First Drives

First Drives2021 Genesis G80: A Slap in the Face4.0/5
The newly updated 2021 Genesis G80 is a real slap in the face of all those car manufacturers that dropped out of the midsize luxury segment in recent years—particularly Lincoln , which definitely could learn a lesson from its Korean rival. The G80 is a sedan that many Americans would …
First Drives2021 Mazda3 Turbo: Shooting for the Stars4.5/5
It’s here at last. For many fans of the Mazda3 , the wait is over. The popular compact car is finally available with a turbocharged engine in top trim. But make no mistake: the new 2021 Mazda3 Turbo is not the same thing as the Mazdaspeed3 that was sold from …
First Drives2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA: The SUV Evolution3.5/5
When it was first introduced back in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz GLA was the automotive embodiment of a bipolar disorder. It wasn’t really an SUV, and it wasn’t really a wagon, either. The next generation currently arriving in dealerships across the country fixes that. We’re now talking about a proper small …
First Drives2021 Ford F-150: The Sales Leader Can’t be Dethroned4.0/5
Six years after the launch of the outgoing generation, the Ford F-150 gets a serious update for 2021. While we’re officially talking about the fourteenth generation, it’s not like Ford designers went back to the drawing board and started from scratch. Sure, all the body panels have been revised to …
First Drives2021 Hyundai Elantra: A Good Step Forward4.0/5
Things are looking pretty good for Hyundai in Canada. The Korean automaker currently ranks fourth in terms of sales, just behind Honda. Over the next 14 months, six brand new or significantly redesigned products will hit the market including the Elantra, Santa Fe, Tucson, Kona, Santa Cruz and the all-electric …
First Drives2021 Kia K5: More Than Just Good Looks4.0/5
Do you feel that? That’s the wind of change blowing through the Kia lineup for 2021. Gone is the Optima . Here comes the brand new K5 , a much more elegant and advanced family car arriving in dealerships this fall. Why K5? For marketing purposes, Kia has decided to …
First Drives2021 Genesis GV80: Humbling the Competition4.0/5
Not so long ago, every new SUV that came onto the scene was guaranteed to enjoy success. Now that the market is littered with them, things are different. Some models have been complete failures in terms of sales—think Jaguar E-PACE , Ford EcoSport and Cadillac XT6 . So here comes …
First Drives2021 Ram 1500 TRX: Think Really, Really Big4.0/5
FCA and its Ram brand did the unthinkable this summer. While most automakers are electrifying their lineups, the folks in Auburn Hills announced the most powerful Ram pickup ever—the insane 2021 Ram 1500 TRX—with not a single ounce of environmental conscience. Of course, such outrageous expression of the classic American …
First Drives2021 Ferrari Roma: Step Aside, Aston Martin!4.5/5
Ferrari openly admits that the all-new Roma takes a direct shot at the Aston Martin DB11 . Both are sublime-looking grand touring coupes aimed at sophisticated individuals who want exceptional performance without compromising luxury and comfort. Up until now, Ferrari could only attempt to please those customers with the AWD-equipped …
First Drives2021 Toyota Venza: From Large Camry to Halo Product4.0/5
When the original Toyota Venza hit the market in 2009, crossovers were still a novel concept—literally a cross between a car and an SUV. The Venza was essentially a larger, more versatile Camry . Discontinued after the 2016 model year, it’s back for 2021. Today’s automotive landscape has changed quite …
First Drives2021 Polestar 2: Is 2 Better Than 3?4.0/5
The all-new Polestar 2 is the first serious threat to the Tesla Model 3 and it will land in Canada later this fall. This car has pretty much all the ingredients to win over customers who are thinking about making the jump to an electric vehicle. What is Polestar , …
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