First Drives

First Drives2018 Nissan Kicks: Urban Star4.0/5
MONTREAL, Quebec – Let’s face it; the automobile landscape is changing to fit our lifestyles and society. Cars are getting generally smaller for urban use, they’re much more fuel efficient because it’s good both for the environment and our wallet, and the younger generation of car buyers—a shrinking number, unfortunately—doesn’t …
First Drives2019 Jaguar I-PACE: the EV Battle is Upon Us5.0/5
ALGRAVE, Portugal – When I asked John Lindo, director of public relations at Jaguar Land Rover Canada, about the availability of the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE when it hits showrooms this September, his response was brief but clear: “we are building them, and they will be available.” This is one of …
First Drives2019 Acura RDX: Some Personality at Last!4.0/5
You probably already know that the MDX and RDX generate the highest volume of sales at Honda’s luxury brand. This was true long before SUV sales skyrocketed. With the competition heating up across all SUV categories, Acura has decided to stand pat for now and rely on this tandem. For …
First Drives2019 Kia Sorento: Refreshed and Ready for Adventure3.5/5
MUSKOKA, Ontario – Kia has long been perceived by consumers as a brand with a strong value proposition. Over the past few years, Kia has tried to maintain those consumer benefits, while instilling a culture that's equally focused on technology, performance, comfort and design. According to Ted Lancaster, vice-president and …
First Drives2019 Lexus ES: Cream in the Fuel Tank4.0/5
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – While some carmakers are removing sedans from their lineups due to lack of interest from consumers, Lexus relishes in the fact that it can sell two entirely different midsize sedans. Performance junkies will lean towards the GS, or even the GS F, while drivers desiring something softer, …
First Drives2019 Volvo V60: Sleek Swede4.0/5
BARCELONA, Spain – Wagons are part of Volvo’s DNA and this style of vehicle is still very much a factor in European markets, as well as certain select markets around the globe. That’s why the introduction of a new V60 is of paramount importance to the Swedish automaker, and it …
First DrivesExclusive 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Alpha Dog4.5/5
CLARINGTON, Ontario – The current Porsche 911 Carrera lineup is made up of 23 different variants and the 911 GT2 RS is the top dog. It is the fastest, most powerful 911 Porsche has ever made, and it is the current lap record holder for production cars on the famous …
First Drives2018 Ford EcoSport: the Fiesta Suits Up3.0/5
SAINT-JOHN’S (Newfoundland and Labrador) – In 2018, when a consumer walks into a car dealership, the first acronym that comes out of his or her mouth is “SUV”! No matter the price. No matter the size. No matter the fuel consumption. The people request a sport utility vehicle. Understood? In …
First Drives2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring: it’s All About the Wing4.5/5
My colleague Gabriel Gélinas recently had the opportunity to attend the launch of the wildest 911 GT3 of all, the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS , at the world-famous Nurburgring race track—arguably the dream of any sports car enthusiast. While the Porsche logo is becoming more and more commonplace on …
First Drives2019 Audi A6: Do-it-all Luxury Sedan4.0/5
PORTO, Portugal – In a luxury brand’s lineup of vehicles, the midsize sedan might have one of the toughest jobs. It has to be sophisticated to justify a lofty price, but it can’t overshadow the full-size sedan as the technology benchmark. It has to perform better than the compact sedan …
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