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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.

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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Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.




Episode 219: 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2021 Genesis G80, Weird Ford Explorer Talk

Is the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander a carbon-copy of its Nissan Rogue platform-mate, or does it stand as a legitimate alternative despite all of its shared bits and pieces? Sami is pleasantly surprised by Mitsubishi's latest small SUV. Benjamin goes road-tripping in the 2021 Genesis G80 sedan, and discovers that good things still come in sedan packages, especially when it comes to upstart luxury brands. Finally, the pair try to decide who, exactly, is the customer for the new stripped-down...


Episode 218: 2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD, 2021 Cadillac Escalade Super Cruise Super Test

Sami questions Benjamin's sanity as he develops more-than-like feelings for the 2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD, an entry-level luxury sedan that his co-host had previously decried as a missed opportunity for the brand. The pair then attempt to answer the question of whether Cadillac's new Super Cruise assisted driving system is even worth having in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV if it doesn't constantly irradiate rear seat riders with radar of questionable utility.


Episode 217: 2021 Genesis GV80, 2022 Genesis GV70, 2022 Genesis G70, In-Car Radar, Dodge Viper Book Review

Benjamin finally spends time with the 2021 Genesis GV80, a vehicle poised to put other luxury SUVs on notice as the Korean brand colonizes its most important segment to date. Things go completely off the rails, however, when Sami reveals that the upcomign 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV and refreshed G70 sedan come with an in-car radar system to spy on the backseat, combined with a fingerprint reader to do...something? After picking apart the absurdities of the automotive surveillance state, and...


Episode 216: 2021 Volvo S60 T5, 2021 Lexus RX 450h, Jeep Grand Wagoneer Thoughts

The 2021 Volvo S60 T5 is a premium sedan in a world gone over almost completely to crossovers, and Sami and Benjamin get deep with just how surprising its past decade has been for a brand that few would have thought would still be in the luxury conversation so many years later. Benjamin then startles Sami by singing the praises of the 2021 Lexus RX 450h, a hybrid SUV that would seem to be the anti-enthusiast machine—which is exactly the point, as Benjamin points out. The pair wrap things up...


Episode 215: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec, 2021 Nissan Sentra

The 2021 Nissan Sentra tries harder than it has in the past 10 years to win the hearts and minds of compact car shoppers, but Sami tried to figure out if it's done enough to blow past very good rivals like the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra. Benjamin is puzzled by the 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec, a sport sedan that doesn't seem to fit in to the traditional luxury market and which might be waiting for the Type S trim before it truly makes sense.


Bonus Episode - Bradley Brownell Talks Radwood, Rad4Sale, Autopia 2099, and Hybrid Porsche Boxster EV Project

We speak with guest Bradley Brownell who brings us the latest on the Radwood car show series, the new 80s/90s online automotive auction site Rad4Sale, and his plans for an all-new series of EV-focused car shows called Autopia 2099 that will debut later in 2021. We also get in deep with his dual-engine Porsche Boxster hybrid track car, which is just as wild as it sounds.


Episode 214: 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0, 2021 Cadillac CT4, Volvo Sells Electric Cars Online-Only

Benjamin's wait is finally over as the 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 arrives in his driveway just in time for a deep freeze and a snowy blizzard. That doesn't stop him from taking it up into the mountains and putting it through its paces so he can finally form his own opinion after all of the hype. Sami spends his week with the 2021 Cadillac CT4 to try and figure out where the entry-level machine fits in with the luxury mothership's plans. Finally, the pair disagree about the wisdom of Volvo...


Episode 213: 2022 Acura MDX, 2021 Toyota Venza, Honda S2000 Book Review, First Car Questions Part II

Does the 2022 Acura MDX go far enough to push past the excellent crop of mid-size SUVs out there, or does it settle for more of what returning Acura customers are looking for? Sami spends a week behind the wheel to find out. Benjamin ends up puzzled by the 2021 Toyota Venza, a vehicle that should feel like its RAV4 Hybrid platform-mate but comes across with a radically different character. The pair wrap things up with a review of a fascinating reference book about the Honda S2000, as well as...


Episode 212: 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, 2021 Kia Soul EV, 2021 Lexus NX 300, Listener Question About Fun First Cars

The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Swedish brand's very first all-electric vehicle, and the most powerful version of the XC40 SUV to date. Benjamin dives in to the good and the bad about driving this high-end EV during winter's bitter cold, and compares it against the much cheaper 2021 Kia Soul EV's performance under the same conditions. Sami gives his impressions of the aging, but still interesting 2021 Lexus NX 300 crossover before the pair answer a listener question about the best...


Bonus Episode - Lightning Round - Subaru Wilderness Brand, 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2022 Audi e-tron GT, 2021 Kia K8, 2021 Honda HR-V Hybrid, 2021 Porsche 911 GT3, McLaren Hybrid Supercar

Benjamin and Sami hit you with a Lightning Round bonus episode talking about this week's massive new car drop, including the Subaru Wilderness Brand, 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2022 Audi e-tron GT, 2021 Kia K8, 2021 Honda HR-V Hybrid, 2021 Porsche 911 GT3, and the McLaren Hybrid Supercar


Episode 211: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS, 2021 Kia Stinger GT, Mustang Listener Questions

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS resurrects a name that at first feels laden with SUV heritage, but as Benjamin points out isn't all fun and two-door off-roading games. Sami's time behind the Blazer's wheel reveals mixed feelings about why GM didn't go all the way in making the family ride live up to its potential. Benjamin then discusses his week-long try-out of the 2021 Kia Stinger GT as a potential year-round daily driver, and mentions what he still loves about the twin-turbo hatch, and what...


Episode 210: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD, 2022 Nissan Frontier, 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, Subaru's Flat-12 F1 Engine

Did you know Subaru built a flat-12 engine for its forgotten Formula 1 racing program in the early 90s? More on that at the end of the episode, because first Benjamin has to shake out his ambivalence at the 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD and its ho-hum drivetrain, and Sami needs to wax ecstatic about the (finally) redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup. In between. there's an argument about the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and just how useful off-road driver assistance features really are.


Bonus Episode - Cadillac Blackwing Deep Dive!

A briefing with Cadillac's Executive Chief Engineer Brandon Vivian and the V Series design team gave Benjamin and Sami a ton of info about the upcoming Blackwing versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V sedans. This bonus episode dives deep into both cars and discusses whether GM has done enough to bring the V Series reputation back where it belongs alongside BMW M and Mercedes-AMG.


Episode 209: 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo, 2021 Hyundai Elantra, Tesla's Psychic Turn Signals

Is there space for the 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo's top-end take on what should really be an affordable, no-frills compact SUV, or does its own brand's ultra-competitive line-up make it hard to justify spending the extra cash? Benjamin's week behind the wheel reveals the surprising answer. Next, Sami's take on the 2021 Hyundai Elantra shows just how much life is still left in the small sedan segment. Finally, the pair are puzzled by Tesla's decision to leave steering wheels and turn signals...


Episode 208: 2021 Kia Niro EV, 2021 Mazda 3 AWD

Does the 2021 Kia Niro EV deliver the kind of range and cold weather competence needed to deal with the winter's darkest depths? Benjamin wheels through sub-zero conditions to report on the surprisingly solid electric performance from Kia's battery-powered crossover. After a brief tangent about warning messages, Sami then ponders the new path Mazda has taken with the non-turbo 3's all-wheel drive model, which trades poise for a premium cabin.


Episode 207: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2.5, 2021 Toyota Corolla SE Apex Edition, Jaguar Book Review, Benjamin Hates CES

Is a faster Crosstrek a better Crosstrek? Benjamin seems to think so after driving the 2021 version of the Subaru, which graduates to a 2.5-liter engine. Sami counters with the 2021 Toyota Corolla SE Apex Edition, a car he's lukewarm on before Benjamin points out all the cool upgrades he's totally downplaying. The two then discuss CES, how Benjamin hates it so much that it once sent him into a career-questioning tailspin in a Las Vegas hotel room, and how terrible it is that companies like...


Episode 206: 2021 Porsche Taycan EV , 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The 2021 Porsche Taycan EV costs over $100k, has less range than the Chevrolet Bolt, and features some truly unusual ergonomic decisions inside its cabin. Everything Sami liked, and didn't like, about Porsche's first all-electric car gets mushed together with talk about off-brand batteries and just how useful a 2.5-second random 'boost' really is for driving enthusiasts. The pair then follow up with a deep look at the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the first three-row version of the popular SUV...


Episode 205: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e, 2021 Toyota Avalon AWD, Listener Questions

Is a plug-in hybrid edition of BMW's popular X5 SUV even better to drive than the high-horsepower M version? That's the surprising conclusion Benjamin is forced to reckon with after an extended period behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e. Sami then attempts to solve the puzzle of the 2021 Toyota Avalon AWD, a full-size model that drops power but adds traction in a bid to appeal to...who, exactly? Finally, the pair answer their first batch of listener questions for the year.


Episode 204: 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Best Drives Of 2020

Is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade finaly worthy of flagship status? Is it different enough from the also-good GMC Yukon Denali to justify its six-figure window sticker? Both Benjamin and Sami spend a week with Cadillac's most advanced Escalade to date and come away with a lot to talk about. Wrapping things up, the pair mention the best vehicles they've been lucky enough to drive throughout 2020.


Episode 203: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel, 2021 Lexus IS

We've waited forever, but the EcoDiesel version of the Jeep Wrangler is finally here. Is Benjamin's second-favorite FCA power plant a worthy addition to the Wrangler line-up, or does the cost of entry make the turbodiesel SUV an outlier for off-road fans? Sami follows up with a full line drive of the 2021 Lexus IS, a sport sedan that seemingly triggers Benjamin's incredulity at the Lexus portfolio of vehicles.