Episode 88: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Arctic Circle Mercedes-Sprinter Adventures, 2018 Honda Pilot, Volvo's Secret Autonomous Car Language, BMW Lightning Round
September 9th, 2018 | 59 mins 51 secs
alaska, arctic circle, bmw, honda, mazda, mazdaspeed, mercedes-benz, miata, mx-5, pilot, sprinter, volvo
Benjamin spends a week with the 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and is surprised by how little fun the turbo adds to the MX-5 formula. Sami's experience with the revised 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van reminds Benjamin of his adventure-filled mid-winter trip through Alaska to the Arctic Circle in a Sprinter, and the pair then debate the finer points of whether it's OK that the 2018 Honda Pilot is really just a fancier minivan. Finally, the two are dumbfounded by Volvo's attempt to teach us all a new language of flashing colors and swelling sounds to communicate with autonomous cars you can also sleep in, and Sami tries to stump Benjamin with a BMW lightning round.
September 2nd, 2018 | 50 mins 44 secs
bmw, cadillac, cts-v, ford, m5
The 2018 BMW M5 gives Sami white hairs, Benjamin puts the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V up against the 2004 first-year model sitting in his garage, and Ford once again crushes any hope that they might return to the car market in this week's episode.
Episode 86: 2018 Acura NSX, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, Pebble Beach, VW Controls The Weather
August 28th, 2018 | 58 mins 21 secs
acura, denali, gmc, huracan, lamborghini, newfoundland, nsx, pebble beach, sierra, vw, weather control
Sami is back a bit late from Pebble Beach, but that's OK because he drove the 2018 Acura NSX and the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. Meanwhile, Benjamin went to Newfoundland to see if GMC got the 2019 Sierra Denali luxury truck formula right with its latest re-design. Also, the pair dive deep into Volkswagen's Mexican hail cannons.
Episode 85: AutoGuide's Jodi Lai, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50, EV Self Destruct Systems
August 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
acura, cherokee, convertible, crossover, ev, infiniti, jeep, mercedes-benz, qx50, rdx, s560, self-destruct, suv
AutoGuide chief Jodi Lai joins Sami and Benjamin to talk about the Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, the Jeep Cherokee, the Acura RDX vs. the Infiniti QX50, and a recent patent for an EV self-destruct system.
Episode 84: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Ram 1500, Datsun Track Tales
August 13th, 2018 | 53 mins 10 secs
1500, 4 series, bmw, corolla, datsun, f-150, ford, gran coupe, hatchback, mazda, miata, mx-5, pickup, ram, toyota, track car, truck
Sami drives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata - the ND2 - and discovers that more power is a good thing. Benjamin samples two hatchbacks at opposite ends of the spectrum, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and the BMW 430i Gran Coupe, just before the pair delve in to the newest versions of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 pickups.
August 8th, 2018 | 28 mins 24 secs
797 horsepower, challenger, dodge, hellcat, race track, redeye, scat pack, srt, track drive, widebody
Benjamin track drives the 797 horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye alongside the new Challenger Scat Pack Widebody in this bonus episode.
August 5th, 2018 | 48 mins 3 secs
340i, 911, 911t, bmw, g70, genesis, m5, porsche
Benjamin spends a week with the 2018 BMW M5 and forms a second opinion on the four-door track star, while Sami compares the 2018 BMW 340i and the 2019 Genesis G70 with surprising results. He also dishes on the new 2018 Porsche 911T, which is aimed at those seeking a more old school 'pure' experience from their rear-engine sports car.
August 1st, 2018 | 19 mins 56 secs
bonus episode, first drive, forester, robot, subaru, surveillance, suv
Sami is one of the first in the world to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Subaru Forester SUV in Japan in this bonus episode.
July 28th, 2018 | 44 mins 48 secs
280z, 718, boxster, c63, c63 s, datsun, gts, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, porsche, track car, track driving, z
Benjamin drives the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S at the Bilster Berg race track and struggles with its new electronic nannies, while Sami revels in the fact that the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS has become a mini-supercar. Benjamin also explains why you should never ignore what your classic Datsun is trying to tell you, especially if it's trying to tell you by way of vibration.
July 21st, 2018 | 40 mins 2 secs
Sami and Benjamin argue about whether the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost convertible is the worst version of the 'Stang money can buy, while Sami expresses his enthusiasm for the sportier 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, which finally has enough wing to satisfy his passions. Also, the pair answer reader emails and messages abotu the BMW 6 Series GT and the supercar versus sport sedan debate.
July 14th, 2018 | 45 mins 52 secs
audi, autonomous, autonomous car, bmw, goodwood, rs 5, rs5, suv, volvo, x1, xc40
The 2018 Audi RS5 is radically different from its predecessor, and after 1,000 miles behind the wheel Benjamin is ready to decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Sami goes to bat for the 2018 Volvo XC40 against the strong-selling 2018 BMW X1 in a battle of the entry-level luxury SUVs, while the pair both make merry about what happens when an autonomous car drives itself head-first into a bale of hay at Goodwood.
Episode 79: 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, 2018 Mini Cooper, 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman All4 JCW, Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
July 7th, 2018 | 41 mins 26 secs
aventador, challenger, cooper, countryman, dodge, hellcat, jcw, lamborghini, mini, redeye, srt
The Lamborghini episode! Sami drives the Aventador S roadster and falls completely in love, while Benjamin compares the smallest Mini - the Cooper - to the largest Mini - the Countryman All4 JCW. Will opposites attract? The pair also discuss the latest version of the Dodge Challenger, the Hellcat Redeye.
Episode 78: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Bill Goldberg, Honda Asimo Retires
July 1st, 2018 | 35 mins 9 secs
asimo, bill goldberg, chevrolet, denali, dodge, durango, gmc, honda, rst, sierra, srt, tahoe
Benjamin and Sami both drive SRT's latest SUV monster - the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT - and Sami compares it to the less intriguing 'performance' edition of a direct competitor, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Also in this episode: the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Benjamin's unusual Bill Goldberg encounter, and pouring out a glass of motor oil for the retirement of the Honda Asimo robot.
June 23rd, 2018 | 52 mins 19 secs
ascent, audi, blazer, chevrolet, clio, clio v6, q8, renault, subaru
Benjamin travels to the Atacama desert in Chile to drive the 2019 Audi Q8, while Sami heads to Cape Breton to sample the 2019 Subaru Ascent. Benjamin also drives one of his heroes - the ultra-rare Renault Clio V6 - and the pair round things up by expressing their disillusionment with the brand new Chevrolet Blazer.
June 16th, 2018 | 45 mins 19 secs
6 series gt, 640i, applebees, bmw, ev, gran turismo, grand cherokee, hyundai, jeep, mission e, porsche, taycan
Benjamin and Sami marvel over the totally bizarre, yet surprisingly amazing 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo, while Sami also talks about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Oh, and you can now order Applebees from your car.
June 9th, 2018 | 44 mins
canyon, diesel, gmc, kia, pickup, sorento, suv, trucks
Benjamin drives the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, while Sami tries out the 2019 Kia Sorento. We also answer listener questions about the Hyundai Veloster and the Kia Soul.