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.
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!
Episode 50: 2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees
December 20th, 2017 | 50 mins 32 secs
On our 50th episode we talk about the 2018 Infiniti QX80, the 2019 Volvo XC40, and the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. Sami cracks a 'dad joke,' we examine fake speaker technology, and discuss 'the downer media' as well ridiculous in-car shopping features, while also taking time to mention Porsche's special bee project.
December 14th, 2017 | 50 mins 29 secs
bmw, estorial, ev, i3s, m5, mclaren, mitsubishi, race car, race track
This week Benjamin talks about driving the redesigned 2018 BMW M5 at the Estorial race track in Portugal, as well as his experience with the BMW i3s electric sports car. Sami puts the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through its paces, and then berates Benjamin for 'not being into' supercars.
December 4th, 2017 | 30 mins 29 secs
bmw, donuts, infiniti, la auto show, mazda, mercedes-benz, subaru, toyota
Benjamin and Sami record live from the floor of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as they walk from one vehicle debut to the next, commenting and analyzing the newest vehicle unveilings. Also, AMG Peformance Donuts and hot takes from the interior of a Mazda Miata race car!
Episode 47: Lexus LC 500 - 500h Comparison, Compact Crossover Head-to-Head Shoot-Out, Silly Toyota Prius Prime
November 26th, 2017 | 47 mins 16 secs
chevrolet, cr-v, crossover, equinox, honda, lc, lc 500, lc 500h, lexus, nissan, prius, prius prime, rogue, suv, tiguan, toyota, volkswagen
Benjamin drives the Lexus LC 500 luxury grand touring car and its 500h hybrid sibling back-to-back, while Sami pits the VW Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, the Chevrolet Equinox, and the Nissan Rogue in a compact crossover battle royale, with surprising results. Finally, the pair get really silly talking about the Toyota Prius Prime.
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.