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About the Show
Sami Haj-Assaad and Benjamin Hunting are two automotive journalists who get to drive pretty much every car under the sun. They also have a wacky sense of humor, and they finally found an outlet. Check out their weird opinions on the world of cars and trucks.
Episode 46: Kia Stinger GT, Honda Fit vs. Kia Rio, Tesla Roadster Reality Check
November 19th, 2017
51 mins 11 secs
fit, honda, kia, rio, roadster, stinger, stinger gt, tesla
Benjamin heads to Los Angeles to drive the all-new Kia Stinger GT, the first performance sedan from the Korean automaker, while Sami puts perennial hatchback favorite the Honda Fit up against the redesigned Kia Rio and comes away surprised with the results. The pair also address the Tesla Roadster announcement and how it serves primarily as a distraction from Tesla's manufacturing woes with the Model 3.
Episode 45: Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
November 12th, 2017
48 mins 17 secs
370z, chevrolet, corvette, datsun, gle 63, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, nissan, sports cars, suv, z car
Sami heads to Germany to drive the 500 horsepower 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and watch human beings build engines at Affalterbach, while Benjamin pilots a Nissan 370Z through snow and ice and waxes philosophic on the aging star's place in the sports car universe. The pair then try to figure who, exactly, the 750 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is for, and whether it makes sense alongside the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette that is on the way to showrooms.
Episode 44: 2018 Hyundai Accent, Toyota Camry vs. Hyundai Sonata, Honda Civic Type R, Nissan Micra
November 6th, 2017
accent, camry, civic type r, honda, hyundai, micra, nissan, sonata, suv, toyota
Benjamin heads to Las Vegas to drive the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent, while Sami pits the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata head-to-head in a battle of the family sedans that yields surprising results. Benjamin also spends time with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Nissan Micra on the wet, cold streets of Montreal.
Episode 43: Cadillac V Performance Academy, AMG Peformance Tour, Race Driving Schools
October 28th, 2017 | 48 mins 14 secs
Benjamin spends a week in the desert at the Cadillac V Performance Academy, while Sami heads to Vancouver Island to sample the AMG Peformance Tour. Both compare notes on these factory-backed race driving schools.
Episode 42: Volvo Polestar 1, Next-Generation Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Fine Comfort Ride, Smell Like A Mazda, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
October 21st, 2017
49 mins 36 secs
chevrolet, jeep, malibu, mazda, polestar, toyota, volvo, wrangler
We hit the auto news hard this week to talk about the Polestar 1 electric sport coupe from Volvo and all the leaked goodies about the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. We also question the decision to name a car the 'Fine Comfort Ride,' and debate who, exactly, wants to smell like a Mazda with the company's new fragrance. Wrapping things up is Benjamin talking about his time with the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redline and Malibu Hybrid.
Episode 41 - 2019 Audi A8, Mercedes-AMG E43, Cheap Sports Cars, Old Track Cars, Weird Shifters
October 16th, 2017
59 mins 20 secs
a8, audi, automatic transmission, datsun, e43, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, old cars, track driving
Sami goes to Valencia, Spain, to drive the 2019 Audi A8, which insists on trying to drive itself, while Benjamin contemplates a week with the Mercedes-AMG E43, and all of the brand dilution that implies. The pair also discuss whether Honda is serious about actually building a sports car again, why weird transmission technology exists, and whether it's a good idea to drive a classic car on the race track.
Episode 40: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Porsche 911, Sports Car Personalities, Jamie Oliver's Land Rover
October 9th, 2017
52 mins 28 secs
124 spider, 911, abarth, automotive, cars, comedy, fiat, jamie oliver, land rover, porsche, sports cars
Benjamin discovers that you can't build a sports car from a parts bin after spending a week with the disappointing Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, while Sami questions whether the Porsche 911 is simply too good at everything it does to trigger a passionate response from owners and drivers. The pair examine all the quirks and weirdness that give similarly-priced sports cars their unique personalities, and wrap things up with an incredulous discussion about Jamie Oliver's butter-churning Land Rover.
Episode 39: Ferrari GT4CLusso, McLaren MP4-12C, Dodge Challenger TA, Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet
October 2nd, 2017
54 mins 19 secs
automotive, c300, cars, challenger, comedy, dodge, ferrari, gt4clusso, mclaren, mercedes-benz, mpr4-12x
Benjamin and Sami trade supercar stories after driving the Ferrari GT4CLusso and the McLaren MP4-12C. They also try to figure out how many versions of the Challenger Dodge could possibly build, discuss how different the Challenger T/A really is from its line-up mates, and listen to Sami wax exuberantly about the Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet.
Episode 38: Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, 2018 Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon, Audi AI
September 26th, 2017
55 mins 48 secs
audi, automotive, car, cars, comedy, jaguar, lexus, mercedes-benz
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 empathetic artificial intelligence car that will know how you feel even before you feel it!
Episode 37: Mercedes-AMG GT, Frankfurt Auto Show, Mazda CX-3, Mercedes-AMG Project One
September 18th, 2017
43 mins 57 secs
cx-3, frankfurt, gt, gt r, lexus, ls, mazda, mercedes-amg, project one, track
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 teases his drive of the redesigned Lexus LS.
Episode 36: Chad Kirchner, Audi R8 Spyder, Volvo V90, Civic Si Vs Elantra GT, Woodward Dream Cruise
September 4th, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
audi, automotive, cars, civic si, dream cruise, elantra gt, honda, hyundai, r8, v90, volvo, woodward
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 GT
Episode 35: Pebble Beach, Lamborghini Aventador, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
August 30th, 2017 | 53 mins 13 secs
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.
Episode 34: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Roadkill Nights, Vipers, Porsche Sunglass Lawsuit
August 15th, 2017 | 51 mins 46 secs
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 thousands of its owners.
Episode 33: Formula E, Genesis G90, Civic Type R vs. The World, Audi TTS
August 6th, 2017 | 52 mins 54 secs
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!
Episode 32: Guest Brad Iger, Dodge Demon Madness, Durango SRT
July 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
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.