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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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    • 4.8 • 345 Ratings

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

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    Up Close And Personal With The New 2022 Nissan Frontier Design

    Up Close And Personal With The New 2022 Nissan Frontier Design

    The new 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup is headed to dealerships now. Here's a serious look inside and out with Hiren Patel, the Project Lead Designer. He gives all sorts of insights to why the new Frontier looks they way it does, much of it is all about function. Tom Voelk stays out of his way and lets him describe the design process. This is part of a Nissan manufacture's event in Utah that Tom attended.

    • 8 min
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    The Volvo V90 Cross Country Is One Sleek Sexy SUV (Okay, It's A Wagon, But That's A Good Thing).

    The Volvo V90 Cross Country Is One Sleek Sexy SUV (Okay, It's A Wagon, But That's A Good Thing).

    It can be argued that SUVs are essentially raised station wagons, or that wagons are sleek SUVs. Volvo’s V90 Cross Country splits the difference, an all-wheel drive wagon with more ground clearance than most. And it has a beautiful interior. Tom Voelk takes a 2021 model to Bend, Oregon for a family vacation. It might be the ultimate road trip vehicle. And if you need food recommendations in Bend, you’ve come to the right place.

    • 14 min
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    The 2021 McLaren GT Is A Practical Exotic (But That’s A Relative Thing…)

    The 2021 McLaren GT Is A Practical Exotic (But That’s A Relative Thing…)

    The structure is carbon fiber. The twin-turbo V8 making 612 horsepower has only 3,384 pounds to move. It’s so exclusive you may never see one in person. A true canyon carver, the McLaren GT is the most practical car the company makes, versatile enough to haul a set of golf clubs. But no, it won’t replace your SUV or minivan. It remains a McLaren and that means it’s different from anything else out there. Tom Voelk checks out a 2021 model

    • 14 min
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    V8-Powered Jeep Wrangler 392 Is A Gift To The Faithful (Those With Money At Least)

    V8-Powered Jeep Wrangler 392 Is A Gift To The Faithful (Those With Money At Least)

    The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 392 pumps out 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. In other words, it can dust more than a few sports cars in a drag race. And the engine note is glorious. Yes, for the first time in nearly 40 years, there’s a V8 in a Wrangler (technically the Wrangler has only been around since 1986 so let’s graciously fold the CJ into the model line). Tom Voelk checks out this monster of a Wrangler and finds it’s all fun until the road turns twisty. Oh, and there’s fueling up too.

    • 16 min
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    The 2022 Honda Civic Touring Is Brilliant. But How Does It Handle A 700 Mile Road Trip?

    The 2022 Honda Civic Touring Is Brilliant. But How Does It Handle A 700 Mile Road Trip?

    Honda’s new 11th generation Civic is very good. How good? Tom Voelk takes a 2022 Civic Touring on a 700 mile weekend getaway to Walla Walla, Washington to check out the comfort, quietness, fuel efficiency and Bose Centerpoint audio system to see if it’s best-in-class (because Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Volkswagen Jetta want your money too). It’s a full look at the best Civic ever plus a little bit of Washington wine country thrown in for good measure.

    • 15 min
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    All-New Lexus Interface Adds Tech (And Yes, It Ditches The Touchpad)

    All-New Lexus Interface Adds Tech (And Yes, It Ditches The Touchpad)

    Lexus makes some very desirable vehicles but has been criticized over its trackpad user interface. Starting with the 2022 NX, it all changes. The new Lexus Interface (no there’s no fancy name) eliminates the touchpad, it’s touchscreen only. It’s also adds casual voice recognition commands plus imbeds Amazon Music and Apple Music right into the system. And the NX will have phone-as-key technology that can be shared with up to 7 users.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

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Lamborghini

My favorite car is a Lambo.

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Love Tom Volk

Great review. Awesome variety of cars. Long supporter of this podcast. My only complaint is no 1080p version for the Apple TV or iPad( I know 4K is asking a lot). Frustrating watching this is low res. Only thing holding me from a 5 star.

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