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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: 2017 Infiniti QX30

First Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30

It’s what you don’t see that often determines what you get. Platform sharing has taken place for years, and it oftentimes makes good fiscal sense within a company like General Motors.  If you are fifity-ish or older, then you remember the 1970’s Chevy Monte Carlo,...
No Car is an Island: Testing Out the 2017 Cadillac XT5

No Car is an Island: Testing Out the 2017 Cadillac XT5

Fogo Island is an idyllic place, perched about as far to the Northeast as you can go in North America. Study the history of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, and you learn what grit and tenacity are all about.  Drive around the island, and you’ll see decades old waterfront...
First Drive: 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith

First Drive: 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith

“How much is too much?” That’s a question that frequently arises when the conversation turns to uber luxury cars. “I would never pay $300,000 for an automobile,” some will say, which might rule out a car like the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith. Actually, at $372,545 as...
First Drive: 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

First Drive: 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

I’ve long been a fan of the Toyota Prius. Now in its fourth generation, the popular hybrid vehicle is offered in several trim levels, all with the mission of getting you around comfortably and safely with great fuel economy. But in what was typical for some Toyota...
First Drive: 2016 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe

First Drive: 2016 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe

When you live in Maryland, USA in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. you get four true seasons each year.  Note to Mother Nature:  You can have winter back.  This year’s treacherous winter was epitomized by “Snowmageddon” a Nor’easter fired storm that dropped 36 inches...
First Drive: 2016 Volkswagen Passat

First Drive: 2016 Volkswagen Passat

I’ve long been a fan of Volkswagen products.  For many decades, they’ve been big on safety and reliability, and fun to drive. Think Rabbit, Golf, GTI, CC and R32.  But they also offer a good value when it comes to affordable sedan performance.  Think Jetta and...
First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

I never believed it would happen. Me, Mr. Mercedes and Audi, in love with a BMW. It’s not that I don’t like Bimmers, I think my aversion to them started when yuppies discovered the brand and started calling the Bimmer a “Beamer.” The reality of it all is that BMW has...
First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

It’s rare that I absolutely gush over an automobile. After all, as an automotive journalist I drive about 80 new vehicles every year. And yes, we’re talking Porsches, BMWs and Benzes, Bentleys and Bugattis. So when the press folks at Cadillac offered up the all-new...
Nudging 253 mph in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Nudging 253 mph in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

I’ve driven some really great cars in my lifetime.  Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, Mercedes – you name it, and chances are I’ve driven it.  That’s the life of an automotive journalist. But my head is still spinning and my heart is still pounding from a recent drive in...
First Drive:2013 Audi S8

First Drive:2013 Audi S8

The Auto Union was an amalgamation of four German automobile manufacturers, founded during the Great Depression. The company eventually evolved into present day Audi, and the four rings that adorn the grilles of the brand’s modern offerings represent the four original...
First Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

First Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

It was a scene I did not expect, but should have given the prodigious performance of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed.  Not satisfied with the mere 198 mph top speed of the “base” Continental GT, Bentley’s team of engineers, led by the effervescent Brian Gush,...