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.... Show More

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October 18, 2020 56 min
The 2021 Acura TLX comes out of the gate strong with a redesigned platfrom a new turbo base engine that offers 100 lb-ft more torque than the model it replaces. Sami spends time with the sport sedan to see if it's enough to make people care about the four-door passenger car segment in a world where SUV's reign supreme. Benjamin plunges back into the world of pickups with the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, a new sub-brand from the tru...
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Benjamin makes a case for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 bring the most innovative off-road truck in the mid-size segment, while Sami puzzles over the lack of a 2020 Kia Soul EV for American electric car fans. What pushes the ZR2 above the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro? How much better is the Soul EV over the Chevrolet Bolt? The pair answer these questions, and more, on this week's episode.
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The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali makes major changes to a decades-old formula. Is it enough to bring the model back to the top of the full-size American SUV segment? Benjamin spends a hot 24 hours inside GM's biggest sport-utility vehicle to find out, before trading it in for a longer stretch in the (still-underachieving) Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss. How hard does the Bowtie's Rebel response take it to Ram's champion? Sa...
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Is the 2020 Aston Martin DB 11 ultra-luxury grand touring car any less enjoyable with an AMG-sourced V8 under the hood versus a British V12? Benjamin puts hundreds of miles on a bright yellow version of the coupe to find the answer. Sami goes in a different direction with the Polestar 2, the Volvo-owned EV brand's attempt to prove it can build a reasonable everyday electric car alongside the Polestar 1 high performance exotic. ...
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V, M, AMG, S, it all gets dissected on this week's episode thanks to the nightmare world of branding and Cadillac's ultra-confusing nomenclature, kicked off by Benjamin driving the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V sedan. The pair then discuss the Nissan Z Proto, which has Sami excited about the turbocharged sports car's potential to continue the Z legacy into the future with its clutch pedal intact.
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The 2020 Kia Seltos and the 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer are ostensibly the same, but different, which describes almost every small SUV and crossover currently available on the market. Overwhelmed with slightly different shades of choice, Benjamin and Sami try to make some sense of it all after spending time with each vehicle. The pair also get lost in the madness that is the AUTO button on modern climate control systems.
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Benjamin's time behind the wheel of the 2020 BMW X5 M Competition has him comparing it against the ultimate muscle truck, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk - but is more refined a better formula for super SUVs? Sami gets up to speed on the long list of new cars introduced over the last week, including the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the 2020 Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Tucson. The pair also dis...
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Personality goes a long way, which is what Sami discovers when comparing two luxury performance SUVs - the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 - that on paper seem a lot closer than they are in reality. Benjamin is completely befuddled by the 2020 Lexus GX 460, an off-road SUV that time forgot, wrapped in a luxury package that time also forget. Also on deck is talk about the Kia Stinger, the Bollinger van, and...
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The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is the baddest high performance SUV on the planet - but is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT a few months away from kicking sand in its face? Benjamin extolls his love for Jeep's most ridiculous truck, and then discusses just how close the Mach-E GT will likely be when it comes to handling and acceleration. Sami then explains why the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is a much better small sport-...
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The 2020 Subaru BRZ tS is the last of a dying breed, and Benjamin is lucky to spend a week behind the wheel before the lightweight sports car gets redesigned to reflect the modern turbocharged reality. Sami isn't quite as enthused after his time with the Cadillac CT5-V, which muddies the waters for the luxury brand versus its European rivals. The two wrap things up by talking about a trio of sports cars - the BMW Z3, the Pontia...
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Benjamin discovers that the 2020 Lincoln Aviator turns its back on its Ford Explorer template to provide luxury customers with something more fitting of its $70k purchase price. Sami has to search his heart before using his brain when selecting between the 2020 Nissan Kicks or 2020 Hyundai Venue, which each offer something completely different to entry-level small SUV buyers. The pair then also debate the merits of Billy Gibbons an...
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Is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R one of the best cars the Silver Star has produced in the past decade? Benjamin certainly thinks so, and Sami is inclined to agree after a week behind the wheel of the twin-turbo sports car. The pair aren't nearly as impressed with the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L High Performance Package, however, which keeps trying to make 'EcoBoost' and 'performance' synonmous for pony car fans...
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Does Benjamin have the same negativity towards the 2020 Ford Explorer ST that Sami does after his Edge ST experience? Does Sami prefer the Legacy XT or the Outback XT, and is there a place for Subaru's mid-size sedan in a crossover-crowded market? The pair answer these questions - along with a couple sent in by listeners - before tying things up by reviewing a new Motorbooks publication about the history of the Nissan/Datsun Z.
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Is the 2020 BMW X7 M50i SUV a better buy than the often-overlooked BMW 7 Series sedan? Benjamin weighs in after having sampled the full spectrum of Bavarian big-boned sport-utilities. Sami gets small with the 2020 Kia Forte 5 GT, which provides secret hatchback practicality in a package you can't find from corporate sibling Hyundai. The two then wrap things up with a fairly deep dive into the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco off-...
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What happens when an automaker imports a truck from another market with only cursory attention paid towards tuning it for its new customers? Benjamin's experience with the 2020 Ford Ranger reveals weaknesses in the interior, the drivetrain, and the pricing structure of the brand's new mid-size truck. Sami then discusses the relative merits of going for the 2020 Toyota RAV4's TRD Off-Road trim or sticking with the establ...
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Wagon or 'crossover?' That's the question posed by the 2020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country, and after a week behind the wheel Benjamin is pretty sure he's got the answer as to which one you want in your driveway. Sami then picks things up with a look at the 2020 Cadillac XT4 SUV, which he wishes tried just a little bit harder. Finally, the pair discuss the new Dodge Durango Hellcat as well as Benjamin's review of Ve...
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Want to go big off-road, but need something with diesel punch? The 2020 Ford F-250 Tremor delivers over a thousand lb-ft of torque from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel while stomping all over territory that once belonged to the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Which land monster should you pick for your next excursion? Benjamin steps in with his opinion after a week behind the wheel of the Tremor, but Sami counters with news about the upcoming Ram TR...
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It's great to be back behind the wheel for this week's episode, which stars a 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel full-size pickup, and a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Who drove which? Did Benjamin haul tires? Will Sami ever get over the lack of 'wow' factor inherent in the 911's design? Join us for our first pair of car reviews in nearly 90 days.
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Sometimes, a Car of the Year contender doesn't live up to its title when seen through the lens of hindsight. Benjamin and Sami identify four of the worst Car of the Year choices from the past 60 years, before speculating what modern award winners won't look so good after a decade has passed. Sami then gets excited about all the car stuff you can do in a car that isn't actually driving, which surprisingly, includes meteo...
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Was there a pair of vehicles in the 1990s that did a better job of predicting the future of the supercar than the Dodge Stealth and its Mitsubishi 3000GT sibling? Benjamin and Sami get deep on the ways these lightning quick grand tourers trounced the competition in terms of technology and innovation. Next up is a look at the best movie Mopars and on-screen Chevrolets of all time following by recent news about the 2021 Acura TLX lux...
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