First Drives

First Drives2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i: No Need to Worry4.0/5
PALM SPRINGS (California) – After a three-year hiatus, BMW’s drop-top roadster returns with an all-new face, built on an entirely updated platform and powered by two new engines. Exciting. But we were worried. Worried that this new Z4 would be too big, too soft and far from its roots (the …
First Drives2019 Volvo V60: The World’s only PHEV Wagon4.0/5
Following recent updates to the S60, Volvo has modernized the V60 wagon. We were invited to drive the vehicle in its home country of Sweden. Wagons have been part of the Volvo tradition for decades, but the V60’s segment is waning with few players left on the field. There’s the …
First Drives2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Identity Theft4.5/5
SAN DIEGO (California) – Chevrolet invited us to California to drive an all-new five-passenger crossover. We were promised a vehicle that’ll compete against a Nissan Murano , a Honda Passport and a Ford Edge . We then got the usual spiel about its design, technology and sportiness. Oddly enough, this …
First Drives2020 Porsche 911: Rising to the Challenge4.5/5
Every time a new generation of the 911 is unveiled, Porsche gets nervous. On the one hand, the manufacturer knows it has a duty to make sure the product evolves so that it remains not only current, but cutting edge. Makeovers are inevitable. On the other hand, the history of …
First Drives2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4: Apocalypse Machine4.5/5
SAN DIEGO (California) – Let’s be honest here, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is not a direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor. And the day Ram introduces its Rebel TRX pickup, it’ll apparently be powered by a Hellcat engine, which means it’ll be even meaner. But that doesn’t prevent …
First Drives2019 Mazda3: Moving Upscale4.5/5
Mazda is a smaller manufacturer whose pockets aren’t as deep as those of most competitors. To protect its long-term viability, Mazda has decided to let Honda, Toyota and Hyundai occupy the affordable segment, while it focuses on offering more luxurious—and more expensive—vehicles. Their goal is to increase profit margins and …
First Drives2019 Lamborghini Urus: The Long-legged Bull4.5/5
A Lamborghini SUV. Yep, that’s a thing now. The Italian automaker, which is known for its ultra-powerful and aerodynamic sports cars, is throwing its hat into the SUV ring by introducing the Urus. The decision may strike some as odd, but the move is driven by hopes that it will …
First Drives2020 Porsche 911: Changes that are Far More than Skin Deep
As automotive icons go, none can match the Porsche 911. The early 20th century had Bentley , Bugatti and Ford , the middle belonged to all American brands and then the Japanese and Germans moved in. Throughout the decades and models, interest faded in and out for these products and …
First Drives2019 Audi e-tron quattro: Electric is the Way Forward4.0/5
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Over the past three years, Audi's electric e-tron quattro SUV has gone from a concept vehicle to a production model. We’ve already written a number of articles about its evolution, including its world premiere in San Francisco and our test drive of the prototype …
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