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Driven Car Reviews

The New York Times automotive contributor Tom Voelk looks at all things automotive. Driven is the first podcast to ever win an Emmy Award. That and nearly unanimous 5 star reviews are a good sign this is worth your time. Subscribe today!

Jul 21, 2019

The BMW 8 Series was a two-door coupe that went away in 1999. It returns 20 years later with three different body styles. Some might think it looks much like a Mustang (not really) or that it's more a 6 Series than 8 Series, but those are people that haven't experienced it. Tom Voelk drives the M850i xDrive coupe that...


Jul 8, 2019

For families looking to electrify their commutes, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid may be the easiest way to enter the world of EV driving.  Tom Voelk and his family take this roomy minivan long distance to discover the flexibility of plug-in hybrids. And if you don’t learn how awesome vans and plug-in hybrids can...


Jul 5, 2019

The vehicle that sparked the SUV craze in 1990 is now gunning to be all things to all buyers. The 6thgeneration Ford Explorer is perfectly at home shuttling the kids, trekking into the wilderness, or hot lapping race tracks. You just need to pick the right model for the job. Tom Voelk takes a look at XLT, Hybrid and ST...


Jun 26, 2019

It’s a Subaru first!  A car with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and an electric charge port. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid gets a little help from Toyota’s parts bin, but remains true to Subie dynamics. Tom Voelk reviews the pluses and minuses of this hybrid system. Some buyers will want more pure EV range...


Jun 14, 2019

Luxury. Technology. The ability crawl over nasty terrain. That sums up the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450. A direct descent of the M Class that is widely credited for starting the luxury SUV segment (though I remember the Land Rover Range Rover being around) the GLE is the perfect glamping partner. Tom Voelk checks out a...