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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!

Apr 24, 2020

Normally, “fun to drive” and “crossover” are not used in the same sentence.  Make an exception for the Mazda CX-30. Slotting in between the tiny CX-3 and not-too-big CX-5, there’s a case to be made for this compact sport ute to wear the CX-4 badge (but that’s a different story involving a vehicle not...


Apr 22, 2020

Luxury cars are expected to be silent and powerful. Electric cars deliver that. Gasoline powered vehicles eliminate the worry of being stranded far from a charging station. Plug-in hybrids like the BMW 745e offer the best of both worlds- silent electric oomph and no range anxiety at all. What’s the all-electric range?...


Apr 15, 2020

Wagons generally don’t appeal to Americans but Subaru manages to sell a bunch of them in the form of Outback. For the sixth generation, the brand changes nearly everything (including a new architecture) but keeps things very familiar. It’s the Subie way! Tom Voelk checks out a top trim Touring model with Napa...


Apr 8, 2020

The new second generation Evoque may look very familiar, but it rides on a new architecture, is motivated by a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain and adopts a Clint Eastwood sneer. The cabin gets a serious upgrade too. How does it compete with Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Porsche Macan, and Volvo XC40? Tom Voelk checks...