Episode 256: 2022 Ford Maverick, 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, 2022 BMW X3 M40i, Guest Chad Kirchner, Listener Questions
January 9th, 2022 | 54 mins 22 secs
bmw, chad kirchner, ev, ev pulse, ford, hyundai, ioniq 5, m40i, maverick, x3
It's the first episode of 2022! First off, Benjamin, Sami and guest Chad Kirchner of EVPulse discuss the new 2022 Ford Maverick. Is this affordable trucklet worth all the hype? Can one really DIY themselves a bike rack? Is a 4.5-foot bed actually useful? They answer all those questions and then somehow dig up more.
Chad talks a big game about the all-new 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5, which may be one of the best EVs on the market, and potentially the answer to one of our latest listener questions. It even has reclining seats! Finally Benjamin discusses his experiences with a 2022 BMW X3 M40i which packs a nice six-cylinder but a somewhat harsh suspension.
Episode 254: 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak, 2021 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid, Forbidden Fruit Kei Cars, BMW M Book Review, Listener Questions
December 19th, 2021 | 59 mins 3 secs
bmw, book review, bronco, escape, ev, ford, jeep, phev, plug-in hybrid, wildtrak, wrangler
The Unnamed Automotive Podcast dives right into one of the most hyped debuts of the year: the 2021 Ford Bronco. Benjamin shares his experiences of driving the Wildtrak version of the new off-road SUV, and wonders if Ford has nailed this Wrangler competitor yet missed the modern sport-utility target in the process.
Sami then brings up the new 2021 Ford Escape Plug In Hybrid, a vehicle with 37 miles of electric range that squeezes between the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Prime. Is that 'good enough' for Ford, or does the Escape manage to one-up its competition in any significant way? Then there's a new segment about forbidden fruit Kei cars, followed by a BMW M book review and a listener question. There's lots to like this week, so be sure to reach out and send your questions and comments to our hosts.
Episode 253: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup, 2022 Genesis GV70 2.5, Performance Driving Tips, Listener Emails
December 12th, 2021 | 54 mins 5 secs
ford, genesis, gv70, hyundai, maverick, santa cruz
This week, Benjamin proclaims "I dunno, I think this is my car of the year" about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. Is that a joke? Or some kind of prank? You'll have to listen to find out. Plus you'll get to hear Sami chanting "Utes Not Coupes" which is a catchphrase that's sure to take the nation by storm.
After his well of slogans runs dry, Sami decides to talk about his own potential car of the year, the 2022 Genesis GV70. This time he sampled the more affordable yet still packed 2.5T equipped model, providing a more rounded impression of the luxury crossover.
Finally Ben discusses track days, the limits of traction, and how the lessons both teach are relevant year round, especially in the snow. Download and listen up, you won't want to miss this week's energetic episode.
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.
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.
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!
Episode 233: 2021 Ford Mustang GT Convertible CS, 2021 Jaguar F-Pace, Trailer Batteries For EV Pickups
July 18th, 2021 | 43 mins 36 secs
ev, f-150 lightning, f-pace, ford, jaguar, mustang, mustang gt
Sami and Benjamin contemplate the California Special's place in Mustang history after Sami drives the latest 2021 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, before the pair dissect why the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace base model can't cut it on the current luxury SUV landscape.
Episode 231: 2021 BMW 330e, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, Interview With Fast and Furious 9 Writer, Listener Questions
July 4th, 2021 | 52 mins 3 secs
3 series, 330e, bmw, bronco, bronco sport, daniel casey, ev, f9, fast 9, fast and furious, ford, phev
Sami drives the plug-in BMW 330e hybrid , while Benjamin finally gets a turn with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV. Benjamin also discusses his interview with Daniel Casey, writer of Fast 9, before Sami brings up a listener question about the best sport sedans outside the luxury segment.
June 27th, 2021 | 42 mins 41 secs
aviator, ev, ford, lincoln, mach-e, mustang, phev
At long last Benjamin drives the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric car, while Sami puzzles over a vehicle that should have been a big hit but surprisingly isn't: the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring PHEV.
Episode 228: 2022 Ford Maverick Pickup, 2021 Lincoln Navigator, 2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, BMW M3 M4 Book Review
June 13th, 2021 | 53 mins 31 secs
bmw, book review, ford, hybrid, hyundai, lincoln, maverick, navigator, rav4, toyota, tucson
It's a packed episode! We go deep on the 2022 Ford Maverick pickup, revisit an old favorite in the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, and then try to figure out which affordable hybrid SUV is better—the 2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid or the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid—before wrapping things up with a BMW M3 and M4 book review.