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First Drives2019 Nissan Murano: Modest Update3.5/5
The Nissan Murano is facing growing competition in its segment. The Hyundai Santa Fe has been completely redesigned, the Ford Edge offers a new performance model, while the brand new Honda Passport and Chevrolet Blazer look like serious challengers. To make sure people don’t forget about the Murano, Nissan has …
First DrivesNissan Altima-te AWD: Just Because
Why would a company like Nissan spend thousands of dollars to transform an ordinary sedan into a snow-busting, track-equipped vehicle that will never go on sale? The better question might be: why not? In order to promote its brand new all-wheel-drive Altima , Nissan Canada came up with a unique …
First DrivesHere’s the 2020 Ford Transit
Even though Ford is now focusing on SUVs and vans, the Dearborn-based manufacturer hasn’t forgotten its commercial division, which yields massive profits for the company thanks to its 44% market share. About a month ago, we gave you the scoop on the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty . Now here’s …
First Drives2019 Ram Heavy Duty : There's a New Big Guy in the Ring4.0/5
LAS VEGAS (Nevada) – In the heavy-duty truck segment, numbers are everything, especially torque numbers, and the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty doesn’t disappoint: 1,000 lb.-ft., a 35,100-lb. (15,921-kg) max towing rating, and a 7,680-lb. (3,484-kg) payload capacity. Indeed, FCA’s latest rig is strong and ready to take on rivals such …
First Drives2019 BMW M850i xDrive: Master of its Art4.0/5
By the end of the 1980s, BMW started winding down production of its grand sport coupe—the 6 Series—to make way for something even more opulent: the 8 Series. With a much more modern look than its predecessor, this beast incorporated advanced technologies and mechanicals that weren’t typical at BMW. The …
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 …
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