Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry, the cars they drive, the places they go, and the weirdness that surrounds the industry at all times.
June 9th, 2018 | 44 mins
canyon, diesel, gmc, kia, pickup, sorento, suv, trucks
Benjamin drives the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, while Sami tries out the 2019 Kia Sorento. We also answer listener questions about the Hyundai Veloster and the Kia Soul.
June 7th, 2018 | 19 mins 50 secs
bonus episode, es, lexus, luxury car
The embargo has lifted, and we can finally talk about the 2019 Lexus ES after driving it in Nashville, Tennessee. These are our thoughts on the luxury brand's all-new take on its best-selling sedan - and on whether it still has a place in today's changing premium market.
June 3rd, 2018 | 46 mins 16 secs
ch-r, crossover, fd, kia, mazda, rx-7, soul, suv, toyota
Sami compares two funky-looking crossovers - the 2018 Kia Soul and the 2018 Toyota CH-R - which then leads to talk about all the unusual SUVs out there that didn't make it. Benjamin discusses his time driving the FD-generation Mazda RX-7 from the Mazda Canada classic collection.
May 26th, 2018 | 42 mins 38 secs
Sami goes towing with the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, while Benjamin drives a battery-powered Volvo (the S90 T8), and hauls stuff in the revised 2018 Ford F-150 to prove to Sami that his life consists almost exclusively of moving tires and wheels from one part of town to another. Also, Sami gets philosophical about top colors in the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
May 21st, 2018 | 19 mins 19 secs
bonus episode, hot hatch, hyundai, turbo, veloster
Bonus Episode! Benjamin drives the all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo - here's everything you need to know.
May 19th, 2018 | 45 mins 5 secs
a6, audi, c-class, c300, chevrolet, luxury, luxury car, mercedes-benz, pickup, silveraro, truck, turbo, wagon
Sami comes back from Portugal to talk about driving the all-new 2019 Audi A6 executive sedan, while Benjamin explains why the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 wagon renders luxury SUVs obsolete. Also, Chevy will sell you a turbocharged four-cylinder Silverado, and we've of course got some opinions on that.
May 12th, 2018 | 43 mins 57 secs
alfa romeo, bmw, eclipse cross, mitsubishi, stelvio, suv, x2
Sami explains why the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross intrigues at first, but doesn't follow through in a crowded SUV market, while Benjamin talks about how surprised he was by both the 2018 BMW X2 and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Spoiler alert: one good surprise and one bad surprise.
May 6th, 2018 | 44 mins 34 secs
abu dhabi, audi, bmw, discovery, ferrari, g70, genesis, land rovery, mercedes-benz, race track
Benjamin is blown away by the 2019 Genesis G70, Sami travels to the Middle East to drive the 2018 Land Rover Discovery SUV. Sami also sneaks in to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and, um, is not at all blown away.
April 28th, 2018 | 42 mins 33 secs
a-class, croatia, ford, lincoln, mercedes-benz, mustang, navigator, suv, trucks
Sami comes back from driving the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in Croatia to talk about the luxury brand's latest foray into entry-level premium cars, while Benjamin spends a week with the completely redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator.SUV. Both are stunned by the news - released during the recording - that Ford has decided to stop making cars and go to an all-truck and SUV lineup (with the exception of the Mustang).
April 21st, 2018 | 56 mins 50 secs
armada, bears, mazda, mazda 6, news, nissan, turbo
Mazda finally goes turbo with the 2018 Mazda 6, and Benjamin heads to British Columbia to see just how much of a difference more power makes for the mid-size sedan. Sami and Benjamin also discuss the 2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV, bear attacks, and a bunch of fun and weird news from this week in the auto industry.
Episode 67: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2018 Subaru Outback, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
April 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
1le, camaro, chevrolet, corvette, ev, jetta, leaf, nissan, outback, subaru, turbo, volkswagen, vw, zr1
Benjamin turns laps in the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, and also gets some right-seat time with professional drivers Tommy Milner and Tony Kanaan in the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZR1. Sami extols the virtues of the 2018 Subaru Outback, while Benjamin wraps things up with his drive of the redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.
April 7th, 2018 | 58 mins 47 secs
atlas, auto shows, electric car, ev, leaf, new york auto show, nissan, volkswagen
This week Benjamin and Sami discuss how disappointing the all-new Nissan Leaf EV turned out to be, as well as whether Volkswagen really needs to be building a three-row SUV like the Atlas. Sami also gives his hot takes from the New York Auto Show.
March 31st, 2018 | 37 mins 27 secs
colorado, compass, ice racing, jeep, kia, off-road, sorento, stinger, stinger gt, suv
Benjamin drives the all-new 2019 Kia Sorento SUV through the Colorado Rockies while Sami tries to conceal his disappointment with the Jeep Compass SUV in this week's utility-heavy podcast. Benjamin also describes not taking out a fence with the Kia Stinger GT on a high speed ice track.
March 24th, 2018 | 43 mins 38 secs
Three luxury SUVs to talk about today that couldn't be more different - with one of them, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, not seeming to fit in anywhere, especially as compared to the 2018 BMW X3 M40i and the 2018 Volvo XC60.
March 17th, 2018 | 53 mins 22 secs
1500, amelia island, etorque, jaguar, pebble beach, ram, sportbrake, trucks, xf
Benjamin and Sami each drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup and talk about how impressive the changes are - while also lamenting the missing eTorque drivetrains. The pair also discuss the 2018 Jaguar XF and XF Sportbrake, with the latter being the British automaker's all-new luxury wagon, and then wrap things up with a comparison between Amelia Island and Pebble Beach before providing hot takes on Ford's new SUV announcements.
Episode 62: 2018 Maserati Quattroporte, 2018 Maserati Levante, 2018 Cadillac Escalade, 2018 Cadillac CT6, Cadillac Super Cruise
March 10th, 2018 | 53 mins 28 secs
autonomous, cadillac, ct6, escalade, levante, maserati, quattroporte, super cruise, suv
Sami's back from the Italian Alps, where he drove the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte and the 2018 Maserati Levante SUV. Benjamin stuck around Montreal to test out both of Cadillac's flagships - the 2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV and the 2018 Cadillac CT6. He also had the chance to try Cadillac Super Cruise, which is sort of autonomous, and sort of not. Fear the future!