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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.
173 Episodes
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.
What's it like to drive the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo at speeds of up to 160 mph on a race track? Sami has all of the details after piloting the Italian supercar at Road Atlanta. Benjamin has a confusing time with a more down-to-earth performance vehicle, the plug-in hybrid 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered, which can't decide what it wants to be (yet is comfortable charging you a huge amount of money while it tries to figure it out). Guest William Clavey of Clavey's Corner also stops by to talk about driving the just-released 2020 Kia Seltos SUV.
How much do you want to know about snowplows? Guest Chad Kirchner dives deep into the art of pushing snow on this week's episode, before talking about his 2,000 miles behind the wheel of a 2020 Tesla Model 3. Benjamin compares the 2020 Subaru Legacy to the same-platform Outback he drove a few weeks earlier, while Sami laments the existence of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Sport Cross SUV.
The moment thousands of enthusiasts have been waiting for is here: Benjamin and Sami get a chance to drive the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Corvette on the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the track at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Does the mid-engine C8 have what it takes to take the C7's place in Benjamin's heart? Can Sami handle the indignity of Benjamin forcing him to drive with the top off in the rain? The pair also discuss the 2020 Subaru WRX, and try to decide just where this somewhat older high performance sedan fits in the world of compact turbocharged rockets.
The new 2020 Subaru Outback XT is good, but does it match the expectations created by the thoroughly excellent previous generation crossover? Sami and Benjamin each drive the exact same Outback model and come away with surprisingly similar first impressions. The pair then discuss the utter disappointment that is the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV in the world. This weeks episode is brought to you by the new Roland Gumpert Nathalie. To learn more go to
Why pay more for the 2020 Honda Passport when the Pilot is cheaper, bigger, and offers an extra row of seating? Sami has the answer to this perplexing question after spending a week behind the wheel of Honda's latest SUV. Benjamin extolls the virtues of the massive cargo space in the 2020 Toyota Sienna NIGHTSHADE edition he just drove, while simultaneously lamenting some surprising equipment oversights in this somewhat expensive minivan. The pair wrap things up by running through the five greatest driving video games from the 1980s, expressing their consternation over Toyota's sudden power bump for the 2021 Supra, and then answering a listener question about the Mini Cooper S transmission.
Stephen Elmer joins Benjamin and Sami to discuss his drive of the redesigned 2020 Nissan Titan XD, which has lost its diesel mojo and abandoned Cummins in favor of an all-gas engine line-up. He also brings his TFL Truck expertise to the subject of electric pickups, and where the GMC Hummer EV announcement might be taking the market. The three also dive into the 2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Special Edition and how far behind the times the brand's off-roader has slipped.
The BMW X6 is back, and it's been redesigned for the 2020 model year. Is it enough to sway Benjamin's long-standing opinion on this unusual, and not-exactly-practicaly four-door SUV coupe? You might be surprised to find out his answer. Meanwhile, Sami is back from Miami, Florida, where he got an advance look at the first SUV from luxury brand Genesis, the GV80.
What are the best cars that Benjamin and Sami have driven over the past decade? 10 years of memories are on parade in this episode, including a few surprising choices that hail from well before the 2010s. The two also lay down what they're most looking forward to driving in 2010, while also discussing the 2020 Mazda CX-5 as well as the 2020 Genesis G70.
When Ford announced it was canceling all of its passenger cars, it put a lot of pressure on the redesigned 2020 Ford Escape to satisfy the needs of the entire spectrum of the brand's entry-level buyers. Sami spends a week with the Escape to determine just how worthy it is of that mantle - and how it compares to excellent entries in the segment from Toyota and Honda. Benjamin rewinds his BMW experience with the M550i xDrive, which takes last week's Gran Coupe drivetrain and packages it in a familiar sedan wrapper. Is it so all-around competent that it renders the M5 unnecessary? The pair wrap things up with a listener question about 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
What is there to say about the 2020 Honda CR-V? Sami struggles to come up with anything more than good vibes about possibly the best compact family crossover money can buy, but doesn't particularly think that's a problem for customers. After a brief diversion into the fascinating world of car showers, Benjamin reveals that the 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe is not just just a great alternative to the stuffier 7 Series, but also happens to deliver the kind of hands-off self-driving features he can actually appreciate. The pair then wrap things up with disgraced Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's wacky escape from Japan .
Has BMW finally figured out how to translate the fun bits of the MINI Countryman platform into an intriguing compact SUV of its own? Benjamin is surprised by how strong a response the 2020 BMW X1 elicited from him during their 7 days together. Sami, on the other hand, checks out a less exciting, but still important piece of the Lexus line-up - the 450h SUV - and reflects on its place in a world where every second people mover hails from the mid-size segment.
Guest Stefan Ogbac shares his experience with the absolutely crazy Polestar 1 supercar, which offers 619 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque from a hybrid setup. Benjamin reveals just how uncomfortable he felt driving the twitchy 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon pickup truck on a long highway trip, while Sami is back from Detroit with news about the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban SUVs. The show wraps with a look at an awesome listener project from Norway that dates all the way back to World War 2.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander emerges into a hyper-competitive 3-row SUV market that is currently being lead by an unexpected pair of Korean contenders. Does it have what it takes to unseat the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade? Benjamin and Sami head to Texas - but not together - to find out. The two also discuss whether the long-awaited 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel crossover makes sense, and if the 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV is a worthy follow-up to the Navigator. Finally, it's time to answer a listener question about the Fiat 500e EV.
Is the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan a step in the right direction after the disappointment that was the CLA-Class? Benjamin drives the 2019 A220 to find out. Meanwhile, Sami tries hard to understand where exactly the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6 fits into the luxury SUV universe. Rounding things off, the two talk about 'stealth' car movies where the vehicles are the true stars and the plot is in the backseat.
How can the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offer such distinctly different personalities behind the wheel when you add 50 horsepower from a mild hybrid system? That's what Benjamin and Sami try to figure out after they each drove this luxury SUV and came away impressed by some of it, and puzzled by more. The pair then dive into news about the JETTA sub-brand, Volkswagen's I.Bees, the Hyundai Sonata N-Line, and whether Aston Martin might be about to find a new owner.
Is the future of Porsche electric? Sami tries to figure out what that might look like after driving the phenomenally expensive - and very, very heavy - 2020 Porsche Taycan. He also slips behind the wheel of the 2020 Hyundai Venue to see if it can dislodge that special spot he keeps warm in his heart for another tiny crossover, the similarly-priced Nissan Kicks. Benjamin relates his disbelief over the current state of Acura after driving the 2020 MDX, and also discusses his latest book review, which looks at the Ford vs. Ferrari battle that's currently in theatres. Also, listener questions, Cybertrucks, and more!
How different is the new, front-wheel drive platform under the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe as compared to the rear-wheel drive BMW 2 Series coupe? Sami drives a prototype and comes back with his opinion on how well this entry-level four-door fits into the BMW family. Benjamin drives two of the best three-row SUVs on the market - the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and the 2020 Kia Telluride - and can't believe how much better they are compared to a number of more expensive luxury people movers. The pair wrap things up with listener questions.
Is it possible that taking the roof off a car Benjamin never really enjoyed driving suddenly changes everything? So it would seem with the 2019 BMW M4 Cabriolet, the last edition of this generation's convertible M car, and perhaps the second-most interesting drop top in the BMW line-up. Sami, on the other hand, can't quite understand who's out there lusting after the 2020 BMW X6's muscular hindquarters after driving the new model at the company's Spartanburg plant. The pair also answer listener questions about the Mustang Mach-E, the VW ID3, and update everyone on the status of Benjamin's Scion xB situation.
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