First Drives

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 …
First Drives2020 Cadillac CT5: In Need of More Horsepower3.0/5
ANN ARBOR, Michigan— While Cadillac dominated the 1950s and 1960s with big-bodied cars sporting fancy tailfins, the following decades were all about European luxury brands, especially those from Germany. Definitely not happy to play second fiddle, Cadillac has since tried pretty much everything to hopefully regain its enviable position, enjoying …
First Drives2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Once Again the Range Champ4.0/5
A lot of things have changed since the Chevrolet Bolt first hit the market in 2017. Once alone in its class, the brand’s all-electric hatchback has seen a number of highly competitive models also fight for consumer dollars. The list includes the Hyundai Kona Electric , Nissan LEAF PLUS , …
First Drives2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Already Fantastic4.5/5
ANN ARBOR, Michigan— Two pre-production copies of the new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray were among the three dozen vehicles submitted to the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury for three days of testing. Both were 3LT models equipped with the essential Z51 performance package and virtually all …
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