First Drives

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

2020 Hyundai Palisade
Review update: 2020 Hyundai Palisade does family like suppertime

Family vehicles like the 2020 Hyundai Palisade are team buses for a new generation. There’ll be a long list of children soon who will roll their eyes at their parents’ music choices, fall asleep in the bench seats, lose milk money in the cushions, and kick the back of the seats ahead of...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel is the quiet-talking, big bet by GM

Chevy’s first light-duty diesel pickup comes just as the truckmaker slides into third place behind Ford and Ram in the lucrative race for more and more truck buyers. Through May 2019, Ram relegated Chevy from its longtime perch at No. 2, a relative blow to the bowtie brand whose second-place...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
Review update: Tonight, let’s just 2019 BMW X5 and grille

BMW didn’t invent the SUV—they don’t even like to use the term. But they have made some crossovers and SUVs worth loving. The early X1s were E90s that wore platform shoes, the early X5s had leftover Land Rover DNA tucked below its beltline. The newest X3 is arguably the most...Read More»

2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6
Review update: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Td6 smooths off-roader's rougher edges

Diesel powertrains might be on the ropes, but what’s left hits like a freight train. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is one of the last left standing due to its outstanding applications including the three-row 2019 Land Rover Discovery TD6. For some, the smoother lines of this...Read More»

2019 Audi A8 L
Review update: The 2019 Audi A8 L is the understated way to arrive

The 2019 Audi A8 L sticks to an understated formula that has worked for more than two decades. Audi's biggest and poshest sedan lays a ground game for future driver-assistance and technology features. While the 2019 A8 L is new, the competition is far from it. Competitors from BMW, Mercedes, and...Read More»

2019 Honda Civic
The $20,370 2019 Honda Civic LX is the best $20,000* new car you can buy

The rule in our household is simple: New cars cost less than $20,000. Nevermind that the average new-car transaction price tops $37,000 now, made easy by 72-month financing. We’re cheapskates who hate debt. Twenty grand’s the limit. If we were to buy a new car today, the choices for...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator
First drive review: 2020 Jeep Gladiator truck tackles off-road terrain that competitors can't

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator does more with more. There’s nothing subtle, dainty, or delicate about Jeep’s first pickup truck in 25 years, and it’s that dogged refusal to acquiesce to slippery lines and soft suspension tuning that sets the 2020 Jeep Gladiator apart from competitors...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride first drive: Crossover SUV squares off

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about three-row crossover SUVs or Colorado towns: Telluride is not a long way from Palisade. At least on paper. About 130 miles separate Telluride, Colorado, from Palisade, Colorado. When it comes to the 2020 Kia Telluride and the upcoming Hyundai...Read More»

2019 Subaru Ascent
Review update: The 2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUV is an Outback for the next generation

The 2019 Subaru Ascent arrived to fix Subaru's problem: when owners outgrew their Outbacks and Foresters, there was nothing for them in the Subaru showroom. The long-overdue Ascent is a large three-row crossover SUV that gets the basics right, even though it's late to the party. The Honda Pilot was...Read More»

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty
First Drive: 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy duty puts 1,000 lb-ft of torque to work with confidence

The 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks can tow up to 35,100 pounds and can boast a turbodiesel with 1,000 pound-feet of torque, but they do even more than those massive numbers indicate. The theme with the latest, big daddy Ram is more: More power. More gears. More technology. More...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla SE
First drive review: Which 2020 Toyota Corolla should you buy?

No-nonsense, dependable, durable: no matter which 2020 Toyota Corolla you mention, those words inevitably come up, and for good reason. The Corolla became a go-to choice of car shoppers decades before the device on which you’re reading this was invented. For 2020, both the Corolla sedan and...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
First drive: 2020 Kia Soul grooves into low-price rhythm

What do you see in the 2020 Kia Soul: practical commuter, spacious hatchback, or schtick with light-up speakers? The Soul catfished us all with its “all of the above” answer and low price. It very well may be an automotive Rorschach, just don’t connect the blobs and spot a...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Blazer
First Drive: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer pulls a bait and switch, and pulls it off

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has pulled a sly one over on us all. The name’s meant to make us think of a macho weekend spent off the grid. The reality? Weekends of errands and chores, from Costco to installing garage door keypads to cleaning up hairballs. (Where is the Outside magazine for...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport first drive: Five seats, just right

Discovery of uranium in the sandstone around Moab, Utah, sparked a rush of prospectors into the Four Corners region in the 1950s. With its 2019 Passport, Honda may very well have struck gold instead. The new Passport is a five-seat crossover SUV that looks, drives, and for the most part, acts like...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 first drive: Welcoming a “hip” era for Zoom-Zoom

Before letting us drive its redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, the company’s engineers had us spend time on core-strengthening desk-chair toppers popular in Japan. No, it wasn’t because they saw too many beer guts in the room. In designing and engineering the latest version of the Mazda...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali review update: The tailgate you want, the interior you don't

In the arms race that is full-size pickup trucks, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali takes a right turn with a new tactic: tech instead of brawn. For 2019, the GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500 are new and the reigning sales champ Ford F-150 recently received an update. At a time when...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 Limited
2019 Ram 1500 Limited review update: The luxury pickup truck you want

Pickup trucks used to be a tool that tradesmen and farmers put to work. It's a different era now, as many pickup trucks live their lives running between to Starbucks on Monday morning and hauling the family boat or snowmobiles on the weekends. For 2019, the big three full-size pickup trucks from...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
2019 Ram 1500 eTorque first drive review: The hybrid pickup truck you can (and should) drive

Late on a weekend night in the 1970s, Woodward Avenue in Detroit thrummed with the roar of V-8 engines and bias-ply rubber wailed as it roasted on the pavement. Today’s Detroit is not 1975’s Detroit, especially on a cold January morning. Mopar now speaks with an Italian accent. Traffic...Read More»

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