Tag Archives: First Drives

Acura TLX A-Spec first drive review: character by committee

A jack of all trades, the 2018 Acura TLX is so balanced it fades among more daring, extroverted rivals. A mid-cycle update rather than a full-scale redesign, the 2018 Acura TLX hammers yet another nail in the coffin of Acura's hated shield grille. The new grille stretches more horizontally and sits...

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Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road review

Just what is Trail Rated? For years, Jeep has separately branded its most off road-oriented models. Years ago, it was the Up Country package. Today, it's the Trail Rated badge, which is affixed to all Wranglers and certain versions of Jeep's Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. Yes...

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Ford GT first drive review: ready for supercar liftoff

The nose draws to a point. It's an arrow. The tail tapers like the business end of rifle ammo. It squares up, impossibly mean in its stance. The 2017 Ford GT sets the newest benchmark for things that look fast while standing still. Lots of street cars ape track machines. Ford developed its striking...

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Living with the 2017 Volvo S90: the good and the bad

I don't think there's a single brand that has a stronger identity than Volvo. Hear me out. Its focus on safety and reserved, stylish design with just a hint of Swedish flair and modernism survived Ford's perpetually rudderless, mismanaged Premier Automotive Group. Meanwhile, anyone who thought...

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Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro first drive review: the everyman’s Raptor

The Toyota Tacoma's "just right" recipe has long made it a leader among smaller (but still rather large) pickups, and this year the most capable out-of-the-box Taco TRD Pro offers an even more compelling reason to get dirty. It's sort of a "Raptor Lite," an off-road-ready pickup built up to save...

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Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD first drive review

The Acura MDX is the most popular three-row luxury crossover vehicle, says Honda's premium division, with 850,000 sold since 2001. The vast majority of those were sold in North America, since the Acura brand is almost entirely focused on the U.S. The MDX was also Acura's highest-selling vehicle...

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