Flying High, And Upside Down, With The Breitling Jet Team

The man they call Douky is humming along happily right after he’s checked on me for the second time since we took off. “You ok, Abby?” he says into his microphone a smile in his voice. I’m sitting second seat of an L-39C Albatros, a Czech training jet designed in the late ‘60s, and trying…

Did BMW Get its Mojo Backwith the 2016 M2?

Few car fans talk about their favorites the way BMW acolytes speak of BMW’s E line—the code name for cars BMW designed up until around 2012. The styling, the performance, and the driving characteristics defined BMW for an entire generation. Since the change over to the current BMW F Line, those same enthusiasts (this one…

First Drive: 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio in Valencia, Spain

I’m zooming around Valencia, Spain in 60-degree weather, topless, in January. Did I mention that I’m also participating in a scavenger hunt around the 2,000 year-old city, ticking off landmarks like the 14th Century city walls and the Cat Hotel on a smart phone, and taking selfies in front of graffiti covered walls? This is…

Mercedes-Benz gets a brand new dash

Automakers keep talking about our “buttonless” future–one complete with touch screens, gesture tracking and voice control. Yet up to this point, they have roundly failed at making the most basic things like simple navigation as user friendly as possible. Mercedes is the latest to make the attempt to bring drivers into a future that features…

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLS

  Time takes its pound of flesh from everyone. Butts sag, jowls wobble, bellies bubble over their beltlines, and while we are all flesh and bone, sometimes we feel compelled for help in fighting gravity’s pull. It’s as true for humans as it is for automobiles and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz full-size SUV has just undergone…

Driving Bentley’s New SUV: The Bentley Bentayga

For years, a Cold War-style stand-off has kept super-luxury automakers from treading on each other’s domain, with ambition limited by resources. That fragile peace has been shattered, and let history show it was Bentley which fired the first missile. The 2016 Bentley Bentayga makes the phrase “Bentley SUV” a credible reality—and gives Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz…

Driving the Brand New Baby Infiniti: The Q30

Love Mercedes-Benz but can’t afford one? Drawn to Infiniti’s new design language but don’t love the drive? The 2017 Infiniti Q30 may be just what you need. With the hardware supplied by Mercedes-Benz and the software provided by Infiniti, the 2017 Infiniti Q30 hits a sweet spot that has been hard to scratch for many…

First Drive: The Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe

What happens when you stitch the head of a lion onto the body of an eagle? A whole lot of not-good, just ask the Greeks. Trying to do too many things at once—and trying too hard at it—is often a recipe for disaster. While the GLE450 AMG isn’t a misbegotten science experiment, it’s still not…

First Drive: Infiniti QX50

Back in 2007 Infiniti launched the EX35, the shrunken version of their popular FX luxury SUV. Thanks to revamped naming conventions at Infiniti, the EX35 has now become the QX50 and it’s getting what Infiniti is calling a “light refresh,” to make it slightly bigger overall and give buyers more base options for less money….

First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

You may remember the boxy M-Class as one of the first luxury SUVs to hit the market back in 1997. Both auto journalists and consumers alike found themselves a bit confused, with reactions ranging from “That’s not a Mercedes-Benz!” to “Why would anyone want a luxury SUV?” Funny how naive the past can be. We…

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLC

American enthusiasts are finally getting one of their deepest desires, and it only took a former engineer for the CERN atomic particle accelerator project to get it done. Sure, the wagon may go under a different name, and ride a little high, but it’s a wagon (just squint), and it’s coming at the end of…

First Drive: 2016 Audi Q7

Remember that old boyfriend or girlfriend you had back in college? You know, the one you occasionally stalk on Facebook to gawk at photos and wonder how they still look so young/buff/hot? That’s the new Audi Q7. Fresh off its torture tests in the Namibian desert, the Q7 has lost its baby fat in the…