Unnamed Automotive Podcast
Summary: Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.
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 should be picked out of a very deep premium crossover field. Finally, after a lengthy rant about the 'waterfall capital of Canada,' the pair answer a listener question about the best era for driver's cars.Links: Like what you hear? Tip us at Ko-Fi — Send a dollar our way using Ko-Fi to help support the Unnamed Automotive Podcast.
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.Links: Like what you hear? Tip us at Ko-Fi — Send a dollar our way using Ko-Fi to help support the Unnamed Automotive Podcast. Does the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Deliver Off-Road Fun For 4x4 Fans? — Has the Tremor been worth the wait? I took the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor out to play in the mud to see how it compares against the class-leading Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. How To Level Up The Base Ford Ranger Truck For Maximum Factory Off-Road Fun On The Cheap — We dove deep into the Ford Performance catalogue to level up a base Ranger from milquetoast to monster, focusing exclusively on the gear you need to dominate the trail without forcing you to pay for all the extras and accessories baked in to Ford's pre-programmed packages.
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 wrap things up by talking about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz mini-truck and the surprisingly boring 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV.Links: Like what you hear? Tip us at Ko-Fi. — Send a dollar our way using Ko-Fi to help support the Unnamed Automotive Podcast. Review: The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Is Detroit’s Mightiest Off-Road Pickup — The Hellcat-powered truck is also the last gasp of over-muscled V8 menace
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 decide who, exactly, is the customer for the new stripped-down version of Ford's high performance Explorer ST sport-utility vehicle.
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 riders with radar of questionable utility.
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 the absurdities of the automotive surveillance state, and calculating just how safe rear seat radar might be for those with pacemakers and lazy eyes, the pair review the book 'Dodge Viper - The full story of the world's first V10 sports car," by David Zatz.Links: Dodge Viper - The full story of the world's first V10 sports car — Discover the full story of the world’s first V10 sports car – Chrysler Corporation’s 1990s image building V10 engined sports car: the Dodge Viper. The Viper stunned Americans and showed that Dodge, known for tame cars and minivans, could make a brutal monster of a sports car. This book covers the Viper from concept, to rough rocket, to world-class supercar. ISBN: 978-1-787115-29-3
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 exactly the point, as Benjamin points out. The pair wrap things up with their thoughts on the production Jeep Grand Wagoneer as well as the cost of electricity as it informs EV buying decisions.
The 2021 Nissan Sentra tries harder than it has in the past 10 years to win the hearts and minds of compact car shoppers, but Sami tried to figure out if it's done enough to blow past very good rivals like the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra. Benjamin is puzzled by the 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec, a sport sedan that doesn't seem to fit in to the traditional luxury market and which might be waiting for the Type S trim before it truly makes sense.
We speak with guest Bradley Brownell who brings us the latest on the Radwood car show series, the new 80s/90s online automotive auction site Rad4Sale, and his plans for an all-new series of EV-focused car shows called Autopia 2099 that will debut later in 2021. We also get in deep with his dual-engine Porsche Boxster hybrid track car, which is just as wild as it sounds.Links: Radwood Official on Instagram Rad4Sale on Instagram Autopia 2099 on Instagram
Benjamin's wait is finally over as the 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 arrives in his driveway just in time for a deep freeze and a snowy blizzard. That doesn't stop him from taking it up into the mountains and putting it through its paces so he can finally form his own opinion after all of the hype. Sami spends his week with the 2021 Cadillac CT4 to try and figure out where the entry-level machine fits in with the luxury mothership's plans. Finally, the pair disagree about the wisdom of Volvo choosing to only sell its EVs online, and what that means for the future of new car dealerships.
Does the 2022 Acura MDX go far enough to push past the excellent crop of mid-size SUVs out there, or does it settle for more of what returning Acura customers are looking for? Sami spends a week behind the wheel to find out. Benjamin ends up puzzled by the 2021 Toyota Venza, a vehicle that should feel like its RAV4 Hybrid platform-mate but comes across with a radically different character. The pair wrap things up with a review of a fascinating reference book about the Honda S2000, as well as answer a listener question about what would be a good, fun, and affordable first car.Links: The Book of The Honda S2000 — Author and historian Brian Long has created the definitive history of the Honda S2000, 'sister' car to the legendary Acura NSX. With a 9000rpm redline, bullet-quick gear changes, space-age digital dash, and Honda’s legendary built quality – not to mention appearances in games such as Grand Theft Auto – the S2000 was a hot ticket, and a car that’s just as sought-after today as during its 10 year production run. ISBN: 978-1-787112-14-8
The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Swedish brand's very first all-electric vehicle, and the most powerful version of the XC40 SUV to date. Benjamin dives in to the good and the bad about driving this high-end EV during winter's bitter cold, and compares it against the much cheaper 2021 Kia Soul EV's performance under the same conditions. Sami gives his impressions of the aging, but still interesting 2021 Lexus NX 300 crossover before the pair answer a listener question about the best cheap-and-fun four-door first car.
Did you know Subaru built a flat-12 engine for its forgotten Formula 1 racing program in the early 90s? More on that at the end of the episode, because first Benjamin has to shake out his ambivalence at the 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD and its ho-hum drivetrain, and Sami needs to wax ecstatic about the (finally) redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup. In between. there's an argument about the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and just how useful off-road driver assistance features really are.Links: That Time Subaru Built a Flat 12-Cylinder Engine for F1 Racing — Subaru's boxer-12 disaster KO'd its F1 dreams flat—and so it turned to rally.
A briefing with Cadillac's Executive Chief Engineer Brandon Vivian and the V Series design team gave Benjamin and Sami a ton of info about the upcoming Blackwing versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V sedans. This bonus episode dives deep into both cars and discusses whether GM has done enough to bring the V Series reputation back where it belongs alongside BMW M and Mercedes-AMG.
Is there space for the 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo's top-end take on what should really be an affordable, no-frills compact SUV, or does its own brand's ultra-competitive line-up make it hard to justify spending the extra cash? Benjamin's week behind the wheel reveals the surprising answer. Next, Sami's take on the 2021 Hyundai Elantra shows just how much life is still left in the small sedan segment. Finally, the pair are puzzled by Tesla's decision to leave steering wheels and turn signals behind with the latest Model S EV refresh.