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    First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT [w/video]
    Wolverines, Whiskey And The Apogee Of Grand Touring 1415984220

    At a Halloween party a couple of weeks ago, a rather inebriated new acquaintance of mine pulled a beautiful round flask out of his extravagant wolverine costume (the animal, not the X-Men character – I live in Ann Arbor) and offered me a pull. I wasn't driving, and I'm neither an asshole nor a fool, so I took a sip. The whiskey that poured out was ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Smart Fortwo
    A Smarter City Car For Crowded Urbanites 1415638620

    In the sixteen years since Daimler first introduced the Smart car, the micro city car market has grown significantly to the extent that the urban-oriented brand doesn't just have more competition to contend with these days than it did in the late 90s; for the first time it has real competition on its hands altogether. In other words, while the Smart ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Focus
    Is A 1.0L EcoBoost Enough For The Blue Oval's C-Segment Fighter? 1413302220

    Sitting down at the pre-drive briefing with Ford engineers ahead of sampling the refreshed 2015 Focus, water bottles clinked as we wet our whistles before Q&A. While pouring a glass, we noticed something stamped on the bottle label: "1L." One liter. We were palming the exact displacement of the EcoBoost engine our group was about to drive. This was ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW X6
    Bavaria's High-Riding Hunchback Stays The Course 1413215820

    Most everyone would agree that BMW offers a range of very attractive and well-proportioned coupes, sedans, crossovers and wagons. Yet there is one member of its family that has always struck us as a bit odd: the X6. Proudly coined "The world's first Sports Activity Coupe" by its German maker, the X6 features a wedge-shaped body with a characteristic ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II [w/video]
    Your Reputation Precedes You 1412956620

    Rolls-Royce Director of Global Communications Richard Carter tells me that his storied employer is "a company that does not chase volume." In a perfect world, mused Carter, the carmaker would sell "one less" of its ultra-luxury vehicles than the fast-expanding world market demands. And, thanks in no small part to the unprecedented success of the Series I ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford F-150 [w/videos] [UPDATE]
    Utilizing Lightweight Aluminum To Break Steel Traditions 1412294280

    UPDATE: Ford has responded to our inquiries for curb weights on all models and released figures for all models. You can see a chart in the gallery and our article below has been updated accordingly. To learn more about the all-new 2015 F-150 and get an early read on its potential hero-or-zero status, we flew to the heart of full-size pickup truck ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Renault Twingo [w/video]
    The Rear-Engined Hatchback, However Improbable 1412179140

    In cars, as in all things, there exists a huge chasm between what is possible and what is probable. It may be possible, for example, that within a few years, we'll be zipping around town in hydrogen-powered, autonomous flying cars. But the likelihood is that we'll all be driving four-wheeled vehicles with internal combustion engines and our hands at ten ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Honda CR-V
    Meaningful Mid-Cycle Refresh Leaves This Cute-Ute All Grown Up 1412092620

    Predicting the future direction of Honda's compact CR-V would have been difficult based on the Civic-derived model that first arrived on our shores for the 1997 model year. The newcomer, selling alongside the body-on-frame Passport (a hastily rebadged Isuzu Rodeo), was a cute compact crossover with four doors and an awkward curb-side hinged tailgate ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Toyota Sienna
    The Swaggeriest of Toyota's Swagger Wagons Drives Quieter, Tidier 1411671480

    It's hard to love a minivan, but it's very, very easy to use one. More than any other kind of vehicle – save a panel van, perhaps – the minivan is the most appliance-like of four-wheeled transportation devices. And most minivan buyers don't need to love their purchases; they just need to use them. So when it comes to a minivan's driving ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris
    Refreshed To Sell Confidence And Value, Not Innovation And Technology 1411660620

    Advertising firms have done an admirable job convincing consumers that the easiest way to find a best-in-segment car or truck is by looking at a few key metrics. In the most elementary terms, the vehicle with the highest horsepower, most gears in its transmission housing, lowest acceleration times and best fuel economy most certainly must be the class ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado [w/video]
    Leapfrogging The Competition In One Big Jump 1411574220

    Be it in the category of luggage, pocket knives, personal computers or cars, the concept of an all-in-one, do-everything product is attractive to a lot of consumers. Why fuss around with stocking your pockets with toothpicks and tiny saws, asks Victorinox, when one well-packaged device can offer up all the functionality that a Swiss Army regular might ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche Cayenne S
    Turbo V6 Makes Best-Selling Porsche More Potent Than Ever 1411487820

    Oh, Porsche. Just as the dust settles over the 911 GT3's no manual gearbox kerfuffle, the Germans have gone and yanked the yummy naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 from the Cayenne S and replaced it with a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6. Is nothing sacred in Porscheland? Perhaps not... but that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all, Porsche famously once said ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Camry
    (Re)Securing Its Spot At The Top 1411401420

    Every car has its definitive year. Whether it be the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, or yes, even the ubiquitous Toyota Camry, 10.2 million of which have been sold since 1983, every car has its year. For the Camry, that year was 1992. With son-of-Lexus styling, a clear sense of purpose and a parent company that had hit its stride as the purveyor of ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang GT [w/video]
    The First Pony Car, In First Place Once Again 1411142220

    At 50 years old, the object of fantasies, a tuner's dream, a movie star and more than nine million strong, it couldn't be truer to say that the Ford Mustang needs no introduction. This newest Mustang, however – making the biggest changes we've seen to the pony car since perhaps 1964.5 – is something Ford has been introducing all year. We went ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona
    Injecting New Life Into A Tired Segment, But Will Anyone Notice? 1410969540

    Minivan sales have stagnated in recent years, and Kia tells me that no fewer than 15 models have been completely eliminated from the market since crossovers rose to prominence. So why in the world is the company not only sticking by the Sedona, but also actively investing in it, giving it a complete overhaul for the 2015 model year? The Korean automaker ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lincoln Navigator
    EcoBoost Authority Does What It Can To Mask An Aging Package 1410796620

    Typically, when I approach a new vehicle launch, it's with a degree of optimism. Nowadays, we just expect that every new vehicle will pose a legitimate challenge to segment leaders. Mid-cycle refreshes, meanwhile, have taken on a greater degree of importance, as customers' preferences for the freshest vehicles remains strong and automakers rush to keep ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F
    The Third Child Is Slightly Less Wild 1409932620

    I didn't get a chance to drive the Lexus IS F until 2009, two years after the car had gone on sale, but I still vividly remember the day it happened. Having piloted almost every other vehicle in the Lexus lineup at that point, I was stoked to finally get some wheel time in the V8-powered, flared-fender muscle sedan, but fully expected the car to offer a ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R
    Fashion Forward. Fast-Forward. 1407427020

    Germany's automakers seem to get their jollies by watching us scratch our heads. Instead of sticking to traditional automotive bodystyles, they've been deliberately blurring the lines between them and inventing new terminology with which to classify their creations. So we're left with low-slung sedans called "four-door coupes," crossovers marketed as ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    An Even Brighter Three-Pointed Star 1407340620

    It ain't easy being the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Up until now, the compact luxury sedan has had a tough job description: offer sufficient driving dynamics to allow it to compete with the lauded BMW 3 Series, while also serving as the lowest cost of entry into the coveted Mercedes-Benz portfolio. Daimler has had to make it good enough to steal people away ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
    A Return To Form 1407254220

    Save for a few years of its century-plus existence, Cadillac has offered its unique brand of American elegance in two-door, fixed-roof bodystyles. Most of these cars were big, floaty barges, of course, though its most recent offering was the wedge-shaped CTS Coupe. But whereas the CTS Coupe was a statement car – angular and severe, with somewhat ...

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