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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!

Sep 8, 2021

The new 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup is headed to dealerships now. Here's a serious look inside and out with Hiren Patel, the Project Lead Designer. He gives all sorts of insights to why the new Frontier looks they way it does, much of it is all about function. Tom Voelk stays out of his way and lets him describe...


Sep 3, 2021

It can be argued that SUVs are essentially raised station wagons, or that wagons are sleek SUVs. Volvo’s V90 Cross Country splits the difference, an all-wheel drive wagon with more ground clearance than most. And it has a beautiful interior. Tom Voelk takes a 2021 model to Bend, Oregon for a family vacation. It...


Sep 1, 2021

The structure is carbon fiber. The twin-turbo V8 making 612 horsepower has only 3,384 pounds to move. It’s so exclusive you may never see one in person. A true canyon carver, the McLaren GT is the most practical car the company makes, versatile enough to haul a set of golf clubs. But no, it won’t replace your SUV or...


Aug 27, 2021

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 392 pumps out 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. In other words, it can dust more than a few sports cars in a drag race. And the engine note is glorious.  Yes, for the first time in nearly 40 years, there’s a V8 in a Wrangler (technically the Wrangler has only been around since 1986 so...


Aug 25, 2021

Honda’s new 11th generation Civic is very good. How good? Tom Voelk takes a 2022 Civic Touring on a 700 mile weekend getaway to Walla Walla, Washington to check out the comfort, quietness, fuel efficiency and Bose Centerpoint audio system to see if it’s best-in-class (because Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Kia...