September 12th, 2021 | 35 mins 38 secs
With so many manuals wiped off the board, you'd think Benjamin would be more excited to talk about his stickshift 2021 BMW M3 tester this week, but the reality of a clutch pedal in a modern sports sedan is more nuanced. Sami talks about why he has seven different EV charging apps on his phone, and what that means when you're on an emission-free roadtrip in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
September 5th, 2021 | 44 mins 30 secs
bmw, dodge challenger, ford, genesis, gt500, gv70, hellcat, m4, m4 competition, mustang, redeye, shelby, srt
Got grille? Benjamin sees past the proboscis of the 2021 BMW M4 Competition and justifies its auto-only status by pointing out how much of a bargain the Competition package is over the base model. Sami claims Genesis has pinned its German SUV rivals to the mat with the impressive new 2022 Genesis GV70. Here comes the three-count!
August 29th, 2021 | 40 mins 44 secs
grand wagoneer, jeep, outback, subaru, wagoneer, wilderness
Benjamin and Sami go into bizarro world, talking about new versions of cars that are currently in their own garage, but far different from what they're used to: the brand new 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (and all of its screens), and the 2021 Subaru Outback Wilderness.
August 22nd, 2021 | 49 mins 7 secs
86, brz, gr86, gt86, lc, lc500, lexus, subaru, toyota
Sami drives the (all-new?) 2022 Toyota GR86 sports coupe, while Benjamin falls in love all over again with the 2021 Lexus LC500 droptop, which is a strong candidate for the most beautiful car on the roads today. Plus, many listener questions!
August 15th, 2021 | 40 mins 4 secs
defender, defender 90, land rover, listener questions
Sami and Ben moan about the lack of power seats, visibility and fancy features while testing the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90. Will you be the one to tell them they're being big babies? Plus. listener questions answered!
Episode 236: 2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Cabriolet, Jeep Grand Wagoneer Project Update, Summer Free-Association
August 8th, 2021 | 32 mins 8 secs
cabriolet, e450, grand wagoneer, jeep, ls swap, mercedes-benz
Benjamin samples the surprising 2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Cabriolet and gives an update on his Jeep Grand Wagoneer project before Sami segues into summertime free-association car talk.
Episode 235: 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC Wagon, 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2021 Kia Sorento, Listener Questions
August 1st, 2021 | 44 mins 38 secs
e63 s wagon, kia, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, mitsubishi, outlander, sorento
Benjamin meets one of his heroes in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 4MATIC wagon, but does it match the 2021 Audi RS6 Avant in terms of shock and awe? Sami compares the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander versus the 2021 Kia Sorento and tries to decide whether compact or mid-size three-row SUVs make more sense. Plus, listener questions!
July 25th, 2021 | 37 mins 16 secs
392, 5 series, bmw, dodge, durango, hellcat, srt
Benjamin and Sami discuss the most laid-back Hellcat in the Hell-pack, the Dodge Durango, before answering a listener question about what to do with a modern vehicle that might one day be a collectible classic
Episode 233: 2021 Ford Mustang GT Convertible CS, 2021 Jaguar F-Pace, Trailer Batteries For EV Pickups
July 18th, 2021 | 43 mins 36 secs
ev, f-150 lightning, f-pace, ford, jaguar, mustang, mustang gt
Sami and Benjamin contemplate the California Special's place in Mustang history after Sami drives the latest 2021 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, before the pair dissect why the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace base model can't cut it on the current luxury SUV landscape.
July 11th, 2021 | 40 mins 48 secs
4xe, book review, ev, iroc, jeep, plug-in hybrid, porsche, wrangler
Benjamin and Sami both drive the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid and try to figure out who this electrified 4x4 is for. Plus: a deep dive into the first year of IROC racing with a Porsche-focused book review.
Episode 231: 2021 BMW 330e, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, Interview With Fast and Furious 9 Writer, Listener Questions
July 4th, 2021 | 52 mins 3 secs
3 series, 330e, bmw, bronco, bronco sport, daniel casey, ev, f9, fast 9, fast and furious, ford, phev
Sami drives the plug-in BMW 330e hybrid , while Benjamin finally gets a turn with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV. Benjamin also discusses his interview with Daniel Casey, writer of Fast 9, before Sami brings up a listener question about the best sport sedans outside the luxury segment.
June 27th, 2021 | 42 mins 41 secs
aviator, ev, ford, lincoln, mach-e, mustang, phev
At long last Benjamin drives the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric car, while Sami puzzles over a vehicle that should have been a big hit but surprisingly isn't: the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring PHEV.
June 20th, 2021 | 44 mins 3 secs
aston martin, audi, avant, dbx, rs 6, safety
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX and the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant are two sides of the same high-performance people mover coin, and this week we drive them both. We also answer your questions about disappearing glass and the pillbox that is the modern automotive cabin.
Episode 228: 2022 Ford Maverick Pickup, 2021 Lincoln Navigator, 2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, BMW M3 M4 Book Review
June 13th, 2021 | 53 mins 31 secs
bmw, book review, ford, hybrid, hyundai, lincoln, maverick, navigator, rav4, toyota, tucson
It's a packed episode! We go deep on the 2022 Ford Maverick pickup, revisit an old favorite in the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, and then try to figure out which affordable hybrid SUV is better—the 2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid or the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid—before wrapping things up with a BMW M3 and M4 book review.
Episode 227: 2021 Kia Carnival, 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Listener Questions
June 6th, 2021 | 55 mins 53 secs
carnival, chrysler, golf, gti, kia, minivan, pacifica, volkswagen, vw
Does a luxury minivan make sense? What if it comes at a discount, like the 2021 Kia Carnival? Sami compares the newest entry in the people mover segment to the established 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, while Benjamin revisits an old favorite from Germany, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Plus, listener questions and BMW press release fun.
May 30th, 2021 | 45 mins 41 secs
ev, gmc, leaf, nissan, polestar, terrain, volvo
Benjamin drives the fantastically fast 2021 Polestar 2 EV, while Sami travels back in time to the 2021 GMC Terrain SUV. The pair then ask the all-important question: would you lease a Nissan Leaf for 99 cents if it came with one really big catch?