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 207: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2.5, 2021 Toyota Corolla SE Apex Edition, Jaguar Book Review, Benjamin Hates CES
Is a faster Crosstrek a better Crosstrek? Benjamin seems to think so after driving the 2021 version of the Subaru, which graduates to a 2.5-liter engine. Sami counters with the 2021 Toyota Corolla SE Apex Edition, a car he's lukewarm on before Benjamin points out all the cool upgrades he's totally downplaying.
The two then discuss CES, how Benjamin hates it so much that it once sent him into a career-questioning tailspin in a Las Vegas hotel room, and how terrible it is that companies like Cadillac are bringing windowless autonomous pods to the digital-only show. The pair wrap things up with a review of TWR's Le Mans-Winning Jaguars by John Starkey.
TWR's Le Mans-Winning Jaguars — Written by John Starkey, and available from Veloce Publishing. ISBN 978-1-787115-68-2.
Episode 206: 2021 Porsche Taycan EV , 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
The 2021 Porsche Taycan EV costs over $100k, has less range than the Chevrolet Bolt, and features some truly unusual ergonomic decisions inside its cabin. Everything Sami liked, and didn't like, about Porsche's first all-electric car gets mushed together with talk about off-brand batteries and just how useful a 2.5-second random 'boost' really is for driving enthusiasts.
The pair then follow up with a deep look at the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the first three-row version of the popular SUV ever built, before being distracted by all of the other, much better names Chrysler could have used to replace the boring letter tacked on to the end of the badge.
Episode 205: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e, 2021 Toyota Avalon AWD, Listener Questions
Is a plug-in hybrid edition of BMW's popular X5 SUV even better to drive than the high-horsepower M version? That's the surprising conclusion Benjamin is forced to reckon with after an extended period behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e. Sami then attempts to solve the puzzle of the 2021 Toyota Avalon AWD, a full-size model that drops power but adds traction in a bid to appeal to...who, exactly? Finally, the pair answer their first batch of listener questions for the year.
Episode 204: 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Best Drives Of 2020
Is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade finaly worthy of flagship status? Is it different enough from the also-good GMC Yukon Denali to justify its six-figure window sticker? Both Benjamin and Sami spend a week with Cadillac's most advanced Escalade to date and come away with a lot to talk about. Wrapping things up, the pair mention the best vehicles they've been lucky enough to drive throughout 2020.
Episode 203: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel, 2021 Lexus IS
We've waited forever, but the EcoDiesel version of the Jeep Wrangler is finally here. Is Benjamin's second-favorite FCA power plant a worthy addition to the Wrangler line-up, or does the cost of entry make the turbodiesel SUV an outlier for off-road fans? Sami follows up with a full line drive of the 2021 Lexus IS, a sport sedan that seemingly triggers Benjamin's incredulity at the Lexus portfolio of vehicles.
Episode 202: 2021 Nissan Rogue, 2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback, Fast and Furious Hero Cars vs. Villain Cars
The Nissan Rogue might not impress on paper, but as a whole it's one of the better new compact SUVs out there, according to Benjamin, finally vaulting the popular model to the front of the pack. Sami supports Benjain's new-found Rogue appreciation before diving into his own adventures dealing with the Audi E-Tron Sportback's limited battery range and extremely high sticker price. The pair wrap things up by deciding who had the cooler cars - the heroes or the villains - in each installment of the Fast and Furious film franchise.
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Top notch auto cast
Amazing show from guys who know cars very well and love them too. My top automotive podcast and I subscribe to quite a few. Love the mix of knowledgeable in-depth reviews and a good Canadian sense of humour.
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Car guys that know much more than you!
Was skeptical at the beginning but after being a loyal listener for over a year... i end up learning more than youtube can deliver.
Well done boys!
Ben and Sami are a wealth of knowledge, and have the best damn automotive podcast in the country.
If you want honest, and extremely current opinions on the auto industry (US & CDN), this is the show. They're also entertaining, which doesn't hurt.