Unnamed Automotive Podcast

Unnamed Automotive Podcast

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Cars, trucks, and a weird sense of humor.


141: 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross, Sami’s Trip To Ireland
Oct 13 • 40 min
Charger fans have finally been thrown a bone by SRT in the form of the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, a track-oriented version of the super sedan that mimics the wider stance of last year's Challenger Widebody while bringing some important…
140: 2019 Subaru STI S209 Track Drive, 2019 Ford F-150 Platinum Diesel, Jeremy Renner’s Social Network App
Oct 6 • 41 min
Is America ready for the first-ever Subaru to have been fully built by STI - to the point where it had to be homologated as an all-new manufacturer? Benjamin drives the 2019 Subaru STI S209 on a race track to find out if it lives up to the hype.…
139: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 2019 Mini Cooper S
Sep 29 • 40 min
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI really a Golf GTI with a trunk? VW would love to convince you that's true, but Benjamin isn't so sure after a week together with the car. Sami rediscovers the Mini Cooper S magic that he thinks makes the car something special…
138: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Pack, Netflix Hyperdrive
Sep 22 • 47 min
Friend of the show Chad Kirchner spends time in the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBost High Performance Pack and comes back to tell Benjamin just how wrong he was about his instant dismissal of the turbocharged muscle car. Sami then leads a discussion on the…
137: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2020 Hyundai Palisade, RIP Benjamin’s Datsun Motor
Sep 15 • 50 min
Is the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's new motor a worthy upgrade over the previous 4-cylinder? Benjamin certainly thinks so - to the point where it changes the entire character of the car for the better. Sami then dives deep into the 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV…
136: 2020 Subaru Legacy, 2019 BMW 750i xDrive
Sep 8 • 49 min
Subaru's basic design language doesn't take any risks, and after driving the 2020 Subaru Legacy for the first time Sami kind of wishes it did so that more buyers might be tempted to take a chance on the brand instead of seeking out the more stylish…
135: 2019 Volkswagen Golf R, 2019 Subaru BRZ Raiu Edition, Listener Feedback, Porsche Contest
Sep 1 • 40 min
Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R a hot hatch, or a 'stealth executive car?' Will Sami tolerate Benjamin's unabashed use of marketing speak to describe the turbocharged, all-wheel drive Golf, or will it end their friendship forever? Will Sami's time in the…
134: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, 2020 BMW M340i xDrive, Weird Movie Tie-In Cars, How Benjamin and Sami Got Started As Writers
Aug 25 • 51 min
How strong is the charisma of Steve McQueen that Ford is still making Bullitt Mustang tribute cars 50 years after the movie debuted? Sami dives deep into the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt and comes away impressed with its mix of style and performance. After a…
133: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Aug 18 • 45 min
Is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo worth of the 1LE road racing package? Benjamin spends a week with the entry-level car to find out. Meanwhile, Sami pits the 2019 Ford Ranger against the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in a mid-size pickup battle that may…
132: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550, 2019 Jeep Gladiator
Aug 11 • 65 min
Is the world ready for a version of the Nissan GT-R that costs over $200,000? Guest Chad Kirchner explains why the NISMO makes sense - and who it makes sense to - after driving the automaker's most expensive sports car to date. Benjamin relates his…
131: 2020 BMW Z4 M40i, 2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra
Aug 4 • 44 min
When a Japanese company pays for a Germany automaker to build its flagship sports car, and then lets it sell a more powerful roadster version of its own, Benjamin is there to try to make sense of it all. The 2020 BMW Z4 M40i turns out to be more…
130: 2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet, 2019 Honda Passport SUV
Jul 28 • 41 min
Benjamin's love for the BMW M850i is no secret - but when the roof gets sliced off, will his heart stay true? A week in the 2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet has a surprise ending that leaves Sami shocked. The pair then go on to discuss Sami's time in the 2019…
129: 2020 Lexus RX, Classic Lexus Drive, Benjamin’s Fiat 500X Nightmare In France
Jul 21 • 41 min
What's it like to sample a fleet of museum-quality Lexus classics? Sami finds out after spending a few days in Costa Rica with the original LS, RX, SC, and more. He also pilots the refreshed 2020 Lexus RX and makes the startling discovery that its…
128: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2019 Audi A6, 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition
Jul 7 • 37 min
It's a battle of the turbocharged V6 engines as Sami discovers something old and something new while comparing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class against the 2019 Audi A6. Benjamin discovers that a week with an old friend leaves him feeling more sad than…
127: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 1
Jun 30 • 44 min
Do you need an SUV that can bounce itself out of the snow or mud? Sami tries to answer that question, and more, with his in-depth review of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Meanwhile, Benjamin counters with the one Ford Mustang model the pair had yet to…
126: VW Autostadt Tour, 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2020 Kia Telluride
Jun 23 • 42 min
Is the Autostadt the German Disneyworld for Volkswagen fans? After spending a day there, Benjamin certainly thinks so, and he goes into detail about VW's unusual theme park for gearheads. He also gets some wheel time with the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. Sami…
125: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, 2019 Porsche Macan S, 2019 Toyota CH-R
Jun 16 • 39 min
How much do the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the 2019 Porsche Macan S luxury SUVs have in common? Sami travels to Germany and Newfoundland, for some reason, to sample these two refreshed models. Meanwhile, Benjamin sticks closer to home to spend a…
124: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2019 Ford Mustang GT350, 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2
Jun 9 • 51 min
What change have been made to the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350? Is it still the king of pony-land? Chad Kirchner guest hosts on the show to give his perspective after taking the new GT350 to the track. Sami and Benjamin discuss their time in the 2019…
123: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, What’s Next For N Performance
Jun 2 • 39 min
Benjamin falls in love with the rowdy 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, and is convinced it's the most fun hot hatch on the market. Sami thinks Benjamin might be crazy. The pair also discuss the future of the N Performance brand, and what vehicles might be ripe…
122: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Sky One-Touch Convertible, Weird Car Names Lightning Round
May 26 • 52 min
When is a style icon just another four-door coupe? When it's the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, according to Sami after a weary week together with this in-betweener. Benjamin has a better time with the Sky One-Touch convertible version of the 2019 Jeep…
121: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC EV, 2019 Lexus UX, Datsun Track Disasters
May 19 • 53 min
Will the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC have what it takes to unseat the Tesla Model X, the Audi e-tron, and the Jaguar i-Pace? Sami has the scoop after spending a couple days behind the wheel of the latest German electric car under dreary Norwegian skies.…
120: 2020 Toyota Supra Track Drive, 2019 Cadillac XT5
May 12 • 54 min
Is the 2020 Toyota Supra just as good the second time around? After a full day at Summit Motorsports Park - and a fair bit of street driving - Sami spills the beans on his Supra secrets. Benjamin goes in a family-friendly direction with the 2019 Cadillac…
119: 2019 Genesis G70, 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, No More VW Golf
May 5 • 39 min
Is the 2019 Genesis G70 the real sports sedan deal not just on the track, but in the day-to-day? Benjamin certainly thinks so after spending a week behind the wheel of the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 model - even after having sampled the…
118: 2019 BMW 3 Series, 2019 Nisan Altima AWD vs. 2019 Honda Accord 1.5T, Jeep Grand Wagoneer Update
Apr 28 • 43 min
The 2019 BMW 3 Series has been completely redesigned in a bid to capture past driving glory. Benjamin spends a week behind the wheel of the 330i xDrive to discover what's good and what's still so-so about the German automaker's sales leader. Sami pits…
117: 2019 BMW M850i, 2019 Cadillac XT4, New York Auto Show Lightning Round
Apr 21 • 51 min
Is the 2019 BMW M850i so good that it makes Benjamin take the most controversial stance in the history of the podcast? Is this luxury coupe really as good as he says it is, or does Sami have to hit him with a hard reality check? Once that's out of the…
116: 2020 Kia Soul EV, 2019 Nissan Kicks
Apr 14 • 33 min
Is the electric version of the 2020 Kia Seoul that Benjamin drove last month just as good as the gas model? Sami continues with tales from Korea, telling us all about his drive in the all-new Soul EV. Meanwhile, Benjamin spills the beans on the 2019…
115: 2020 Hyundai Sonata, 2020 Land Rover Ranger Evoque
Apr 7 • 47 min
Does Hyundai's return to fashion-forward design have what it takes to push the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata back into mid-size family car contention? After a detour to the DMZ, Sami drives through the streets of Seoul, Korea, to find out. Benjamin heads to…
114: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X, 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550, Benjamin Buys A Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Mar 31 • 34 min
If it looks like an SRT but packs a V6, is it still a good buy? Benjamin and Sam argue about the merits of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X before veering off into Mercedes-Benz G-Class territory, which Sami opines is simple too expensive to ever…
113: 2019 BMW X7, 2019 Mazda 3 AWD
Mar 24 • 44 min
The 2019 BMW X7 is the first full-size 3-row SUV from the German brand. Benjamin drives it from Florida to Louisiana to see if it has what it takes to compete with Land Rover et al. Meanwhile, Sami spends time with the 2019 Mazda 3 AWD, the first…
112: 2019 BMW X2 M35i, Geneva Supercar Lightning Round
Mar 17 • 39 min
When is a crossover not a crossover? When it's the 2019 BMW X2 M35i, a hot hatch contender disguised as an SUV. Benjamin and Sami each spent a week with BMW's quickest compact and have dissenting opinions on how it compares to its less-mighty xDrive28i…
Bonus Episode - Star Car Faceoff - X-Files Ford Taurus vs. Stranger Things Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
Mar 13 • 17 min
Which would you rather have when fighting the supernatural: the total anonymity of a rental-counter Taurus, or the off-road cool of a convertible Blazer? We get to the bottom of the mystery on this Star Car Faceoff bonus episode.
111: 2019 BMW X5, 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan Altima-TE On Trax
Mar 10 • 47 min
Is the 2019 BMW X5 capable of elevating itself to the top tier of luxury SUVs? After a week behind the wheel of the twin-turbo V8 model, both Benjamin and Sami have a definite opinion on the X5's place in the performance truck pantheon. Switching gears,…
110: 2020 McLaren 720S, 2019 Acura RDX, Lexus Sport Cup Ice Racing
Mar 3 • 45 min
Sami's supercar streak continues with a drive of the 2020 McLaren 720S Spider, which now holds the podcast record for 'fastest thing Sami has ever been inside of.' Benjamin races too, this time on ice in a rear-wheel drive Lexus IS 300 at the Lexus Sport…
109: 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider, 2020 Kia Soul, 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Feb 24 • 47 min
Sami, our resident supercar expert, takes the time to explain the ins-and-outs of McLaren's nomeclature to Benjamin after driving the 2019 McLaren 600LT on a race track. Benjamin returns the favor by waxing poetic about the enduring appeal of Kia's most…
108: 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, 2019 Infiniti QX50, 2019 BMW Z4, 2019 Subaru Forester Sport
Feb 17 • 57 min
Benjamin and Sami have their most heated debate to date when discussing Sami's time behind the wheel of the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan - an SUV Benjamin views as an abomination for the distinguished automaker, despite Sami's passionate defense for its…
107: 2019 Dodge Charger SXT AWD V6, 2019 Honda Pilot
Feb 10 • 32 min
How much can one sub-zero blizzard change things? In the case of the 2019 Honda Pilot SUV, it completely flipped Benjamin's perception of the people mover from 'blah' to 'awe.' Sami, however, has a harder time deciding whether the 2019 Dodge Charger SXT…
106: 2019 Mazda 3, 2019 Kia Stinger GT Turbo Four
Feb 3 • 39 min
The 2019 Mazda 3 is here - but parts of it are missing in action. Benjamin drives Mazda's redesigned compact car and muses on what the absence of Skyactiv X (and the cost of going AWD) mean for the brand. Sami contributes with his time behind the wheel of…
Bonus Episode - Star Car Faceoff - Scooby Doo Mystery Machine vs. TMNT Party Wagon vs. A-Team Van
Jan 27 • 23 min
What was the coolest Star Car van of all time? Sami makes a passionate case for the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, while Benjamin holds out that the TMNT Party Wagon covers all the bases. But there's a potential dark horse lurking in the background: can the…
105: 2019 BMW M2 Competition, 2019 BMW X4 M40i, Detroit Auto Show Lightning Round
Jan 20 • 44 min
BMW seriously ups the ante with the M2 Competition, a more powerful version of last year's already excellent performance coupe. Sami opines that it's the best M car he's driven, while Benjamin counters with his experience behind the wheel of the 2019 BMW…
Bonus Episode - Star Car Faceoff: Batmobiles vs. James Bond Cars
Jan 12 • 34 min
Does putting nipples on a Batmobile disqualify it from being taken seriously? Is the Lotus Esprit submarine really that cool? Does Sami have unusually strong positive memories associated with Batman Forever? The answer to these questions, and more, in…
104: 2019 Hyunda Santa Fe Showdown, 2019 Ford Edge ST, 2019 Kia Forte
Jan 6 • 41 min
Is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe a pretty face or a middling contender in the SUV sweepstakes? Benjamin and Sami can't agree - but they have fun trying to convince each other to see the light. One thing's for certain: Sami can't wrap his mind around the…
103: 2019 Subaru Ascent, Cupholders, 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, SRT Interview
Dec 30, 2018 • 45 min
It's Freaky Friday on this week's podcast as the pair swap SUVS they each drove last month. Sami interviews the SRT braintrust about the Ram SRT10 pickup and the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Benjamin goes on a journey of self-discovery in the…
102: 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Nissan Maxima, 2019 Nissan Murano
Dec 23, 2018 • 39 min
It's been close to a decade since you could buy a Ranger in a Ford showroom, but for 2019 the once-compact, now-mid-size pickup is back. Benjamin drives the 2019 Ford Ranger on-road and off-road to figure out where it fits in a suddenly-crowded small…
101: 2020 BMW 3 Series, 2019 Audi e-tron EV, Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed
Dec 16, 2018 • 56 min
The 2020 BMW 3 Series is a complete redesign of a car that had fallen behind its sport sedan rivals in terms of fun. Sami heads to Portugal's Algarve circuit - one of his favorite tracks in the world - to see whether the 3 Series got its groove back.…
Bonus Episode - Holiday Gift Guide - Forza Horizon, Hot Wheels, Anti-Consumerism
Dec 9, 2018 • 29 min
Hey, it's the holidays. Usually that means buying stuff for people you care about, or maybe don't, but we wanted to let you know that it's ok to turn away from consumerism and resist the pressure to use material goods to show someone you love them. That…
100: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, 2018 Kia Stinger, Cargo Vans
Dec 2, 2018 • 56 min
Do you want an SUV that pop, drops, and locks its way out of sticky, muddy, or snowy situations? Mercedes-Benz thinks you do - and they also think you want mad corner leaaaaan, just like a race bike - with the 2020 GLE-Class. Sami has the full scoop on…
99: Nissan Trucks Desert Drive in Morocco, Guest Chad Kirchner, 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel
Nov 25, 2018 • 64 min
What's it like to be whisked off to exotic Morocco and given the keys to Nissan's entire global fleet of off-roaders? Guest Chad Kirchner shares his story of scorpions, Titans, Terras, and Patrols bashing through the dunes, and also discusses the…
98: 2019 VW Beetle, Puebla Mexico Factory Visit, 2019 VW Tiguan, Jeep Gladiator, Toyota TRD, Weird Animal Car Names
Nov 18, 2018 • 48 min
What's it like to drive a dead car on Mexico's Day of the Dead, in Puebla City, Mexico? Benjamin tells the sad tale of the end-of-the-line for the Volkswagen Beetle, which marks 2019 as its final year of production. He also tours the plant where the…
97: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, SUV Lightning Round
Nov 11, 2018 • 47 min
Can you drive the 707 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at near-freezing temperatures on rain-slicked roads and not fall prey to its supercharged, world-killing drivetrain? Benjamin discovers that the answer is yes after a week behind the wheel in…
96: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS, 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Off-Roading With Jeep, SEMA Lowlights
Nov 4, 2018 • 44 min
Is there a world where the Porsche Sport Response button makes any sense? Sami certainly thinks so after driving the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS at the Bahrain International Circuit, but Benjamin just can't wrap his mind around it. Fortunately, the 2019…
95: 2019 Lincoln Navigator vs 2019 Ford Expedition Comparison
Oct 28, 2018 • 43 min
Is it worth stepping up to the 2019 Lincoln Navigator? Or is the 2019 Ford Expedition - mechanically, it's near-twin, and almost a match in terms of features - a better value? After spending a week in these full-size SUVs, Benjamin and Sami compare the…
94: 2019 Mazda CX-9, 2019 Subaru Outback, 2019 Nissan Kicks, Mustang Blues
Oct 21, 2018 • 51 min
Reaching above its station as an affordable three-row SUV, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 offers swanky digs and a smooth ride - at least, according to Sami, who can't get enough. Benjamin's crossover-of-the-week is a 2019 Subaru Outback, a great family hauler that…
93: 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, Datsun Track Woes
Oct 14, 2018 • 42 min
What's better than a three-comma-door supercar? A three-comma-door supercar without a roof - at least according to Sami, who spent a week with the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, perhaps the most unique hybrid electric in BMW's line-up. Benjamin also waxes…
92: Formula Experiences Race School, 2019 BMW X5, 2018 BMW M2
Oct 7, 2018 • 52 min
Ever wanted to drive an open cockpit race car? Or an open wheel formula car? Benjamin got to do both courtesy of Formula Experiences at Virginia International Raceway, and he has nothing but raves for the Radical SR1 and SR3. Sami then talks about his…
91: 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, 2018 Alpina B7, 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Sep 30, 2018 • 55 min
What has active aero, a naturally-aspirated V12, and enough curb appeal to trigger a valet batle royale? The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Special guest Bradley Iger put the newest Nurburgring record holder through its paces at Estoril, in Portugal, and…
90: 2020 Toyota Supra Test Drive, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Arctic Ocean Adventure
Sep 23, 2018 • 57 min
The 2020 Toyota Supra isn't quite here yet, but Sami spends a day on the racetrack behind the wheel of a Gazoo Racing prototype Supra at Jarama, Spain, while also piloting it through the streets of Madrid. Driven back to back against the Toyota GT86, it…
89: 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45, 2018 Volvo XC40, Exploding Chevrolet Colorado Airbags, Death Of The Beetle
Sep 16, 2018 • 53 min
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 will cost you $20k more than the base CLA-Class, but is it a real AMG car? Benjamin thinks so, and while both he and Sami have reservations, it's a major improvement over the standard version of the vehicle. Get ready for more…
88: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Arctic Circle Mercedes-Sprinter Adventures, 2018 Honda Pilot, Volvo’s Secret Autonomous Car Language, BMW Lightning Round
Sep 9, 2018 • 59 min
Did adding a turbo to the Miata teach Mazda an important lesson about not messing with the MX-5 formula? After a week behind the wheel of a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata from Mazdas' classic collection, Benjamin certainly seems to think so. Sami, on the other…
87: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, Ford Stepping Into The Abyss
Sep 2, 2018 • 50 min
Sami is terrified - really and truly - after spending a week behind the wheel of the ferocious 2018 BMW M5, but wonders why you need to input the Konami code to really have a good time. Benjamin counters with the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V's 640-horsepower…
86: 2018 Acura NSX, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, Pebble Beach, VW Controls The Weather
Aug 28, 2018 • 58 min
Is the 2018 Acura NSX the ultimate example of soulless supercar perfection? Sami discovers that an amazing powetrain and incredible performance statistics don't make for a mesmerizing drive experience - but that the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante…
85: AutoGuide’s Jodi Lai, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50, EV Self Destruct Systems
Aug 19, 2018 • 61 min
This week AutoGuide's head honcho Jodi Lai, guest hosts with Sami and Benjamin to talk about her disappointing experience with the 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV. Sami compares the 2019 Acura RDX's incredibly frustrating touchpad infotainment system against the…
84: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Ram 1500, Datsun Track Tales
Aug 13, 2018 • 53 min
The Miata finally has more power - but is it in the right place? Sami drives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata long the California coast to get the answers. Meanwhile, Benjamin gets behind the wheel of the also-more-mighty 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback,…
Bonus Episode - 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Scat Pack Widebody, Track-Tested
Aug 8, 2018 • 28 min
Benjamin takes the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye to the track at Club Motorsports in Tamworth, New Hampshire, to find out what happens when you try to make a 797 horsepower muscle car turn a corner. He also spends some time on the same track…
83: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 BMW 340i, 2019 Genesis G70, 2018 Porsche 911T
Aug 5, 2018 • 48 min
The 2018 BMW M5 can certainly haul the mail around a race track, but what's it like corralling its 600 horsepower in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Benjamin takes the hit for the team and finds out, spending a week with the super sedan and trying his best to…
Bonus Episode - 2019 Subaru Forester First Drive
Aug 1, 2018 • 19 min
Sami heads to Japan to drive the 2019 Subaru Forester and comes back to tell you where it fits into the world of compact SUVs - and to argue with Benjamin about its always-watching robot eye - in this first drive bonus episode.
82: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, Datsun 280Z Vibrations
Jul 28, 2018 • 44 min
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S introduces brand-new 'predictive' driver's aides in the form of the AMG Dynamics system, and Benjamin hits the track at Bilster Berg in Germany to decide whether they help lap times or just get in the way while sampling every…
81: 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible, Listener Emails Answered
Jul 21, 2018 • 40 min
Sami spends time with the weakest Mustang engine wrapped in the heaviest (convertible) body and attempts to convince Benjamin why that's not a completely terrible experience. He also samples the huge wing on the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS and pronounces it to be…
80: 2018 Audi RS5, 2018 BMW X1, 2018 Volvo XC40, Autonomous Goodwood Fail
Jul 14, 2018 • 45 min
What happens when you swap a high-revving V8 for a twin-turbo V6? The 2018 Audi RS5 answers that question with surprising authority, according to Benjamin after he spend 1,000 miles behind the wheel delving into the soul of Audi's latest sports car. Sami…
79: 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, 2018 Mini Cooper, 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman All4 JCW, Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
Jul 7, 2018 • 41 min
Is driving the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S roadster a life-changing experience? According to Sami, the answer is yes - with a few caveats. Benjamin drives a pair of down-to-Earth Minis - the Cooper and the Countryman - that booked the Mini universe in…
78: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Bill Goldberg, Honda Asimo Retires
Jul 1, 2018 • 35 min
Do you need a 475 horsepower, track-ready SUV? Does anyone? The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT gets road-tested by both Benjamin and Sami this week, who are both in love with its exhaust note and appalled by its fuel economy. Sami also ponders the missed…
77: 2019 Audi Q8, 2019 Subaru Ascent, Renault Clio V6, Chevrolet Blazer
Jun 23, 2018 • 52 min
What's it like driving the 2019 Audi Q8 across the driest desert on the planet? Benjamin has the scoop after piloting the Q8 through Chile's Atacama, which NASA uses as a stand-in for the surface of Mars. Closer to home, Sami is impressed by how well…
76: Strange Yet Amazing 2018 BMW 640i GT, 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Applebees In Your Car
Jun 16, 2018 • 45 min
The 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo is perhaps the most bizarre BMW also built - and yet, somehow, perhaps the most useful vehicle in the company's current line-up. Both Benjamin and Sami have their minds completely blown by this baffling, and amazing,…
75: 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, 2019 Kia Sorento, Listener Questions
Jun 9, 2018 • 44 min
Would you buy a diesel pickup? What about a diesel pickup that's smaller than a full-size? And would you pay $50,000 for it? These are the questions Benjamin tries to answer when driving the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel over the course of a week. Sami, when not…
Bonus Episode - 2019 Lexus ES First Drive
Jun 7, 2018 • 19 min
Does the 2019 Lexus ES still have a place at the table in a world where mid-size premium sedans offering tons of luxury features can be had from nearly every automaker on the market? Benjamin and Sami discuss the all-new ES after having put it through its…
74: 2018 Kia Soul, 2018 Toyota CH-R, Unusual Crossovers, Mazda RX-7 FD Drive
Jun 3, 2018 • 46 min
When is weird too weird? When is weird not enough? That's what Sami attempts to discover when comparing the 2018 Kia Soul crossover to the 2018 Toyota CH-R. Benjamin jumps in with his strangely authoritative opinions on why, exactly, a whole bunch of…
73: 2018 Volvo S90 T8, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali
May 26, 2018 • 42 min
Is the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali falling behind the pack just prior to its complete redesign this fall? After towing with it this past week, Sami certainly thinks so - especially compared to the 2018 Ford F-150 that Benjamin was driving. The pair also…
Bonus Episode - 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo First Drive
May 21, 2018 • 19 min
The embargo has lifted and we can finally talk about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo - and boy, do we have a lot to say.
72: 2019 Audi A6, 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon, Chevrolet 4 Cylinder Turbo Pickup
May 19, 2018 • 45 min
Where does the redesigned 2019 Audi A6 fit into the executive sedan ecosystem? Sami drives the latest Audi in Portugal and comes back suitably impressed by what the luxury car has to offer. Meanwhile, Benjamin falls in love with the wagon version of the…
71: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, 2018 BMW X2, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
May 12, 2018 • 43 min
The Eclipse Cross is the last Mitsubishi to be developed entirely in-house prior to the merger with Nissan, and Sami spends a week behind the wheel to figure out what the new SUV's lasting legacy will be for fans of the brand. Meanwhile, Benjamin has his…
70: 2019 Genesis G70, 2018 Land Rover Discovery, Sami Visits Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
May 6, 2018 • 44 min
The 2019 Genesis G70 turns out to be more than just a rival to the current crop of entry-level sport sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi - it's a bit of a time machine back to when dialed-in steering, suspension, and a lively character were more…
69: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 2018 Lincoln Navigator, Ford Stops Making Cars
Apr 28, 2018 • 42 min
Stop the press, because Ford has decided to stop making cars! Well, almost - in the middle of recording this episode, Benjamin and Sami learn that Ford will keep building the Mustang, but kill every other sedan in a bid to focus exclusively on SUVs and…
68: 2018 Mazda 6 Turbo, 2018 Nissan Armada, Bear Attacks, News Round-Up
Apr 21, 2018 • 56 min
The Mazda 6 has always offered excellent handling, but was left in the dust by more powerful sedan peers - until now. The 2018 Mazda 6 Turbo is here, and Benjamin has the scoop after a day spent zoom-zooming through B.C.'s mountain valleys. Sami and…
67: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2018 Subaru Outback, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Apr 14, 2018 • 61 min
Who, exactly, is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE aimed at? Compact performance enthusiasts or budget-minded track fans? Benjamin gets to the bottom of that question after driving the newest Camaro at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, when he wasn't having his…
66: 2018 Nissan Leaf EV, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2018 New York Auto Show
Apr 7, 2018 • 58 min
Is the Nissan Leaf DOA because of its miniscule battery range in comparison to the Chevrolet Bolt? Should Volkswagen be building 'American' cars like the full-size Atlas SUV in a bid to engage with buyers? These questions get answered this week as…
65: 2018 Jeep Compass SUV, 2019 Kia Sorento SUV, Kia Stinger GT Ice Racing
Mar 31, 2018 • 37 min
Just how much did Kia need to change the already-outstanding Sorento SUV for the 2019 model year? Not all that much, as Benjamin explains after having driven the 2019 Kia Sorento from Montrose, Colorado to the slopes of Crested Butte. Sami wishes that…
64: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, 2018 BMW X3 M40i, 2018 Volvo XC60
Mar 24, 2018 • 43 min
Where, exactly, does the Land Rover Range Rover Velar fit in to the luxury sport-utility vehicle universe? That's what Benjamin and Sami try to figure out today, by comparing the gorgeous hauler to both the BMW X3 M40i and the Volvo XC60 - two very…
63: 2019 Ram 1500, eTorque, 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Amelia Island, Ford’s New SUVs
Mar 17, 2018 • 53 min
Can the best full-size truck on the market get any better? For the moost part yes according to Benjamin and Sami, who each drove the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 in the Arizona desert. The pair wish there'd been an eTorque model to test out, but other than…
62: 2018 Maserati Quattroporte, 2018 Maserati Levante, 2018 Cadillac Escalade, 2018 Cadillac CT6, Cadillac Super Cruise
Mar 10, 2018 • 53 min
What happens when Maserati buys a town in the Italian alps? Sami gets sent there to drive the Levante SUV and the Quattroporte sedan, in a completely normal and not at all creepy or isolated setting. Benjamin, on the other hand, had the opoortunity to…
61: 2018 Audi R8 RWS, 2018 Buick Regal GS, 2019 Buick Envision, Hyundai’s Sound System Takeover
Mar 3, 2018 • 50 min
Is it smart to sell a version of your halo car that subtracts the one factor that your brand is known for above all else? Sami pilots the rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 RWS in Spain and comes back to tell Benjamin what he thinks about Audi's gambit.…
60: 2018 Acura TLX A Spec, 2018 Honda Odyssey, Listener Questions, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Supercars
Feb 24, 2018 • 47 min
Chances are you haven't driven the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec, but Sami has, and he's willing to get behind the mid-size luxury sedan's mix of performance and comfort despite Benjamin's misgivings about the Acura brand. Benjamin goes in-depth on his time spent…
59: 2018 Honda Fit Sport, 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid, Sad Toyota Supra Rumors, Korean Serial Killers
Feb 17, 2018 • 40 min
The 2018 Honda Fit Sport proves that no one should be buying SUVs if what they really care about is practicality - at least, that's what Benjamin has to say on this week's episode after spending serious time with the subcompact hatchback. Sami counters…
58: 2019 Audi A7, BMW i8 In The Snow, Driving Exotics In The Winter, Sami’s Extreme Exhaustion
Feb 10, 2018 • 44 min
How different is the new 2019 Audi A7 from the model it replaces? How strong does it stand next to the growing class of four-door luxury coupes that it once ruled? Sami has the scoop after driving the A7 for two days on the dusty streets of Johannesburg.…
57: 2019 Infiniti QX50, Variable Compression Turbo, Mazda Compression Ignition Prototype, 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Feb 2, 2018 • 48 min
This week Benjamin drives the variable compression turbo equipped 2019 Infiniti QX50, while both Sami and Benjamin get to say the words 'compression' and 'ignition' over and over again after testing out a prototype version of Mazda's Skyactiv-X…
56: 2018 BMW M550i xDrive, 2018 BMW M760Li, M-A-R-K-E-T-I-N-G
Jan 24, 2018 • 50 min
When is an M car not an M car? When it's an…M car? If that's confusing to you, too, then join us for an exploration of two extremely fast, very large BMWs that wear the M badge more modestly than some of their stable mates - even thought one of the…
55: Live From The 2018 Detroit Auto Show
Jan 17, 2018 • 36 min
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the largest gathering of automakers in the country, and each year it brings with it a packed slate of new vehicle debuts. Benjamin and Sami hit the highlights and lowlights of this year's show,…
54: Live from the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Reveal in Detroit
Jan 13, 2018 • 10 min
New engines, new design, new interior secret storage compartments and all the other juicy, non-aluminum (and also aluminum) details of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. That's all we talk about in this mini-episode of the podcast.
53: Getting stuck in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline, 2018 Buick Enclave, Detroit Auto Show Preview, Crappy Jury-Rigged Car Repairs
Jan 12, 2018 • 62 min
Which of GM's full-size crossovers would you buy: the 2018 Buick Enclave or the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse? Benjamin and Sami debate these near-twins, trying to figure out what, if anything, marks a clear dividing line between their redesigned platforms,…
52: 2018 Audi RS3, CES Preview, G-Mode Button
Jan 5, 2018 • 48 min
How did the 2018 Audi RS3 fare in dealing with some of the snowiest and coldest conditions Montreal has seen in years? Benjamin goes in depth about the most affordable entry point to the high performance RS line-up, with Sami offering his counterpoint…
51: 2018 Subaru Forester XT, 2018 Honda Accord, 2017 Year End Best And Worst Cars, Sami Supercut
Dec 29, 2017 • 61 min
Sami spends a week with the 2018 Subaru Forester XT and is impressed by what the turbocharged SUV has to offer in terms of fun behind the wheel, while Benjamin dishes on the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord and whether its entry-level engine is worthy of the…
50: 2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees
Dec 20, 2017 • 50 min
Sami drives the refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV and then gets really touchy about how it looks, while Benjamin pilots the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 SUV in Spain and is surprised by just how big of an impression the compact crossover left on him.…
49: BMW M5, BMW i3s, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Supercar Hate
Dec 14, 2017 • 50 min
BMW's newest version of its M5 super-sedan now sports all-wheel drive and an automatic-only transmission. Is it still fun on a race track? Benjamin drives the latest M5 at Estoril to answer that question - and also puts the BMW i3s through an autocross…
48: Live From The 2017 L.A. Auto Show
Dec 4, 2017 • 30 min
A half hour of commentary live from the floor of the L.A. Auto Show this week as we experiment with free-flow, hand-held recording at one of the world's most important automotive events. We talk BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and…
47: Lexus LC 500 - 500h Comparison, Compact Crossover Head-to-Head Shoot-Out, Silly Toyota Prius Prime
Nov 26, 2017 • 47 min
The Lexus LC 500 is one of the best-looking and best-sounding luxury coupes on the market, but how does it hold up on the cold streets of Montreal? And who, exactly, would choose its 500h hybrid showroom-mate over the standard 500's V8 thunder? Benjamin…
46: Kia Stinger GT, Honda Fit vs. Kia Rio, Tesla Roadster Reality Check
Nov 19, 2017 • 51 min
The Kia Stinger GT has been aimed squarely at BMW, Audi, and Lexus luxury cars, but does this grand tourer have the performance and poise required to get a seat at that table? Benjamin spends a day with the Stinger GT in L.A. to answer that question.…
45: Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Nov 12, 2017 • 48 min
Mercedes-Benz takes off the gloves in the compact SUV segment and pummels BMW and Audi with the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, a 500 horsepower family hauler that has no equal in its class, and Sami has the inside story on what it's like to drive it.…
44: 2018 Hyundai Accent, Toyota Camry vs. Hyundai Sonata, Honda Civic Type R, Nissan Micra
Nov 6, 2017 • 49 min
Can the 2018 Hyundai Accent stay relevant in a world where people seem exclusively interested in crossovers and SUVs? Benjamin had the chance to drive the redesigned Accent in the Nevada desert and came back with some insights on the future of small cars…
43: Cadillac V Performance Academy, AMG Peformance Tour, Race Driving Schools
Oct 28, 2017 • 48 min
Have you ever wanted to drive your car on a race track? The Cadillac V Performance Academy. which comes free of charge with each V Series Cadillac, lets you do exactly that for 2 days at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, and Benjamin talks about what…
42: Volvo Polestar 1, Next-Generation Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Fine Comfort Ride, Smell Like A Mazda, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Oct 21, 2017 • 49 min
Do you want to smell like a Mazda? The Japanese automaker is betting that you do with its latest perfume, which distills the essence of the Kodo design language into a wearble fragrance. Is this as silly, or more silly, than Toyota naming its upcoming…
41 - 2019 Audi A8, Mercedes-AMG E43, Cheap Sports Cars, Old Track Cars, Weird Shifters
Oct 16, 2017 • 59 min
Have you ever wanted a luxury car that can actually leap up into the air to protect you in a collision? Audi thinks the answer to that question is yes - and it also feels that you're so sick of driving that the new A8 should take care of most of that too,…
40: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Porsche 911, Sports Car Personalities, Jamie Oliver’s Land Rover
Oct 9, 2017 • 52 min
Have you ever wanted a Land Rover SUV that could churn butter, make toast, and dispense olive oil at the touch of a windshield washer button? Apparently Jamie Oliver did, because Land Rover built him one, a comedic gift for which we are eternally thankful…
39: Ferrari GT4CLusso, McLaren MP4-12C, Dodge Challenger TA, Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet
Oct 2, 2017 • 54 min
Four seats and four driven wheels aren't what you'd expect from a Ferrari, but then again, the GTC4Lusso - an update of the FF - is like nothing else the Italian brand has ever built. Benjamin gets a chance to pilot the most unusual 12-cylinder modern…
38: Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, 2018 Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon, Audi AI
Sep 26, 2017 • 55 min
Benjamin drives the 2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, Sami offers first impressions on the completely-redesigned 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan, and both talk about the unicorn-like Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon before diving deeping to the world of Audi's scary…
37: Mercedes-AMG GT, Frankfurt Auto Show, Mazda CX-3, Mercedes-AMG Project One
Sep 18, 2017 • 43 min
Benjamin talks about driving the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R on the track at Bilster Berg in Germany, as well as his experience with the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Sami discusses his strong feelings for the Mazda CX-3, and…
36: Chad Kirchner, Audi R8 Spyder, Volvo V90, Civic Si Vs Elantra GT, Woodward Dream Cruise
Sep 4, 2017 • 63 min
Guest Chad Kirchner of the Future Motoring podcast joins us this week to discuss the Audi R8 Spyder, the Volvo V90, and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Sami and Chad also debate the finer points of comparing the Honda Civic Si to the Hyundai Elantra…
35: Pebble Beach, Lamborghini Aventador, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Aug 30, 2017 • 53 min
After a whirlwind August, Sami talks about attending Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week, and driving the Lamborghini Aventador while Benjamin discusses his time on the race track behind the wheel of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Also, bears.
34: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Roadkill Nights, Vipers, Porsche Sunglass Lawsuit
Aug 15, 2017 • 51 min
Sami goes in-depth on the redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, while Benjamin drives a Dodge SRT Viper ACR to the Roadkill Nights street drags. The pair also talk about what happens when Porsche loses a huge class-action lawsuit and has to buy sunglasses for…
33: Formula E, Genesis G90, Civic Type R vs. The World, Audi TTS
Aug 6, 2017 • 52 min
This week Sami drives the Civic Type R on a race track versus 3 of the hottests compact performance cars on the market, while Benjamin samples the Genesis G90 and the Audi TTS. We also talk Formula E and Energizing Comfort - exciting!
32: Guest Brad Iger, Dodge Demon Madness, Durango SRT
Jul 20, 2017 • 62 min
This week guest Brad Iger joins Benjamin and Sami to talk about driving the 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon on the drag strip, and to muse on what other vehicles would be improved by the Demon's supercharged V8 engine.
31: Cadillac CTS-V, Toyota 86, Hidden Car Features
Jul 14, 2017 • 56 min
This week Benjamin and Sami both drive brand-new versions of cars they happen to own - the Cadillac CTS-V and the Toyota 86 - and then spend way too much time talking about hidden car features both real, and imagined.
30: BMW Remote Parking, Useless Car Features, Blindfolded Audi Touching
Jul 9, 2017 • 49 min
This week we complain about BMW's remote parking feature, talk about what ridiculous features we'd love to have in a new car, discuss how cars are not gadgets, and have a lot of fun with Audi's blindfolded A8L 'blind tasting.'
29: Guest Dan Heyman, Rolls - Royce Dawn, Alfa Romeo Debate, Infiniti Talk
Jun 30, 2017 • 49 min
Guest Dan Heyman is in the studio to argue with and refute Benjamin's past assassination of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and talk about his journey across France in the Infiniti Q60. Sami joins in to discuss the Rolls-Royce Dawn and the lunacy of a…
28: Toyota Camry, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Kona, Volvo S90 XC, Sleep Deprivation
Jun 25, 2017 • 49 min
Benjamin fights through Korean jet lag, Sami talks about Volvos, and both lament the slow dying of the sedan market in favor of nefarious SUVs.
27: Worthersee Treffen, Volvo XC60, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Jun 5, 2017 • 50 min
Sami talks about the Volvo XC60, Benjamin discusses his trip to the Worthersee Treffen GTI festival, and everyone ponders the insanity of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
26: 2018 Subaru WRX And STI Road Trip, Ogopogo, And The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
May 20, 2017 • 42 min
This week Sami and Benjamin record live from British Columbia as they both spend 500 miles behind the wheel of the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI on a road trip to the Area 27 race track. Also, we talk about Ogopogo, the lake monster of the Okanagan valley,…
25: Sport SUVs, Badge-Engineering
May 14, 2017 • 37 min
This week Sami and Benjamin try to decide whether you can just make a smaller version of any SUV and call it the 'Sport,' and then delve deep into the weird world of badge-engineering. How many other podcasts are talking about the Cadillac Cimarron?
24: Aquaman, Movie Tie-In Cars, Off-Road Trucks
May 7, 2017 • 40 min
This week Sami and Benjamin explore the endless automotive tie-in possibilities offered by the upcoming Aquaman movie, ask the pressing question of 'what would Aquaman drive?' and take a look back at some of the weirdest movie tie-in cars every sold.…
23: Raptors, Bro Trucks, Stance, And The Audi Lunar Rover
May 1, 2017 • 40 min
This week it's all about Bro Trucks, Raptors, the Stance craze, and Audi's lunar rover - and what it might mean for the safety and future of the entire human race.
22: Episode 22 - The 2017 New York Auto Show
Apr 17, 2017 • 34 min
This week Sami and Benjamin offer their opinion of the rationale behind holding a major autoshow in New York City, a metropolis that hates cars with a passion.
21: Episode 21 - Guest Brad Iger, Getting Away With Anything, Spec Series Dreams, Squatter’s Rights
Apr 8, 2017 • 45 min
Benjamin and Sami team up with guest Bradley Iger to talk about what cars let you get away with anything out on the road, what their dream spec series would be if they could race ANY car or truck, and how far you could push squatter's rights in the…
20: Episode 20 - Audi RS3 in Oman, The Hyundai Ioniq Electric, The Chevy Bolt, And Time Travel
Apr 2, 2017 • 57 min
This week Sami talks about his trip to Oman to drive the Audi RS3, Benjamin discusses his Chevrolet Bolt electric car road trip, and the pair argue about the best car you could use as a time machine.
19: Episode 19 - Honda Clarity FCV, Hyundai Ioniq, And The Worst Car Your Parents Could Pick You Up In
Mar 20, 2017 • 54 min
This week Sami and Benjamin talk about the Honda Clarity FCV, the Hyundai Ioniq, And The Worst Car Your Parents Could Ever Pick You Up In.
18: Episode 18 - Geneva Motor Show, Mint 400, Honda Civic Type R, How To Rob A Bank
Mar 12, 2017 • 59 min
After 2 weeks away Benjamin and Sami are back to talk about the Geneva Motor Show, the Honda Civic Type R, the Mint 400, the VW Atlas and Land Rover Discovery, and of course a special segment on how to most effectively rob a bank.
17: Episode 17 - 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Toyota 86, 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
Feb 27, 2017 • 45 min
Benjamin discusses the new 2017 Jeep Compass, Sami opines on the 2017 Toyota 86, and both of us write a gentle letter of admiration for the surprising Hyundai Elantra Sport.
16: Episode 16 - 2018 Lexus LC,Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, Plus News
Feb 19, 2017 • 53 min
Benjamin describes driving the 2018 Lexus LC 500 on the sunny shore of Hawaii, while Sami relates his impressions of the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe, plus a general breakdown of our news and views on the automotive industry over the past week.
15: Episode 15 - 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, 2017 Toyota Corolla IM, 2017 Honda RAV4, 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Feb 12, 2017 • 42 min
Sami and Benjamin get deep with extremely quick Ford Fusion Sport, the puzzling Toyota Corolla iM, and the pleasing Honda CR-V SUV. They also talk about - what else? - the newest SRT production on the block, the Dodge Durango SRT.
14: Episode 14 - 2017 Ram Power Wagon Desert Off-Road Drive, Plus Demon News And More
Feb 4, 2017 • 36 min
Benjamin off-roads through the Nevada desert in the 2017 Ram Power Wagon and lives to tell the tale, while Sami has something to say about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, along with our usual banter about the latest car and automotive news.
13: Episode 13 - The Volvo V60 Polestar, The All - New MINI Countryman, And England
Jan 29, 2017 • 44 min
Benjamin feels conflicted about the Volvo V60 Polestar being essentially a $61,000 tuner car, while Sami reminisces about the time he went to England to drive the new MINI Countryman, which was actually just last week.
12: Episode 12 - The 2018 Ford Mustang, Plus Demons, Durangos, Grand Cherokees, And Tahoes
Jan 20, 2017 • 49 min
Sami and Benjamin break down the new 2018 Ford Mustang, talk about whether the Dodge SRT Demon will be a pure drag car, and soliloquize about the similarities and differences between the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
11: Episode 11 - Detroit Auto Show NAIAS 2017
Jan 16, 2017 • 47 min
This week Benjamin and Sami talk about their trip to the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, an event that was unusual compared to previous years due to what companies chose to sit things out, or avoid making major announcements. Also…
10: Episode 10 - CES 2017
Jan 12, 2017 • 63 min
We're back from our holiday hiatus with our take on CES 2017, the technologies that we saw on display there, and our general disapproval of a future that doesn't involve human drivers. Oh, and we also talk about bad automotive interface design. Fun!
9: Episode 9 - Audi A4, Volvo S90, Self-Driving Cars, again, and as always weird news
Dec 19, 2016 • 50 min
This week Sami talks about the 2017 Audi A4, Benjamin discusses the 2017 Volvo S90, and we both continue to explore the trials and tribulations of autonomous self-driving cars.
8: Episode 8 - The Roadkill Monza, We Talk Shifter Stalks, Audi Builds A Deep-Learning System
Dec 11, 2016 • 57 min
Benjamin Drives The Roadkill Monza, We Talk Shifter Stalks, And Audi Builds A Deep-Learning Self-Parking System.
7: Episode 7 - Sami Goes To Japan, Audi Goes To The Moon
Dec 3, 2016 • 57 min
This week Sami talks about his trip to Japan to visit Mitsubishi's vast array of factories and test facilities, while Benjamin relates his more vanilla and decidedly sedentary seven days at home with the Subaru Forester. We also discuss Audi's 'Mission to…
6: Episode 6 - 2016 LA Auto Show - Sriracha, TIE Fighters, Rogue One, and more!
Nov 25, 2016 • 62 min
This week Sami and Benjamin download their takes on the 2016 LA Auto Show, which featured a life-size TIE Fights, a trunk full of sriracha, and of course a bunch of cool and not so cool car stuff.
5: Episode 5 - Buick Envision, Hyundai Sonata PHEV, Audi Smart HOBOS
Nov 13, 2016 • 49 min
This week Sami and Benjamin discuss their recent trip to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta to drive the 2017 Buick Envision, talk about whether it's actually important where a car is physically built, and mention their grisly Alberta discovery. Stay for…
4: Episode 4 -2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, 2017 Lincoln Continental
Nov 8, 2016 • 44 min
This week Benjamin discusses his track time behind the wheel of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE at Spring Mountain, Nevada, while Sami talks about driving the 2017 Lincoln Continental in L.A.
3: Episode 3 - Nissan GT - R, Volvo Polestar, Cars Of TestFest, Autonomous Driving
Oct 29, 2016 • 56 min
This week we're talking about the Nissan GT-R, the Volvo Polestar, the many Cars Sami got to drive at TestFest, and the perils of shadetree mechanics building their own Autonomous Driving systems.
2: Chevrolet Cruze, BMW Next 100
Oct 24, 2016 • 45 min
This week Sami and Benjamin talk about the new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, the future of the hot hatch segment, and the BMW Next 100 celebration's forward-looking concept cars.
1: Episode 1 - Ford, Alexa, And The Internet Of Things
Oct 19, 2016 • 44 min
This debut episode sees Sami and Benjamin talking about Ford's tie-up with Amazon Alexa, why anyone would ever want to connect their car to the Internet of Things, and just how scary the future will probably be.