Tag Archives: First Drives

Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive review: sumptuous SUV

Land Rover has learned a thing or three since its sale nine years ago. First, pegging your future and bottom line on an all-SUV lineup can be rewarding (except when it isn't). Second, British automobiles and reliability don't have to be mutually exclusive (except when it is). Third, economy of scale can work wonders—especially when...

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Living with the 2017 Honda Civic Si: the good and the bad

The latest Honda Civic is also the best Honda Civic. That's an easy statement to make, but it's not quite as simple when you add the "Si" designation on the end. Because despite a raft of bad Civics for the current model to overshadow, the reality is that the Si range has been a much more consistent entry, offering fantastic driving dynamics in...

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2019 Audi A8 first drive review: technology enabling luxury

I'm hustling through the Spanish countryside getting a back massage, attacking roundabouts with gusto in a car that can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds, and my passenger is sound asleep. I'm in a car that won't come to America for more than a year, and it seems to do just about everything well. It's quiet, fast...

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today

<p>The main differentiators between Super Cruise and what other automakers are offering today are the mapped LiDAR data and the driver attention system. It's clear that Cadillac has baked in a ton of safety into this setup, and it makes it even more apparent how fast and loose <a href="http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1112662_ntsb-calls-teslas-self-driving-system-a-major-factor-in-fatal-crash-says-poor-safeguards-invite-misuse" target="_blank">Tesla's been playing with its Autopilot system</a><strong><em>,</em></strong> which has poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that simply invite users to misuse and abuse the system putting themselves and others on the road at risk.</p>

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Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have not always been adversaries. The two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, were once occasional collaborators. Not that you'd know that from behind the wheel of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe. This squat, wide, coupe is the range-topper in the AMG GT lineup, at least...

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Lamborghini Aventador S first drive review: the wrong car for a traffic jam

Anyone who has been to Monterey Car Week in general and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, specifically, know that the whole affair creates a special kind of congestion caused by automotive exotica of all sorts. You might see a string of Rolls-Royces, or vintage Ferraris, or Koenigseggs, or VW Microbuses, or any a mix of exotics and classics. It's...

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What it’s like to drive a concept car

When an automaker says its concept vehicle is powered by unicorn farts, emits only cotton candy, and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in two shakes of a lamb's tail, don't believe them. What they are actually saying is, "If we ever develop the technology to build this thing, that's what it could do."...

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Ford F-150 first drive review: so good you won’t even notice

When the new Ford F-150 was unveiled in 2015, it was the world's first aluminum pickup truck, an innovation that General Motors and Ram still haven't caught up with. Combined with a pair of twin-turbocharged V-6 engines, Ford's perennial best-seller pushed the art of the truck into an important new...

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