crossover everywhere else in the world and go all-in on the 'Rogue Sport' badge for the American market.

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf First Drive: VW’s EV puts Golf first, electric after

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf First Drive: VW’s EV puts Golf first, electric after

More range, more power, and more like a regular, gasoline Golf than ever, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is an EV you could forget runs on electricity. VW's sole electric car in the US - which it currently only offers in ten states - it's the vanguard of the automaker's big electrification push due in 2020, when a production version of the I.D. concept will hit the streets. That promises can't-miss-it design, range to rival the Bolt EV, and a whole new platform underneath. For now, though, the e-Golf is more about coaxing VW loyalists into something more surreptitiously green.

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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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