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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!

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.


Aug 7, 2018

In 1999 the Honda Insight was an odd looking machine while the Toyota Prius was indistinguishable from an ordinary Japanese budget sedan. Now the roles have reversed. Tom Voelk reviews the third generation Insight and finds Honda has built a refined efficient hybrid with lots to like, with just a few quirks left in.


Jul 31, 2018

When an automaker says it is electrifying its cars, it doesn’t have to mean a fully electric vehicle. It might be something like the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. Simply put, it’s a plug-in hybrid. Does it have the goods to attract buyers by the truckload? Tom Voelk checks it out.