Tag Archives: First Drives

2018 Infiniti QX80 first drive review: age is more than a number

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a frustrating vehicle. It's (finally) attractive. There's a charming powertrain moving it along. And this big truck does luxury well, with beautiful leatherwork and a quiet cabin. But these attributes aren't enough to to overshadow the QX80's age. At the very least, Infiniti's reskinning of the QX80 has been a success. In a bid to...

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2018 Jeep Wrangler first drive: expectations defied

With anticipation comes expectations. Before venturing to Tucson, Arizona, to experience the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, we assumed that it would be more refined, more livable, more comfortable, more efficient, and more feature-laden. And it delivers all those superlatives. But what we also expected was compromise. If Jeep can make a Wrangler a viable daily driver...

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype first drive: stress relief

Matthias Erb, the engineer tasked with turning VW's North American operations from car importer to full-on development office, isn't able to relax for long. Last year, VW finally got competitive in the American crossover market with its redesigned Tiguan and new Atlas. This year, it's an even bigger challenge: reinvigorating a dated compact...

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2018 Volvo XC60 first drive review: a tidy, polished package

Volvo is reinventing itself with fresh products, the latest technologies, new 4-cylinder and electrified powertrains, and ground-up platforms faster than most believed it could. Now that it has successfully captured the automotive world's attention with the flagship XC90 and S/V 90 models, it's time for the smaller XC60. Volvo has managed to pull off quite...

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV first drive: London, here’s your off-roader

A cynic could argue that the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e PHEV is a compliance special for the well-heeled. But the reality is that adding an electric motor both keeps the world's flagship SUV a viable option for city dwellers in places like London and points toward the future of off-roading. Due to go on sale next summer in the U.S., the 2019 Range...

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Ford Mustang first drive review: getting serious

Ever since Chevrolet relaunched the Camaro, it's effectively been poking Ford, almost trying to provoke its oldest rival with cars like the SS 1LE, Z/28, and ZL1. And Ford has spent the past several years politely asking Chevy to stop with a short string of competitors in the Boss 302, GT500, and most recently the GT350. The 2018 Ford Mustang is what...

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS first drive review: fierce and focused

ALGARVE, PORTUGAL – The most fearsome, trackworthy Porsche is no longer the naturally aspirated GT3. If Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times mean anything to you, the wondrously capable 918 Spyder has also been eclipsed. The latest King of the ‘Ring and sharpest weapon in the Porsche lineup is the $294,250 911 GT2 RS, a twin-turbocharged, 700...

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Ford Expedition first drive review: an "A" student at last

For a long time, the Ford Expedition was forgotten—perhaps, even forgettable. Last redesigned in 2007, the SUV received next-to-no attention until 2015, when Dearborn deigned to drop a 3.5-liter Ecoboost under the hood as part of the mildest of refreshes. It was fine, the "C's get degrees" approach compared to General Motors valedictorian...

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Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared review: top tax bracket bruiser

"Hey dude, your car is huuuuge!" We expected that reaction while driving a vehicle with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance through Washington D.C. What we didn't expect was someone to ask us if it's a Hummer, though. Come on! This is definitely not a Hummer. It's the Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared. Remember the G63 6x6? This...

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