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First Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

First Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

Back in 2006, when Alan Mulally joined Ford Motor Co. as its new CEO he had a variety of tough decisions to make about the automaker’s broad brand portfolio. The former Boeing exec quickly decided to sell off European brands Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo...
First Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80

First Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80

Sales of big sport utility vehicles all but collapsed 10 years ago during the last recession but they have made a steady comeback because of their ability to carry multiple passengers in relative comfort. While General Motors with vehicles such as the Cadillac...
First Drive: 2019 Kia K900

First Drive: 2019 Kia K900

Big quiet sedans are still the vehicle of choice for riding in style and the Kia K900 offers plenty of both and quite a bit more. Kia has astutely cultivated a middle-of-the-market position in a focused effort to move beyond the bargain basement image with which it...
First Drive: 2020 Cadillac XT6

First Drive: 2020 Cadillac XT6

There’s a bit of an irony to the debut of Cadillac’s newest SUV, the XT6. General Motors’ luxury brand was one of the first entrants into the luxury SUV space, with the original Escalade making its debut during the 1998 model-year, just ahead of BMW’s X5. But Caddy...
First Drive: 2019 Nissan Maxima SR

First Drive: 2019 Nissan Maxima SR

Judging by the sales totals, it looks as if someone will have to soon organize a campaign to save the family car or have it covered by the Endangered Species Act, which is too bad because carmakers have worked diligently for more than century to build the perfect...
First Drive: BMW X4 xDrive30i

First Drive: BMW X4 xDrive30i

Pickup trucks get ample attention these but there is plenty of buzz around other segments that didn’t even exist until recently – such as the growing niche compact luxury sport-utes. The 2019 BMW X4, for example, has landed in the midst of a fierce competition with...
First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

In today’s automotive market, to have a manufacturer launch a new seven- or eight-passenger SUV is nothing new. I recently wrote an article about the stellar BMW X7, with seven-passenger capability. The X7 is one fine vehicle – among the best SUVs I’ve ever driven. I...
2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

2019 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Unpretentious is a word that seems to have dropped from the American vocabulary, but all the same Lexus has earned a reputation for delivering a comfortable brand of luxury vehicles of peerless quality that are also tasteful and smartly equipped. But in recent years,...
First Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design

First Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design

Vehicles have gotten so good these days for a lot of reasons, and it is more difficult for any manufacturer to get its vehicle to stand out in almost any competitive segment. Even flashy sheet metal won’t do the trick and technical innovation appears to have an...
First Drive: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

First Drive: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

I am conflicted. I recently drove the new BMW X7, which combines stellar interior design and sensational driving and handling capability. My opinion was set, as I waxed ecstatic to friends and industry peers about my very high regard for the “X.” Then I drove the new...
First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Late to the party, perhaps, but Hyundai is intent for making up for lost time when it comes to stretching out its utility vehicle line-up. Barely two years ago, it had just three offerings to choose. Now by the end of the year it will have a full seven, including two...
First Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel

First Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel

The diesel emissions scandal that enveloped Volkswagen a few years back has done a lot to tarnish “oil burners.” After gaining traction in the early part of the decade, a number of manufacturers have walked away from the high-mileage powertrain technology. There are a...