Rank #1: 2020 Nissan Versa SR. $20,000 for a fully loaded car?
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
Rank #2: 2020 Toyota GR Supra
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
Rank #3: Wicked Fast! The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid
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
Rank #4: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R
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
Rank #5: Jeep Wrangler Gets The Diesel It Deserves!
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
Rank #6: The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Driven
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
Rank #7: 2019 Toyota RAV4 AWD Limited
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
Rank #8: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0T Quattro
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.
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Dec 11 2018
Rank #9: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Review
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
Rank #10: 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium Car Review
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
Rank #11: The BMW X2 M35i Is A Performer For All Seasons (And All Reasons)
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
Rank #12: 2019 Subaru Forester Sport
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
Rank #13: Escalade Gets Company! The 2020 Cadillac XT6
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
Rank #14: 2018 Mazda6 Signature Car Review
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
Rank #15: 800-Volt System Makes Quick Work Of EV Charging
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
Rank #16: The 2020 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD Turbodiesel Is Large And In Charge
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
Rank #17: 2018 McLaren 720S
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
Rank #18: True No Hands Driving! 2019 Cadillac CT6 Super Cruise.
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
Rank #19: 2018 BMW i3s Giga World with Range Extender
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
Rank #20: 2019 Honda Passport Elite AWD
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