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New York Times contributor and Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk looks at all things cars.

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New York Times contributor and Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk looks at all things cars.

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Amazing podcast, question though.

By love car parking simulator😀😀 - Oct 21 2019
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May be a driven episode on the Honda Fit

Great Podcast!

By ltax - Aug 22 2019
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Great objective information in 10 minutes.

iTunes Ratings

272 Ratings
Average Ratings
247
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Amazing podcast, question though.

By love car parking simulator😀😀 - Oct 21 2019
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May be a driven episode on the Honda Fit

Great Podcast!

By ltax - Aug 22 2019
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Great objective information in 10 minutes.
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New York Times contributor and Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk looks at all things cars.

Rank #1: 2020 Nissan Versa SR. $20,000 for a fully loaded car?

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The new 2020 Nissan Versa is stuffed with safety tech.  Even when optioned up with premium paint and every option package, the MSRP on the top trim SR is $20,040. And that’s with destination. The question is, would it better to buy a used car? Tom Voelk travels to Nashville, TN for the press launch of the new Versa to check it out. 

Nissan provided transportation and lodging. Opinions are my own.

Aug 28 2019

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Rank #2: 2020 Toyota GR Supra

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It’s all here! The A90 Toyota GR Supra on the track, rural roads and even everyday lifestyle assessment. Spend time with Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada and find out how his team made the Supra different from its cousin, the BMW Z4. Tom Voelk attends the press launch held at Summit Point Autosports Park in West Virginia and dodges law enforcement on public roads.

Toyota provided transportation, lodging and some running footage to this review. You all know opinions are mine.

May 14 2019

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Rank #3: Wicked Fast! The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

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An SUV that loves twisty roads? A plug-in hybrid with a V8 growl? The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid offers all that plus efficiency and luxury.  It’s not due on American roads until early 2020 but Tom Voelk travels to Eugene, Oregon to get a preview of the fastest Cayenne ever.

Porsche provided transportation and lodging  for this review. Opinions are my own.

Aug 22 2019

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Rank #4: 2019 Toyota RAV4 AWD Limited

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Remember when the Toyota Camry used to be the most popular car in the U.S? Well, now that sedans aren’t as popular, that baton has been passed to the RAV4. For 2019 it’s all-new with a more rugged look. What’s life like in one after 450 miles? Tom Voelk takes a top-trim Limited model on a road trip and takes a quick look at the Adventure Series as well.

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #5: The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Driven

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Pun fully intended, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a big deal. This 3 row family SUV is a solid choice and brings value to those watching the finances. Tom Voelk drives a fully trimmed out Limited model and explores how it compares to its upstart cousin, the Kia Telluride.

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #6: 2019 Subaru Forester Sport

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The fifth generation Subaru Forester might look a lot like the outgoing model (and the model before that and, the one before that) but it’s new and packs a number of significant changes. More appealing to both humans and dogs, it’s safer than ever.  Tom Voelk reviews a Sport model and finds a practical machine that the brand’s loyal owners will fully embrace.

Jan 08 2019

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Rank #7: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

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The Volkswagen GTI is tons of fun in the twisties, but to get the most out of your local tarmac, consider going with just one letter- R.  The all-wheel drive Golf R is about as hot as a hatch can get. The question is, will drivers really use the extra performance? Yeah. It’s that good.

Oct 16 2018

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Rank #8: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Review

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The original Volkswagen Tiguan was very small. The second generation gets a lot bigger. Tom Voelk checks out a modestly priced all-wheel drive SE model to see if it can handle the needs of families.

May 01 2018

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Rank #9: The 2020 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD Turbodiesel Is Large And In Charge

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Need to pull a large boat, horses, construction equipment or a luxury travel trailer? You might need something more than a 1500 Series pickup. Step on up to the GMC Sierra 2500 HD. With the Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 churning out 910 lb-feet of torque, it can tug a lot of kit. Tom Voelk checks out the top trim Denali model.

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #10: 2019 Ford Ranger

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The new Ford Ranger is finally here. Unlike the old compact model that was killed off in 2011, this one is a true mid-sized truck that’s ready to tote your toys. Tom Voelk drives on and off road at the press launch in San Diego, California and finds the version we get in North America is quite different than the Ranger sold globally.

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Dec 18 2018

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Rank #11: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0T Quattro

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Not all hatchbacks sacrifice graceful looks for practicality and utility. The Audi A5 Sportback gives up nothing in the looks department while it swallows 65-inch televisions whole. Tom Voelk checks an S-line Prestige model.

Love this free (and ad free) podcast? Tom’s main production camera is toast after falling onto the pavement. Please feel free to support Tom’s New Gear fund at the links below. And thanks!

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #12: 2018 McLaren 720S

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The McLaren 720S is equal parts status symbol, collectable art, engineering marvel and rapid transit system. Starting at $289,000 you may never see this machine with your own eyes, so let Tom Voelk show you around the twin turbocharged V8 and carbon fiber structure.

Oct 02 2018

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Rank #13: Escalade Gets Company! The 2020 Cadillac XT6

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With the Escalade large and in charge at Cadillac dealerships, is there room for another three-row SUV in the brand’s lineup? Caddy certainly thinks so. The XT6 is for a different kind of buyer. Trimmer and more car-like than the ‘Slade there’s loads of standard equipment and a lower price. Tom Voelk travels to Washington D.C. to drive both the Premium Luxury and AWD Sport models (and yes there is a difference, it’s not just trim and graphics).

Cadillac arranged travel and lodging for this video. Opinions are my own.

Aug 15 2019

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Rank #14: 2018 Mazda6 Signature Car Review

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Not everyone is buying crossovers these days, some still prefer the classic four-door sedan. Mazda has freshened the Mazda6 for 2018 to do battle with Camry, Accord, Altima, Malibu, Sonata and Optima to name a few competitors. Tom Voelk checks out the new top-tier Signature model to see if it still has zoom-zoom chops and how it stacks up against all of the other offerings.

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #15: 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium Car Review

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Subaru loyalists with large families, rejoice! The 2019 Ascent has finally arrived. With three rows of seating it’s large enough to handle kids, dogs and mass quantity of bath tissue (though I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that matters to). I test a Premium model with Symmetrical all-wheel drive, because they all come with all-wheel drive.

Sep 25 2018

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Rank #16: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Car Review

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The mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman is a sharp tool for cutting up winding roads. The new GTS model adds a little more power and value. Tom Voelk heads to California to drive Napa Valley’s twisties. He also takes a quick spin in the new 911 T.

May 22 2018

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Rank #17: 2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD

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Honda fans that find the CR-V too small and the Pilot too much in the family way may see the third generation Passport as the Goldilocks crossover. Unlike the first two that were built by Isuzu on a truck chassis, this one springs from the Pilot architecture. Can it take on the rugged backroads of Utah’s Moab area? Tom Voelk reviews the top-trim Elite model with standard torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

Jan 29 2019

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Rank #18: A Polestar 2 Deep Dive

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There are more electric car choices these days and new companies making them. Polestar, an offshoot of Volvo, is bringing the Polestar 2 to the U.S. in the spring of 2020. Before you put your deposit down on one, check it out inside and out including the new Android Automotive OS system.  Tom Voelk talks to Polestar’s John Paolo Canton and Christopher Schultz about this competitor to the Tesla Model 3.

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #19: 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hatchback

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Volkswagen no longer offers diesels. Chevy of all brands steps in to fill the void. The diesel Cruze is very efficient, with the E.P.A. fuel economy rating of up to 48 miles per gallon. Tom Voelk checks to see whether that’s true. And you thought that diesel was dead in the US…

Apr 17 2018

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Rank #20: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Full Review

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No throaty growl. No long hood. The all-electric I-Pace is a shocking departure from Jaguar. Could it be the best vehicle the brand has ever made? Tom Voelk travels to Portugal to drive it on road, off road, and on the Algarve Portimaõ Circuit(and never once worries about range).

 Jaguar provided running footage, travel, and accommodations for this story.

Jun 19 2018

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2020 Toyota Highlander V6 (and the Hybrid is rated at 36 MPG)!

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The wait is over, the all-new fourth-generation Toyota Highlander is hitting dealerships now. The hybrid model that carries up to 8 passenger is EPA rated at 36 miles to the gallon (and yes, this is a three-row crossover). Tom Voelk travels to San Antonio, Texas to dive both the V6 and hybrid models. He’s joined by Kelsey Mays from Cars.com.

Jan 17 2020

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited, SEL Plus and N-Line

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Can’t decide on grabbing the svelte new Hyundai Sonata now or waiting for the performance boosted N-Line due out late next year? Tom Voelk checks out the 1.6T Limited and SEL Plus, but also gets a sneak peek at 2.5-liter turbocharged N-Line! Either way, the 8th generation Sonata is doing everything it can to get buyers to walk past crossovers and SUVs and stay with a more traditional sedan. Plus, it’s available with “phone as key” and a driverless “summon” feature.

Jan 13 2020

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Sony Shocked CES 2020 With A Car!

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There’s a lot of automotive tech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sony shocked everyone by bring a car, the Vision S. But there was more to check out at the show. Hyundai brought an aircraft. Nissan brought ice cream. Tom Voelk walked the floor for hours so you don’t have to.

Jan 10 2020

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2020 Subaru Legacy Sport Is AWD Without The SUV

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The 2020 Subaru Legacy Sport is perfect for buyers that need traction in sloppy weather but don’t want to drive an SUV. It’s a sedan (remember those?) with the company’s symmetrical all-wheel drive. It has a low center of gravity that’s made capable by Subaru’s flat profile Boxer engine, but is the Sport really sporty? Tom Voelk checks it out.  

Jan 10 2020

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo on the Angeles Crest Highway (In Other Words, Heaven).

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A Porsche Taycan Turbo on California’s famed Angeles Crest Highway? Yes please! The Taycan is the first all-electric car from the company known for its performance engines. Find out why Tom Voelk doesn’t miss the exhaust note at all (and why he didn’t mind skipping the even more powerful Taycan Turbo S model). A bonus- check out the 800-volt charging system. At Walmart.

Dec 20 2019

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Jeep Wrangler Gets The Diesel It Deserves!

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For the first time in over 50 years, Jeep puts a diesel engine in its most capable vehicle (in the US, Europe has had a smaller one for years). With impressive fuel economy and 442 lb-ft of torque available at 1,400 RPM, the 3-liter EcoDiesel and Wrangler are like chocolate and peanut butter. They go great together. Tom Voelk takes it on and off-road in Utah near Zion National Park.

Travel and lodging were provided by FCA.

Dec 18 2019

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800-Volt System Makes Quick Work Of EV Charging

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Porsche’s all-electric Taycan is an impressive road machine. But its high performance continues even when it’s parked. Tom Voelk travels to a Walmart in Burbank, CA where Taycan Specialist Calvin Kim demonstrates the speed of Electrify America’s 800-volt 350kW charging system. It’s another leap forward in the acceptance of EVs.

Nov 28 2019

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The BMW X2 M35i Is A Performer For All Seasons (And All Reasons)

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Driving enthusiasts don’t have to choose between practicality and performance. The 2019 BMW X2 M35i can handle both curves and cargo with ease. M Performance cars add a level of driving capability that makes them perfect for everyday fun. And as Tom Voelk finds out, all-wheel drive that can route all torque to the back tires is perfect in sloppy conditions.

Nov 26 2019

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The 2020 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD Turbodiesel Is Large And In Charge

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Need to pull a large boat, horses, construction equipment or a luxury travel trailer? You might need something more than a 1500 Series pickup. Step on up to the GMC Sierra 2500 HD. With the Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 churning out 910 lb-feet of torque, it can tug a lot of kit. Tom Voelk checks out the top trim Denali model.

Nov 18 2019

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Fun In The Sun With The 2019 BMW Z4

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Most cars are about transportation. The BMW Z4 moves you in a more passionate way. Tom Voelk checks out the sDrive30i model and finds it to be a premium take on the roadster experience.

Nov 14 2019

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A Polestar 2 Deep Dive

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There are more electric car choices these days and new companies making them. Polestar, an offshoot of Volvo, is bringing the Polestar 2 to the U.S. in the spring of 2020. Before you put your deposit down on one, check it out inside and out including the new Android Automotive OS system.  Tom Voelk talks to Polestar’s John Paolo Canton and Christopher Schultz about this competitor to the Tesla Model 3.

Nov 11 2019

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2019 Mazda6 Apple CarPlay

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Nov 11 2019

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Driven

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Pun fully intended, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a big deal. This 3 row family SUV is a solid choice and brings value to those watching the finances. Tom Voelk drives a fully trimmed out Limited model and explores how it compares to its upstart cousin, the Kia Telluride.

Oct 21 2019

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First Drive! The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and Plug-In

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The fourth generation Escape brings back the powertrain taxi drivers found durable and efficient- the hybrid. This time around there’s a plug-in version that Ford claims will cover 30 miles on electric power alone. Tom Voelk travels to Louisville, Kentucky to see if the hybrid is fun and frisky or slow and pokey.

Tom attended a manufacturer’s event to cover the 2020 Escape. Ford provided transportation and lodging. Opinions remain fully independent.

Oct 15 2019

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The All-New 2020 Ford Escape Takes A New Path

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Escape is Ford’s second best selling vehicle behind the blockbuster F150. The all-new 2020 model adapts a sleeker shape and not only brings back the hybrid powertrain but adds a plug-in version that has an estimated all-electric range of 30 miles. Tom Voelk travels to Louisville, Kentucky to see if the latest version has what it takes to keep buyers from migrating to CR-V, RAV4, Rogue, Equinox and Cherokee.

 Tom attended a manufacturer’s event to cover the 2020 Escape. Ford provided transportation and lodging. Opinions remain fully independent.

Oct 13 2019

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Is the 2020 Kia Soul X-Line The Magic Box?

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It’s square, has flair, and can be found everywhere. The Kia Soul checks all the boxes when it comes to practical transportation for drivers of all sizes. Generation three is better in nearly every way compared to the outgoing model but there’s always room for improvement. On a second look at the new Soul, Tom Voelk digs a little deeper to see if rugged looking X-Line model is worth your consideration.    

Oct 08 2019

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A Track Ride In The 2020 Porsche Taycan EV!

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The Porsche Taycan is an exciting addition to performance electric vehicles. Ride along with Tom Voelk on the Porsche Experience Center track in Atlanta to see what the Turbo S model can do, And no, none of the video is sped up.

Sep 24 2019

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan EV Reveled!

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Porsche reveled its first fully electric car, the Taycan, in a worldwide launch that happened simultaneously in Germany, China and Canada. Tom Voelk travels to Niagara Falls to show you the dramatic unveiling. Is this a "Tesla killer"? No, and it's not meant to be. But it's an exciting premium addition to the EVs that are beginning to pour into the market. 

Sep 23 2019

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2019 Mercedes Benz AMG C 43 Coupe

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You can’t discuss the ABCs of performance driving without AMG. The Mercedes AMG C 43 4MATIC is the kind of car drivers wake up early for to get curvy country roads all to themselves. Available as a sedan and convertible, Tom Voelk takes the two-door coupe out to the rural roads of Washington State. The suspension and price tag are pretty stiff, but the C 43 is wicked fun. 

Sep 17 2019

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Is A Hybrid With Power

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will carry the clan from the wilderness to the mall in grand style. But if you want the most power and efficiency, the Grand Touring is the way to go. This plug-in hybrid can run on electricity alone and launch like a rocket. Tom Voelk travels to Yountville, CA to check out this fast luxurious hybrid. 

Lincoln Motor Company arranged travel and lodging for this video. Opinions are strictly independent.

Sep 09 2019

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iTunes Ratings

272 Ratings
Average Ratings
247
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4
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Amazing podcast, question though.

By love car parking simulator😀😀 - Oct 21 2019
Read more
May be a driven episode on the Honda Fit

Great Podcast!

By ltax - Aug 22 2019
Read more
Great objective information in 10 minutes.