First Drives

 
Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Driven

Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Driven

There is a line of thinking, naturally not shared by many of our readers, that engine noise is an integral part of the experience of driving a car. Lack of it in electric cars is one of myriad reasons the average gearhead is still skeptical of EVs. You may think then that swapping the familiar... read more

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2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013

2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car

Look out, owners of 200-mph testosterone-supplement poster cars. If there ever was a real hypercar, it's the Volkswagen XL1. Although in recent years the term hypercar has... read more July 3, 2013 by  5


 
Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid first drive, Mallorca

Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe's Prius V Alternative?

It's easy enough to find a hybrid these days, with plenty of automakers offering cars that blend gasoline engines and electric propulsion to one degree or another. More... read more June 27, 2013 by  9


 
Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Audi R8 e-tron: First Drive Of Audi's Electric Supercar

We'll start with the bad news: No, Audi definitely won't be producing any more examples of its R8 e-tron electric supercar. And even if it did, it'd be well beyond the reach... read more June 10, 2013 by  9


 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: First Drive

It’s not every day Chevrolet executives talk about launching at car that competes directly with … a Volkswagen. The new 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel, however, aims... read more May 27, 2013 by  23


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Renault Zoe Electric Car: First Drive Of Europe's Leaf Alternative

You might think that Europe, with its congested cities and relatively short distances between cities, would be the perfect environment for electric cars. Whether or not... read more May 3, 2013 by  10


 
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive event, NYC area, April 2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

When we first drove the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in the fall of 2010, it was a pre-production car and--frankly--it wasn't very smooth. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid production car was... read more April 17, 2013 by  1


 
2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

2013 Fiat 500e Electric Car: First Drive

The 2013 Fiat 500e may be a compliance car, but its engineers created an electric car that's so much fun to drive that seemingly they want it to be more. And with remarkably... read more April 13, 2013 by  16


 
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Supercar: First Drive Video

It was a Mercedes-Benz icon before it became a performance flagship. Now it's a messenger for the future: the gullwing's going electric. The SLS AMG Electric Drive electric... read more March 4, 2013 by  5


 
Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 quick drive

Forbidden Fruit: Mercedes-Benz A Class Quick Drive

Selling luxury vehicles is a delicate balancing act. Concentrate on your most wealthy clientele and the market is lucrative, but limited. But go too far the other way... read more February 5, 2013 by  2


 
2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (European version)

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost: Quick Drive Report

Much fanfare has been made about Ford's 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine. Offering the performance of a 1.6-liter with the economy of a much smaller unit... read more January 15, 2013 by  7


 
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible first drive

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible First Drive

Despite the seemingly endless combinations of drivetrains, body styles, and features, there are still a few cars in the U.S. market that are unique in their makeup--and we're... read more November 28, 2012 by  0


 
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct 2012

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: First Drive

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gives VW something it hasn’t had before: a way to appeal to hybrid buyers who won’t consider its TDI diesels—no matter how... read more November 5, 2012 by  5


 
2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class: U.S-Bound Premium Compact Driven

Big German automakers used to thrive on producing large, luxurious sedans. Built seemingly to last forever, they were vehicles of aspiration, a cut above volume vehicles from... read more November 2, 2012 by  3


 
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid  -  First Drive, 10/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: First Drive Report

Over the past several years, 40 miles per gallon has become a sort of high water mark for compact cars, with a long list of special efficiency-focused models aiming to meet... read more October 30, 2012 by  0


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, New York City

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Very Short First Drive

Memo to carmakers: Midtown Manhattan on a weekday can be a challenging, frustrating place to hold a test drive. Two days ago, we drove the new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid at a... read more September 21, 2012 by  9


 

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