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The 2019 Audi R8 Is a 600-HP Wallflower among Supercars – First Drive Review

Minor tweaks don’t much elevate its profile. It might seem churlish to start a review of a car as talented as the Audi R8 with

2018 Toyota Century first drive review: Timeless icon renewed

Toyota’s most expensive car is also among its best-kept secrets. If you’re familiar with the Toyota Century at all, you’ve probably heard it referred to as

2019 Acura NSX First Drive: Soul Upgrade

If exclusivity is your lodestar when you’re buying a supercar, then on a dollar basis the 2019 Acura NSX should probably be your first port

2019 Mazda CX-5 First Drive Review

If there’s one thing you can say about Mazda, it’s that this company isn’t afraid to take a big risk. Back in 1989, the conventional

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e first drive review: Efficient stability

People are quick to make fun of the Toyota Prius, and I understand why: It looks kind of weird, and its earliest adopters were maybe a

2019 Audi A8L First Drive: Luxury as a place of sanctuary

When’s the last time you got into any vehicle, as driver or passenger, and felt like you’d just entered a sanctuary of sorts? Sitting cross-legged

2019 Porsche Cayenne first drive review: A stronger foundation

While it’s easy to be tempted by the company’s fastest offerings, the truth is, Porsche instills gobs of brilliance into even its most-basic models. That’s especially true

2019 Nissan Maxima first drive review: More tech, same ride

Nissan has used the phrase “four-door sports car” to describe its Maxima sedan for years. And while this refreshed 2019 model gets a number of changes that make

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive review: Crocodile eyes, family-friendly heart

A few years ago, Hyundai finally launched Genesis as a standalone luxury brand. Today, it has a range of very solid new models, but so far, almost nobody’s buying.

Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Welcome to the future

When you get the opportunity to drive a concept car, and to be ahead of a superhero like Tony Stark, you don’t say no. No,

2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive: The Supercar SUV

The 2019 Lamborghini Urus is, depending on your frame of reference, the natural evolution of an enthusiast’s performance car brand or a monstrous betrayal by

2019 Nissan Murano First Drive Review: Styling Tweaks and Fresh Tech for a Comfy Cruiser

A stalwart mid-size crossover girds for battle against a wave of fresh competitors. When the Nissan Murano first went on sale as a 2003 model,

2019 BMW 330i and 2020 M340i First Drive

15,543,000. That’s the number of 3 Series that BMW has produced over the past four decades – and now seven generations – of the iconic

2019 Audi e-tron SUV First Drive Review

When I got the chance to test drive the new Audi e-tron in the deserts of Namibia, it was clear Audi hadn’t developed an electric SUV

2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison first drive review: An off-road animal

When I hear the word “bison,” two things come to mind. Naturally, there’s the big, beefy animal. But there’s also M. Bison, the final boss

2019 VW Beetle Final Edition first drive review

As they say, all good things must come to an end, and such is the case with the VolkswagenBeetle. Yes, after the 2019 model year, the

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Turbo First Drive: Unleashing the Hulk

For years, most people would see a Hyundai driving down the road and their incredible lack of interest would leave them overlooking the herculean progress

2019 BMW Z4 first drive review: Reinvigorating the roadster

If you read editor-in-chief Tim Stevens’ first drive of the 2020 Toyota Supra prototype and thought, well golly, that sure sounds promising, let me introduce you to

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid first drive review: Worth the extra charge

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the brand’s second attempt at a hybrid crossover. The first iteration never sold particularly well, so Subaru took a different approach this time

2019 Toyota RAV4 first drive review: Compact SUV makes huge improvements

It’s been 22 years since the first-generation Toyota RAV4 arrived in US shores. Back then, compact-based crossovers or small SUVs were as ubiquitous as smartphones,

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel First Drive Review – More Than Just an Improved Off-Roader

It’s a better pickup overall, with greater refinement and performance. The image of enhanced off-road capability, both real and imagined, has long been a part

2019 Hyundai Veloster N first drive review

The first generation Hyundai Veloster was an odd duck. Radical styling turned heads and introduced new buyers to the Hyundai brand, but its driving dynamics left a

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS first drive review

Navigating GT territory requires a very precise map. Historically, we’ve seen the GTA, GTB, GTC, GTD, GTE, GTI, GTO, GTR, and GTS nameplates on the

2019 Acura ILX first drive: Distinctively safer

The 2019 Acura ILX means more than just the automaker’s latest attempt to instill “Precision Crafted Performance” into the small luxury category. For Acura, it’s

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 / Mercedes-AMG C43 First drive review: Instrumented Test

Still the S-class of entry-luxury vehicles. UPDATE 10/26/2018: This review has been updated with C/D test results. Its name may be unchanged, but the fresh-faced 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 packs

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross first drive review

Mitsubishi was once a big-time automaker mentioned in the same breath as fellow Japanese firms Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, and in that golden age the

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric first drive review

The traffic in Beverly Hills is thick and slow-moving as I creep my way back toward my hotel. Where all the cars around me are

2019 Lexus UX first drive review

The books, movies, and television shows that predicted what life would look like in the 21st century overlooked one key aspect of the 2018 landscape: the

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive review

Unless you spend a lot of time browsing camper van sites, you might be surprised to learn that Mercedes-Benz sells vans. The redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter represents

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive review

In marketing 101, students often learn to “start ‘em young.” It’s the golden ticket to securing brand loyalty for life and a successful marketing campaign.