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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!

May 22, 2018

The mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman is a sharp tool for cutting up winding roads. The new GTS model adds a little more power and value. Tom Voelk heads to California to drive Napa Valley’s twisties. He also takes a quick spin in the new 911 T.


May 17, 2018

You’ve seen them dropping off packages and hauling plumbing supplies,  but how does a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van handle off-roading? Shockingly well. Tom Voelk takes a 2500 Crew Van 4x4 model out on The Ridge Motorsports Park’s motocross track and over a series of log features to find out if the...


May 15, 2018

The best way to test a vehicle is in its natural habitat. Mudfest, put on by the Northwest Automotive Press Association since 1994, is the ideal way to choose the best SUVs, crossovers and pickups the industry has to offer. Held at The Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, WA it’s two days of on and off-road testing...


May 10, 2018

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is one of 2018's most anticipated vehicles. This high-sided car (or SUV to the rest of us) offers a number of Rolls-Royce firsts including folding rear seats. Tom Voelk offers a first look at the production vehicle that's based on the aluminum Architecture of Luxury which underpins the...


May 1, 2018

The original Volkswagen Tiguan was very small. The second generation gets a lot bigger. Tom Voelk checks out a modestly priced all-wheel drive SE model to see if it can handle the needs of families.