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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!

Jan 14, 2022

Ford’s new Maverick compact pickup is turning out to be a smash hit. One big reason? Flexibility. The engineers designed the affordable trucklette from the ground up to be easily customized by owners. Want to install an air compressor or LED lighting in the bed. Easy. Need to haul bikes but can’t afford an expensive...


Jan 10, 2022

For years, the user interface that Lexus offered depended on an unloved trackpad without any kind of touchscreen. It was… well, not good. So Toyota Connected Services engineers started from scratch and designed an all-new version in-house from it’s Plano, Texas headquarters . The result is unimaginatively called...


Jan 7, 2022

Many car buyers have shifted to SUVs to haul the family. Looking to stand out from the pack? The Mercedes E450 All-Terrain is the sleekest luxury sport ute money can buy. Okay, it’s a station wagon. But it offers all the utility of an SUV in a package that’s easier to load. And, it runs with a mild hybrid system....


Jan 1, 2022

2021 was a great year for vehicles (and kind of a lousy one for many of us humans). Automotive specialist Tom Voelk looks at the positive and picks the best cars, trucks and SUVs from what he’s driven over the past year. His choice for Vehicle of the Year can be had for as little as $21,500. So there are some...


Dec 31, 2021

I’ve pushed the Porsche Taycan GTS sedan at Willow Spring International Raceway and learned that fade-free electric performance can be a truly beautiful thing. But how does this track monster behave in the real world? The GTS Sport Turismo gets the same street/track personality and adds a wagon-like rear to...