First Drive: All-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Makes a Big Impressiоn In Thе Midsize Segment

Go big or go home, as they say. Or, in the case of Volkswagen, go to Texas where large personalities flourish. The rolling hills of Texas Hill Country served as the backdrop for our first outing in the German brand’s biggest vehicle yet: the all-new 2018 Atlas. This is the manufacturer’s first midsize crossover as the brand looks to become a full-line, family-oriented automaker. And from our short stint behind the wheel, the competition better be on the lookout as the latest seven-passenger people mover has got a loaded barrel of goods.

First Drive: A Slice-prооf Rооf аnd Gооd Lооks Define Thе 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Twice over two decades of ownership of five different examples of Mazda’s outstanding MX-5 Miata, I’ve needed to replace convertible tops, each time because someone used a knife to slice into the car looking for something to steal. The tops aren’t cheap, and in my experience not only are insurance companies disinterested in paying for factory replacements but also the aftermarket tops simply do not fit as well or reflect the same level of quality.

Ratings аnd Rеviеw: Thе 2017 Lеxus IS 200t Isn’t a Wоrld-bеatеr, But It’s Wоrth a Sеcоnd Lооk

When it comes to the compact sports sedan market, there are hardly many surprises. For years, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series have dominated sales, and nearly every competitor in the segment has been deemed a “fighter” of one of these two stalwarts with every iteration. Barring any Oscars-level slip-ups on the part of Benz or Bimmer, it’s likely to stay that way for years, too.