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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!

Sep 11, 2018

The Hyundai Veloster has always had an extra door on the passenger side. The second generation adds an extra dollop of driving fun. It proves Hyundai is serious about giving its cars the handling dynamics they’ve lacked. Tom Voelk drives the Turbo Ultimate model with a dual-clutch transmission, turbocharged engine and...

Sep 4, 2018

Do you have a family to haul and big toys to tug? Maybe you need something like the Ford Expedition. It gets F-150s aluminum skin and room for up to eight passengers. But maybe, just maybe, you don’t need all this capability. Tom Voelk checks out a mid-level Limited model.

Aug 27, 2018

The two-row Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is dead. Long live the Santa Fe. The 2019 model is now just Santa Fe again, no Sport. The fourth generation Santa Fe is improved in every way and gets an impressive amount of active electronic safety technology. Tom Voelk travels to Park City, Utah to drive the 2-liter turbocharged...

Aug 21, 2018

Not everyone wants an SUV or crossover. For some, a well-crafted sedan is just the thing to pamper a person after a long day at work. The Toyota Avalon fills that bill. The all-new fifth generation is available with two powertrains. Tom Voelk takes the V6 Touring model out for a test drive and finds it keeps...

Aug 14, 2018

Chances are the Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle since before you were born. It now gets something that adds depth to the line- a V6 turbo diesel. The Power Stroke engine has a great work ethic. Tom Voelk checks out a Platinum model while conveniently picking up stuff for his kitchen remodel.