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Unnamed Automotive Podcast


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 272: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, News Round-Up, Datsun Woes

Benjamin talks about his first impressions of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5, the Korean automaker's mainstream EV which rides on an entirely EV-oriented platform. He discusses the vehicle's unique and approachable styling, the range and charging performance and touches on the driver assistance features before delivering his verdict on whether this is an EV worth checking out. Then Sami finds himself in the driver's seat of a 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, an SUV that used to look stylish,...


Episode 271: 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT, 2022 Toyota Yaris Cross, 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Datsun Towing Adventure, BMW Honey Taste Test

Benjamin and Sami are back after a short hiatus! The duo explain their mysterious absence before jumping back into whatever it is that makes the Unnamed Automotive Podcast so unstoppable. This week Benjamin describes his experience in the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT, the speedy alternative to the Porsche Taycan and his first high performance EV experience. Does it make the right noises for an RS badged model, or does that even matter as battery-powered cars consistently eclipse their gas-powered...


May 1, 2022 Update

No episode this week or next, but stay tuned because we've got the Audi RS e-tron GT, the BMW iX, and the Toyota Yaris Cross all coming your way when we resume podcasting May 15.


Episode 270: 2022 Audi S3, 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, The Sound of the Batmobile

When luxury car makers like Audi ask you how much performance you want, the options are Mild, Medium or Spicy. This Benjamin dives into the Medium flavour in the form of the 2022 Audi S3, and decides whether this middle ground is balanced or compromised, and how BMW and Mercedes-Benz fit into in the strange entry-level landscape. Then Sami describes how the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets the 4xe treatment, having tested it out in Austin, Texas. Listen to him explain how the heavy battery pack...


Episode 269: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover, 2022 Lexus NX 350h Hybrid, Listener Questions

Weren't you just wondering a bunch of random things about the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover? Get ready for all the details about the secret air-suspension setting, the weird second sharkfin antenna, the non-JLR engine under the hood, the motorized accessories and the overall luxuriousness of it all as Sami spills the beans after his first drive experience. Then Benjamin talks about his time in the 2022 Lexus NX 350h, an overwhelmingly popular luxury vehicle that was in need of a winning...


Episode 268: 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV, Listener Questions, The Fate Of The Dodge Journey

Sami talks about his time and experience in the 2022 Subaru Forester WILDerness. This vehicle seems intent on reminding shoppers where Subaru lands on the SUV ruggedness scale, and that's 'at the tippy top.' With more ground clearance, beefy tires, skid plates and additional cooling, it's designed to be a rugged Forester, even though that seemed to be the default Subaru method not too long ago Benjamin jumps in to talk about empeegees with the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV. Is its teeny turbo gas...


Episode 267: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, 2022 Toyota CH-R, Hurricane Turbo Motor, Honda ASIMO Retires

This week on the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, witness something that's as rare as a double-rainbow: the double-Toyota subcompact crossover conversation. Sami and Benjamin discuss their experiences in Toyota's TWO small crossovers: the 2022 Corolla Cross and the C-HR. Is is a problem for Toyota and its customers? Which one of these two vehicles is better positioned for success? The pair also dive into the origin stories of the two cars and where they find the most love around the world....


Episode 267: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, 2022 Toyota C-HR, Hurricane Turbo Motor, Honda ASIMO Retires

This week on the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, witness something that's as rare as a double rainbow: the double Toyota subcompact crossover conversation. Sami and Benjamin discuss their experiences in Toyota's TWO small crossovers: the 2022 Corolla Cross and the 2022 C-HR. Is the duo a problem for Toyota and its customers? Which one of these two vehicles is better positioned for success? Also hear each vehicle's origin story and where they find the most love around the world. After that,...


Episode 266: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2022 Volvo C40, 2022 Volvo XC60 T8, Ridiculous Car Trim Names

Benjamin talks about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and comes away thinking this may be a real competitor against the likes of German luxury. Hear him brag about the number of screens in his tester, and how Jeep manages to keep infotainment and other controls modern and simple. Sami chimes in with his confusing experience in the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge, a battery-electric vehicle with the same dimensions, powertrain and range as the XC40 EV, not to mention the Polestar 2. So what does the C40...


Episode 265: 2022 Volkswagen Taos, No More WRX STI, Acura Integra Sadness, This Or That Game Sami Edition

As reliable as a 20 year old Toyota, we have yet another fun episode of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast for you to listen to this week. First Benjamin jumps in and talks about the massive hole left in VW's lineup that is being replaced by the 2022 Volkswagen Taos subcompact crossover. While the old Golf was a compact-car favorite, VW felt that Americans just didn't deserve it anymore, so here comes the spacious and efficient Taos. Benjamin ponders the new motor, the ride and the pricing, and...


Episode 264: 2022 Ford Maverick 2.0T AWD, 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Its another twisty-turvy episode of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, so buckle in and get ready! First Benjamin describes how he wasn't on the hype-train for the new 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck. After hearing tons of other journalists, and even Sami talk it up a pedestal, Benjamin still had to try it for himself. Given his love for the Hyundai Santa Cruze, could the Maverick ever measure up? Also what did he put in the small cubbie on the dash? Find out his thoughts on where the...


Episode 263: 2022 BMW M240i xDrive, Kia Synthesizer, Hands On a Hardbody

It's another episode of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast, and this time, we're talking cars. Benjamin has a lot to say about the latest two door BMW, the 2022 M240i xDrive. With more power, and a longer wheelbase, this coupe is a departure from what the 2 series used to represent, and hints towards the future that BMW is building for its brand. Is more power ever a bad thing? What does this mean for the future M2? Where are all the useless gimmicks? All that and more are answered. Then Sami...


Episode 262: 2022 Infiniti QX60, 2022 Lexus NX, 2022 BMW X3, 2022 Genesis GV70, McDonald's Arch Deluxe, Lightning Round Game

Benjamin drives the new 2022 Infiniti QX60 and frames his take on it by discusshing the heirarchy of luxury car brands. What is Tier 1 Luxury anyways and where does Infiniti rank? While the QX60 shares many components with the Nissan Pathfinder, the styling and effort with the details are supposed to make it stand out, so find out what Benjamin thinks after his time with the 3-row Japanese luxury SUV. Then Sami goes on a wild discussion about three of the newest and hottest luxury crossovers...


Episode 261: 2022 BMW Alpina B8, 2022 Toyota Highlander, 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country, Weird Lexus Infotainment Designer Story, Benjamin's Nightmare Teeth

We're back with a other jam packed episode of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast. First Benjamin shakes off the post surgery blues in a green (paint, not personality) Alpina B8. This BMW+1 brand has made a name for itself over the years but it's recently stepped up its charms. Benjamin runs down what makes it so special and why it might be the coolest new BMW on the road. Sami then shares his thoughts on the 2022 Toyota Highlander, after his time comparing it to the Nissan Pathfinder. The Toyota...


Episode 260: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, 2022 Subaru Ascent. Utes

You might have heard that North Americans only get the 2022 Volkswagen Golf in enthusiast grade GTI and R forms. Recently, Benjamin picked up the keys to the more powerful of the two, and while there was a massive winter storm blowing snow during his testing, it wasn't the weather conditions that left him cold. Hear what VW has done to the most recent generation Golf R and whether Benjamin would recommend it. Sami then talks about how Subaru reached relevancy with its Ascent three-row back...


Episode 259: 2022 Hyundai Kona N Line, 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, 2022 Kia Forte5, High Performance Driving Tips

Benjamin discusses his go around in the 2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line, a crossover that strives to be the median point beween the standard Kona and the speedy Kona N. Hyundai is trying to follow the path of the German M Sports and AMG Lines, but is the Kona N-Line a successful push in the right direction? Is this just a style and attitude package, a weak echo of the Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk? Sami then chimes in with his recent experience in two compact hatchbacks. A dying breed, the 2022 Honda...


Episode 258: 2022 Honda Civic Si, 2022 Hyundai Veloster N DCT, Benjamin's Jeep Grand Wagoner Auction Rant

This week our hosts go fast and the furious. 2022-style, with a pair of sporty compact cars. First Sami talks about the 2022 Honda Civic Si, a sedan that's grown up over the past few generations. Benjamin wonders why Honda won't give the Si more than 200 horsepower from the factory, and Sami asks if the Civic is still true to its sport-compact roots. Benjamin then jumps to the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N, which is now the only model in the Veloster lineup. This quirky three door hatchback has...


Episode 257: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, Guest Stephen Elmer

It's time for another great guest host. Sami and Benjamin are joined by the one and only Stephen Elmer from the Truck King YouTube channel. First the three discuss the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, where the L stands for "Third Row," a phrase which doesn't contain a single L within it. Or maybe it stands for "Premium Interior," another statement without the 12th letter of the alphabet. It could also stand for "Baby Wagoneer" or "Bigger Cherokee," but you'll have to listen to the whole...


Episode 256: 2022 Ford Maverick, 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, 2022 BMW X3 M40i, Guest Chad Kirchner, Listener Questions

For 2022, Benjamin, Sami Haj-Assaad and guest Chad Kirchner from EV Pulse ask you to consider 3D printing your own podcast, much like how the much hyped 2022 Ford Maverick provides you with instructions to DIY your own accessories. The trio talk about the little Ford trucklet in great detail, and determine if it's worthy of praise, or if it's just a modern take on the cheap truck template. Chad then discusses about his recent test of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, an all new EV from the Korean...


Episode 255: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, Best Cars Of The Year 2022 Edition

Before they get ready for the holidays, the hosts of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast get together for one more episode. Benjamin shares his experiences aboard the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and tries to decide if it really is a "return to rugged" or just another three-row SUV in a crowded field of contenders. To get to that answer, he dives into a rabbit hole of Pathfinder info, discussing past generations and their impact on the Nissan portfolio, before pointing out the highlights of Nissan's...