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  1. First Drives 2016 BMW 750Li: Living the High Life

    Occasionally, press trips allow us working-class folk a glimpse at a world we rarely experience. It’s a brief dabble into a small portion of society that enjoys such things as lavish meals in restaurants that brandish Relais & Château plaques, boasting their status in an elite membership of high-end establishments. Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: BMW | 7 Series

  2. First Drives 2017 Kia Sportage during hot-weather testing in Death Valley, California. 2017 Kia Sportage: Maturity Kicks In

    DEATH VALLEY, California – Most launches we get invited to emphasize the redesigned car or truck’s power, style and technology. We’ll drive the vehicle on windy roads or a racetrack in order to determine how well it handles. However, for the next-generation of the Sportage compact crossover, we got to … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: Kia | Sportage

  3. First Drives As much as we liked the Cayman R, the GT4 is by far the most accomplished and long-awaited version. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: The Ultimate Cayman

    It’s no secret that Porsche likes to serve up its models in a variety of versions, some of which are much more exclusive than others. This is a milestone year for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer, since it decided to put a hopped-up version of the Cayman, the GT4, on the market. Full story

    Rating : 5.0/5

    Filed in: Porsche | Cayman

  4. First Drives Styling is more aggressive and more in line with the Tacoma's off-road performance. 2016 Toyota Tacoma: More Sophisticated And Sturdier Than Ever

    Last fall, when General Motors unveiled its new pickup twins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, word at the launch was that the timing was opportunistic since the competition was relatively weak. While Nissan has yet to respond to the newcomers, Toyota has just improved its bid with a completely … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Toyota | Tacoma

  5. First Drives 2016 Subaru Forester: You Can’t Knock Virtue

    Subaru is one of those special brands in the sense that, like Hyundai, it enjoys a very loyal clientele. While this may be surprising about Hyundai, it’s less so with Subaru considering that all of the brand’s vehicles—except the BRZ—come with all-wheel drive. This full-time symmetrical system is one of … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: Subaru | Forester

  6. First Drives 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: American Assault

    You have to wonder what the folks at Cadillac have against the Germans. Not the German people, but German automakers. The 2016 CTS-V is Cadillac’s second unadulterated assault on Bavarian high-performance sports sedans, following the launch of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V earlier this year. The CTS-V’s… Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Cadillac | CTS

  7. First Drives 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus: A Second Generation With Genuine Upgrades

    You need only string together a few laps around a circuit like the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, near Faro, Portugal, to realize that the new Audi R8 V10 Plus has developed into a serious rival for the established exoticars. Muscle Its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 now produces 602 horsepower, matching … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Audi | R8

  8. First Drives 2016 Hyundai Tucson: Definitely More Competitive

    Hyundai has big plans for its new 2016 Tucson. In the past, the Tucson has certainly not been the most competitive offering in its segment, but the Korean automaker now has an assurance that it can compete in the market for compact SUVs, and as everybody knows, it is an … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: Hyundai | Tucson

  9. First Drives The MINI John Cooper Works is distinguishable from the S version by the larger air intakes under the front bumper. The hood scoop is not functional. 2016 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works: Instant Fun

    Last year brought an extensive redesign of the MINI Cooper, or MINI Hatch, or 3-door MINI – a rose by any other name… The 3-door was quickly joined by a more practical 5-door. Regardless of the number of doors, MINI offers both a base version and an S version, a … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: MINI | Hatchback

  10. First Drives 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Nothing like the GLK 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Nothing Like The GLK

    As of 2016, there will be no point in looking for the Mercedes-Benz GLK in showrooms. It’ll be gone for good. Not only has the vehicle been fully revamped, but it’s been renamed the GLC in a move to restore logic to the brand’s model nomenclature. Going forward, all SUVs … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | GLC Class

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