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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 12, 2021

Few cars offer enthusiast-grade driving dynamics with family practicality. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line does. Then the designers throw in concept car styling to sweeten the deal. THEN the deal gets even sweeter with an MSRP of $34,305. Yes, that’s with shipping and pretty much loaded. And the 2.5-liter turbocharged...


Apr 9, 2021

Buick has transformed itself into an all-SUV brand in the United States and the 2021 Envision is all-new. It’s a two-row crossover positioned between luxury models like Audi Q5 and mainstream vehicle like Toyota RAV4. Available with a electronically controlled twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that directs power not...


Mar 26, 2021

The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first fully electric car from the young brand. A product of Volvo and Geely, it’s a powerful all-wheel hatchback with a loads of Swedish style. And it’s the first car with Android Automotive OS which will change the way you think about interacting with your car. Tom Voelk checks out...


Mar 22, 2021

Often times, base model cars are a compromise. But the new entry-level version of Porsche’s electric Taycan offers a more intense rear drive dynamic than the all-wheel drive 4S and Turbo models. And with 200 pounds lifted from the front end there’s a lot to like when carving corners. True, it’s not as quick as...


Mar 19, 2021

Let’s get past the Mustang controversy and address the big question- How easy is the Ford Mach-E to live with. Turns out, the Blue Oval folks pretty much nailed it. Tom Voelk spends a week in a standard range 66kW Premium AWD model. It’s the one with the shortest amount of range, 211 miles according to the EPA. How...