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 98: 2019 VW Beetle, Puebla Mexico Factory Visit, 2019 VW Tiguan, Jeep Gladiator, Toyota TRD, Weird Animal Car Names
November 18th, 2018 | 48 mins 29 secs
beetle, earthsnake, gladiator, jeep, plant tour, suv, tiguan, toyota, trd, volkswagen
Benjamin visits the factory where the final 2019 Volkswagen Beetles are being built in Puebla, Mexico, on Day of the Dead, while Sami stabs the VW Tiguan SUV in the heart. The pair then muse on the Jeep Gladiator, TRD versions of unlikely Toyota cars, and their preferred weird animal names for brand new cars.
November 11th, 2018 | 47 mins 12 secs
cr-v, cx-5, forester, grand cherokee, honda, hyundai, jeep, mazda, srt, subaru, suv, trackhawk, veloster, veloster n
Benjamin spends a week in the real-world - not a race track - with the 707 horsepower 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, while Sami hits up trio of SUVs for the Lightning Round. The pair also discuss the significance of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N high performance hatchback.
November 4th, 2018 | 44 mins 39 secs
grand cherokee, jeep, mazda, miata, panamera, porsche, sema, suv, trailhawk, wrangler
Sami is back from Bahrain where he drove the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS on an F1 race track, while Benjamin finally gets a dose of the new engine in the 2019 Mazda Miata. Sami also explains what it's like to off-road through the Valley of Fire in a variety of different Jeeps, before the two wrap things up with lowlights from this year's SEMA show. Bonus: stealth 100th episode!
October 28th, 2018 | 43 mins 24 secs
expedition, ford, lincoln, navigator, suv
Benjamin and Sami compare the 2019 Ford Expedition and the 2019 Lincoln Navigator - two platform-sharing SUVs aimed at very different customers.
October 21st, 2018 | 51 mins 52 secs
crossover, cx-9, ford, kicks, mazda, mustang, nissan, outback, subaru, suv
Sami extols the virtues of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV, while Benjamin counters with the more bland, but still excellent 2019 Subaru Outback. Sami then brings up the 2019 Kicks, which somehow weighs closer to a Miata than an HR-V, just before Benjamin gets real sad and dark about the Ford Mustang's future.
October 14th, 2018 | 42 mins 7 secs
bmw, brz, brz ts, datsun, hybrid, i8, roadster, sti, subaru, supercar, track day
Sami spends a week with the three-comma-door 2019 BMW i8 electric 'supercar,' while Benjamin tries to decide whether the 2018 BRZ tS is worth the extra cash. Also, he breaks his Datsun.
October 7th, 2018 | 52 mins 37 secs
bmw, formula experiences, m2, open wheel, race car, racing, radical, suv, vir, x5
Benjamin drives his first open wheel, open cockpit cars at Formula Experiences while Sami samples the all-new 2019 BMW X5 SUV. The pair then express their mutual love for the 2018 BMW M2, perhaps the most compelling model in the luxury automaker's current line-up.
September 30th, 2018 | 55 mins 32 secs
7 series, alpina, avendator, b7, bmw, jeep, lamborghini, nurburgring, suv, svj, wrangler
Guest Brad Iger takes us to the the former F1 track at Estorol where he drove the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, while Sami opines about the underwhelming 2018 Alpina B7. Meanwhile, Benjamin gets his first turn behind the wheel of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
September 23rd, 2018 | 57 mins 9 secs
2020 toyota supra, arctic, chevrolet, gt86, race track, silverado, supra, toyota
Sami drives the long-awaited 2020 Toyota Supra at Jarama race track in Spain and seemingly comes away with more questions than answers about this prototype version of Toyota's iconic supercar. Benjamin heads north on the only permanent road linking the Arctic Ocean to the rest of Canada in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and is impressed by the redesigned full-size pickup.
Episode 89: 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45, 2018 Volvo XC40, Exploding Chevrolet Colorado Airbags, Death Of The Beetle
September 16th, 2018 | 53 mins 29 secs
airbags, beetle, chevrolet, cla-class, cla45, colorado, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, suv, volkswagen, volvo, vw, xc40
Death of the Beetle? Airbags blowing up in your Chevrolet Colorado on a basic off-road trail? Benjamin saying good things about the 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45? It's all here in this week's episode - with the extra bonus of Benjamin and Sami falling in love all over again with the 2018 Volvo XC40.
Episode 88: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Arctic Circle Mercedes-Sprinter Adventures, 2018 Honda Pilot, Volvo's Secret Autonomous Car Language, BMW Lightning Round
September 9th, 2018 | 59 mins 51 secs
alaska, arctic circle, bmw, honda, mazda, mazdaspeed, mercedes-benz, miata, mx-5, pilot, sprinter, volvo
Benjamin spends a week with the 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and is surprised by how little fun the turbo adds to the MX-5 formula. Sami's experience with the revised 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van reminds Benjamin of his adventure-filled mid-winter trip through Alaska to the Arctic Circle in a Sprinter, and the pair then debate the finer points of whether it's OK that the 2018 Honda Pilot is really just a fancier minivan. Finally, the two are dumbfounded by Volvo's attempt to teach us all a new language of flashing colors and swelling sounds to communicate with autonomous cars you can also sleep in, and Sami tries to stump Benjamin with a BMW lightning round.
September 2nd, 2018 | 50 mins 44 secs
bmw, cadillac, cts-v, ford, m5
The 2018 BMW M5 gives Sami white hairs, Benjamin puts the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V up against the 2004 first-year model sitting in his garage, and Ford once again crushes any hope that they might return to the car market in this week's episode.
Episode 86: 2018 Acura NSX, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, Pebble Beach, VW Controls The Weather
August 28th, 2018 | 58 mins 21 secs
acura, denali, gmc, huracan, lamborghini, newfoundland, nsx, pebble beach, sierra, vw, weather control
Sami is back a bit late from Pebble Beach, but that's OK because he drove the 2018 Acura NSX and the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. Meanwhile, Benjamin went to Newfoundland to see if GMC got the 2019 Sierra Denali luxury truck formula right with its latest re-design. Also, the pair dive deep into Volkswagen's Mexican hail cannons.
Episode 85: AutoGuide's Jodi Lai, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50, EV Self Destruct Systems
August 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
acura, cherokee, convertible, crossover, ev, infiniti, jeep, mercedes-benz, qx50, rdx, s560, self-destruct, suv
AutoGuide chief Jodi Lai joins Sami and Benjamin to talk about the Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, the Jeep Cherokee, the Acura RDX vs. the Infiniti QX50, and a recent patent for an EV self-destruct system.
Episode 84: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Ram 1500, Datsun Track Tales
August 13th, 2018 | 53 mins 10 secs
1500, 4 series, bmw, corolla, datsun, f-150, ford, gran coupe, hatchback, mazda, miata, mx-5, pickup, ram, toyota, track car, truck
Sami drives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata - the ND2 - and discovers that more power is a good thing. Benjamin samples two hatchbacks at opposite ends of the spectrum, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and the BMW 430i Gran Coupe, just before the pair delve in to the newest versions of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 pickups.
August 8th, 2018 | 28 mins 24 secs
797 horsepower, challenger, dodge, hellcat, race track, redeye, scat pack, srt, track drive, widebody
Benjamin track drives the 797 horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye alongside the new Challenger Scat Pack Widebody in this bonus episode.