Driven Car Reviews

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Kia calls the new 2022 Carnival an MPV. You’ll probably call it a minivan. Or maybe it’s a family MVP the way it carries people and cargo with ease. Seating 7 or 8 depending on model, this roomy V6-powered machine gets SUV looks to attract new
ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first dedicated electric vehicle and it has a lot going for it. The range is competitive, the features are compelling and it’s roomy for family and cargo. Is this the EV to get? How fast does it charge? Is it fun to drive?
Hyundai has always sold a lot of Tucsons but the smaller size of the two-row SUV probably kept a lot of buyers away. The 2022 model solves the space issue and goes on to add a city’s worth of style inside and out. And if that’s not enough, for
It’s easy to forget that Acura’s MDX was the first crossover to sport three rows of seating. Four generations later, the market is thick with competitors. So Honda’s premium division gave it a double wishbone front suspension, a new architectur
Nothing sells like power and the Mazda3 with the turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder should be very popular with people that like cars. Mazda is shedding it's rowdy side for a more refined performance image. This is no Mazdaspeed3 and that's prob
5G is much more than just a faster way for smartphones to download music and movies. It will usher in new automotive technology that will make your car smarter, safer and more entertaining. Tom Voelk travels to the Qualcomm 5G Automotive Lab in
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has the tough rugged look people want these days. But can it do tough rugged Bronco things? Since the Sport is based on the same architecture as the Escape, some might think it’s a poser or soft-roader. So Tom Voelk d
Nothing sells like power and the Mazda3 with the turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder should be very popular with people that like cars. Mazda is shedding it's rowdy side for a more refined performance image. This is no Mazdaspeed3 and that's prob
Want to make your life really, really, really, really easy? The 4th generation 2021 Toyota Sienna will help. It’s roomy, quiet, comfortable, packs more storage space than most apartments and can average up to 36 miles per gallon. That means few
Hyundai has finally revealed the production Santa Cruz sports adventure vehicle at an event in Tucson, Arizona. Smaller than a Honda Ridgeline, it’s built to get the urban crowd out to wilderness fun. Designed in California and built in the US,
Looking for a useful SUV crossover but don’t want the hiking boot look? Infiniti brings fastback design to its new 2022 QX55. It gives up a small amount of practicality to its fraternal twin QX50 but its sleeker profile is happy to help with th
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, t
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 electroni
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 w
Often times, base model cars are a compromise. But the new entry-level version of Porsche’s electric Taycan offers a more intense rear drive dynamic than the all-wheel drive 4S and Turbo models. And with 200 pounds lifted from the front end the
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 on
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
Lexus has a reputation for crafting reliable and comfortable vehicles that come with an award-winning ownership experience. Razor sharp handling? Nope, but the brand is trying to change.  Akio Toyoda (guy who’s family name is on the building) h
If you think sedan sales are down, 2-door coupes should be on the endangered species list. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz has a wide variety of 2-doors for people who want the intimacy of a true coupe (not the 4-door kind). The E 450 has received a
We all know Ford’s F-150 has been the most popular vehicle in America since dirt was new. The latest version might look like a mid-cycle refresh but the Blue Oval folks claim it’s 90 percent new. There are simple additions like a ruler in the t
The modern electric car has only been available for a dozen years or so. Led by Tesla, nearly every automobile manufacturer has at least one EV now and choices are growing. Audi has the e-tron in both standard and Sportback rooflines. It’s quic
It’s been years since Land Rover sold the Defender in the U.S. The all new 110 was worth the wait. Built using aluminum monocoque body construction, Defender will go anywhere, and do it comfortably. Yup, it’s as refined on-road as it is tough o
The second-generation Acura TLX has a lot going for it- a new exclusive chassis, a double wishbone front suspension, and a more powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’s standard. Oh, and it’s lower, longer and wider too so it looks like i
Many 3-row crossovers are hulking machines that are cumbersome to drive in heavy traffic. The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is more manageable but still offers extra seating when needed. And let’s face it, many times that extra row is a “just in cas
Ford has kept Mustang’s formula consistent since 1964. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is a radical change. All electric. Four doors. Available all-wheel drive. With up to 300 miles of range, Mach-E is fast, fun and functional. Tom Voelk travels to Los
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