First Drives

First DrivesVolkswagen ID. Buggy Concept: Driving an Electric Dune Buggy
MONTEREY, California— As part of the festivities surrounding the 2019 Monterey Car Week, Volkswagen gave us the incredible opportunity to test drive its new, zero-emission ID. Buggy, which initially made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. This one-off concept was hand-built by a small team of 30 …
First Drives2021 BMW 330e: Plug-in Hybrid with AWD, How Nice!4.0/5
Munich, Germany— Unlike the previous 330e, which was available with rear-wheel drive only, the plug-in hybrid variant of the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series will be sold in Canada in a single configuration equipped with the company’s xDrive all-wheel drive system when it arrives just in time for next spring. The …
First Drives2020 Audi Q7: Looking Sharp a la Q84.5/5
KERRY, Ireland— On the super-tight roads that make up the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, the remains of mirror caps here and there suggest frequent clashes between cars rented by tourists and sightseeing buses. The landscape is breathtaking, but the drive is far from relaxing as you must often steer …
First Drives2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: Successful Mutation4.0/5
EUGENE, Oregon— For years, we’ve heard how the colossal success of the Porsche Cayenne gave the company the financial resources to develop its prestigious and pricey sports cars, so it was about time the SUV got some love, as well. The 2019 model year ushers in the third generation of …
First Drives2020 Cadillac XT6: Not Enough Frosting3.0/5
People shopping for a three-row luxury SUV that doesn’t look like a presidential limo used to have very few options. Then, at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cadillac introduced the all-new 2020 XT6. How good is it? We spent time behind the wheel to find out.
First Drives2020 Lexus GX: What Retirement?3.0/5
LIBERIA, Costa Rica – In a world filled with car-based crossovers with turbocharged engines or hybrid powertrains, the Lexus GX sure feels archaic. The clash is especially noticeable alongside the brand’s own seven-passenger RX L . If body-on-frame utility vehicles with thirsty V8 engines are considered a thing of the …
First Drives2020 Audi A4: New Look and New Touchscreen4.0/5
The new 2020 Audi A4 flies at more than 150 km/h on a serpentine stretch of autostrada through the rolling hills that separate Bolzano and Bressanone. Even at that speed, the interior remains quiet and serene. Granted, there are few road imperfections along the way, but we still have to …
First Drives2020 Porsche 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4: The Star Players4.5/5
KNOCK HILL, Scotland – It’s simple, really: pound for pound, dollar for dollar, there are no better sports cars than the mid-engined Porsche Boxster and Cayman. They’ve been the undisputed handling champs since making their debuts in 1997 and 2006, respectively. The wizards in Weissach keep finding ways to increase …
First Drives2020 Lexus RX: Minor Changes to Stay in the Game4.0/5
LIBERIA, Costa Rica – Lexus is proud to say that it invented the luxury crossover when it introduced the RX 300 back in 1998. It was an instant hit and when on to become the brand’s all-time, best-selling model. In 2018, it accounted for 29% of total Lexus sales across …
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