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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!

Nov 13, 2018

Think the E-Pace is the electric Jaguar? That’s the I-Pace. But it doesn’t mean the E isn’t electrifying in its own way. This small crossover is a gas to drive. Tom Voelk takes an all-wheel drive P250 SE out and of course heads off to Costco to see how much TP fits in the trunk. Hint- It’s the small Jag.


Nov 7, 2018

No doubt about it, the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 is the boss’s pickup. It even has the trick MultiPro tailgate that has more positions than a politician. But there are a lot of luxury trucks to choose from these days. Tom Voelk looks at loaded model with the big 6.2-liter V8 to find out if it’s worth the...


Oct 30, 2018

The short list of performance cars that mere mortals can afford has grown by one- Hyundai’s Veloster N. Track ready the moment it leaves the dealership lot, it’s also a comfortable daily driver. Tom Voelk travels to Thunderhill Raceway Park in California to flog this hot hatch. He also interviews Albert Biermann,...


Oct 23, 2018

Does every BMW have to be a knife-edged “Ultimate Driving Machine”? The 640i Gran Turismo is not.  Instead, the Bavarians offer up a GT with all day driving comfort and a useful hatchback design. Tom Voelk drives a well-optioned version and asks the question “why not this instead of a base 7 Series”?


Oct 16, 2018

The Volkswagen GTI is tons of fun in the twisties, but to get the most out of your local tarmac, consider going with just one letter- R.  The all-wheel drive Golf R is about as hot as a hatch can get. The question is, will drivers really use the extra performance? Yeah. It’s that good.