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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August 1, 2021 44 min
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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The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first all-electric luxury car from Volvo's boutique brand. Benjamin gets his neck snapped in two by its instant-on torque so he can talk about head bobbles, underwhelming interiors, and the chances that Polestar can lure away Tesla buyers. Sami then takes a historical detour into the SUVs of GMC's past with the 2021 Terrain, a trucklet that's dying for a refresh. Finally, the pair ask whether ...
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Sami and Benjamin welcome back friend of the show Chad Kirchner from EV Pulse to talk about the site's new Learn EV feature, and then the trio rip into the over-the-top details of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup—two ridiculously powerful vehicles from very different sides of the tracks.
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Is the 2021 Mazda CX-9 a stealth luxury SUV at a much more affordable price? Benjamin certainly seems to think so, especially after trading in the Acura MDX in favor of the older, yet somehow better Mazda design. Sami also works out a comparison between two SUVs: the 2021 Toyota Highlander and the newer 2021 Kia Telluride challenger, and discovers that Toyota fans might not be shopping around before making their pick. The pair also...
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Benjamin offers a counterpoint to Sami's past drive of the 2022 Acura MDX SUV by asking why anyone would pick this particularly hauler over any other premium crossover. Sami loves the look and feel of the 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD but questions just how well its drivetrain stands up to direct competitors like the Toyota Camry. The pair wrap things up with a look at the new (off-road) Ford Explorer Timberline and the redesigned 20...
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The 2021 BMW M5 Competition might be the perfect luxury sedan, if crushing power and four-door track performance are your thing. Benjamin argues that as impressive as the car is, 90 percent of buyers would be just as well served by the also-fantastic BMW M550i xDrive. Sami dives into the 2021 Infiniti QX55 SUV, and while he loves the looks inside and out he's not so sure Infiniti makes a compelling argument as to why the QX55 s...
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Is the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor a hardcore off-roader that can keep up with the Tacoma TRD Pro and the Colorado ZR2? Benjamin heads into the mud to get the answers. Meanwhile, Sami spends time with the all-new 2021 Nissan Kicks SUV to see if it's still his favorite affordable hauler (even if the next-generation price tag is a little bigger than before). Plus: bonus Nissan Micra talk.
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The Hellcat truck is finally here, and Benjamin gets to bounce around off-road in the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX while flexing its mud-covered 702 horsepower all over Montreal. So why isn't he super excited about the most over-the-top pickup truck ever built? Sami tracks down shooting stars in the headliner of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost while expressing his intense anxiety about parking a car that costs half a million dollars. The pair...
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Is the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander a carbon-copy of its Nissan Rogue platform-mate, or does it stand as a legitimate alternative despite all of its shared bits and pieces? Sami is pleasantly surprised by Mitsubishi's latest small SUV. Benjamin goes road-tripping in the 2021 Genesis G80 sedan, and discovers that good things still come in sedan packages, especially when it comes to upstart luxury brands. Finally, the pair try to de...
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Sami questions Benjamin's sanity as he develops more-than-like feelings for the 2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD, an entry-level luxury sedan that his co-host had previously decried as a missed opportunity for the brand. The pair then attempt to answer the question of whether Cadillac's new Super Cruise assisted driving system is even worth having in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV if it doesn't constantly irradiate rear seat ...
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Benjamin finally spends time with the 2021 Genesis GV80, a vehicle poised to put other luxury SUVs on notice as the Korean brand colonizes its most important segment to date. Things go completely off the rails, however, when Sami reveals that the upcomign 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV and refreshed G70 sedan come with an in-car radar system to spy on the backseat, combined with a fingerprint reader to do...something? After picking apart th...
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The 2021 Volvo S60 T5 is a premium sedan in a world gone over almost completely to crossovers, and Sami and Benjamin get deep with just how surprising its past decade has been for a brand that few would have thought would still be in the luxury conversation so many years later. Benjamin then startles Sami by singing the praises of the 2021 Lexus RX 450h, a hybrid SUV that would seem to be the anti-enthusiast machine—which is exact...
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