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.
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!
Episode 61: 2018 Audi R8 RWS, 2018 Buick Regal GS, 2019 Buick Envision, Hyundai's Sound System Takeover
March 3rd, 2018 | 50 mins 24 secs
audi, bees, buick, envision, honey, honey bee, hyundai, r8, r8 rws, regal gs
Sami heads to Spain to drive the 2018 Audi R8 RWS, the rear-wheel drive version of the German brand's supercar, while Benjamin drives both the 2018 Buick Regal GS and the 2019 Buick Envision SUV, both of which have been redesigned. The pair also talk about Hyundai's weird new patent for taking over the stereo systems of neighboring cars so that you can start a 'speaker gang' with fellow Hyundai owners.
Episode 60: 2018 Acura TLX A Spec, 2018 Honda Odyssey, Listener Questions, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Supercars
February 24th, 2018 | 47 mins 52 secs
acura, c7, chevrolet, corvette, honda, minivan, odyssey, tlx, z06
Sami gets passionate in his defense of the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec, while Benjamin questions whether Acura has any brand identity at all. Benjamin then discusses the 2018 Honda Odyssey and ponders its place in a world where crossovers and SUVs rule supreme. The pair also answer a listener question about whether the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an overlooked, and undermarketed, supercar.
Episode 59: 2018 Honda Fit Sport, 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid, Sad Toyota Supra Rumors, Korean Serial Killers
February 17th, 2018 | 40 mins 24 secs
fit, fit sport, honda, kia, niro, prius, serial killers, supra, toyota
Benjamin is pleasantly surprised by the tiny-yet-huge-inside 2018 Honda Fit Sport, while Sami tries to think of sports the Fit Sport would fail at while recounting his experiences with the Kia Niro Hybrid. The pair then argue about how sad the leaked specs for the upcoming Toyota Supra truly are, and whether the once-proud sports car is about to be re-born as an also-ran. Finally, Benjamin tells an off-color story about Korean serial killers from the time he traveled to Seoul to drive a prototype version of the Niro.
Episode 58: 2019 Audi A7, BMW i8 In The Snow, Driving Exotics In The Winter, Sami's Extreme Exhaustion
February 10th, 2018 | 44 mins 41 secs
a7, audi, bmw, exhaustion, exotic, hybrid, i8, jet lag, supercar
Sami is back from South Africa where he drove the all-new 2019 Audi A7, while Benjamin recounts a week spent battling blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in the BMW i8 supercar. We also talk about what it's like driving exotic cars in the winter time, and just how exhausted Sami is after 60 hours in the air.
Episode 57: 2019 Infiniti QX50, Variable Compression Turbo, Mazda Compression Ignition Prototype, 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
February 2nd, 2018 | 48 mins 51 secs
compression, hybrid, ignition, infiniti, mazda, mitsubishi, outlander, phev, turbo
How many times can we say 'compression' in a single podcast? How many awkward explanations of internal combustion can we provide over the course of an hour? Find out with this week's look at the 2019 Infiniti QX50, Mazda's Skyactiv-X compression ignition prototype, and the plug-in 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Compression! Compression! Compression!
January 24th, 2018 | 50 mins 55 secs
bmw, m, m550i, m760li, marketing, v12
Benjamin and Sami talk about two 'lowercase' M cars - the M550I and the BMW M760Li, which Benjamin probably calls the 'iL' about one hundred times during this episode. The pair dive deep into the marketing magic that makes M cars not really but also sort of M cars, and whether that's good or bad for BMW.
January 17th, 2018 | 36 mins 38 secs
1500, acura, bullitt, concept car, edge sport, ford, forte, hyundai, infiniti, jetta, kia, lexus, lf1, mustang, nissan, q inspiration, ram, ranger, rdx, veloster, vw
Sami and Benjamin make the rounds of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and talk about the most important new car, truck, and SUV debuts.
January 13th, 2018 | 10 mins 11 secs
aluminum, blessed, chevrolet, chevrolet silverado, naias 2018, pickup trucks, pickups, trucks
Mini Episode! Benjamin and Sami get an early look at the newly 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Episode 53: Getting stuck in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline, 2018 Buick Enclave, Detroit Auto Show Preview, Crappy Jury-Rigged Car Repairs
January 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
Benjamin and Sami drive nearly-identical full-size SUVs this week: the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2018 Buick Enclave. Each has been completely redesigned and offer an impressive level of practicality and comfort - or at the very least, enough to overcome Sami's cynicism. We also preview the upcoming Detroit auto show as well as discuss some of the worst jury-rigged repairs we've ever done to our beater cars. Oh, and Benjamin gets the Traverse super, super stuck in the snow. Good times!
January 5th, 2018 | 48 mins 47 secs
Benjamin finally gets to dish about his two weeks spent driving the 2018 Audi RS3 through the snowy Montreal winter, while Sami gets excited about the various ridiculous technologies about to be unveiled at CES 2018. The pair also get into a spirited discussion about the Mercedes-Benz 'G-Mode' button, and wonder what other single-letter buttons the industry needs.
Episode 51: 2018 Subaru Forester XT, 2018 Honda Accord, 2017 Year End Best And Worst Cars, Sami Supercut
December 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
accord, best of, ces, forester, honda, subaru, supercut, turbo, year end
In our last episode of the year we talk about the turbocharged 2018 Subaru Forester XT, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and our picks for the best, worst, most surprising, and most disappointing cars we drove in 2017. Plus - Sami's very first supercut!