November 28th, 2021 | 43 mins 46 secs
black badge, ghost, nissan, outback, rogue, rolls-royce, subaru, wilderness
It's a packed show this week with three all new cars to talk about. First Sami discusses his experience with the 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge, a car with a confusing yet effective identity, and the pair try to decide where 'living a different lifestyle at night' is merely code for 'super-posh murder-ride.' Next up it's Benjamin with the the 2022 Subaru Outback WILDerness, a quirky trim for a once-quirky crossover that is trying to regain that funky car mojo. Finally Sami reveals how worried he is that the new 2022 Nissan Rogue's now standard three cylinder turbocharged engine is misleading shoppers.
November 21st, 2021 | 42 mins 41 secs
2 series, 230i, bmw, dolphins, frontier, l.a. auto show, m240i, nissan
Benjamin and Sami have a full week of new car discussions, starting with the 2022 Nissan Frontier, a truckwhose platform has finally caught up with the new drivetrain it received nearly two years ago. The pair discuss whether the Frontier has any chance of competing in this segment, and why it has such insanely heavy steering.
Sami then jumps in to talk about the new 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe, which has gotten larger, wider, and heavier in the name of more power and space. Sami ponders the fate of BMW enthusiasts everywhere, who used to expect a brand with a focus on performance over outright horseppower. Then it's time to talk about the new reveals from the 2022 LA Auto Show, along with their goofy names, weird press releases, and alleged 'dolphin-safe'-ness.
Episode 249: 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, 2022 Kia Carnival, Forza Horizon 5, Hot Wheels Unleashed Video Game
November 14th, 2021 | 43 mins 16 secs
4 series, bmw, carnival, forza, gran coupe, hot wheels, kia, minivan, video games
All those practical enthusiasts waiting on a new luxury car can breathe easy: the 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has arrived. Sami takes a good look at the quirky and weird hatchback-sport-sedan-thing, and describes the best places for a scorpion to hide out within its funky body design. Then Benjamin chimes in with his raves about the 2022 Kia Carnival, a luxury minivan with 2nd row thrones that recline like a barber chair! Finally Sami talks brand new video games for a quick moment, and how much he loves games that treat enthusiasts and newbies honestly.
Episode 248: 2022 Mini Cooper S 4-Door, 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class, Did O.G. Hummer Have A Chance, Rivian's Toxic Bro Culture
November 7th, 2021 | 45 mins 59 secs
amg, cooper, cooper s, equator, ford, h2, h4, hummer, hx, laura schwab, mercedes-benz, mini, power wagoner, rivian, sexism, sl-class
How good can a four-door 2022 Mini Cooper S really be? Benjamin chats about his experience with the compact hatch and how different it feels compared to the JCW droptop from a few weeks back. Sami then chats about one of his favorite cars of all time, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, and how its legacy is quickly diminishing following the reveal of the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL, which now sounds more like a 911 than ever before.
Benjamin also brings up the Hummer H2 and how the brand could have avoided an untimely death if just a few other automakers jumped into the market of tough, rugged, big, SUVs, a theory that makes Sami sick. Finally, the pair discuss some ugly news over at Rivian, and how the EV startup has some serious concerns about its toxic corporate culture.
Episode 247: 2022 Bentley Flying Spur, 2022 BMW M4 Competition Track Tested, 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe
October 31st, 2021 | 41 mins 27 secs
alpina b8, bentley, bmw, flying spur, gran coupe, m4, m4 competition, m8
After performing some kind of ritualistic sacrifice, Benjamin and Sami find themselves in a pair of wildly exclusive and kind of exotic rides. First off, Benjamin describes his premiere Bentley experience, behind the wheel of the new 2022 Bentley Flying Spur. He even explains how this ultra-luxurious sedan can still manage to feel decent to drive. Sami chimes in with report about the track friendliness of the new 2022 BMW M4 Competition AWD, before describing his time in the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe.
October 24th, 2021 | 42 mins 55 secs
ev, g70, genesis, gv70, lexus, nx, toyota, tundra
After hearing the duo fall in love over the 2022 Genesis GV70 in the previous episode, Lexus sent Sami a brand new 2022 Lexus NX Plug In Hybrid to let him know that they can't be counted out just yet. The pair then discuss the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra and dole out the odds on its survival in the hyper competitive pickup truck segment. Finally Benjamin shares all the PG, family friendly details about his road trip to Toronto in the newly refreshed 2022 Genesis G70 sport sedan. Hear the witty banter, uncomfortable silences and all the details right here.
October 17th, 2021 | 47 mins 46 secs
bronco, ford, genesis, gv70, hyundai, jeep, santa cruz, wrangler
Did you miss us? The duo is back talking about all the cars and trucks you want to hear about. Sami gets a go in the new 2022 Ford Bronco and spills the details on how Ford's fighting the Jeep Wrangler. Then he brings up the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, a unibody pickup that rides like a compact crossover. Finally Ben gives us his take on the 2022 Genesis GV70, and it's weird yet humorous controls.
Episode 244: 2022 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible, 2022 Nissan Sentra vs. 2022 Toyota Corolla, 2022 Toyota Tundra Redesign
October 3rd, 2021 | 42 mins 53 secs
cooper, corolla, jcw, john cooper works, john cooper works convertible, mini, nissan, sentra, toyota, tundra
Benjamin's not done with warm weather as evidenced by his test drive in the 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible John Cooper Works, which is a mouthful of a name attached to a handful of performance goodies. Sami compares the 2022 Nissan Sentra and 2022 Toyota Corolla and somehow ends up talking more about the Elantra and Civic. Then it's time to share enthusiasm and concern for the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra.
September 26th, 2021 | 43 mins 50 secs
chevrolet, diesel, duramax, elantra, hyundai, n-line, suburban
Sami takes the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N-Line for a spin but wonders if the past thrills of the sport compact car market were an unfortunate casualty of a Thanos infinity gauntlet snap. Benjamin gets a taste of the diesel lifestyle offered by the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, and makes a wild claim about its superiority while simultaneously complaining about its massive bulk.
September 19th, 2021 | 42 mins 47 secs
alfa romeo, bmw, c63, civic, giulia, honda, m3, m4, mercedes-amg, quadrifoglio
Benjamin fires up the gnarly sounding 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to tell a story of line-crossing performance and gorgeous styling. Sami tries out the new 2022 Honda Civic, an Accord-sized compact car that he says feels more refined... but kinda large.
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.