First Drives

First drive: 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax
First drive: 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax

It's easy to say that it's not about the score when you're down a few points. In General Motors' case, the new-for-2017 turbodiesel V-8 that's optional on its full-size pickups comes up a little short on torque compared to the equally new Ford F-250. But is there really a difference between the 910...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport first drive: close encounter of a turbocharged kind

Outside of Vegas, an alien-themed cathouse provides the only Kodak moments for a hundred miles or more. Honest, honey--we're just here for the pictures! Yep, that's how we'll sell it on social media. And at home. The weird, fleshy offshoot of capitalism gives us reason, at least, to pull to the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV video road test: Car first, electric second

It's difficult to assess just how far General Motors has come with the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. That's not to say that the 238-mile rated electric car from a major domestic automaker isn't an achievement. At less than the average cost for a new car in the U.S., the Bolt EV represents a significant...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch first drive: Compact flavor, with a twist

Economy of scale has given Americans car buyers an overflowing buffet. Case in point: More hatchbacks are in the U.S. now than our current appetites call for. Honda's latest Civic will come with an odd door, the first time in more than a decade. The Corolla iM hatchback is barely out of its...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack first drive: Playing catch-up

Deeply embroiled in one of the most complex corporate scandals ever, Volkswagen is at a crossroads—especially in the United States. The brand’s new Golf Alltrack represents a potential way out, at least if history is on VW’s side. Flash back to the mid-1990s, and had you been...Read More»

2017 Kia Cadenza
2017 Kia Cadenza first drive: Moving up

Just what Kia wants to be when it grows up remains something of a mystery—but if it’s a purveyor of premium-feeling, stylish cars, the Cadenza goes a long way toward fulfilling that mission. While this big sedan doesn’t bring much new to the table against rivals like the Buick...Read More»

2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Buick LaCrosse First Drive: Buick's Trendsetter

Circling the trendy Pearl district in Portland, Oregon, in a Buick LaCrosse is about as cool as saddling up for an afternoon of work at one of the area's many coffee shops with a chunky HP laptop and not a slick new MacBook. It gets the job done, but it feels rather out of place—and not in an...Read More»

2017 Ford Super Duty First Drive
2017 Ford Super Duty First Drive: Fetes of strength

Looking back at it, we've grown a lot in 17 years. But some things are better left behind. The Great Recession can stay right where it is—in history. Samesies for toe shoes. About 17 years ago, Ford split off heavy duty trucks from its F-150 lineup and created one of the most lucrative...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300)
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E300) first drive review

It can steer for you, brake for you, it can even entertain you. Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class the smartest car on the road today? By Mercedes' reckoning, it is. As a rival for vehicles like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS, and Jaguar XF, the E-Class has its plate full just...Read More»

2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia first drive review

When GMC released the Acadia for the 2007 model year, it showed that the automaker was starting to get it. Instead of limiting families to large truck-based SUVs like the Yukon that could double as tow vehicles and break the family fuel budget, GMC, along with Saturn, Buick, and eventually...Read More»

2016 Cadillac CT6
2016 Cadillac CT6 first drive review

Cadillac is on a quest. It wants to be the next Benz, the new BMW, the up and coming Audi. It has some truly excellent cars that put it in contention, with the compact ATS and the mid-size CTS.
 Now it wants some of the full-size respect that gets heaped on the S-Class, the 7-Series, and the A8...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive review

Some of the best pickup trucks are full-sizers, but how big is big enough? If you’re not pulling a big horse trailer or building a big house, a mid-size truck might be the right tool to get the job done. That’s especially true if the mid-size truck does all the good things accomplished...Read More»

2016 Buick Cascada  -  second drive report
2016 Buick Cascada second drive review

To a great number of Americans, the quintessential spring break involves cruising a Miami Beach, taking in the sun with the top down, picking up some friends, and maybe heading out to Key West. While the Cascada has the goods to fulfill that fantasy, we’re not entirely convinced that...Read More»

2016 Scion iA  -  second drive review
2016 Scion iA second drive review: sub-$18k sedan extraordinaire

The 2016 Scion iA is one of the best small car picks on the market. It’s quite a turnaround for Scion, which previously had the lackluster xA and xD models in this size category. In all fairness, it’s a turnaround that arrived a bit too late, as the Scion brand, a youth-oriented...Read More»

2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4 first drive

The sport-sedan niche is full of great cars. It’s not just a 3-Series game anymore, not with the ATS, the C-Class, and the Q50 grabbing plenty of laurels of their own. Count the 2017 Audi A4 in that crew, too. Over the past decade, it’s gained a luster all its own, with taut styling...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2017 Chrysler Pacifica first drive video

Minivans were invented in the 1980s, and since then, they’ve have had a certain…reputation. Call them big-box bores. They’re functional to a fault, but sporty? Sexy? Not so much. Leave it to Chrysler to try and change that reputation. They invented the minivan. They've sold...Read More»

2017 Kia Sportage  -  First Drive
2017 Kia Sportage first drive

Kia made some great choices for its completely redesigned 2017 Sportage—choices that make it a better-driving, more comfortable vehicle than some of its key rivals. One of those key rivals is the Sportage’s corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. Although the Sportage remains closely...Read More»

2017 Cadillac XT5  -  First Drive
2017 Cadillac XT5 first drive

Why again is Cadillac walking away from its best-selling nameplate, the SRX? We’ll leave that one hanging; but much of what Cadillac’s doing at the moment is very big-picture—and the new XT5 nameplate fits into that picture, as part of a lineup of several “XT”...Read More»

2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible
2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible first drive

Gimmickry and retro design cues have always been part of the beguiling formula for Mini—especially ever since the brand was resurrected by BMW earlier last decade, and up to present day and the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible we drove around Los Angeles earlier this month. It’s just that...Read More»

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