First Drives

First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage
First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s...Read More»

2020 Nissan Sentra SR, left, and SV, right, trim
First drive: 2020 Nissan Sentra balances sport with value

The redesigned 2020 Nissan Sentra is lower, wider, sportier, and loaded with more standard features, without much of an upcharge over the 2019 model. Starting at $20,015 (including $925 destination), the compact sedan appeals to a still-significant slice of shoppers who don’t need a bulky...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-30
First drive: 2020 Mazda CX-30 small crossover is driven by details

As a carmaker, Mazda’s proudly majored in the minors. They’ll tell you as much, too. With the 2020 CX-30, Mazda’s American-sized small crossover is full of minutiae that defines the cars they make. Want details? The front passenger gets a perfectly placed grab handle that’s...Read More»

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S
First drive: The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S boosts Porsche into electric era

Reports of the Porsche Taycan have evoked the kind of superlatives that can only overstate. Porsche’s first electric vehicle has been called game changing, the future, and, of course, a Tesla killer. It’s even been posited that the Taycan (pronounced TIE-khan) will not only outperform...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata
First drive review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited does the work of two cars

The Hyundai Sonata already worked overtime at its day job, providing efficient and safe wheels for families unconvinced by the whole crossover-SUV conflamma. Now has two jobs: the base sedans keep that pace, while the 2020 Sonata Limited ascends a few steps to become a replacement for the former...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape
First drive: The 2020 Ford Escape you want is the Hybrid

The 2020 Ford Escape may look like one compact crossover SUV, but like the English language, it’s really three different things wearing one trenchcoat. The 2020 Escape comes with a choice of four trim levels, three engines, two transmissions, and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive...Read More»

2020 Toyota Camry TRD
First drive review: 2020 Toyota Camry and Avalon TRD inject fun into the family sedan

It’s 102 sweltering degrees at Texas Motor Speedway and I’m driving a 2020 Toyota Camry family sedan on an autocross. Not only that, but the next car I’ll toss from sharp, chalk-outlined corner to corner is a 2020 Toyota Avalon, a car with a famously elderly audience. What world...Read More»

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax
The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax diesel pickup is a V-8 alternative

Truck buyers in the U.S. have drastically transformed in the past several years. Between more available mid-sized trucks and full-size overhauls that have challenged traditions, buying a truck is harder now than it ever has been. GMC makes buying a truck even more complicated for 2020 with the...Read More»

2020 Subaru Legacy
The 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan runs toward the best mid-size value

“Runner-up” has defined the Subaru Legacy sedan longer than the automaker would like to admit. Marooned to the back of shoppers’ minds behind crossovers, the Legacy’s been playing third, fourth, or fifth fiddle to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord sedans longer than Garth...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Power, efficiency, reality all catch up with 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

For 2020, Ram isn’t letting off the gas—or maybe I should say “accelerator.” The 2020 Ram 1500 marks the return of the EcoDiesel engine under the hood of the automaker’s light-duty pickup truck. With a $4,995 price premium (or $3,000 over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8...Read More»

2020 Nissan Versa First Drive
The 2020 Nissan Versa tests the limits of content in a value-driven segment

The average transaction price for a new car is now more than $37,000. For those with access to low-interest, long-term loans, that's not too difficult to stomach. In the real world, not everybody is in that position. Some need new-car reliability and the peace of mind brought about by the...Read More»

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 settles for second best

The Cadillac lineup has exactly one spot for a no-compromise SUV. That slot belongs to the Escalade. It’s powered by a V-8, not some dinky turbo-4. It answers the critics who say it’s too long with an even longer-wheelbase model. Take that! In an era of underplayed modernist design, it...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback
First drive: 2020 Subaru Outback crosses over into the un-crossover

Don’t tell the 2020 Subaru Outback it’s an SUV. Talking to cars not only makes for poor one-way conversations, it also looks weird. And certainly, don’t tell Subaru Outback owners they’re driving an SUV. Most Outback owners I know are proud that the longtime wagon...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport prototype
First drive review: 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport prototype heats up Volkswagen's chill crossover

“Magnificent desolation.” That was the observation by Buzz Aldrin upon stepping onto the moon’s surface for the first time. During this time of 50th anniversary remembrance, the phrase seems equally applicable to California’s Death Valley, where Volkswagen provided us a...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride
Review update: The 2020 Kia Telluride is how you change brand perceptions

This isn’t the Kia you grew up with. The 2020 Kia Telluride is the final phase of the Korean automaker’s metamorphosis. The Stinger fastback grabbed our attention, but it’s the three-row Telluride crossover SUV that will grab our money. With a TCC Rating of 7.0 the 2020 Kia...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport with RoofNest tent for camping
We RoofNested in a 2019 Honda Passport and loved it

Tired: Sleeping in your car. Wired: Sleeping ON your car. I know because I’ve slept a lot in my cars, for various reasons. And because I spent a long weekend in a car outfitted with a RoofNest tent. The RoofNest ends up being a pricey way to avoid sleeping on the ground—and a good one...Read More»

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Review update: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the ultimate family vacation vehicle

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is so nice we awarded it twice. First, we named the Chrysler Pacifica The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy 2017, and then our sister site named the gasoline-electric Pacifica Hybrid Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2018. It deserved both. After a week...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150 Limited
Review update: 2019 Ford F-150 Limited shows great power comes with great thirst

The 2019 Ford F-150 is wildly popular for a reason. There's one for just about every need, or at least every pickup truck need. From base XL and XLT trucks to the high-zoot King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models there's an F-150 variant for just about every day of the week. For 2019, the...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD first drive
First drive: Heavy-duty diesel hauls 2020 Chevy Silverado HD to the front of the class

In the vast sweep of the country outside of cities, where the deer and the antelope play, Americans use heavy-duty trucks to tow their livelihoods and their toys. They are wealthy, they are working class; they tow fifth-wheel campers and gooseneck trailers; they tow race cars and watercraft, garage...Read More»

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