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.
January 24th, 2018 | 50 mins 55 secs
bmw, m, m550i, m760li, marketing, v12
Benjamin and Sami talk about two 'lowercase' M cars - the M550I and the BMW M760Li, which Benjamin probably calls the 'iL' about one hundred times during this episode. The pair dive deep into the marketing magic that makes M cars not really but also sort of M cars, and whether that's good or bad for BMW.
January 17th, 2018 | 36 mins 38 secs
1500, acura, bullitt, concept car, edge sport, ford, forte, hyundai, infiniti, jetta, kia, lexus, lf1, mustang, nissan, q inspiration, ram, ranger, rdx, veloster, vw
Sami and Benjamin make the rounds of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and talk about the most important new car, truck, and SUV debuts.
January 13th, 2018 | 10 mins 11 secs
aluminum, blessed, chevrolet, chevrolet silverado, naias 2018, pickup trucks, pickups, trucks
Mini Episode! Benjamin and Sami get an early look at the newly 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Episode 53: Getting stuck in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline, 2018 Buick Enclave, Detroit Auto Show Preview, Crappy Jury-Rigged Car Repairs
January 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
Benjamin and Sami drive nearly-identical full-size SUVs this week: the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2018 Buick Enclave. Each has been completely redesigned and offer an impressive level of practicality and comfort - or at the very least, enough to overcome Sami's cynicism. We also preview the upcoming Detroit auto show as well as discuss some of the worst jury-rigged repairs we've ever done to our beater cars. Oh, and Benjamin gets the Traverse super, super stuck in the snow. Good times!
January 5th, 2018 | 48 mins 47 secs
Benjamin finally gets to dish about his two weeks spent driving the 2018 Audi RS3 through the snowy Montreal winter, while Sami gets excited about the various ridiculous technologies about to be unveiled at CES 2018. The pair also get into a spirited discussion about the Mercedes-Benz 'G-Mode' button, and wonder what other single-letter buttons the industry needs.
Episode 51: 2018 Subaru Forester XT, 2018 Honda Accord, 2017 Year End Best And Worst Cars, Sami Supercut
December 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
accord, best of, ces, forester, honda, subaru, supercut, turbo, year end
In our last episode of the year we talk about the turbocharged 2018 Subaru Forester XT, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and our picks for the best, worst, most surprising, and most disappointing cars we drove in 2017. Plus - Sami's very first supercut!
Episode 50: 2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees
December 20th, 2017 | 50 mins 32 secs
On our 50th episode we talk about the 2018 Infiniti QX80, the 2019 Volvo XC40, and the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. Sami cracks a 'dad joke,' we examine fake speaker technology, and discuss 'the downer media' as well ridiculous in-car shopping features, while also taking time to mention Porsche's special bee project.
December 14th, 2017 | 50 mins 29 secs
bmw, estorial, ev, i3s, m5, mclaren, mitsubishi, race car, race track
This week Benjamin talks about driving the redesigned 2018 BMW M5 at the Estorial race track in Portugal, as well as his experience with the BMW i3s electric sports car. Sami puts the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through its paces, and then berates Benjamin for 'not being into' supercars.
December 4th, 2017 | 30 mins 29 secs
bmw, donuts, infiniti, la auto show, mazda, mercedes-benz, subaru, toyota
Benjamin and Sami record live from the floor of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as they walk from one vehicle debut to the next, commenting and analyzing the newest vehicle unveilings. Also, AMG Peformance Donuts and hot takes from the interior of a Mazda Miata race car!
Episode 47: Lexus LC 500 - 500h Comparison, Compact Crossover Head-to-Head Shoot-Out, Silly Toyota Prius Prime
November 26th, 2017 | 47 mins 16 secs
chevrolet, cr-v, crossover, equinox, honda, lc, lc 500, lc 500h, lexus, nissan, prius, prius prime, rogue, suv, tiguan, toyota, volkswagen
Benjamin drives the Lexus LC 500 luxury grand touring car and its 500h hybrid sibling back-to-back, while Sami pits the VW Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, the Chevrolet Equinox, and the Nissan Rogue in a compact crossover battle royale, with surprising results. Finally, the pair get really silly talking about the Toyota Prius Prime.
November 19th, 2017 | 51 mins 11 secs
fit, honda, kia, rio, roadster, stinger, stinger gt, tesla
Benjamin heads to Los Angeles to drive the all-new Kia Stinger GT, the first performance sedan from the Korean automaker, while Sami puts perennial hatchback favorite the Honda Fit up against the redesigned Kia Rio and comes away surprised with the results. The pair also address the Tesla Roadster announcement and how it serves primarily as a distraction from Tesla's manufacturing woes with the Model 3.
November 12th, 2017 | 48 mins 17 secs
370z, chevrolet, corvette, datsun, gle 63, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, nissan, sports cars, suv, z car
Sami heads to Germany to drive the 500 horsepower 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and watch human beings build engines at Affalterbach, while Benjamin pilots a Nissan 370Z through snow and ice and waxes philosophic on the aging star's place in the sports car universe. The pair then try to figure who, exactly, the 750 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is for, and whether it makes sense alongside the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette that is on the way to showrooms.
November 6th, 2017 | 49 mins
accent, camry, civic type r, honda, hyundai, micra, nissan, sonata, suv, toyota
Benjamin heads to Las Vegas to drive the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent, while Sami pits the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata head-to-head in a battle of the family sedans that yields surprising results. Benjamin also spends time with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Nissan Micra on the wet, cold streets of Montreal.
October 28th, 2017 | 48 mins 14 secs
Benjamin spends a week in the desert at the Cadillac V Performance Academy, while Sami heads to Vancouver Island to sample the AMG Peformance Tour. Both compare notes on these factory-backed race driving schools.
Episode 42: Volvo Polestar 1, Next-Generation Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Fine Comfort Ride, Smell Like A Mazda, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
October 21st, 2017 | 49 mins 36 secs
chevrolet, jeep, malibu, mazda, polestar, toyota, volvo, wrangler
We hit the auto news hard this week to talk about the Polestar 1 electric sport coupe from Volvo and all the leaked goodies about the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. We also question the decision to name a car the 'Fine Comfort Ride,' and debate who, exactly, wants to smell like a Mazda with the company's new fragrance. Wrapping things up is Benjamin talking about his time with the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redline and Malibu Hybrid.
October 16th, 2017 | 59 mins 20 secs
a8, audi, automatic transmission, datsun, e43, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, old cars, track driving
Sami goes to Valencia, Spain, to drive the 2019 Audi A8, which insists on trying to drive itself, while Benjamin contemplates a week with the Mercedes-AMG E43, and all of the brand dilution that implies. The pair also discuss whether Honda is serious about actually building a sports car again, why weird transmission technology exists, and whether it's a good idea to drive a classic car on the race track.