First Drives

First Drives2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge: Stop Calling Me Polestar!3.5/5
Ever since Polestar became a standalone brand, there’s been some confusion around Volvo vehicles. Polestar models used to be the performance variants in the Swedish automaker’s portfolio, then the plug-in hybrid options. To make things clearer for potential Volvo customers, the Polestar name will be phased out, and electrified vehicles …
First Drives2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo: A New Dimension of Fun4.0/5
Following the Mazda3 , it’s the now the CX-30 ’s turn to get that turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine as Mazda continues to move upmarket and challenge luxury players. Before we go any further, you should know that the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo carries a base MSRP of $36,250. It’s essentially …
Test Drives2021 Kia Sorento: More Attractive, Yet Less Capable3.5/5
The Sorento has been a staple at Kia since 2002. While it debuted as a body-on-frame SUV, this family mover from Korea has become more and more refined over the years, largely contributing to the brand’s success in Canada. Following the introduction of the fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento for the …
First Drives2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Good Pony, Bad Name4.0/5
Have you ever met someone whose name didn’t really fit with what their image or profession? Like a literature professor named Coco or a little baby boy named Elvis? The same thing happened with the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E . The people at the Blue Oval love their pony car …
First Drives2021 Lexus IS: In the Shadow of the Germans3.5/5
Lexus has no plans to tap out as it fights to stay relevant in the compact luxury car segment. Despite sales of the IS falling 21 percent from 2018 to 2019, the company is back with a redesigned model. The all-new 2021 Lexus IS has its work cut out for …
First Drives2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Macadam Cowboy4.0/5
While reviving the legendary Bronco following a quarter-century of inaction, Ford decided to make the most of it by developing a whole brand around the rugged four-wheeler. One solution was to create a smaller, more urban-oriented variant called Bronco Sport . But let’s be perfectly clear right away: the “baby …
First Drives2021 Toyota Sienna: A Hybrid for the Whole Family4.0/5
Ten years after introducing the third-generation Sienna , Japanese automaker Toyota is launching a completely revamped model for 2021. The popular minivan still features a pair of sliding doors, but everything else is vastly improved starting with the powertrain, which is now electrified across the line. We recently were invited …
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 …
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