2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees

Episode 50 · December 20th, 2017 · 50 mins 32 secs

About this Episode

Sami drives the refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV and then gets really touchy about how it looks, while Benjamin pilots the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 SUV in Spain and is surprised by just how big of an impression the compact crossover left on him. We also talk about the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback before segueing into quick hits on the 'the downer media' comment made at this year's LA Auto Show, fake audio speaker technology that Volvo wants you to think is totally real, the uselessness of in-car shopping, and Porsche's millions of honey-making bees.

Episode Links

  • 2018 Infiniti QX80 Review — The Infiniti QX80 has always been a big truck focused on telling everyone that you have arrived. Hard to miss with a polarizing design, it was the truck of choice for people who wanted to be noticed. Now it arrives with subtle tweaks to its exterior that makes it easier on the eyes. But there’s more to talk about than just its new look
  • 2019 Volvo XC40 Review and First Drive — Perhaps no automaker’s transformation over the past five years has been quite so dramatic as that undergone by Volvo.
  • First Drive: 2019 Volvo XC40 draws luxury heat with style, not badge — It might be lonely at the top, but in the world of luxury SUVs it's also increasingly crowded at the bottom. Of course, 'bottom' is a relative term when discussing premium people movers – 'entry-level' is more appropriate – but there's no question that the 2019 Volvo XC40 is facing a hotly-contested compact crossover market dominated by the usual German suspects from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.