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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!

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Surfs The Line Between Pickup And SUV

Sep 30, 2021

First of all, Santa Cruz is not a pickup. Hyundai is adamant that it’s a Sport Adventure Vehicle designed for urban dwellers to get their chores done. With a 52-inch molded composite bed, it’s much smaller than Honda Ridgeline and easier to garage than any mid-sized pickup. Tom Voelk drives to (where else?) Santa...


Sep 30, 2021

First of all, Santa Cruz is not a pickup. Hyundai is adamant that it’s a Sport Adventure Vehicle designed for urban dwellers to get their chores done. With a 52-inch molded composite bed, it’s much smaller than Honda Ridgeline and easier to garage than any mid-sized pickup. Tom Voelk drives to (where else?) Santa...


Sep 28, 2021

It looks better. It drives better. The 2022 mid-sized Frontier pickup is the first new one in some 16 years and the third generation should attract a lot more buyers. There are two beds, two cabs and for the first time there’s ProX model, a 4x2 version of the Pro4X. Tom Voelk heads to Sundance, Utah to drive...


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...