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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 28, 2022

The 2022 Nissan Rogue ditches its naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine for a turbocharged variable compression engine with 3 pistons. The VC tech first appeared in Infiniti vehicles. The goal? Better power with increased efficiency. To see how well it works, Tom Voelk road trips from Seattle, WA to Bend, OR to check...


Sep 27, 2022

The compact Maverick pickup has been a grand slam home run for Ford. To make it more appealing, the Blue Oval folks are adding an off-road oriented Tremor model. It adds an inch of  ground clearance, new shocks and springs plus a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system with a twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a...


Sep 27, 2022

We haven’t seen the Crown in U.S. Toyota showrooms for 50 years. The 2023 model returns as a lifted sedan, because we’re all competing with SUVs for visibility now. Replacing the Avalon, all Crowns will be hybrids (there are two different versions including the turbocharged Hybrid Max with 340 horsepower) and all...


Sep 2, 2022

Worried that electrifying America’s best-selling vehicle will ruin the experience? The 4WD all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning actually improves it for most owners. Tons of torque, wicked fast, and luxury car quiet, it’s a refined ride that tows up to five tons with a payload capacity of 2,235 pounds. Tom Voelk drives...


Aug 26, 2022

Honda’s HR-V was always an affordable compact crossover. The second generation 2023 model is larger… on the outside. With a new independent rear suspension, it’s far more comfortable for road trips now. It trades the Fit architecture for a Civic-rich platform with better seats and best-in-class cabin. It does lose...