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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!

Mar 19, 2020

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is all new and a massive improvement over the outgoing model. But the competition is fierce. How does it compete with Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta? Well, Nissan is clearly playing the value card with Sentra. Even the base S model comes with...


Mar 12, 2020

What’s better than an Infiniti Q60 performance coupe? A special edition Q60. There are five “Edition 30” models that celebrate three decades of Infiniti’s existence. It adds tech and unique trim at a lower price than a similarly equipped Luxe model. Is it worth the three decade wait? Tom Voelk takes it for a...


Mar 5, 2020

There are many luxury 3-row SUVs fighting for “one percenter” bucks. Is the V8-powered Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 the one to beat?  It’s luxurious, stylish and… a hybrid. It also attracts a lot of attention when put into Free Assist mode. It’s also stuffed with tech. Tom Voelk checks out this not-too-big (for...


Feb 27, 2020

You asked for it, you got it! Land Rover is bringing the all-new Defender back and it arrives on U.S. shores in the spring of 2020. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Land Rover brought it out for the press to see. Plus Defender fan and owner John Mayer was there to help.


Feb 20, 2020

Car are expensive and that’s one of the reasons Millennials aren’t buying them the way Boomers did. Enter the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue crossover. It starts at about half the price of the average cars sold these days. And it’s not a penalty box. Tom Voelk travels to Miami, Florida to check this small hatchbacky...