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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!

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.

Jul 24, 2018

Remember when SUVs and crossovers were big family vehicles? The Ford EcoSport joins a growing number that are very small. Tom Voelk reviews the upmarket Titanium model with all-wheel drive and offers a primer on how to open the back door. Seriously.

Jul 17, 2018

It could have looked like a shrunken version of Volvo’s XC90 and 60, but the XC40 has a style all its own. And then there’s the available Lava interior treatment. Safe to say, there’s never been a Volvo like this small crossover. Tom Voelk reviews the T5 R-Design model. 

Jul 10, 2018

There are all sorts of Jaguars to lust after. The XF Sportbrake is particularly desirable if you want performance and a way to get the family where they need to be. Simply put, it’s a station wagon, or in other words a low slung crossover. Tom Voelk finds it’s a good option for people who love driving, need...

Jul 3, 2018

BMW’s “i” vehicles are more than just cars, they’re rolling automotive think tanks with electrification and carbon fiber passenger cells. For 2018, the i3 gets a little sportier with the i3s model that adds a little more power and cornering fun. Tom Voelk checks this avant-garde four-seater out to see if it’s...