First Drives

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring first drive
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»

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»

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