First Drives

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive

Alfa Romeo may be on the comeback trail, but so far it’s been missing part of the map. Alfa relaunched here in 2015 with the fantastic 4C sports car. Next came the Giulia sports sedan. See what’s missing? If you said crossover SUV, give yourself a gold star and stop emailing them. The...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: close to closure

We’ve paid our respects to “sport” leaving “sport utility vehicle,” but we haven’t yet found closure. We held on to the last vestiges of SUVs to the bitter end. Probably too long. We started calling them “crossovers” so we wouldn’t be reminded...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
2018 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid first drive

Over the course of a long day last month, we drove five separate versions of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan. Until recently, it had been Toyota's best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 15 years—but now it's been overtaken by the RAV4 compact crossover utility vehicle. That points...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona
2018 Hyundai Kona: a four-minute first drive

The cars are running, the clock’s ticking when I slide sideways in the seat. Mirrors? Check. Youthful attitude? Check. Jet lag? On hold. Test drives in the 2018 Hyundai Kona leave every 30 seconds, and I’ll have four minutes to come up with something to tell you about the Kona...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T, first drive
2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T first drive: More power, more gears

Like playing blackjack at a casino, redesigning a mid-size crossover SUV is a huge gamble for an automaker. Mess it up, and you lose big time. Get it right and you may clean out the house and dominate the competition. It’s Chevrolet’s turn to take the gamble with its redesigned 2018...Read More»

2018 Honda Accord sedan prototype, Honda Tochigi R&D Center, Japan, June 2017
2018 Honda Accord prototype first drive: V-6 deep-sixed, and better

The 2018 Honda Accord will be an all-new version of the popular mid-size sedan last redesigned for the 2013 model year. The 10th-generation Accord will ride on new underpinnings, and use a pair of revised 4-cylinder engines, eliminating the previous V-6 that's been the top engine option for many...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60 first drive, Barcelona
2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD first drive: a timely reboot

When are car companies most like computers? Forget about the future of self-driving cars, or Wall Street’s drive to turn Detroit into Silicon Valley, and vice versa. Car companies act like Apples when they need a reboot. That’s where Volvo found itself just a few years ago, with an...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring first drive

At last count, there are roughly 75 billion different compact crossovers on the market vying to become your next family car. Well, maybe that's an overstatement. But in this crowded corner of the automotive world, each crossover needs to do at least something better than its rivals. Enter the 2017...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
Front-line four: Driving the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan's next 4-cylinder engine

A new Volkswagen Tiguan is coming, and with it, a new generation for the German brand's lauded line of 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Still part of what VW calls the EA888 family, the new Gen 3B will eventually arrive in the Passat and Beetle, although that's only what VW is confirming...Read More»

2018 Audi Q7
2018 Audi Q7 Premium Plus First Drive Review

Admit it: the 2018 Audi Q7 is an ultra-luxurious minivan for those who cringe at the thought of sliding doors. That’s not damning Audi’s 7-passenger hauler in the least. Instead, it’s a huge compliment in that it does exactly what minivans do—only with more pampering...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 first drive video

The pickup arms race has given us a 450-horsepower full-size truck already this year. Now, the war is spreading to the small artillery division, and Chevy is bringing heavy metal to bring to the fight. Who wants to get some? The differences between the ZR2 and a standard Colorado are clear. Beyond...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
2018 Honda Odyssey first drive video

Minivans have two critical missions. Sure, they're supposed to keep passengers entertained on the road. But their most important jobs are carrying the whole family, and doing it safely. For 2018, Honda is aiming to not only improve the way its Odyssey minivan handles those mission-critical tasks...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, first drive, Nashville region, April 2017
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: first drive

With small utility vehicles selling in record numbers, now often replacing compact and mid-size sedans, automakers have launched more and more models to expand their lineups. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport joins a growing pool of smaller utilities that includes the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas first drive: Super-sized

Tired of watching its owners drive past VW showrooms when their families grew large enough for a three-row crossover, the German automaker finally has something to lure shoppers away from Ford Explorers and Honda Pilots. It’s called the Atlas, and the burden it carries is substantial. VW...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox first drive: A strong third act

The Chevrolet Equinox's revitalization has been long overdue. Compact crossovers are all the rage in America's driveways and Chevy's entry had been out of touch for a few years. The old model could trace its roots back to George W. Bush's first term. Despite some updates, its thirsty engines, its...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5 video review

The market for compact crossovers hasn't been this competitive—or this crowded—in the more than two decades the mini-utility vehicles have been on the road. After only four short years on the scene, Mazda has revamped its best-selling CX-5 to better compete with the likes of Honda...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5 first drive: Better, but is that good?

Look closely to spot the “all new” in the all new Mazda CX-5. Perhaps you’ve noticed the small differences in the bumpers, or the recurved sheet metal. Maybe it was the little differences in the interior, or the quieter ride? Attention to that kind of detail might make you a...Read More»

2017 Jeep New Compass
2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in

Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. The all-new Compass comes as the long-overdue replacement for a pair of crossovers—the classic Cherokee-inspired Patriot and the old, south-pointing Compass—that...Read More»

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
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»

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