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  1. First Drives 2018 Audi A5 2018 Audi A5 and S5: Sharper, Sleeker, Faster

    PORTO, Portugal – Audi has given the A5 and its higher-performance S5 twin a makeover for 2017. In Canada, we’ll only be seeing the new coupes in the spring of next year as 2018 models, but we got an opportunity to drive both of them at their media intro held … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | A5

  2. First Drives 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet: Mercedes’ Top-Down Approach

    One more for the road! At Mercedes-Benz, cabriolets are all the rage. After the E-Class, S-Class, SLC and SL, now it’s the C-Class’s turn to come out with a cabriolet. The collection is complete. The C-Class Coupe hasn’t been out for very long, but lo and behold, there’s already a … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | C-Class

  3. First Drives 2018 Audi S4 2018 Audi S4: The Docile Beast

    FRANKFURT, Germany – We love beautiful cars, powerful engines and luxury, but we can’t stand riding in a sports car that has a rock-hard suspension and that’s neither comfortable nor practical. Audi is suggesting we check out their new compact sport sedan, the 2018 S4. You read right, we drove … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | A4

  4. First Drives 2016 Mazda CX-9 The 2016 Mazda CX-9: Redesigned to be a Winner

    The first-generation CX-9 was still available in Mazda showrooms, but it was beginning to show its age; while there had been improvements here and there over the years, it was essentially the same vehicle that had been with us for nearly a decade—an eternity in the car world. During those … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mazda | CX-9

  5. First Drives 2017 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Coupe 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Coupe: Just About Perfect

    If there is one thing Mercedes-Benz knows how to get right, it’s GT cars. Decade after decade, M-B brings us cars that make history, and more recently, what more commanding examples could there be than the SLS AMG and the AMG GT? The AMG GT, in particular, is the perfect … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | C-Class

  6. First Drives 2017 Audi S3 2017 Audi A3: Good Stuff

    Audi has just unveiled its 2017 A3. No major changes, just improvements here and there, but they are significant nonetheless There’s a new 2.0-litre engine and the Audi virtual cockpit. That alone is worth the trip to Germany for a test drive. Firstly, Audi has slightly updated the exterior of … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | A3

  7. First Drives 2017 Nissan GT-R 2017 Nissan GT-R: GT-Class Graduate

    Every serious car manufacturer worth their mettle produces or has produced a halo sports car. In the grand scheme of the car business, they are a necessity. No, hundreds of thousands are not sold every year, but they are likely at least part of the reason why Dodge sells as … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Nissan | GT-R

  8. First Drives 2017 Cadillac XT5 2017 Cadillac XT5: Lofty Ambitions

    The new 2017 XT5 is arriving at Cadillac dealerships to replace the SRX, at a time when the commercial success of General Motors’ luxury brand is, to a large extent, due to its SUVs, with the Escalade leading the way. The XT5 has the dual mission of retaining the brand’s … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Cadillac | XT5

  9. First Drives 2018 Audi SQ7 TDI 2018 Audi SQ7 TDI: The Most Powerful of All Diesel SUVs

    As soon as it started up, the 4.0-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine served notice: the muffled rumble of a big ole’ diesel engine said this was not going to be a run-of-the-mill test drive. The second Audi SUVs to receive the “S” designation, the SQ7 TDI is simultaneously dynamic, technically cutting-edge … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Audi | Q7

  10. First Drives 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Ford Escape: Trying to Stay on Top

    CALGARY, Alberta – The Escape was the best-selling SUV in Canada in 2015. And in 2014. In 2013 and 2012, too. This compact utility largely contributed to the growth of this type of vehicle in North America, to the detriment of passenger cars. It’s still too early to determine if … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Ford | Escape

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