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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 94: 2019 Mazda CX-9, 2019 Subaru Outback, 2019 Nissan Kicks, Mustang Blues

Reaching above its station as an affordable three-row SUV, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 offers swanky digs and a smooth ride - at least, according to Sami, who can't get enough. Benjamin's crossover-of-the-week is a 2019 Subaru Outback, a great family hauler that has lost its quirkiness but still delivers the goods. The comparison between the two sport-utility vehicles triggers a deep conversation about what vehicles need to be interesting to drive and which ones don't, just before Sami drops the...


Episode 93: 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, Datsun Track Woes

What's better than a three-comma-door supercar? A three-comma-door supercar without a roof - at least according to Sami, who spent a week with the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, perhaps the most unique hybrid electric in BMW's line-up. Benjamin also waxes philosophical on the value of factory 'tuner' cars like the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, a fun-to-drive coupe that may or may not be worth paying the upgrade fee for the handful of STI parts that come with it. Also, Datsun carnage after Benjamin's most...


Episode 92: Formula Experiences Race School, 2019 BMW X5, 2018 BMW M2

Ever wanted to drive an open cockpit race car? Or an open wheel formula car? Benjamin got to do both courtesy of Formula Experiences at Virginia International Raceway, and he has nothing but raves for the Radical SR1 and SR3. Sami then talks about his time with the 2019 BMW X5, an SUV that's now better in every way, except for the one area he was really hoping they'd improve. Finally, Benjamin reveals that out of all the BMWs in the land, the 2018 BMW M2 he drove for a week is the only one...


Episode 91: 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, 2018 Alpina B7, 2018 Jeep Wrangler

What has active aero, a naturally-aspirated V12, and enough curb appeal to trigger a valet batle royale? The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Special guest Bradley Iger put the newest Nurburgring record holder through its paces at Estoril, in Portugal, and was wowed by its grip and speed, and he's here to tell us all about it. Next, Sami holds forth on the confusing 2018 Alpina B7, a full-size luxo-machine that feels like an answer in search of a question, followed by Benjamin's first take on...


Episode 90: 2020 Toyota Supra Test Drive, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Arctic Ocean Adventure

The 2020 Toyota Supra isn't quite here yet, but Sami spends a day on the racetrack behind the wheel of a Gazoo Racing prototype Supra at Jarama, Spain, while also piloting it through the streets of Madrid. Driven back to back against the Toyota GT86, it raises almost as many questions as it answers, and the pair go deep on what it means for a car with a history as long as the Supra to ride entirely on BMW mechanicals. Benjamin is back from the Arctic Ocean after driving the region's only...


Episode 89: 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45, 2018 Volvo XC40, Exploding Chevrolet Colorado Airbags, Death Of The Beetle

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 will cost you $20k more than the base CLA-Class, but is it a real AMG car? Benjamin thinks so, and while both he and Sami have reservations, it's a major improvement over the standard version of the vehicle. Get ready for more gushing about the 2018 Volvo XC40 SUV, too, as Benjamin hauls tires in class and style. Finally, the pair talk about the Chevrolet Colorado's airbag problem (hint: the explode when you go off-road), and the death of the new new VW Beetle.


Episode 88: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Arctic Circle Mercedes-Sprinter Adventures, 2018 Honda Pilot, Volvo's Secret Autonomous Car Language, BMW Lightning Round

Did adding a turbo to the Miata teach Mazda an important lesson about not messing with the MX-5 formula? After a week behind the wheel of a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata from Mazdas' classic collection, Benjamin certainly seems to think so. Sami, on the other hand, can't get enough of Benjamin's weird winter tales of driving the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van to the Alaskan Arctic Circle after he himself samples the new model in warmer climes. Before wrapping things up, Sami posits that the 2018 Honda...


Episode 87: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, Ford Stepping Into The Abyss

Sami is terrified - really and truly - after spending a week behind the wheel of the ferocious 2018 BMW M5, but wonders why you need to input the Konami code to really have a good time. Benjamin counters with the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V's 640-horsepower simplicity, and then contrasts it against the much more raw experience of driving his own first-year, first-generation CTS-V with a manual transmission. The pair wrap things up by lamenting Ford's short-sighted decision to leave the car market in...


Episode 86: 2018 Acura NSX, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, Pebble Beach, VW Controls The Weather

Is the 2018 Acura NSX the ultimate example of soulless supercar perfection? Sami discovers that an amazing powetrain and incredible performance statistics don't make for a mesmerizing drive experience - but that the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder that he drove the next day - also at Monterey Car Week - more than made up for it. Benjamin, on the other hand, is less impressed by the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, a full-size pickup that comes across more like a missed opportunity than...


Episode 85: AutoGuide's Jodi Lai, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50, EV Self Destruct Systems

This week AutoGuide's head honcho Jodi Lai, guest hosts with Sami and Benjamin to talk about her disappointing experience with the 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV. Sami compares the 2019 Acura RDX's incredibly frustrating touchpad infotainment system against the 2019 Infiniti QX50's variable compression engine, while Benjamin puts many miles on the largest Mercedes-Benz convertible, the S560. The three also try to figure out why, exactly, NextEV decided to patent a self-destruct system for electric...


Episode 84: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Ram 1500, Datsun Track Tales

The Miata finally has more power - but is it in the right place? Sami drives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata long the California coast to get the answers. Meanwhile, Benjamin gets behind the wheel of the also-more-mighty 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, redesigned for the current model year, as well as the 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, which might be the best option for entry-level luxury shoppers. Wrapping things up, Sami road trips in the 2018 Ford F-150 Limited and the 2018 Ram 1500 Limited in a...


Bonus Episode - 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Scat Pack Widebody, Track-Tested

Benjamin takes the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye to the track at Club Motorsports in Tamworth, New Hampshire, to find out what happens when you try to make a 797 horsepower muscle car turn a corner. He also spends some time on the same track with the surprisingly fun Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody, which is also new for 2019.


Episode 83: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 BMW 340i, 2019 Genesis G70, 2018 Porsche 911T

The 2018 BMW M5 can certainly haul the mail around a race track, but what's it like corralling its 600 horsepower in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Benjamin takes the hit for the team and finds out, spending a week with the super sedan and trying his best to figure out the Konami code for unlocking its many computerized customizations. Sami compares and contrasts the stalwart 2018 BMW 340i against the upstart 2019 Genesis G70 and discovers that the new kid on the block has a few finishing lessons...


Bonus Episode - 2019 Subaru Forester First Drive

Sami heads to Japan to drive the 2019 Subaru Forester and comes back to tell you where it fits into the world of compact SUVs - and to argue with Benjamin about its always-watching robot eye - in this first drive bonus episode.


Episode 82: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, Datsun 280Z Vibrations

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S introduces brand-new 'predictive' driver's aides in the form of the AMG Dynamics system, and Benjamin hits the track at Bilster Berg in Germany to decide whether they help lap times or just get in the way while sampling every single model in the C63 line-up. Sami spends a week with the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and is stunned by how incredibly quick and competent the 911's little brother has become in just a few short years. Finally, Benjamin tells a sad story...


Episode 81: 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible, Listener Emails Answered

Sami spends time with the weakest Mustang engine wrapped in the heaviest (convertible) body and attempts to convince Benjamin why that's not a completely terrible experience. He also samples the huge wing on the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS and pronounces it to be the next logical progression in the coupe's evolution - in a world where extra horsepower isn't available, of course. The pair then delve into the mailbag to respond to messages from readers about BMW, supercars, and more.


Episode 80: 2018 Audi RS5, 2018 BMW X1, 2018 Volvo XC40, Autonomous Goodwood Fail

What happens when you swap a high-revving V8 for a twin-turbo V6? The 2018 Audi RS5 answers that question with surprising authority, according to Benjamin after he spend 1,000 miles behind the wheel delving into the soul of Audi's latest sports car. Sami decides it's time to ditch Germany and embrace Sweden (by way of China) if you're in the market for a small luxury SUV as he throws his weight behind the 2018 Volvo XC40 versus the 2018 BMW X1. Finally, the pair enjoy some autonomous car...


Episode 79: 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, 2018 Mini Cooper, 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman All4 JCW, Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye

Is driving the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S roadster a life-changing experience? According to Sami, the answer is yes - with a few caveats. Benjamin drives a pair of down-to-Earth Minis - the Cooper and the Countryman - that booked the Mini universe in terms of both price and size. Finally, both Benjamin and Sami get deep into the revelation that the Challenger Hellcat is gaining a new family member - the Redeye - and that some old favorites are getting a host of upgrades and changes.


Episode 78: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Bill Goldberg, Honda Asimo Retires

Do you need a 475 horsepower, track-ready SUV? Does anyone? The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT gets road-tested by both Benjamin and Sami this week, who are both in love with its exhaust note and appalled by its fuel economy. Sami also ponders the missed opportunity that is the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, the 'performance' edition of the Durango's direct competitor that leaves a lot on the table. The pair also provide final thoughts on the departing 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, what it's like to attend the...


Episode 77: 2019 Audi Q8, 2019 Subaru Ascent, Renault Clio V6, Chevrolet Blazer

What's it like driving the 2019 Audi Q8 across the driest desert on the planet? Benjamin has the scoop after piloting the Q8 through Chile's Atacama, which NASA uses as a stand-in for the surface of Mars. Closer to home, Sami is impressed by how well Subaru has nailed its second attempt at a seven-seat crossover with the 2019 Subaru Ascent, which he drove along the Cape Breton coast. Finally, Benjamin drives one of this heroes - the bonkers Renault Clio V6 - and Sami is sad about the recent...