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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 15, 2021

Many 3-row crossovers are hulking machines that are cumbersome to drive in heavy traffic. The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is more manageable but still offers extra seating when needed. And let’s face it, many times that extra row is a “just in case” purchase. The new all-wheel drive X-Line model adds an inch of...


Jan 11, 2021

Ford has kept Mustang’s formula consistent since 1964. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is a radical change. All electric. Four doors. Available all-wheel drive. With up to 300 miles of range, Mach-E is fast, fun and functional. Tom Voelk travels to Los Angeles to drive it on a slalom course and the winding hills above Malibu...


Jan 8, 2021

The Genesis brand launched in 2015 but lacked one thing to drive sales- an SUV. In the “good things come to those who wait” department, the GV80 is a reward looking for upscale utility. Built on the same architecture as the G80 sedan, the GV feels like a completely different vehicle and looks to be the game...


Jan 4, 2021

Volvo is widely known for its safe vehicles. In addition to its first pure EV (the XC40 Recharge) it also gives people unsure of choosing an electric vehicle a way to dip their toe into the EV world. The XC90 T8 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid that runs on battery alone, but switches to gas power once the pack is spent.


Dec 31, 2020

One reason the Mercedes-Benz E Class is so successful is because it’s available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon versions. And each variant is true to the intended mission. For 2021, the E gets some cosmetic freshening and a tech boost starting with the MBUX interface. And it will text you if someone dings it in...