First Drive 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Mainstream American Family Sedan

When Volkswagen moved the Jetta down market with the sixth generation model, specifically designed and built for the North American market, there were more than a few enthusiasts who were disappointed as previous Jetta’s especially in GLI trim, gave you a bit of that BMW M driving experience at half the cost. The thing is, […]

First Drive: Jaguar E-Pace

Crossovers are currently where all the cash sits. Car buyers want them, and automakers keep cranking them out. That’s how we wind up with a vehicle like the all-new Jaguar E-Pace. It’s the baby of the Jaguar crossover bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s simply an entry-level cash grab. Okay, it’s sort of that… but […]

First Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT

Here’s a car we’ve been looking forward to driving for some time now. The roll out of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT has been happening for awhile and we’ve waited quite a bit to see if the car lives up to the hype it’s generating. First off, you should know it lives up to its […]

First Drive: 2018 Audi TT RS and 2018 Audi RS3

The inline five-cylinder engine is one that should be quite familiar to fans of Audi’s racing history. It will soon be familiar to fans of the latest that the German automaker has to offer and it arrives in two flavors; the new 2018 Audi TT RS and 2018 Audi RS3. Each comes packing 400 horsepower […]

First Drive: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Somewhere between a wagon and a sport utility vehicle lies the crossover. Most of these lean more towards the car end of the equation, but the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek injects a hefty dose of off-road utility. We sauntered over to the Badlands of South Dakota to see what the all-new Crosstrek is all about. With […]

First Drive: 2018 Audi S5 Sportback

There’s compromise in the automotive world. Some of it is bad, but some of it is the good sort of compromise. The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback is that good kind. Yes, we’re hopelessly dreaming of a day when wagons will return in large numbers to roam the roads. That day isn’t today, so that’s why […]

First Drive: 2017 Honda Civic Si

A new Honda Civic means we have a new Honda Civic Si. This is the all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si, and it’s a relatively affordable performer available in both coupe and sedan body styles. Honda invited us out to its recently renovated proving grounds in the Mojave desert to see how the latest Si stacks […]

First Drive: 2018 Audi SQ5

Take one part Audi S4 and S5 powertrain. Mix that with a bit of Q5 body work. What do you have? A surprisingly good fat wagon that goes by the name of 2018 Audi SQ5. There’s over 350 horsepower on tap. An optional rear sport differential makes sure the power is applied purposefully. An optional […]

First Drive: 2018 Audi S4 and Audi S5

Instead of sampling one new Audi, let’s try out two! That’s what I did when I trekked to Palm Springs to take in both the 2018 Audi S4 and the 2018 Audi S5. Both are powered by a 354-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and both are a nice improvement over the car they’re replacing. There’s more noise, more […]