Tag Archives: First Drives

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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Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road review

Term limits don't apply to the new car industry. If they did, the 2017 Nissan Frontier you see here wouldn't be a dead-ringer for the 2005 Nissan Frontier that hit dealer lots during George W. Bush's first term. A lot has changed since 2005. But not the Frontier. Sure, it's up for a redesign, but...

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS: Living with a street and track star

Life gets in the way, even when you're behind the wheel of a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Instead of zipping around scenic Lake Tahoe or pushing things to the limit on a South African racetrack, as we've been fortunate to do before, I just spent a week behind the 911 GTS' wheel through rain and...

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Audi TT RS first drive review: overcoming imbalance

If you were going to design a sports car, you wouldn't start with the layout of the Audi TT. You wouldn't choose a front-wheel-drive architecture. You wouldn't turn the engine sideways, and you damn sure wouldn't locate it ahead of the front axle. Instead, you'd start...

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Dodge Durango SRT first drive review: Challenger’s attitude

A Dodge Durango might be one of the last vehicles you'd want to drive on an angry lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's in-field road course. It's a 3-row crossover SUV, designed for school runs rather than running down the front straight. And yet, I'm doing just that, thundering (the wrong way)...

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