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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.

2019 Audi Q3 first drive review

The Audi Q3 impeccably illustrates how fast America’s new car market has changed. The brand’s top officials initially decided to keep the original model (which arrived in

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive: Excess comes with a surprise

Not even Rolls-Royce is immune to the SUV craze. The tastes of the ultra-rich have hardly soured on ridiculously luxurious sedans to be chauffeured around

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe first drive review

For the last few years, Mercedes-Benz has put a great deal of effort and resources into the development of its in-house performance division, AMG. No

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ first drive review

“Power-to-weight ratio, aerodynamics, and handling – these represent the most important pillars of a super sportscar,” said Maurizio Reggiani, chief technical officer for Lamborghini, as

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth first drive review

With a few lapping sessions already under our belt, we decided that, this time around, we were really going to wring this thing out for

2019 Chevrolet Volt LT first drive review

In the realm of traditional automakers, Chevrolet has really asserted itself as the prime candidate to take the fight to trendsetters and smaller companies with

2019 McLaren 600LT First Drive

McLaren appears on a mission to make up for its adolescence in the series-production world by pumping out models at a ridiculous pace. Since McLaren

2019 Volvo S60 first drive review

Volvo has been on a roll lately. The Swedish automaker has found a way to wrap its traditional focus on safety in more attractive new

2019 Volvo V60 first drive: The wagon’s time has come

America may love SUVs and crossovers but, if Volvo has its way, at least a small portion of those sales will be carved out by

2019 Volvo S60 first drive: A Swedish revelation

The 2019 Volvo S60 has a lot to live up to. Following a series of award-winning new models like the XC90, S90, and XC40, it’s

2019 Audi e-tron first drive review: Drifting an EV SUV

Technically speaking, my first drive of the all-new, fully electric 2019 Audi e-tron never saw its cutting-edge electronically controlled all-wheel drive system touch a public

2019 BMW X5 first drive: The Boss is Back with a Vengeance

In an industry obsessed with acronyms, you can credit the BMW X5 as being the first-ever SAV, or Sport Activity Vehicle. Back in 1999, people

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe first drive: Barely tamed

Coupe life can be fun but rarely practical: if you love the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe, but need more space to transport friends, family, or sports

2019 Audi Q3 first drive: Style and luxury with tech to match

With over 1.1 million sold since its introduction in 2012, the Audi Q3 has been an essential vehicle for introducing consumers to the Audi brand.

2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

Cadillac isn’t known for making particularly small cars, with their flagship being the Escalade — seating 7 adults, and equipped with a 6.2L V8 —

2019 Kia Proceed FIRST DRIVE review – price, specs and release date

The Kia Proceed is a svelte shooting brake which sits halfway between the regular Ceed hatchback and the Sportswagon estate – we’ve been for an

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

It’s not a coupe, and it’s not a sedan, but the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback absolutely is mesmerizing. Audi Sport’s latest blend of performance

2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport and ZR hybrid Review

Does the biggest, sexiest, safest and most dynamic Corolla ever justify its price hikes? What we liked: • Standard safety equipment • Comfort and refinement

2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye first drive: 797hp bragging rights

As answers to unasked requests go, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s 797 horsepower ranks fairly high on the “nobody needed this, but it’s fun