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Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry, the cars they drive, the places they go, and the weirdness that surrounds the industry at all times.

Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry, the cars they drive, the places they go, and the weirdness that surrounds the industry at all times.
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Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry, the cars they drive, the places they go, and the weirdness that surrounds the industry at all times.




Episode 141: 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross, Sami's Trip To Ireland

Charger fans have finally been thrown a bone by SRT in the form of the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, a track-oriented version of the super sedan that mimics the wider stance of last year's Challenger Widebody while bringing some important suspension and performance improvements to the table, too. Benjamin drives both the Hellcat and Scat Pack Widebody cars at Sonoma Raceway and compares them to how their standard versions handle themselves at high speeds. Next up is Sami talking...


Episode 140: 2019 Subaru STI S209 Track Drive, 2019 Ford F-150 Platinum Diesel, Jeremy Renner's Social Network App

Is America ready for the first-ever Subaru to have been fully built by STI - to the point where it had to be homologated as an all-new manufacturer? Benjamin drives the 2019 Subaru STI S209 on a race track to find out if it lives up to the hype. Meanwhile, Sami puts the 2019 Ford F-150 Platinum Diesel to work and realizes he might still prefer the revamped Ram. Finally, we take a deep dive into Jeremy Renner's private social media network controversy.


Episode 139: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 2019 Mini Cooper S

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI really a Golf GTI with a trunk? VW would love to convince you that's true, but Benjamin isn't so sure after a week together with the car. Sami rediscovers the Mini Cooper S magic that he thinks makes the car something special in a very crowded slice of the new car market.


Episode 138: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Pack, Netflix Hyperdrive

Friend of the show Chad Kirchner spends time in the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBost High Performance Pack and comes back to tell Benjamin just how wrong he was about his instant dismissal of the turbocharged muscle car. Sami then leads a discussion on the Netflix show Hyperdrive, which is perhaps the first time someone has made a competitive driving program that doesn't completely suck.


Episode 137: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2020 Hyundai Palisade, RIP Benjamin's Datsun Motor

Is the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's new motor a worthy upgrade over the previous 4-cylinder? Benjamin certainly thinks so - to the point where it changes the entire character of the car for the better. Sami then dives deep into the 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV and wonders how such a luxurious three-row hauler came to market without a Genesis badge. Finally, the pair pay their respects to Benjamin's Datsun engine, which died doing what it loved at Watkins Glen International Raceway this past week....


Episode 136: 2020 Subaru Legacy, 2019 BMW 750i xDrive

Subaru's basic design language doesn't take any risks, and after driving the 2020 Subaru Legacy for the first time Sami kind of wishes it did so that more buyers might be tempted to take a chance on the brand instead of seeking out the more stylish competition. Benjamin sets sail in the 2019 BMW 750i xDrive across two-lane blacktop seeking county fair fun, and is surprised by the combo of performance and plushness offered by the massive four-door sedan.


Episode 135: 2019 Volkswagen Golf R, 2019 Subaru BRZ Raiu Edition, Listener Feedback, Porsche Contest

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R a hot hatch, or a 'stealth executive car?' Will Sami tolerate Benjamin's unabashed use of marketing speak to describe the turbocharged, all-wheel drive Golf, or will it end their friendship forever? Will Sami's time in the 2019 Subaru BRZ Raiu Edition make him paint his own BRZ 'Cool Khaki Grey?' The answers to these questions, plus a Porsche book giveaway and fun listener feedback on this week's episode.


Episode 134: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, 2020 BMW M340i xDrive, Weird Movie Tie-In Cars, How Benjamin and Sami Got Started As Writers

How strong is the charisma of Steve McQueen that Ford is still making Bullitt Mustang tribute cars 50 years after the movie debuted? Sami dives deep into the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt and comes away impressed with its mix of style and performance. After a detour into the weird world of movie tie-in cars, Benjamin continues the discussion with the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive, the fastest non-M3 version of the 3 Series sedan ever built. Don't even bother trying to re-read that sentence. Finally, the...


Episode 133: 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo worth of the 1LE road racing package? Benjamin spends a week with the entry-level car to find out. Meanwhile, Sami pits the 2019 Ford Ranger against the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in a mid-size pickup battle that may have a surprising winner.


Episode 132: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550, 2019 Jeep Gladiator

Is the world ready for a version of the Nissan GT-R that costs over $200,000? Guest Chad Kirchner explains why the NISMO makes sense - and who it makes sense to - after driving the automaker's most expensive sports car to date. Benjamin relates his experiences with the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550, the first re-design of the boxy G-Class in decades, and argues with Sami about whether it truly has a place in this world. Finally, the three engage in a spirited debate about where, exactly, the 2019...


Episode 131: 2020 BMW Z4 M40i, 2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra

When a Japanese company pays for a Germany automaker to build its flagship sports car, and then lets it sell a more powerful roadster version of its own, Benjamin is there to try to make sense of it all. The 2020 BMW Z4 M40i turns out to be more impressive than inspected after a week together on the road. Sami follows up with a comparison test between the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan versus the 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan. Has Toyota finally caught up to its Korean rival?


Episode 130: 2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet, 2019 Honda Passport SUV

Benjamin's love for the BMW M850i is no secret - but when the roof gets sliced off, will his heart stay true? A week in the 2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet has a surprise ending that leaves Sami shocked. The pair then go on to discuss Sami's time in the 2019 Honda Passport, and debate whether anyone is really heading down to their local Honda dealer to pick up an off-road capable SUV.


Episode 129: 2020 Lexus RX, Classic Lexus Drive, Benjamin's Fiat 500X Nightmare In France

What's it like to sample a fleet of museum-quality Lexus classics? Sami finds out after spending a few days in Costa Rica with the original LS, RX, SC, and more. He also pilots the refreshed 2020 Lexus RX and makes the startling discovery that its infotainment system might actually now be on par with the rest of its luxury rivals. Benjamin, on the other hand, is filled with anguish and despair after enduring hundreds of miles behind the wheel of a rental Fiat 500X while driving through the...


Episode 128: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2019 Audi A6, 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

It's a battle of the turbocharged V6 engines as Sami discovers something old and something new while comparing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class against the 2019 Audi A6. Benjamin discovers that a week with an old friend leaves him feeling more sad than energized after driving the DSG-equipped 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit edition. Has the Veloster N broken his brain?


Episode 127: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 1

Do you need an SUV that can bounce itself out of the snow or mud? Sami tries to answer that question, and more, with his in-depth review of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Meanwhile, Benjamin counters with the one Ford Mustang model the pair had yet to drive: the GT Performance Pack 1.


Episode 126: VW Autostadt Tour, 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2020 Kia Telluride

Is the Autostadt the German Disneyworld for Volkswagen fans? After spending a day there, Benjamin certainly thinks so, and he goes into detail about VW's unusual theme park for gearheads. He also gets some wheel time with the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. Sami continues his campaign for Korean supremacy as he is wow by his experience with the 2020 Kia Telluride full-size SUV.


Episode 125: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, 2019 Porsche Macan S, 2019 Toyota CH-R

How much do the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the 2019 Porsche Macan S luxury SUVs have in common? Sami travels to Germany and Newfoundland, for some reason, to sample these two refreshed models. Meanwhile, Benjamin sticks closer to home to spend a week with the 2019 Toyota CH-R - an SUV that doesn't quite live up to the anticipation.


Episode 124: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2019 Ford Mustang GT350, 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2

What change have been made to the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350? Is it still the king of pony-land? Chad Kirchner guest hosts on the show to give his perspective after taking the new GT350 to the track. Sami and Benjamin discuss their time in the 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 1 and 2 cars to see just how well they compare against the road course chops of the Shelby.


Episode 123: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, What's Next For N Performance

Benjamin falls in love with the rowdy 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, and is convinced it's the most fun hot hatch on the market. Sami thinks Benjamin might be crazy. The pair also discuss the future of the N Performance brand, and what vehicles might be ripe for their own N treatment.


Episode 122: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Sky One-Touch Convertible, Weird Car Names Lightning Round

When is a style icon just another four-door coupe? When it's the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, according to Sami after a weary week together with this in-betweener. Benjamin has a better time with the Sky One-Touch convertible version of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle that tries to be the best of both worlds to soft-top and hardtop lovers. Finally, Benjamin challenges Sami to a weird car name lightning round.