Episode 158: Guest Stephen Elmer, 2020 Nissan Titan XD, GMc Hummer EV, Electric Trucks, 2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Special Edition
February 9th, 2020 | 51 mins 59 secs
4runner, 4x4, ev, hummer, nissan, suv, titan xd, toyota
Auto journalist and TFL Truck contributor Stephen Elmer stops by to discuss the 2020 Nissan Titan XD and the GMC Hummer EV. The trio also talk about electric pickup trucks and Benjamin's bewildering experience with the 2020 Toyota 4Runner.
February 2nd, 2020 | 42 mins 30 secs
bmw, crossover, genesis, gv80, m50i, suv, x6
Benjamin has a weird change of heart about the 2020 BMW X6 M50i, while Sami flies down to Miami, Florida, to get a first look at the 2020 Genesis GV80 SUV.
Episode 156: Favorite Cars of the Decade, Cars We're Looking Forward To, 2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo, 2020 Genesis G70
January 26th, 2020 | 43 mins 12 secs
best cars of the decade, crossover, cx-5, g70, genesis, mazda, suv
Benjamin and Sami discuss their favorite cars from the last decade of driving, as well as what they're looking forward to sampling in 2020. They also talk about the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Turbo SUV and the 2020 Genesis G70 sedan.
January 19th, 2020 | 39 mins 35 secs
bmw, crossover, escape, ford, gran coupe, listener questions, m550i, sedan, suv, xdrive
Sami asks whether the 2020 Ford Escape is enough SUV to replace the Focus, Fiesta, and Fusion combined. Benjamin samples a familiar platform with a more powerful drivetrain and questions whether the 2020 BMW M550i xDrive makes the full-blown M5 obsolete. Also, listener questions!
January 12th, 2020 | 51 mins 1 sec
8 series, bmw, carlos ghosn, cr-v, crossover, gran coupe, honda, justice, m850i, suv
Sami applauds the 2020 Honda CR-V as the entry-level SUV that's maybe too good to really talk about, while Benjamin spends 2 weeks with the all-new 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe and is surprised by how much he likes its advanced self-driving features. Plus, car showers and Carlos Ghosn's action movie escape from Japanese custody.
January 5th, 2020 | 36 mins 44 secs
450h, bmw, hybrid, lexus, suv, x1
Benjamin spends a week with the 2020 BMW X1 and dos a 180-degree turn-around on his initial impression of the vehicle. Sami investigates the 2020 Lexus 450h to see whether the hybrid SUV still holds on to the top spot in his heart.
Episode 152: 2020 Polestar 1, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Guest Stefan Ogbac, Listener Rides
December 29th, 2019 | 46 mins 34 secs
chevrolet, gladiator, gmc, jeep, listener project, norway, pickup, polestar 1, rubicon, suburban, suv, tahoe, truck, volvo
It's the last episode of the decade, and Benjamin, Sami, and Motor Trend's Stefan Ogbac spend it discussing the bonkers 2020 Polestar 1 hybrid supercar, the surprisingly nervous 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon pickup, and the redesigned 20201 Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban. They also talk about a very cool listener project all the way from Norway.
Episode 151: 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel, 2020 Lincoln Aviator, Listener Questions
December 22nd, 2019 | 47 mins 37 secs
500e, aviator, cx-5, cx-5 diesel, ev, fiat, highlander, highlander hybrid, hybrid, lincoln, mazda, suv, toyota
Both Benjamin and Sami drive the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander SUV, and try to figure out where it fits in a very crowded market. The pair also provide their takes on the 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel and the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, before answering a listener question about the Fiat 500e.
December 15th, 2019 | 38 mins 51 secs
a-class, a220, cadillac, car movies, mercedes-benz, movies, suv, xt6
Benjamin samples the new entry-level 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, while Sami spends time with the 2020 Cadillac XT6 luxury SUV. The pair also discuss car movies that aren't 'really' car movies.
Episode 149: 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque R -Dynamic, Volkswagen Bees, JETTA Sub-Brand, Hyundai Sonata N-Line, Aston Martin For Sale?
December 8th, 2019 | 36 mins 4 secs
aston martin, bees, evoque, hybrid, hyundai, jetta, land rover, n-line, range rover, sonata, suv, volkswagen, vw
Benjamin and Sami each drive the 2020 Land Rover Ranger Rover Evoque and are befuddled by its mild hybrid system. The pair also discuss the latest news about the JETTA sub-brand, Volkswagen's I.Bees, the Hyundai Sonata N-Line, and whether Aston Martin might be about to find a new owner.
Episode 148: 2020 Porsche Taycan, 2020 Hyundai Venue, 2020 Acura MDX, Ford GT Book Review, Listener Questions
December 1st, 2019 | 46 mins 41 secs
acura, book review, cybertruck, ev, ferrari, ford, hyundai, mdx, porsche, suv, taycan, tesla, venue
Sami drives the all-electric 2020 Porsche Taycan and has a lot to say about the future of the German sports car brand. He also samples the more affordable 2020 Hyundai Venue, which tries its best to Kicks its way into his heart. Benjamin is unimpressed by the 2020 Acura MDX, but has good things to say about his latest book review, which covers the Ford vs. Ferrari clash with the Ford GT40. Also, listener questions!
Episode 147: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Prototype, 2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2020 Kia Telluride, Listener Questions
November 24th, 2019 | 33 mins 59 secs
2 series, 2 series gran coupe, bmw, hyundai, kia, palisade, prototype, suv, telluride
Sami drives a prototype version of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, a vehicle that shares only its name with the mighty 2 Series two-door. Benjamin is blown away by his back-to-back experiences with the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride SUVs. Plus, listener questions!
Episode 146: 2019 BMW M4 Cabriolet, 2020 BMW X6, Listener Questions Mustang Mach-E, VW ID3, Scion xB Update
November 17th, 2019 | 49 mins 56 secs
bmw, ev, ford mustang mach-e, id3, m4, m4 cabriolet, mach-e, mustang, scion, suv, volkswagen, vw, x6, xb
Benjamin drives the 2019 BMW M4 Cabriolet, the last model year for this generation M car, and is surprised by his response to its turbocharged charms. Sami spends some time with the big butt on the 2020 BMW X6 and struggles to understand who the buyer for this SUV really is. Plus listener questions, Mustang Mach-E talk, Scion xB updates, and more.
Episode 145: 2020 Ford Bronco R, 2020 Aston Martin Vantage, Infiniti At 30, Electric Mustang SUV, Listener Questions, Guest Chad Kirchner
November 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
aston martin, bronco, bronco r, electric mustang suv, ev, ford, infiniti, mustang, raptor, scion, suv, vantage, xb
Guest Chad Kirchner has the scoop on the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco R, Benjamin drives the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage, Sami talks about the Infiniti at 30 celebration he attended, and the group answer questions about the electric Ford Mustang SUV as well as ponder whether Benjamin should buy a Scion xB.
November 3rd, 2019 | 46 mins 7 secs
bots, car show, lexus, olympics, robots, tokyo motor show, toyota
Sami is back from the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and has so much to share about robots, artificial intelligence, and what it's like to be chased by a stainless steel assassin with incredible grip strength that 'just wants to get to know you.'
Episode 143: 2019 Porsche Cayenne, 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs. 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S
October 27th, 2019 | 32 mins 2 secs
alfa romeo, amg, cayenne, glc 63 s, glc-class, high performance, mercedes-amg, porsche, quadrifoglio, stelvio, suv
Sami finds fault with the Porsche Cayenne compared to the current crop of luxury SUVs. Benjamin celebrates the glut of high performance people movers out there by stacking the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio up against the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, two very different ways to go much, much too fast in a sport-utility vehicle.