November 11th, 2018 | 47 mins 12 secs
cr-v, cx-5, forester, grand cherokee, honda, hyundai, jeep, mazda, srt, subaru, suv, trackhawk, veloster, veloster n
Benjamin spends a week in the real-world - not a race track - with the 707 horsepower 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, while Sami hits up trio of SUVs for the Lightning Round. The pair also discuss the significance of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N high performance hatchback.
November 4th, 2018 | 44 mins 39 secs
grand cherokee, jeep, mazda, miata, panamera, porsche, sema, suv, trailhawk, wrangler
Sami is back from Bahrain where he drove the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS on an F1 race track, while Benjamin finally gets a dose of the new engine in the 2019 Mazda Miata. Sami also explains what it's like to off-road through the Valley of Fire in a variety of different Jeeps, before the two wrap things up with lowlights from this year's SEMA show. Bonus: stealth 100th episode!
October 21st, 2018 | 51 mins 52 secs
crossover, cx-9, ford, kicks, mazda, mustang, nissan, outback, subaru, suv
Sami extols the virtues of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV, while Benjamin counters with the more bland, but still excellent 2019 Subaru Outback. Sami then brings up the 2019 Kicks, which somehow weighs closer to a Miata than an HR-V, just before Benjamin gets real sad and dark about the Ford Mustang's future.
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.
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.
June 3rd, 2018 | 46 mins 16 secs
ch-r, crossover, fd, kia, mazda, rx-7, soul, suv, toyota
Sami compares two funky-looking crossovers - the 2018 Kia Soul and the 2018 Toyota CH-R - which then leads to talk about all the unusual SUVs out there that didn't make it. Benjamin discusses his time driving the FD-generation Mazda RX-7 from the Mazda Canada classic collection.
April 21st, 2018 | 56 mins 50 secs
armada, bears, mazda, mazda 6, news, nissan, turbo
Mazda finally goes turbo with the 2018 Mazda 6, and Benjamin heads to British Columbia to see just how much of a difference more power makes for the mid-size sedan. Sami and Benjamin also discuss the 2018 Nissan Armada full-size SUV, bear attacks, and a bunch of fun and weird news from this week in the auto industry.
Episode 57: 2019 Infiniti QX50, Variable Compression Turbo, Mazda Compression Ignition Prototype, 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
February 2nd, 2018 | 48 mins 51 secs
compression, hybrid, ignition, infiniti, mazda, mitsubishi, outlander, phev, turbo
How many times can we say 'compression' in a single podcast? How many awkward explanations of internal combustion can we provide over the course of an hour? Find out with this week's look at the 2019 Infiniti QX50, Mazda's Skyactiv-X compression ignition prototype, and the plug-in 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Compression! Compression! Compression!
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 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.