First Drives

First Drives2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody: The Survivor4.0/5
SONOMA, California— SRT (Street and Racing Technology) is to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz or M to BMW. It’s an expert team of engineers, technicians and drivers who have become preachers of uncompromised performance. They have the brains, the skills, the tools and the financial resources …
First Drives2020 Kia Forte GT: The Civic Si Can Rest Easy3.0/5
A good way to stand out from other compact cars is to offer a sporty variant. Kia does exactly that with the Forte GT, and it openly admits that this model is designed to take on the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI . We recently attended a media …
First Drives2020 Subaru Outback: For a Real Active Lifestyle4.0/5
WHITEHORSE, Yukon – We’ve been to countless media drives over the years, and with the SUV craze came the notion that every one of them was designed and engineered for consumers who enjoy an active lifestyle. That means folks who spend their weekends outdoors. They go camping, hiking, cycling, kayaking …
First Drives2020 Porsche Taycan: A Civilized Electric Rocket4.5/5
HAMBURG, Germany— Four years after presenting the Mission E concept and announcing the development of its first electric sports car, Porsche unveiled the production version on three separate continents at the same time. Long, wide, low and racy, the Taycan is almost identical to the early designs and fulfills all …
First Drives2020 Kia Forte5: A Hot New Hatchback Exclusive to Canada4.0/5
Kia introduced the next-generation Forte sedan for 2019. Now, it’s the Forte5 hatchback’s turn to benefit from a complete redesign. And you know what? We Canadians have access to this five-door model, but it isn’t sold in the U.S. The Car Guide recently flew to Victoria, B.C. to attend the …
First Drives2020 Ford Escape: Trying to Regain the Lead4.0/5
Twenty years ago, Ford introduced the Escape to take on the popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 . It quickly made a name for itself and became the sales leader after a few short years, despite some quality issues. Following an update in 2005 and another one in 2009, the …
First Drives2020 Subaru Legacy: A New Era Begins4.0/5
If you’re a fan of Subaru’s flat-six engine, chances are you were disappointed to learn that it will no longer be part of the lineup. Fortunately, new models like the 2020 Subaru Legacy have a few tricks up their sleeves to remain competitive. The Car Guide attended a media event …
First DrivesWe Drove an Electric Mazda Before a Big Reveal in Tokyo
OSLO, Norway– The Car Guide recently visited the EV paradise that is Norway, where more than half of new-car sales are electric, for the opportunity to discover Mazda’s new electrification technology and drive an experimental prototype. In fact, the e-TPV name stands for “Electric Test Prototype Vehicle.” This is not …
First Drives2020 Genesis G90: An Affordable, 420-Hp Limo4.0/5
NIAGARA, Ontario— The Genesis G70 sports sedan has been racking up the awards lately and the company is selling hundreds of units, closing the gap with more established competitors. Meanwhile, the larger G90 is virtually going unnoticed. So far this year it has barely sold more than 20 copies in …
First Drives2020 GMC Sierra HD: Towing the Competition4.0/5
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming— The heavy-duty pickup segment has become so competitive that the latest product on the market automatically becomes the king of the hill. This year has been a historic one. It all started with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and its 1,000 pound-feet of torque. Then, Ford made …
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