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2021 BMW iX3 First Drive Review: The New Normal?

It had to be an SUV, everything these days is an SUV. But if you’re a brand launching its first “mass-produced” electric car, why wouldn’t

2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye First Drive Review: Next Level

Dodge knows a thing or two about muscle cars. It’s been building brutish quarter-mile racers since the 1960s, and even under the looming pressure of

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Prototype First Drive Review: Just Plain Good

Two things bookended my brief test drive of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 prototype. As I was getting familiar with the car in the parking lot

2021 Ford F-150 First Drive Review: Theory Of Evolution

Whenever an automaker redesigns a core model, it’s faced with a choice – significant changes or incremental fine-tuning. Ford used the first tactic when it

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD First Drive Review: Decisions, Decisions

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: You should buy a minivan, or at least consider one before thoughtlessly hopping into some SUV.

2021 Mazda3 Turbo First Drive Review: Power Without Punch

After driving the new 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo for the first time I had exactly one thought: Damn, I miss our long-term test car. The

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line First Drive: Simply The Best

The Hyundai N division, which started life with the race-winning 2013 i20 WRC rally car, has ascended to a full-blown brand like BMW M –

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Prototype First Drive Review: Winning Streak

One of the most surprising new-vehicle debuts of the past year was the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N, which took the company’s funky, asymmetrical hatchback and

2021 Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review: Three Flavors In One Tasty Package

A newcomer to the US market three decades ago, Hyundai boasted brisk initial sales that soon tapered off due to reliability concerns, but in the

2021 Hyundai Elantra N First Drive Review: Worthy of Praise

I spent less than an hour driving the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N. And even though my test driver is essentially a pre-production prototype, it’s evident

2021 Alpina XB7 First Drive Review: Scarcity Sells

You expect to see certain vehicles in pit lanes – sleek, low, sporty shapes on sticky tires, with intense aerodynamics and stripped-down cabins, right? Sure,

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid First Drive – Green prestige not piety

It’s lucky that the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid has “HYBRID” badges on its trunk and fenders, else you’d be forgiven for not knowing it was

2021 BMW 4 Series First Drive Review: Picking The Nose

First things first: Yes, the 2021 BMW 4 Series and its massive kidney grilles look better in person than in pictures. And while the bucktoothed

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost First Drive Review – Luxury with a twist

The second-generation 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost marks the beginning of a new era at Goodwood. Here is a modern Rolls, one that sets aside pompousness for

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC All-Terrain First Drive Review – Perfect Blend

You can’t accuse Mercedes-Benz of not having tried to woo US drivers with its wagons. That the old E-Series wagon is being replaced in North

2020 BMW M2 CS First Drive Review: Mind Eraser

One look at the questionable design of the new 4 Series, one frustrating encounter with frivolous technology, or one mediocre moment at the wheel of

2021 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck: First Drive Wows In A Big Way

The Rivian R1T is one of many future electric pickup trucks. However, it’s arguably more real than any of its upcoming rivals. Rivian has tested

2021 Toyota Sienna First Drive Review: Give It A Chance

Why don’t people buy minivans? There are two pretty simple answers. The first being that minivans just don’t look cool – or at least, they

2021 Genesis GV80 First Drive – Detail where it matters

You may not know what the 2021 Genesis GV80 is, in among the sea of SUVs that crowd the roads, but you’ll definitely not miss

2021 Cadillac Escalade First Drive Review – The Recipe for American Luxury

In the good old days – and by that I mean “before the arrival of the 2021 Escalade” – you bought Cadillac’s big, attention-seeking SUV

2021 Lexus IS First Drive Review: Sharper, But Mostly The Same

At first glance, the 2021 Lexus IS certainly looks brand new. The styling is cleaner, the proportions are better, and when you start perusing the

2022 Volkswagen Taos Prototype First Drive Review: Small SUV, Big Job

Although it’s one of the world’s largest automakers, Volkswagen is in need of some direction. Still reeling from an emissions scandal in 2015, the company

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD First Drive Review: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

When it comes to performance driving, “progress” isn’t always a good thing. Sure, progress gave us 800-horsepower family sedans and telemetry-rich infotainment systems, but it’s

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series First Drive Review: Take The Black

Since 2006, Mercedes-Benz has attached the Black Series moniker to its most powerful and exclusive AMG products. But while every Mercedes eventually spawns an AMG

Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive Review

The ID.4 is arguably the most important vehicle in Volkswagen’s new era of electrification. Therefore, we have been anxiously awaiting a chance to take one

2020 Ford Shelby GT350R Heritage Edition First Drive Review: Going Out With Style

To normal folks, the 2020 Ford Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition is just a paint job. To Mustang people, though, the arrival of Wimbledon White and

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex First Drive Review: A Bad Take On A Great Idea

In theory, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex is every enthusiast’s dream: cheap, good looking, and somewhat performance-oriented. If it were around when I was in

2021 McLaren 765LT First Drive Review: Go Long

Ever smiled so much that it starts to hurt? It’s rare to find a car that can make you enjoy yourself that much, and perhaps

2021 Acura TLX First Drive Review: Making Strides Toward Excellence

The 2021 Acura TLX is the latest luxury sedan from the company once known for the legendary Legend and its justified “Precision Crafted Performance” tagline.

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive First Drive Review: Breathtaking

“Wow. This thing is massive.” Those were my thoughts upon encountering the 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive for the first time. I’m not sure