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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 13, 2019

The word “iconic” is over used. Not on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Powerful, elegant and luxurious, rolling up in the S is shorthand for success. Tom Voelk looks at the S 560 4MATIC model that will whisk the wealthy from boardroom to weekend home in style and comfort, whether they drive or are driven. 

Feb 27, 2019

The third generation Kia Soul is still a square deal and remains instantly recognizable as a Soul. But Kia did more than just fire the hamsters for the all-new version. Tom Voelk travels to San Diego, CA to drive the rugged looking X-Line and sporty GT-Line equipped with the optional turbocharged engine. Kia...

Feb 20, 2019

As sedans, hatchbacks and wagons disappear from automaker’s lineups, performance enthusiasts have fewer choices. Ford answers with the Edge ST, a crossover with both zoom and family room. It’s quick, comfortable and corners well, but will it lure drivers into a new form factor? Tom Voelk drives a fully loaded model...

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country in Sweden

Feb 13, 2019

All-wheel drive crossovers haul people and cargo over tough terrain with ease. So does the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country but it adds a lower center of gravity for better handling when the roads are clear and twisty. Tom Voelk travels to Luleå Sweden near the Arctic Circle to test this low-profile crossover (okay, it’s...

Feb 11, 2019

Named after the world’s largest diamond, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan lives up to its name. It’s a gem. Need to get to a very remote mansion? The first all-wheel drive Rolls (and it’s first SUV) can get you there. You’ll need to fork over at least $325,000 first though. Tom Voelk even does a little off-roading (but...