First Drives

2015 Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali, Chevrolet Suburban: First Drives
2015 Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali, Chevrolet Suburban: First Drives

The world, and the United States, has changed a lot since the late 1990s, not least in the automotive sphere. There are electric cars that aren't punchlines to poorly told jokes; electric cars which are in fact Very Good Things. Hybrids are common, no longer the sole province of the most...Read More»

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo  -  Driven, December 2013
2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo: First Drive

Recalibration. If you have preconceptions of what the 3-Series has been and should be, it's what you need to do when first getting behind the wheel of the new 3-Series Gran Turismo. That's not simply because while the 2014 BMW 3-Series GT is a hatchback and the 3-Series sedan has a trunk; there's a...Read More»

2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive
2014 Mazda 3: First Drive

If you enjoy driving, yet need a practical, economical small car, you'd be foolish not to include the 2014 Mazda 3on your shortlist. After spending time with several versions of the new 3, in Atlanta and Portland, we can't help but gush about its beautiful shape, its eye-catching sheetmetal, the...Read More»

2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude
2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude: Does It Drive Better Without the CVT?

The answer, in a word, is 'yes.' Yes, the 2014 Jeep Patriot does drive better with the new six-speed automatic transmission than it ever did with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that it's been saddled with ever since its launch for 2007. Yes, the Patriot drives better than it...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Driven: At 50 MPG And $30k, Does It Add Up?

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid a more compelling vehicle this time around? You might not be aware that this is Honda’s second try at an Accord Hybrid; but as we drove the 2014 Accord Hybrid earlier this month we couldn't help but look back at what didn't work last time—and how...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 2013
2014 Kia Soul: First Drive

Once in a great while, a product can be just enough of an outlier to reach discerning, trend-conscious buyers new and old, yet not so different that it feels contrived, or paints you the fashion victim or odd duck. The Kia Soul has been that—the ‘mainstream alternative’ hit of the...Read More»

2014 Toyota Corolla  -  First Drive, August 2013
2014 Toyota Corolla: First Drive

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an all-new model, but for better or worse it has quite the birthright. For the kind of person who doesn't like surprises—the kind who lays out their car-buying possibilities in a nice, neat array; considers cost of ownership and depreciation; and keeps a new car for...Read More»

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition
2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive: Video

With a new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the EcoBoosted 2014 Ford F-150, and the soon-to-offer-diesel 2014 Ram 1500 on the field, the 2014 Toyota Tundra faces a very tough challenge: convincing truck buyers to pick it over any of the very capable alternatives. Fortunately, the Tundra has quite a lot...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: We Drive The World's Most Efficient Car

At last, for the first time since the now-legendary EV1, General Motors has another all-electric car: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This past week we spent much of a day using it to get around urban environs in Portland, Oregon, and found it to be one of the best-driving battery electric cars yet...Read More»

2013 Nissan NV200
2013 Nissan NV200: First Drive

Small cargo vans might not be the first vehicle you consider when shopping new, but chances are you've gone for a ride in one already--or will soon. The NV200 is new to the U.S. market, but it's been on sale in 40 other countries for some time. If you're a world traveler, you've seen it before. The...Read More»

2014 Nissan Versa Note
2014 Nissan Versa Note: First Drive

The Nissan Versa sedan was new for 2012, but for all kinds of global-product reasons, the company carried over the previous-generation Versa Hatchback for a couple of years. At last, a new Versa hatchback is here, only its name has morphed into Versa Note. Will it eventually just become the Nissan...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
Subaru Forester Vs Subaru XV Crosstrek: Which Crossover To Buy?

As we've noted before, many automotive journalists seem to own Subarus as their personal cars. We recently spent three days with a new 2014 Subaru Forester XT--the more powerful turbocharged model--driving South Africa's Garden Route along the country's south coast, from Plettenburg Bay to Cape...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel: First Drive

It may not look any different on the outside, but the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a pioneering vehicle: It's the first passenger car with a diesel engine sold by General Motors for 28 years. Now reaching Chevy dealers in initial launch areas--those where the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel already...Read More»

2014 GMC Sierra First Drive, Santa Barbara
2014 GMC Sierra: First Drive

Drift north out of the lights of Santa Barbara, and California gets dark quickly, as if it's trying to extinguish the whole idea of Lompoc. Somewhere in those 3G-free hinterlands, we're surrounded by scrubby wilderness, wrapped in the sound of crashing surf, drifting into a rugged sleep. Until we...Read More»

2014 Acura MDX  -  First Drive, May 2013
2014 Acura MDX: First Drive

We suspect we're not the only ones who think that the very premise behind some high-performance luxury utility vehicles borders on perverse. Who are they kidding? Unless you're seeking revenge, you're not going to load your clients (or your mother-in-law) into the back seat and head out on a...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: First Drive

Everything's bigger in Texas, and Texans love their trucks. As we got our first drive time in the new 2014 Chevy Silverado this week, in Hill Country near San Antonio, we couldn't ignore how those two ideas continue to help put wind in the sails of the U.S. truck market. Going over well in the Lone...Read More»

2014 Kia Cadenza  -  First Drive, April 2013
2014 Kia Cadenza: First Drive

How much of a luxury car's price is in the badge? It's a question we kept revisiting, repeatedly, during a couple of days with the all-new 2014 Kia Cadenza Because if you don't mind driving a car that tops $40k and has the Kia badge, the new Cadenza is a model that feels like a luxury car in almost...Read More»

2014 Jaguar F-Type first drive
2014 Jaguar F-Type First Drive: Video

After nearly 40 years of building sedans and grand tourers, Jaguar is finally back in the sports car business with the 2014 F-Type. So what's it like? That's exactly the question our sister site, Motor Authority, set out to answer last week in the hills surrounding Pamplona, Spain. Can the F-Type...Read More»