99 episodes

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

Driven Car Reviews Tom Voelk

    • Automotive

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

    • video
    The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line Is Sporty Sculpture At A Bargain Price

    The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line Is Sporty Sculpture At A Bargain Price

    Few cars offer enthusiast-grade driving dynamics with family practicality. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line does. Then the designers throw in concept car styling to sweeten the deal. THEN the deal gets even sweeter with an MSRP of $34,305. Yes, that’s with shipping and pretty much loaded. And the 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque so fun is always on tap. And it has launch control! Tom Voelk drives one in Hampton Gray with summer performance tires.

    • 13 min
    • video
    The All New 2021 Buick Envision Looks Good. Especially In Snow.

    The All New 2021 Buick Envision Looks Good. Especially In Snow.

    Buick has transformed itself into an all-SUV brand in the United States and the 2021 Envision is all-new. It’s a two-row crossover positioned between luxury models like Audi Q5 and mainstream vehicle like Toyota RAV4. Available with a electronically controlled twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that directs power not just front to back, but also between left and right rear wheels, it arrives just in time for Seattle snow. Tom Voelk checks out the system and everything else about the Envision.

    • 14 min
    • video
    The 2021 Polestar 2- An Electric Car With Star Power

    The 2021 Polestar 2- An Electric Car With Star Power

    The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first fully electric car from the young brand. A product of Volvo and Geely, it’s a powerful all-wheel hatchback with a loads of Swedish style. And it’s the first car with Android Automotive OS which will change the way you think about interacting with your car. Tom Voelk checks out the range to find out if it’s a true 233 miles. And yeah, there’s a little bit of comparison with Tesla Model 3, but the focus here is on the Polestar.

    • 15 min
    • video
    The 2021 Porsche Taycan EV Is Rear Drive Bliss

    The 2021 Porsche Taycan EV Is Rear Drive Bliss

    Base model cars are often compromises. But the new entry-level Porsche Taycan offers a more intense rear drive dynamic than the other models. True, it’s not as quick as it’s siblings and the “affordable” price begins at $81,250. But in Frozen Berry paint and Blackberry interior, it’s a conversation starter. Tom Voelk checks out a European spec Performance Battery Plus version with 469 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.

    • 12 min
    • video
    Living With 2021 Mustang Mach-E. A Deep Dive Into Ford’s First Dedicated EV

    Living With 2021 Mustang Mach-E. A Deep Dive Into Ford’s First Dedicated EV

    Let’s get past the Mustang controversy and address the big question- How easy is the Ford Mach-E to live with. Turns out, the Blue Oval folks pretty much nailed it. Tom Voelk spends a week in a standard range 66kW Premium AWD model. It’s the one with the shortest amount of range, 211 miles according to the EPA. How does it work in the real world? Is charging easy and quick? Can it handle family duty? All of these questions are answered, plus a look at the FordPass Charging Network.

    • 18 min
    • video
    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Is A Four-Season Performance Machine

    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Is A Four-Season Performance Machine

    All Porsche 911s are turbocharged these days but the Turbo model is something special. For those patiently holding off for the 992 Turbo, your wait is over. Available as a coupe or cabriolet (sorry Targa lovers) and making as much power as the outgoing 991.2 Turbo S, this all-wheel drive performance classic is ready to chew up your favorite twisty road. Automotive specialist Tom Voelk finds the 911’s insulated top and Wet Mode to be handy in the Pacific Northwest’s rainy conditions.

    • 13 min

Top Podcasts In Automotive

Listeners Also Subscribed To