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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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    The 2020 Genesis G90 Ultimate Is Its Own Kind Of Luxury

    The 2020 Genesis G90 Ultimate Is Its Own Kind Of Luxury

    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.

    • 13 min
    • video
    The All-Electric 2020 MINI Cooper SE Is Perfect. Except For...

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

    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.

    • 14 min
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    Is The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk A Real Jeep?

    Is The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk A Real Jeep?

    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…

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 12 min

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