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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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287 Ratings
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262
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Good to find your first car

By Pagani2020 - May 26 2020
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Driven is a good video podcast

Amazing podcast, question though.

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May be a driven episode on the Honda Fit
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New York Times contributor and Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk looks at all things cars.

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

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The short list of performance cars that mere mortals can afford has grown by one- Hyundai’s Veloster N. Track ready the moment it leaves the dealership lot, it’s also a comfortable daily driver. Tom Voelk travels to Thunderhill Raceway Park in California to flog this hot hatch. He also interviews Albert Biermann, the engineer poached by Hyundai from BMW’s M Performance division to make the N letter perfect.  

Oct 30 2018

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Rank #7: 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 #8: The Land Rover Defender Is Back!

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You asked for it, you got it! Land Rover is bringing the all-new Defender back and it arrives on U.S. shores in the spring of 2020. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Land Rover brought it out for the press to see. Plus Defender fan and owner John Mayer was there to help.

Feb 27 2020

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Rank #9: 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 #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: 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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Rank #12: True No Hands Driving! 2019 Cadillac CT6 Super Cruise.

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What’s it like to drive 140 miles without touching the throttle, brakes or steering wheel? And is that driving or riding? Tom Voelk drives from Seattle to Portland on Interstate 5 in the 2019 Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise and finds out this kind of autonomy might make you more alert, not less.

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #13: 2018 BMW i3s Giga World with Range Extender

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BMW’s “i” vehicles are more than just cars, they’re rolling automotive think tanks with electrification and carbon fiber passenger cells. For 2018, the i3 gets a little sportier with the i3s model that adds a little more power and cornering fun. Tom Voelk checks this avant-garde four-seater out to see if it’s worth the $58,695 (before tax incentives) price tag.

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring V6 Review

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Not everyone wants an SUV or crossover. For some, a well-crafted sedan is just the thing to pamper a person after a long day at work. The Toyota Avalon fills that bill. The all-new fifth generation is available with two powertrains. Tom Voelk takes the V6 Touring model out for a test drive and finds it keeps the unpleasantries out while offering up some decent driving dynamics. Yes, an Avalon.

Aug 21 2018

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Rank #16: Mazda CX-30 Is Big News In Small Crossovers (But Is It Mazda Fun?)

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Normally, “fun to drive” and “crossover” are not used in the same sentence.  Make an exception for the Mazda CX-30. Slotting in between the tiny CX-3 and not-too-big CX-5, there’s a case to be made for this compact sport ute to wear the CX-4 badge (but that’s a different story involving a vehicle not available in the U.S.). This is not a fast crossover but it should be shopped with a growing group that includes Kona, Seltos, Renegade, Soul and HR-V. If you’re stock portfolio has taken a dive (and who’s hasn’t) you can throw, X1, UX and Q3 onto the test drive list. Tom Voelk checks out a fully optioned AWD Premium model.

Apr 24 2020

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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: 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 #19: 2019 Mazda3 Premium AWD Hatchback

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The 2019 Mazda3 is a car that checks all the boxes. It’s stylish, refined, practical, affordable, fun to sling into turns and available with all-wheel drive. So if you were thinking about a crossover because of inclement weather, the 3 might be an option. Tom Voelk checks out an all-wheel drive Premium hatchback model and finds it to be a top pick in the compact car segment.

Apr 25 2019

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Rank #20: 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum Power Stroke Review

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Chances are the Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle since before you were born. It now gets something that adds depth to the line- a V6 turbo diesel. The Power Stroke engine has a great work ethic. Tom Voelk checks out a Platinum model while conveniently picking up stuff for his kitchen remodel.

Aug 14 2018

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The 2020 Volkswagen Cross Sport Is The Smaller Atlas (Is That A Good Thing?)

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Volkswagen made advertising history in the 1960’s with the “Think Small” campaign. The Atlas three-row crossover is huge. Is the Atlas Cross Sport “just right”? It only has two-rows but there’s enough space to park an original Beetle inside. Okay, maybe not, but there’s loads of room to pack up the family and head to the wilderness. Tom Voelk drives a 2.0T 4MOTION SE with Technology model. See how a 4-cylinder moves a big rig.   

Jun 03 2020

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Hyundai's 2020 Sonata Hybrid Turns Heads and Scores 52 MPG (But Does It Really?)

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Being kind to the environment doesn’t require assaulting your eyes. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets a svelte body, some athletic moves and the ability to score 52 miles per gallon according to the E.P.A. Is this possible? Tom Voelk checks out a Limited model with the solar roof panel that engineers claim adds 2 miles of range each day. Park it in the sun though, okay?   

May 29 2020

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The 2020 Genesis G90 Ultimate Is Its Own Kind Of Luxury

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Yes, the 2020 Genesis G90 sedan is priced much lower than BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes S Class. But a bargain price is still a poor value if it can’t fully satisfy owners. With new sheet metal and a bold face, Genesis is looking to get noticed. Don’t need a badge to impress the herd?  The luxurious G90 Ultimate will satisfy those who are confident enough to buy on ability, not reputation.  

May 25 2020

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The All-Electric 2020 MINI Cooper SE Is Perfect. Except For...

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Electric cars are a blast to drive. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE is no exception. In fact, it might be the most engaging car the brand makes. But in a world full of electric cars that have over 200 miles of range, is the MINI’s 110 enough? Maybe. The price could make up for it, the SE can easily be less than a gasoline powered MINI Cooper S. Does it REALLY go 110 miles? Tom Voelk finds out the real-world range driving all throughout Seattle.

May 18 2020

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Is The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk A Real Jeep?

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The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk looks like a piece of REI gear. No wonder buyers like the chunky purposeful look. But how does it do when the going gets rough? Tom Voelk checks out the most capable version of the Renegade with its 1.3-liter turbocharged engine to see how it handles both town and country situations. And then there’s that price…

May 15 2020

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The Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan Starts At $34,000 (But You’ll Want To Pay More).

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You can get a Mercedes-Benz A220 for as little as $33,795, BUT, is it a car with the star that offers satisfaction? Tom Voelk drives a 4MATIC model optioned up to the $46,100 level and finds that it rises to the expected Mercedes experience. And it looks great. There’s always Audi A3, BMW 2-Series, Kia Stinger AWD GT 1 or Genesis G70 AWD for the same kind of money. What a conundrum.  

May 12 2020

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Mazda CX-30 Is Big News In Small Crossovers (But Is It Mazda Fun?)

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Normally, “fun to drive” and “crossover” are not used in the same sentence.  Make an exception for the Mazda CX-30. Slotting in between the tiny CX-3 and not-too-big CX-5, there’s a case to be made for this compact sport ute to wear the CX-4 badge (but that’s a different story involving a vehicle not available in the U.S.). This is not a fast crossover but it should be shopped with a growing group that includes Kona, Seltos, Renegade, Soul and HR-V. If you’re stock portfolio has taken a dive (and who’s hasn’t) you can throw, X1, UX and Q3 onto the test drive list. Tom Voelk checks out a fully optioned AWD Premium model.

Apr 24 2020

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2020 BMW 745e. The 7-Series Gets Electrified!

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Luxury cars are expected to be silent and powerful. Electric cars deliver that. Gasoline powered vehicles eliminate the worry of being stranded far from a charging station. Plug-in hybrids like the BMW 745e offer the best of both worlds- silent electric oomph and no range anxiety at all. What’s the all-electric range? How powerful is it? Is the price too high to appeal to wealthy buyers? Tom Voelk answers all of these questions and more.

Apr 22 2020

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2020 Subaru Outback Is More of What Loyal Fans Want

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Wagons generally don’t appeal to Americans but Subaru manages to sell a bunch of them in the form of Outback. For the sixth generation, the brand changes nearly everything (including a new architecture) but keeps things very familiar. It’s the Subie way! Tom Voelk checks out a top trim Touring model with Napa leather and heated steering wheel. It’s the kind of rig that pampers people in the snow belt and treats Golden Retrievers like VIPs.   

Apr 15 2020

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The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Is Now Better At Everything.

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The new second generation Evoque may look very familiar, but it rides on a new architecture, is motivated by a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain and adopts a Clint Eastwood sneer. The cabin gets a serious upgrade too. How does it compete with Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Porsche Macan, and Volvo XC40? Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped P300 R-Dynamic HSE model on another wet Seattle day to find out.  ‘

Apr 08 2020

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2021 Kia Seltos Gets Telluride Attitude (In A Much Smaller Package).

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Kia learned what Americans want after launching the white-hot Telluride. It’s applied that knowledge to the much smaller Seltos which competes with Crosstrek, CX-30, Kona, Renegade, and HR-V. But those looking at larger and spendier crossovers should give this Kia a look. The brand ditches it’s bargain basement pricing for a strategy that worked for big brother Telluride- create a really good vehicle with a rugged image and loads of value so it doesn’t need fire sale pricing.

Mar 26 2020

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The 2020 Nissan Sentra Grows Up! (Is It Now The Sedan To Beat?)

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The 2020 Nissan Sentra is all new and a massive improvement over the outgoing model. But the competition is fierce. How does it compete with Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta? Well, Nissan is clearly playing the value card with Sentra. Even the base S model comes with push button start and automatic emergency braking. Tom Voelk checks out a loaded top shelf SR model that retails for $25,170 (which can be the price of options on some luxury cars). 

Mar 19 2020

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2020 Infiniti Q60 Edition 30 Is Three Decades In The Making.

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What’s better than an Infiniti Q60 performance coupe? A special edition Q60. There are five “Edition 30” models that celebrate three decades of Infiniti’s existence. It adds tech and unique trim at a lower price than a similarly equipped Luxe model. Is it worth the three decade wait? Tom Voelk takes it for a drive on some very rainy roads.    

Mar 12 2020

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 Lives Large (And It’s A Hybrid?)

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There are many luxury 3-row SUVs fighting for “one percenter” bucks. Is the V8-powered Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 the one to beat?  It’s luxurious, stylish and… a hybrid. It also attracts a lot of attention when put into Free Assist mode. It’s also stuffed with tech. Tom Voelk checks out this not-too-big (for a 3-row machine) SUV.

Mar 05 2020

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The Land Rover Defender Is Back!

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You asked for it, you got it! Land Rover is bringing the all-new Defender back and it arrives on U.S. shores in the spring of 2020. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Land Rover brought it out for the press to see. Plus Defender fan and owner John Mayer was there to help.

Feb 27 2020

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2020 Hyundai Venue- Small Crossover. Big Value.

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Car are expensive and that’s one of the reasons Millennials aren’t buying them the way Boomers did. Enter the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue crossover. It starts at about half the price of the average cars sold these days. And it’s not a penalty box. Tom Voelk travels to Miami, Florida to check this small hatchbacky crossover out.

Full disclosure, Hyundai provided travel and lodging for this event but as always, Tom’s opinions are his alone. 

Feb 20 2020

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2020 Audi Q3 S Line Premium Plus. Bigger? Sure. (But Better..?)

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Audi’s small Q3 crossover is new and it gets a welcome nudge up the size ladder. Now built on the Volkswagen group’s well-regarded MQB architecture, it has a different dynamic. Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped Q3 S Line Premium Plus model to find out if it’s worth nearly $44,000.

Feb 13 2020

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2020 Acura RDX A-Spec puts the “sport” into SUV!

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Crossovers have become all things to all buyers. Looking for something on the sporty side? The RDX is up to the task. Equipped with active torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, it puts the “sport” in Sport Utility Vehicle. It’s also priced right. Tom Voelk checks out the A-Spec performance trim version and takes a close look at the True Touchpad interface that can be a deal maker, or breaker.

Feb 06 2020

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2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition Is Speed, Beauty and Rarity

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Land Rover’s Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition come with the longest name in the automotive world. Darned if it doesn’t make short work of all conditions. Yes, this 550 horsepower SUV sprints to 60 miles an hour in just 4.3 seconds, but it never forgets its Land Rover roots. Tom Voelk drives it in the hills of California where he answers “yes” to the question “would you take your $100,000 performance SUV off road?” 

Feb 02 2020

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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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iTunes Ratings

287 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
13
4
4
4

Good to find your first car

By Pagani2020 - May 26 2020
Read more
Driven is a good video podcast

Amazing podcast, question though.

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