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Driven Car Reviews

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

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Chevy Bolt EUV Gets A Huge Price Cut And Super Cruise

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV (which is kind of different from the Bolt EV) is affordable and packed with tech and features like Super Cruise handsfree driving. Now it comes with a significant price cut. Starting at $28,195, it’s one of the best deals in the electric vehicle world. Tom Voelk checks out a fully loaded Premier model with heated and vented seats, a punchy Bose sounds system and range of 247 miles.


1 Aug 2022

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The Updated 2022 Jaguar I-Pace EV Is The Driver’s SUV

The 2022 Jaguar gets a lot of welcome upgrades. It adds a lot of extra standard equipment, gets a significant price drop, and it charges faster. One thing has changed- It’s loads of fun to drive, maybe the best handling EV made. Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped EV400 HSE model  (the only version available in the US) and finds it’s a joy to bend into a corner. If only it travelled a little farther on a charge.


28 Jul 2022

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The 2022 BMW i4 M50 Is A Wicked Fun Way To Electrify Your Ride

All the thrills of a BMW M car and zero emissions? That’s the 2022 BMW i4 M50. All electric. All-wheel drive. All grins. There’s 536 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of instant torque for your right foot to play with and it’s all enjoyed from a lovely well-crafted cabin. From the exterior that’s nearly identical to a Grand Coupe 4-Series to the silent powertrain, it’s a stealthy way to have a great time on twisty roads. The range? Well… that depends. Tom Voelk checks out a well-optioned M50 and finds it to be powerful, engaging and even kind of practical.


25 Jul 2022

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The 2023 Nissan Z Is A Gift To Sports Car Lovers Everywhere.

The 240Z is an automotive legend. Now, 50 years later there’s a 7th generation- the Nissan Z (no more numbers) and it pays homage to the best of what came before. It’s powered by a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 and can be had with a 9-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. And well equipped, it’s priced at around $41,000 (with shipping, naturally). Tom Voelk offers up full driving impressions of a Performance model (no teases) from outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.


22 Jul 2022

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2022 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge PHEV Goes Farther (And Quicker Too).


20 Jun 2022

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The More Rugged 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro Is All The SUV You Need

This is a follow up to the all-new 5th generation Kia Sportage, featuring the more rugged X-Pro model with off-road tires and extra ground clearance. Is it a poser or a truly capable machine? For many, it really is all the SUV needed. Tom Voelk heads to Palm Springs, CA to see what it will do.


16 Jun 2022

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The 2023 Kia Sportage Goes Big (And Now The X-Pro Goes Off-Road Too)

To grab a larger slice of the pie from Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the fifth generation Kia Sportage gets a big redesign. Literally. It goes from smallest to among the largest in class with best-in-class rear legroom and cargo room. There's also a fuel efficient hybrid powertrain (a plug-in is coming), plus there's a new X-Pro model designed to travel rugged terrain to get you to the good mountain biking trails. Sportage is now a serious contender. Tom Voelk travels to Palm Springs, CA to check out a Sportage EX AWD Hybrid, an SX Prestige AWD Hybrid and the rough and ready X-Pro AWD on a challenging off-road course.


15 Jun 2022

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Best SUV And Pickup Comparison Test. 20 Competitors Fight For The Mudfest Trophy.

Who makes the best SUV, crossover or pickup? Mudfest, an independent competition put on by the Northwest Automotive Press Association, is all about finding that out. In this two-day comparison event, 23 automotive writers assess 20 different vehicles in five different categories. They look at everything from a Subaru Forester Wilderness to a Rolls Royce Cullinan. And this year, the competition is tighter than ever. Tom Voelk show you how it’s done from The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA.


13 Jun 2022

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The 2022 BMW xDrive50 iX Is The Electrified (And Polarizing) SUV Of The Future

2022 iX xDrive50 review. If you want to haul the family in an eco-friendly way but can't do it by bicycle, BMW offers the all-electric iX xDrive50 SUV for your consideration. Built using a more sustainable way in factories powered by renewable energy, the iX seats five, packs powerful performance (516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque), and is rated to travel up to 324 miles on a charge. It also sports, well, controversial styling inside and out. Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped iX xDrive50 in Sophisto Grey with 22-inch wheels. And those wheels do make a difference.


10 Jun 2022

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The 2022 Mercedes EQS 580 EV Is The Future of S Class Luxury

There are few vehicles as silky as a Mercedes S Class. Now the all-electric EQS 580 is here to challenge that smoothness. With a silent purpose-built EV architecture, acoustical glass and the most aerodynamic body in the business, this luxury sedan is whisper quiet. The 56-inch Hyperscreen and impressive ambient cabin lighting looks straight out of Star Trek. And with 516 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque, this dual motor all-wheel drive machine is powerful too. Does it reach the EPA rated range of 340 miles? How fast does it charge? Tom Voelk checks out a base Premium model to find out. Here’s this link to the paint story- https://bit.ly/3E7atm8PAINT


8 Jun 2022

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