First Drives

First Drives2021 Kia Seltos: Winning Recipe
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that sport utility vehicles and crossovers are everywhere these days. Big or small, they’re what consumers demand, so manufacturers keep coming back with new models on a regular basis. Trying to emulate the success story of its cousin, the Hyundai Kona (25,817 units …
First Drives2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M: Sweet Monsters4.0/5
PHOENIX, Arizona—The 2020 BMW X5 M ’s specs are just as intimidating as its flared fenders, massive bumpers and oversized wheels. Simply put, this high-performance midsize SUV is a monster. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. We tested …
First Drives2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport: Amerika
America is an increasingly attractive market for automakers. There may not be as many people as in Asia, but consumers have more money. And they spend more for SUVs because they want safety and capability. These vehicles have higher margins and generate more profit, so forgive companies for launching more …
First Drives2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: This One’s a Homerun
Some manufacturers refuse to throw all their money at SUVs and crossovers. Count BMW among them. While its lineup of X-branded models has considerably evolved over the past decade, we can say the same about BMW cars. In fact, most luxury automakers nowadays are exploring previously unchartered territories in hope …
First Drives2020 MINI Cooper SE: The Battery Game
We’re going to cut to the chase right away: the new, all-electric MINI Cooper SE offers disappointing range. With a small 32.6-kWh battery, it’s only marginally better than the first Ford Focus Electric and Nissan LEAF models. The actual number is 177 kilometres—or about 110-120 kilometres in winter. Nothing to …
First Drives2020 Ford Super Duty: Capitalism FTW
Nearly one full year after its original debut, we finally get a first crack at the 2020 Ford Super Duty lineup, which includes the F-250 , F-350 and F-450 trucks. These workhorses are primarily designed for owners who need to tow big, heavy trailers. How good are the new and …
First Drives2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV: In Need of Longer Range3.0/5
Following an unsuccessful first attempt with the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in 2014, Subaru decided to come back with a more serious gas-electric product for the new decade. The 2020 Crosstrek PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain, actually went on sale last year in the U.S. as a 2019 model.
First Drives2020 Toyota Highlander: Definitely Pick the Hybrid4.0/5
San Antonio, Texas— They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, this is where Toyota invited journalists to discover the all-new 2020 Highlander , an SUV the company has big hopes for. The outgoing model was introduced six years ago and its successor boasts fresh styling in line with recent …
First Drives2022 Volkswagen Golf: Our Exclusive First-Drive Review4.0/5
Porto, Portugal— The eighth-generation (Mk8) Volkswagen Golf is currently hitting the European market. Alas, Canadian customers will have to wait until 2021 to buy one. The Car Guide recently flew to Portugal for an exclusive, way-early first look at this brand new Golf. Previous generations took a sweet time to …
First Drives2020 Mazda CX-30: CrossMazda34.0/5
Mazda is introducing a fourth crossover for 2020, meaning cars will soon become a minority in the brand’s lineup. Slotting between the CX-3 and CX-5 , the all-new Mazda CX-30 won’t replace the former—at least not for now. The idea is to keep the CX-3 around for a while to …
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