Unnamed Automotive Podcast

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.

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October 24, 2021 42 min
Last week on UAP Sami and Benjamin agreed that the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV is a class leader, but this week Sami is already flip-flopping on that statement. It turns out the new 2022 Lexus NX plug-in hybrid has caught his attentionand he's blabbering non-stopl about the new Japanese compact crossover. The pair take a few tangents into Volvo XC40 territory, before bringing up the new 2022 Toyota Tundra and its sneaker inspired p...
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Sami and Benjamin are BACK! Sami gives his first impressions of Fords Jeep Wrangler-rival, aka the 2022 Bronco. Does it fill all the gaps left behind by Jeep's iconic SUV? Did he get wet from a leaky roof? Can a vehicle with the name BAD in its trim be a success? You gotta listen to find out! Then Sami jumps into the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and reassures listeners that this isn't a Subaru Baja re-do. Benjamin follows up wi...
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Summers not over till we say it is (and because Benjamin is out there getting his tan on in a drop top Mini). Hear his thoughts on the 2022 John Cooper Works convertible discover if this unique compact caught his attention, or if the Mini-BMW connection has fatigued the British brand. Sami then talks compact car rankings, with the always popular 2022 Toyota Corolla and the less lower-profile 2022 Nissan Sentra going head to head b...
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Sami takes the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N-Line for a spin, which is the right car for those that want a sporty compact but are afraid of jumping in with both feet. The pair compare the new N-Line to the old Elantra Sport and ask if enough progress has been made in this enthusiast friendly market segment or if buyers should look outside of the Hyundai showroom. Benjamin then jumps into the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Duramax Diesel, a larg...
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Benjamin plops himself into the driver seat of yet anout $70,000 machine boasting more than 500 horsepower,, This time it's the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. After driving a pair of hi-po BMW M cars back-to-back, how does this rare Italian fare? Sami gets his hands on the accessible and impressive 2022 Honda Civic, a "compact" car that's as long as a not-so-old Honda Accord. The pair wonder if compact cars are g...
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"Save the manuals!" is something every enthusiasts believes with their whole heart, yet after driving the 2021 BMW M3 6-speed Benjamin wonders if every stickshift is worthy of consevation. Listen as 'Mr. Moneybags' even calls the $70k super sedan 'affordable' as he compares it to last week's M4 Competition. Sami then explains his ill-fated plan to go road tripping in the 2021 Mustang Mach E, where he fi...
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Benjamin gets a taste of the 2021 BMW M4 Competition, which has a magical grille that causes him to make up words and endure uncomfortable seats. He claims it's ok that the coupe is automatic-only because it provides a serious power upgrade for very little cash—even compared to similarly-priced muscle cars like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Sami samples the 2022 Genesis GV70, a vehic...
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For decades, scholars and researchers have pondered: how many screens are too many? Benjamin and Sami get to the bottom of this topic after a long drive in the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is a brand new model in the Jeep portfolio that doesn't wear a Jeep badge anywhere in sight. Later, Sami changes his mind about Subaru's midsized crossover and goes full-Sasquatch for the 2021 Subaru Outback Wilderness trim, which he ...
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Sami brings hands-on impressions of the car that changes its name every other year, 2022 Toyota GR 86, followed by Benjamin's time in the unanimously great Lexus LC500, which somehow gets better after losing a core part of its structure. The pair talk about Japanese rear-wheel-drive coupes as if they're a dying breed. Wait... are they a dying breed? Then it's time to answer some (non-personal) listener questions, befo...
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It's time to talk Defender, which you'd think would be the latest Marvel superhero movie but in this case is actually an off-road nameplate that is making its way to North America for the first time—officially—after decades of grey market imports. Benjamin and Sami each spent a week in the two-door 2021 Land Rover Defender 90, and they've got some definite thoughts about this latest, and not-so-luxurious, yet so-very-ca...
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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Cabriolet is Benjamin's first encounter with the Silver Star's new inline-6 turbo engine, and it turns out to be the most impressive aspect of this mid-size top-down cruiser. After an update about the latest twists and turns in Benjamin's Jeep Grand Wagoneer LS swap project, the pair head down a rabbit hole of summertime free-association car talk.
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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC wagon is an enthusiast's dream, with over 600 horsepower in a long-roof package that glares aggressively across the showroom at overweight SUVs. Benjamin spends a week behind the wheel of the E63 S wagon to try and decide whether the longtime segment leader is a match for the upstart Audi RS6 Avant. Sami heads into crossover country to match up the compact 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander three-row v...
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Benjamin is surprised to discover that the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the most laid-back member of the Hell-pack after driving the massive SUV for a week. Sami tries to figure out how a supercharged V8 with 710 horsepower could ever be referred to as 'low-key.' The pair then discuss a listener question about what to do with a modern car that might one day become a collectible classic.
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How much would you pay for a louder stereo and some stickers? That's the question asked by the 2021 Ford Mustang GT California Special, and Sami is here with his answer. Benjamin then uses the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace as a springboard to discuss the brand's decision to go all-electric and boost prices to Bentley levels by 2025. Finally, the pair wrap things up with a listener suggestion about EV batteries in your trailer to sold ...
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A plug-in Wrangler is finally here, and Benjamin and Sami both get behind the wheel to try and make sense of the 2021 Jeep Wranger 4xe. Is the world ready for silent running on the off-road trail? Benjamin also reviews 'The Iroc Porsches,' a beautifully illustrated book that takes a deep dive into the first season of the International Race of Champions and the Porsche 911 RSR that ran it.
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Is the 2021 BMW 330e a worthy addition to the 3 Series line-up, or does its plug-in hybrid drivetrain subtract from its performance leanings? Sami spends a week behind the wheel to find out. Meanwhile, Benjamin drives the 'other' Bronco, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, to see how far it rises above its Escape crossover roots. The pair wrap things up by discussing behind-the-scenes details from Benjamin's interview with Fas...
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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is perhaps the most polarizing electric car on the road today, and Benjamin finally gets a chance to spend time behind the wheel of the Mustang-that-maybe-isn't. Sami also samples a battery-assisted automobile, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring PHEV, and discovers that more power doesn't always balance out what's lost in the process.
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Benjamin drives the 2021 Aston Martin DBX and explains why the British brand's first ever SUV actually seems to make sense. Sami and Benjamin then discuss who the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is built for, and why a super-wagon alternative to the crossover craze is a much-needed antidote on the modern market. Finally, the pair answer a listener question about why modern cars imprison their drivers behind tiny windows.
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The 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup has gone public, and Benjamin and Sami each dig in to the details of this front-wheel drive hybrid mini-truck. Benjamin then discusses his surprising affinity for the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, claiming it's at least the equal of several more expensive full-size luxury SUVs, followed by Sami's comparison of the wild-looking 2021 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and the more reserved 2021 Toyota RAV4...
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The 2021 Kia Carnival is an all-new minivan that tries to bridge the gap between comfortable family cruiser and legitimate luxury vehicle, depending on how much money you want to spend. Sami sets it up against the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica to see how well it pulls off its fancy dance. Benjamin returns to an old favorite, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI, on the even of the Mk 7's disappearance from the American market. Is it as good a...
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