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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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    A Closer Look at The Off-Road Tech In The 2021 Ford Bronco

    A Closer Look at The Off-Road Tech In The 2021 Ford Bronco

    The 2021 Ford Bronco is an exceptionally done SUV with tech to help it conquer the trails. Tom Voelk heads out with Ford Off-Roadeo instructor Jonny Van Wagoner to see how Trail Turn Assist, One Pedal Drive and Trail Control make things easier when navigating the tough stuff. And Bronco’s sway bar disconnect has a trick that off-roader will appreciate.

    • 12 min
    • video
    The Wait Is Over! Full 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door On and Off Road Review.

    The Wait Is Over! Full 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door On and Off Road Review.

    The 2021 Bronco 2 and 4 door is finally arriving at Ford dealerships. At the Texas Off-Roadeo just outside of Austin, Tom Voelk drives it both on and off road. On pavement, he gets behind the wheel of an Outer Banks model. On the Off-Roadeo “Ghost Pepper” course, he pushes a base 2-door with the Sasquatch package of and down steep rocks. There’s a lot packed into this video. Tom attended a manufacturer’s event for this experience, opinions are his own.

    • 18 min
    • video
    2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Doppelkupplung (PDK) Is The Fastest Way Around A Track

    2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Doppelkupplung (PDK) Is The Fastest Way Around A Track

    Many automotive enthusiasts feel sports cars simply must have a manual transmission and the Porsche 718 GT4 comes standard with a very good six-speed. But the quickest way around a track is with the 7-speed dual-clutch Doppelkupplung gearbox. You may know it as the legendary PDK with eye-blink gear swaps. At least there’s no argument that the naturally aspirated 4-liter flat-6 Boxer engine making 414 horsepower sounds like a symphony.

    • 11 min
    • video
    The Powerful 2021 Audi Q5 55 Plug-In Hybrid Is The Sweet Spot In The Line Up.

    The Powerful 2021 Audi Q5 55 Plug-In Hybrid Is The Sweet Spot In The Line Up.

    There are a lot ways to look at plug-in hybrids. Audi’s Q5 55 TFSI e (AKA plug-in hybrid) appears to be the Goldilocks choice in so many ways. It’s nearly as powerful as the SQ5 performance model. And after tax credits, it can cost the same as the gas-only Q5 55. And for those who worry about electric range, it offers the luxury of switching to gasoline for those unexpected cross country road trips. Tom Voelk takes a look at a 2021 mid-level Premium Plus model.

    • 15 min
    • video
    2022 Nissan Pathfinder Gets The Big Upgrade It Needs to Compete

    2022 Nissan Pathfinder Gets The Big Upgrade It Needs to Compete

    It’s no secret that 3-row SUVs and crossovers have replaced family vans in driveways throughout America. Nissan finally has a solid competitor with the 5th generation 2022 Pathfinder. Everything has been rethought and improved including the transmission. Yes, the CVT is gone! Mated to the 3.5-liter V6 is a ZF 9-speed gearbox. But the best part for buyers is how Nissan offers up features and tech on affordable models, no need to buy the top trim to get a bird’s eye camera view system.

    • 14 min
    • video
    2022 Lexus NX In Studio First Look! A New User Interface! A high-performance PHEV!

    2022 Lexus NX In Studio First Look! A New User Interface! A high-performance PHEV!

    The Lexus NX crossover has been a popular luxury choice since it’s debut in 2014. The all-new 2022 version that’s available in four models brings a number of firsts- It ditches the unloved trackpad for a new touchscreen interface that was designed in-house. There’s a new high performance plug-in hybrid model, the NX 450h+. Plus, there’s something missing (and something added) on the tailgate. Tom Voelk visits the Lexus studio in Plano, TX to give you a first-hand preview of the new NX.

    • 6 min

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