First Drives

First Drives2020 Hyundai Sonata: Awesome… Just Like the Others3.5/5
Hyundai recently invited us to its assembly plant in Alabama, where the Sonata , Elantra and Santa Fe are all built, not to mention the future Santa Cruz pickup. We were introduced to the completely redesigned 2020 Sonata, a finalist for the North American Car of the Year award along …
First Drives2020 Hyundai Venue: The Perfect Fit for the Right Customers4.0/5
Just before our test drive of the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, we received a short message from the company’s public relations staff. Basically, they asked us to put ourselves in the customer’s shoes. You see, the Venue is aimed at city-dwelling millennials with a fondness for the latest and hottest …
First Drives2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB: CuteWagen4.5/5
With the addition of the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB , there are now eight SUVs in the German automaker’s lineup. People in Stuttgart are ecstatic since rival BMW “only” has seven. However, the latter offers three sub-compact models including the BMW X1 and X2 as well as the MINI Countryman.
First Drives2020 Audi RS 6 Avant: The Most Badass Wagon4.5/5
Performance enthusiasts have been waiting for it for a long time, and now it’s about to go on sale in Canada. The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant arrives next year as a sinister-looking, 590-horsepower wagon and a total badass. Out first drive took place in California’s Malibu area, a hotbed …
First Drives2020 Lincoln Corsair: A Redesign Filled With Hope3.5/5
Despite launching some truly well-designed products in recent years, Lincoln continues to be perceived as a bit old-school by many. The all-new 2020 Corsair aims to fix that. This is the luxury brand’s entry-level model, slotting below the Nautilus , Aviator and Navigator as a replacement for the MKC , …
First Drives2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Outrageous and Obedient5.0/5
LOS ANGELES, California— Those who worry about the Mustang since the launch of an electric variant shaped like a crossover need to know that the present and foreseeable future of their beloved pony car could hardly be in better hands. That’s what we found out a few hours before the …
First Drives2020 Audi S8: High-end Luxury With a Sporty Twist4.5/5
Two years after the launch of the next-generation Audi A8 , here comes the high-performance variant, a car filled with the same advanced technologies but offering an extra dose of power and sportiness. Available now in Canada from $151,600, the new 2020 Audi S8 is the executive luxury sedan for …
First Drives2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel: Extreme in Many Way$3.0/5
After launching a four-door variant and a pickup truck based on the Wrangler , Jeep has found yet another brilliant (?) way to attract customers: a turbo-diesel engine. The Car Guide was invited to Utah to put it to the test, so here are our first impressions... Torque Galore We’re …
First DrivesPolestar 1: A Plug-in Hybrid Shooting Star4.0/5
SAN FRANCISCO, California— Some engineers and designers must have erupted with joy when they were asked to develop Polestar’s first vehicle as a standalone brand, operating under the stewarding of Volvo and China’s Geely. They would have generous resources at their disposal, not to mention the creative freedom to do …
First Drives2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe: There is Hope
SPARTANBURG, South Carolina— The BMW 2 Series as we know it, with rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, is dead. It’s being replaced with a new architecture featuring a transverse engine and automatic transmission. Sad times for sporty driving enthusiasts. We’ve just put the car to the test in Gran …
First Drives2020 Audi RS Q8: Green Hell’s Fastest SUV
Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany— Somewhere between the famous Pflanzgarten and Schwalbenschwanz bends, the new Audi RS Q8 goes up in the air as Frank Stippler jumps the rumble strip at the apex of a left turn sitting on a ridge. Strapped to the passenger seat next to him, I’m extremely impressed …
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