April 19th, 2020 | 33 mins
blackwing, cadillac, ct4, ct4-v, ct5, ct5-v, ct6, ct6-v, mazda, mazda 6
History is full of cars that should have succeeded but found a way to fail. Benjamin and Sami look at 8 of the most puzzling this week, before talking about Mazda's bizarre move into the luxury world with the next-generation Mazda 6, and Cadillac's equally weird decision to build a Blackwing without a Blackwing.
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.
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.
September 15th, 2019 | 50 mins 26 secs
contest, datsun, hyundai, mazda, miata, mx-5, palisade, porsche, roadster, suv
Benjamin falls in love all over again with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's rev-happy engine, Sami slips under the 2020 Hyundai Palisade's luxury spell, and a certain Datsun motor gives up the ghost after four decades of exemplary service.
March 24th, 2019 | 44 mins 27 secs
awd, bmw, mazda, mazda3, suv, x7
Benjamin takes a long, long, long roadtrip in the 2019 BMW X7 SUV through the American South, while Sami tries out the all-wheel drive version of the 2019 Mazda 3.
February 3rd, 2019 | 39 mins 7 secs
kia, mazda, mazda3, stinger
Benjamin travels to Los Angeles to drive the 2019 Mazda 3, and in the process learns a lot about the human pelvis. Sami spends time with the 2019 Kia Stinger turbo four-cylinder, and doesn't learn anything at all. Will opposites attract?
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.