Unnamed Automotive Podcast

Cars, trucks, and a weird sense of humor.

About the show

Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.

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  • Episode 344: 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance, Best And Worst Cars Of 2023

    December 10th, 2023  |  50 mins 3 secs
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    What happens when an always popular model undergoes a significant redesign and gets a new powertrain in the process? That's what's on the mind of our hosts as they discuss the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport that Benjamin recently tested! Loaded with tech and a new engine setup, the Lexus seems like a new product, but there is some familiar Lexus weirdness going on with the tech in the vehicle. Then the guys talk about the hits and misses for 2023.

  • Episode 343: 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4MATIC SUV, 2024 Subaru Crosstrek

    December 3rd, 2023  |  46 mins 11 secs
    crosstrek, eqe, eqe suv, hyundai, kona, mercedes-benz, subaru

    This week on the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, you may stumble upon some real consumer advice. Consider yourself warned, as Benjamin reviews the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4Matic SUV, and comes away with many concerning thoughts about the German brand's electrification strategy. Then Sami compares the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2024 Hyundai Kona, helping listeners pick out their ideal subcompact crossover. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 342: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line, Listener Questions

    November 26th, 2023  |  45 mins 16 secs
    chevrolet, hd, hyundai, kona, n-line, silverado, silverado 2500, silverado hd

    This week the guys talk about the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and the 2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line. Both feature lots of changes and our hosts are eager to share their stories from their test drives. They also answer an EV question from a listener.

  • Episode 341: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss, LA Auto Show, Volvo CEO Gets Weird

    November 19th, 2023  |  54 mins 19 secs
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    The guys talk off-road mid-size pickup trucks, including an in depth review of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss. Then a quick round up of the LA Auto Show. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 340: 2023 Toyota Crown, 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

    November 12th, 2023  |  59 mins 49 secs
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    We love talking weird and wacky cars and this week we get our wish with a pair of oddballs. Benjamin reviews the 2023 Toyota Crown, which seems a bit out of place in today's SUV obsessed market. Then Sami checks out the refreshed 2024 VW Atlas Cross Sport, which has gone to great lengths to become more competitive against its mid-size rivals. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 339: 2023 Mazda MX-30, 2023 Nisan Ariya, ASSB-4ORCE Mystery Solved

    November 5th, 2023  |  49 mins 1 sec
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    It's been a while since an "Oops! All EVs!" episode, but this week it arrives with some hard hitting reviews of the 2023 Mazda MX-30 and the 2023 Nissan Ariya. Two EVs with surprising test drive experiences, Sami and Benjamin share everything you need to know about these electron powered rides. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 338: 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger Last Call, 2024 Volvo XC90 Recharge, Nissan ASSB-E40RCE, 1970s Supercars.mp3

    October 29th, 2023  |  55 mins 7 secs
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    enjamin has the 2023 Dodge Challenger Swinger Last Call edition to talk about, which is a throwback name that's ideal for a final model year muscle car. Then Sami talks about the technically three-row 2024 Volvo XC90 Recharge, which has some accessibility concerns. Finally the guys introduce a new feature to discuss about the 70s Supercars. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 337: 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, 2024 Lincoln Corsair PHEV, Listener Feedback

    October 22nd, 2023  |  48 mins 18 secs
    corsair, grand wagoneer, grand wagoneer l, jeep, lincoln, phev

    Time to discuss some old favourites with new engines and powertrains, starting with the twin-turbo 2023 Grand Wagoneer L, which introduces the new Hurricane engine. Then the guys talk about the 2024 Lincoln Corsair PHEV, which takes the recipe of the Ford Escape PHEV and turns it up a few notches. Finally the guys address listener questions and feedback about infotainment systems, pause buttons and drive modes.

  • Episode 336: 2023 Toyota Prius Prime, Cadillac ELR Fan Service, 2023 Kia Carnival, 2023 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, Listener Feedback

    October 15th, 2023  |  50 mins 17 secs
    carnival, chysler, kia, pacifica, pacifica phev, prius, prius prime, toyota

    This week on the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, the guys talk about some cars that may not seem popular but have a lot going for them. Consider the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime that Ben recently tested. Packing an attractive exterior, the Prius had a major glow-up, and Benjamin says there's more beneath this superficial upgrade. Then Sami talks about the 2024 Kia Carnival and how it stacks up as a family vehicle, even with those power second row seats. Benjamin even chimes in with his experience with the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 335: 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge RWD, 2023 Honda Passport Elite - Touring, Listener Feedback

    October 1st, 2023  |  49 mins 11 secs
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    Electric vehicles and faux off-roaders are on the menu today at the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, as the guys discuss the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge, and how it compares to the previous first draft of the EV SUV. Then the hosts take some time to talk about the 2023 Honda Passport, and what kind of equipment iss out there to make it a real off-road option. Finally, they share and discuss some listner feedback. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 334: 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70, Sami And Benjamin Buy New Cars, Benjamin's Surprise Other Vehicle Purchase

    September 24th, 2023  |  44 mins 59 secs
    crosstrek, electrified gv70, genesis, gv70, outback, outback xt, subaru, tractor

    Few automakers can successfully transform a gas powered vehicle to an electric one, but this week on the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, Benjamin is saying some promising things about the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70. Hear how it impressed him so much and where it stands amongst its luxury EV rivals. Then the guys talk about expanding their own fleets including a fun surprise from Benjamin. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 333: 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, 2023 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL, Track Car Update

    September 17th, 2023  |  54 mins 55 secs
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    We know you're expecting the guys to talk about loaded, top trim cars, but this week they're flipping the script as Sami tests a relatively basic 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and Benjamin goes out towing with a 2023 Ford F-250 XL. Hear what features work best in a basic model, and whether entry level vehicles are decent value these days or if you're better off buying a well equipped example of your desired new car.

  • Episode 332: 2023 BMW Z4 M40i, 2023 Kia Seltos, Big Sami News

    September 10th, 2023  |  49 mins 23 secs
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    The Unnamed Automotive Podcast is full of sleep deprivation energy this week as the guys venture between a bajillion different topics, including the 2023 BMW X4 convertible and the 2024 Kia Seltos X-Line. Naturally the guys go on a few wild tangents as they take a leisurely saunter to the end of the episode, so be sure to listen, review and reach out on social media or through the website. Thanks!

  • Episode 331: 2023 Nissan Z, 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase

    September 3rd, 2023  |  41 mins 29 secs
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    Sami discusses his time with the 2023 Nissan Z, a sports car that's always tied with loaded discussions about legacy, other rivals and relevance. Then Benjamin dives into the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover, now with space for seven. Is this still among the top players in the luxury SUV space? We have the answer and more! Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 330: 2024 Mazda CX-90, Acura ZDX EV, Listener Car Pet Peeves

    August 20th, 2023  |  47 mins 35 secs
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    We're covering the all-new 2024 Mazda CX-90, which is designed to be a flagship, three-row crossover doing all kinds of unique (for Mazda) things. With a rear-wheel-drive platform and a turbo-inline-six, Benjamin has the final say about whether the Japanese automaker has nailed the formula or not. Then the podcast finishes up with a quick discussion on the newly announced Acura ZDX EV, and some listener comments about overly annoying automotive features. Thanks for listening!

  • Episode 329: 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Off-Road, 2023 Ford Escape PHEV

    August 13th, 2023  |  42 mins 56 secs
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    This week, the guys take a closer look at two under-represented new cars on sale today. First up, Benjamin drives the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, which is built on the mediocre bones of the Tundra full-size pickup, and carries over some of the same puzzling design decisions. Does it have any chance at bumping up its annual sales numbers or even stealing the spotlight of its competitors? Then Sami talks about the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV, which is often overshadowed by Ford with its own Bronco Sport. While it boasts decent EV range and efficiency, Sami is eager to point out that the Escape has a few fatal flaws.

    The guys also discuss some listener questions, so be sure to send us your question after listening to this week's episode!