First Drives

First DrivesExclusive 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Well Trained and Ready to Fight
SEOUL (South Korea) – Yup, it’s another SUV! Surprised? We’re not. With industry titans such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer generating massive sales each year, it’s only fitting that all carmakers offer at least one eight-passenger SUV within its lineup. Inevitably, the Koreans are also following …
First Drives2019 BMW 3 Series: Subtly Better4.0/5
PORTIMÃO, Portugal – BMW hit the bullseye when it first launched the 3 Series in 1975. This lively and agile compact luxury sedan created a new category and went on to dominate it. So much so that the Bavarian manufacturer has produced more than 15.5 million units of the 3 …
First Drives2019 Porsche Macan: Best-seller Gets Updated with New Tech5.0/5
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – Twenty years ago, seeing the words SUV and Porsche in the same sentence was unthinkable. The German company was—and still is—renowned for its rear-drive, rear-engine sports cars. Then the Cayenne came along in 2003 and introduced an entirely new customer to the brand. With the …
First Drives2020 Volkswagen Passat: New Wardrobe3.5/5
MARICOPA, Arizona – Under the desert sun of Arizona, there’s a place where all the Volkswagen models we drive are hot-weather tested. A place that isn’t open to the public, and since there is no signage whatsoever, it could pass as a top-secret government site. It’s only the second time …
First Drives2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: The Obligation to Excel4.0/5
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – These days, if a luxury carmaker wishes to survive, it must excel. With mainstream brands like Hyundai, Kia and even Toyota constantly upping their game in terms of sophistication and technology, the pressure to innovate for premium nameplates has never been so high. Mercedes-Benz is particularly …
First Drives2019 Toyota RAV4: Poised to be More Popular than Ever4.0/5
Toyota’s problems are what we’d call good problems. Just as the fourth-gen RAV4 was reaching the end of its production cycle, its popularity was on the rise. In fact, 2017 was a record year for the model, with more than 50,000 units sold in Canada . Wiping the slate clean …
First DrivesSurprise! Toyota Unveils the New 2020 Corolla
No one knew exactly when the new 2020 Corolla would be unveiled or what it would look like. But after the Corolla hatchback was released earlier this year, it became clear that the sedan was going to be seriously revamped. Even though the 2020 Corolla was just unveiled at Auto …
First Drives2019 Hyundai Tucson: Staying in the Game4.0/5
SACRAMENTO, California – During the media launch of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N , a 275-horsepower pocket rocket that will seek to steal some sales away from the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R, the Korean brand also gave us the opportunity to try out the 2019 edition …
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