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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!

May 12, 2021

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has the tough rugged look people want these days. But can it do tough rugged Bronco things? Since the Sport is based on the same architecture as the Escape, some might think it’s a poser or soft-roader. So Tom Voelk decided to take a First Edition model (which is pretty much the same as a...


May 7, 2021

Nothing sells like power and the Mazda3 with the turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder should be very popular with people that like cars. Mazda is shedding it's rowdy side for a more refined performance image. This is no Mazdaspeed3 and that's probably a good thing. Standard all-wheel drive tames torque steer and...


Apr 29, 2021

Want to make your life really, really, really, really easy? The 4th generation 2021 Toyota Sienna will help. It’s roomy, quiet, comfortable, packs more storage space than most apartments and can average up to 36 miles per gallon. That means fewer trips to the gas station. Tom Voelk checks out a top-trim Platinum...


Apr 26, 2021

Hyundai has finally revealed the production Santa Cruz sports adventure vehicle at an event in Tucson, Arizona. Smaller than a Honda Ridgeline, it’s built to get the urban crowd out to wilderness fun. Designed in California and built in the US, it will be available with two powertrains with front or all-wheel...


Apr 25, 2021

Looking for a useful SUV crossover but don’t want the hiking boot look? Infiniti brings fastback design to its new 2022 QX55. It gives up a small amount of practicality to its fraternal twin QX50 but its sleeker profile is happy to help with the chores. The raked rear end joins similar silhouettes from Audi, BMW and...