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Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.
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Is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R one of the best cars the Silver Star has produced in the past decade? Benjamin certainly thinks so, and Sami is inclined to agree after a week behind the wheel of the twin-turbo sports car. The pair aren't nearly as impressed with the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L High Performance Package, however, which keeps trying to make 'EcoBoost' and 'performance' synonmous for pony car fans. The duo wrap things up with an update about Benjamin's 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer LS swap project.
Does Benjamin have the same negativity towards the 2020 Ford Explorer ST that Sami does after his Edge ST experience? Does Sami prefer the Legacy XT or the Outback XT, and is there a place for Subaru's mid-size sedan in a crossover-crowded market? The pair answer these questions - along with a couple sent in by listeners - before tying things up by reviewing a new Motorbooks publication about the history of the Nissan/Datsun Z.
Is the 2020 BMW X7 M50i SUV a better buy than the often-overlooked BMW 7 Series sedan? Benjamin weighs in after having sampled the full spectrum of Bavarian big-boned sport-utilities. Sami gets small with the 2020 Kia Forte 5 GT, which provides secret hatchback practicality in a package you can't find from corporate sibling Hyundai. The two then wrap things up with a fairly deep dive into the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco off-roader.
What happens when an automaker imports a truck from another market with only cursory attention paid towards tuning it for its new customers? Benjamin's experience with the 2020 Ford Ranger reveals weaknesses in the interior, the drivetrain, and the pricing structure of the brand's new mid-size truck. Sami then discusses the relative merits of going for the 2020 Toyota RAV4's TRD Off-Road trim or sticking with the established 2020 Subaru Forester when shopping for a small crossover. The pair also discuss the details of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150, which for some reason features a folding shifter.
Wagon or 'crossover?' That's the question posed by the 2020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country, and after a week behind the wheel Benjamin is pretty sure he's got the answer as to which one you want in your driveway. Sami then picks things up with a look at the 2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV, which he wishes tried just a little bit harder. Finally, the pair discuss the new Dodge Durango Hellcat as well as Benjamin's review of Veloce Publishing's latest buying guide for the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.
Want to go big off-road, but need something with diesel punch? The 2020 Ford F-250 Tremor delivers over a thousand lb-ft of torque from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel while stomping all over territory that once belonged to the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Which land monster should you pick for your next excursion? Benjamin steps in with his opinion after a week behind the wheel of the Tremor, but Sami counters with news about the upcoming Ram TRX Raptor fighter. The pair wrap things up by discussing vaporware EV pickups.
It's great to be back behind the wheel for this week's episode, which stars a 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel full-size pickup, and a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Who drove which? Did Benjamin haul tires? Will Sami ever get over the lack of 'wow' factor inherent in the 911's design? Join us for our first pair of car reviews in nearly 90 days.
Sometimes, a Car of the Year contender doesn't live up to its title when seen through the lens of hindsight. Benjamin and Sami identify four of the worst Car of the Year choices from the past 60 years, before speculating what modern award winners won't look so good after a decade has passed. Sami then gets excited about all the car stuff you can do in a car that isn't actually driving, which surprisingly, includes meteors and starscapes.
Was there a pair of vehicles in the 1990s that did a better job of predicting the future of the supercar than the Dodge Stealth and its Mitsubishi 3000GT sibling? Benjamin and Sami get deep on the ways these lightning quick grand tourers trounced the competition in terms of technology and innovation. Next up is a look at the best movie Mopars and on-screen Chevrolets of all time following by recent news about the 2021 Acura TLX luxury sedan.
Which classic 4x4s deserve to be brought back for a second chance? Benjamin and Chad have some ideas, but Sami thinks the past should be the past. The trio then discuss Nissan's new product announcement, which will completely revise its line-up over the next few years - including an updated Z car.
Dyson might be better known for building vacuum cleaners, but it turns out to have spent $610 million on an EV super SUV that...is way too good to be believable to anyone with a critical eye. Benjamin and Sami tear apart Dyson's decision to not build its fake SUV, before discussing the redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid and Toyota Venza Hybrid. The pair wrap things up by asking if you would ever buy a used supercar from a rental company - specifically, a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Why did sport trucks die out? Sami makes a passionate case that the off-road pickups we have today are a better match for truck fans, before both he and Benjamin try to build a sport truck from every major pickup manufacturer. The pair then discuss 'what might have been' concept cars and the sad production models we got instead, tying in automakers from Nissan to Cadillac to BMW, before a listener update focused on cars designed by musicians.
If you're good at one thing, you're obviously the best at everything else, too, and nowhere is this more true than in the world of musician-designed cars. Benjamin and Sami hit highlights like the Cizeta-Moroder V16T and the LincVolt before veering off to discuss Pierce Brosnan's fight with Aston Martin for some oversized movie swag, and of course Porsche's latest mega-bucks coffee machine.
The car that tries the hardest to be cool is often the car no one wants to own. Benjamin and Sami take a look at 11 modern automobiles that will never be classics no matter how much 'effort' their designers and engineers put in at the time. After dissecting these victims of circumstance, the pair also discuss Rolls-Royce joining the automotive apiary with its new line of honey, before trying to understand why Hyundai's chief designer just quit. Finally, it's time for listener questions about trunk design.
Is it cooler to drive Bigfoot through a car dealership or escape tornados in a brand-new Dodge Ram? Could you really pull a house off of its foundations with a GMC dually? And what, exactly, were Tango & Cash actually driving in that weird climactic scene? Benjamin and Sami dive into the best movie trucks of all time, with Sami displaying a shocking lack of interest in the world of monster trucks no matter how many times Benjamin decides to bring up the history of Bigfoot, Bigfoot Shuttle, or Bigfoot 7. The pair also touch on the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz, which would be the Korean brand's first foray into the world of pickups.
Even with the market primed and ready, there are still cars and trucks out there that completely whiffed on finding an audience. Benjamin and Sami take a look at 8 vehicles that found a way to fail despite the best possible chances of success. The pair also discuss Mazda's strange decision to court luxury customers with an upscale, rear-wheel drive version of the Mazda 6, as well as Cadillac's orphan Blackwing V8, which can't even find a home in a pair of cars with Blackwing written on the badge.
What cars were better the second time around? Benjamin dives into automotive sequels that outshone the originals. Speaking of sequels, Sami laughs it up about the terrible list of car movies that came out after the success of The Fast And The Furious. The pair also answer listener questions, before wrapping things up with news about the redesigned 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee still relevant in the hyper-competitive compact SUV segment? Benjamin spends a week behind the wheel to find out. Sami dives deep into both the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and the 2021 Genesis G80, while Benjamin wraps things up by sharing his teenage memories of renting the world's sketchiest Dodge Viper from a local gas station.
Does the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon succeed because it's one of the few SUVs left on the market that wasn't built by committee? Benjamin has some strong words about the two-door Wrangler and it's place in the world, as well as how it compares to the Gladiator Rubicon pickup. Sami keeps things green by sliding through the week on a carpet of electrons, comparing the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2020 Hyundai Kona electric vehicles back-to-back.
It's time to TRD all the things, and with the Camry and the Avalon out of the way it was only logical that the 2020 Toyota RAV4 be next. Benjamin samples the TRD Off-Road version of this very on-road focused crossover and comes back with a surprisingly nuanced point of view on its place in the world. Sami spends a week at the opposite end of the size spectrum in the 2020 Toyota Highlander, and SUV that makes a lot of sense for 3-row shoppers.
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