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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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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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Episode 359: 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV, 2024 Chevrolet Trax, Listener Questions, Cadbury Creme Eggs

Following a logistical and technical complication last week, the Unnamed Automotive Podcast is back to deliver the freshest and bestest takes in the automotive media. Or so we believe! This week's episode starts us off on a journey of Easter candies, before we quickly change lanes to discuss the 2024 Chevrolet Trax, the kissing cousin (eww) of the Buick Envista. This attractively priced crossover has quite a lot going for it, and very little fanfare, so is Benjamin impressed with this newly designed small car? Is it better than the rest, or even a better buy than a compact sedan? Hear Benjamin's thorough take on this interesting crossover. Then the episode heads towards a different discussion, one where our hosts question value, audience and design as they talk about the 2024 Dodge Hornet PHEV R/T. With its gimmicky PowerShot feature, this electrified crossover can sprint from 0-60 in just over 5 seconds, but why? And how is that relevant to a pricey plug-in hatchback? Is this the new hot-hatch from the American automaker, or does it miss the mark entirely? Those are the burning questions of this weeks episode, but then the guys chat about some listener feedback and questions. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 358: 2024 Volvo V60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered, NY Auto Show, Listener Questions

Benjamin details his recent experience in the 2024 Volvo V60 T8 Polestar Engineered PHEV. That may sound like a bunch of gibberish, but the reality is that Ben had a lot to say about this 455 horsepower, plug-in hybrid wagon. Is it fast enough? Big enough? Efficient enough? Fancy enough? Benjamin has all the answers and more! Then Sami brings up all the news that popped up during the 2024 New York Auto Show, including the new Kicks, new G Class, new Defender and performance oriented Genesis vehicles (hot M A G M A!). Then the guys discuss some listener questions and feedback. Keep it coming! Thanks for listening!


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Episode 357: 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric, 2024 Honda Pilot TrailSport, Listener Questions

Today's show starts with Benjamin's review of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric, an EV that could stand on its own in a vaccuum, but runs up against a few issues when you consider the rest of the EV world. Benjamin wonders if its worth it to spring for a homegrown rival electric vehicle for just a few thousand dollars more. Then Sami continues his three-row review extravaganza with his take on the 2024 Honda Pilot TrailSport. Having undergone a thorough redesign last year, is the new Pilot a solid choice in this segment? What are its strengths and weaknesses in one of the most competitive arenas in this industry? Sami reveals his thoughts on these concerns and more! Then the guys answer a unique listener question, involving two totally different cars, but with similar family-friendly goals. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 356: 2024 Lexus TX 350, Fake HD Trucks

It may be St Particks Day, but our hosts are driving anything but green rides. Benjamin starts this weeks show off with a discussion of the 2024 Lexus TX 350, an all new model in the Lexus lineup, but one that feels pretty familiar to anyone who's checked out the Toyota Grand Highlander. While this three-row is more competent than past offerings by Lexus, Benjamin shares his concerns about whether this is a worthy option in this class, and what to do about its troublesome user-interface and weird driver-facing-video recordings. Then the guys talk about some weird fake heavy-duty trucks, and this history behind such a strange trend in the automotive industry. Who's heard of the Big 10, or Heavy Half before? It was certainly an eye-opener for our enthusiastic hosts. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 355: 2024 BMW i5 M60, 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 2024 Subaru Ascent

Starting things off this week is the 2024 BMW i5 M60, a near-600 horsepower all-electric sedan that Benjamin seems impressed with, especially in comparison to the Mercedes-AMG EQE from last week. But every BMW comes with its hiccups and gimmicks, and Benjamin is more than eager to share his experience with this high-end German, and how the new executive sport sedan feels. Then Sami gets his three-row on by talking about not just one, but two family oriented crossovers. The discussion starts with the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which seems to be the default three-row for families looking to grow from their RAV4. Then the guys go on to talk about Sami's recently tested 2024 Subaru Ascent, and how the brand has recieved a lot of credit for its steady approach to the market. Thanks for listening!!


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Episode 354: 2024 BMW X2, 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE Sedan

Some high-tech luxury cars enter the Unnamed Automotive Podcast garage this week, as Sami finally shares his experience driving the totally redesigned 2024 BMW X2. Where the outgoing model was more of a hot hatch, this seems more like a sedan-ified crossover. And while that sounds kind of mundane, the sheer amount of weird technology help the X2 stand out in a way, or so Sami suggests. Then Benjamin gets his hands on the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE Sedan, which promises the world, but only delivers under certain scenarios. Be sure to listen to this segment with a checklist to see if you can remember all the things that have to go right before you can access the full power of this speedy EV. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 353: 2024 Mazda CX-90 Hybrid, 2024 Toyota Prius AWD, 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD

The Unnamed Automotive Podcasts goes dipstick deep (eww, no) into electrification this week with a discussion of every kind of electric car available these days. First Benjamin talks about the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV, and how the Japanese automaker adopts its new large three-row crossover to a (hopefully) more efficient model of transportation. Benjamin goes road tripping in his electron-enhanced Mazda, and finds a few hiccups that mar the overall experience. Then Sami gets curious about all the award hype going on for the 2024 Toyota Prius AWD and checks it out himself. With more power, extroverted styling and a 'normal' looking cabin, the Toyota hybrid feels completely removed from the original example that came out nearly 25 years ago - but is it for the better? Finally Benjamin takes the rear-wheel-drive 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 for a spin in the snow to see if the big battery and evenly distrubuted weight make for a confident drive in slippery conditions. Then he finds out a harsh truth about EVs in cold weather... Thanks for listening, and be sure to check in next week!


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Episode 352: 2024 Jaguar F-Type R75, 2024 Subaru Outback Onyx, Ford Kills Self-Parking

The guys have returned from their short hiatus to give you even more great content and car conversations. This weeks episode starts off following Benjamin's recent drive of the 2024 Jaguar F-Type R 75, a celebration of the British automaker's great history of sports cars. Benjamin takes a cruise down Memory Ln. to talk about the F-Type and its impact on the brand, as well as how the rest of the sports car world looked when it first debuted compared to where we are now. Plus we get some more insight into his personal, (or is that questionable?) automotive tastes. Then Sami, noted Outback enthusiast and serial owner, talks about the 2024 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition, which he isn't recommending to new car shoppers. He lists why, and the guys go on their own journey to find acceptable Outback alternatives. Finally the pair discuss some news from Ford about the brand cutting a much loved/maligned feature from their future cars. Be sure to reach out to us on social media or check out our website for more Unnamed Automotive Podcast news.


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Episode 351: Guest Thomas Hundal, 2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid N-Line, 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit, Honda Music Tour Cars

Our show starts with the 2024 Hyundai Tucson N-Line Hybrid, which looks cool and promises low fuel consumption, but Sami and Benjamin have a few contrasting thoughts about the design and effectiveness of that powertrain. Then the guys bring on Thomas Hundal from The Autopian to discuss his recent drive of the 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition. While a $50k Corolla sounds like a crazy idea, Thomas has a few arguments in its favor, without going overboard praising Toyota as some kind of Enthusiast Haven. Finally, Thomas shares the details on one of his latest published features, discussing the Honda Civic Tour, which saw the Japanese automaker splash fancy and unique graphics on a bunch of cars for the latest and greatest (at the time) bands. This list of participating bands include Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas, Panic! At The Disco and Blink-182 though some cars have the works, while others are barely changed. Thanks everyone for listening!


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Episode 350: 2024 Acura Integra Type S, ARC Motors Tom Chep Interview, Listener Questions

This week we get our hands on a hourly anticipated hit hatch: the 2024 Acura Integra Type S. Based on the equally impressive Civic Type R, this Integra refines a few things, looking more mature and less boy-racer. Is that enough to convince Benjamin? Also what's the deal with its Konami code to disable traction control? Learn the secrets of the pedal dance! Then we have a special guest to discuss EVs. Tom Chep from Arc Motors stops by to talk about restomodding classics into modern functional electric vehicles. This Canadian start up has all the elements of a great story including family ties, high tech wizardry and a hopeful future. Then the guys answer a listener question before logging off for another week. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 349: 2024 Land Rover Ranger Rover Sport, Weird Car News Of The Week

The 2024 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has arrived to this week's episode of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast and the timing couldn't be better. Benjamin tested the Range under some seriously snowy conditions allowing him to see if the British luxury SUV can stand out from the Germans. With a weird nomenclature and revised trim walk, this year's model has plenty to show off, and Benjamin is eager to share the details. Then Sami catches you up on the latest weird and funny news in the automotive world, discussing Mazda's rotary engine plans, Hyundai's NHL exclusive and freezing Tesla's. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 348: 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid AWD, The Worst Of CES 2024

This year's show starts off with weird, punchy energy as Benjamin tests out the 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid AWD. One of the only hybrid compact sedans at its price point, Toyota takes things a bit further with this model as it throws AWD into the mix. What does that mean for the drivability and efficiency? Does it make sense to get this over the regular Corolla Hybrid? Is this car interesting to drive at all? Benjamin answers these questions and more. Then our hosts dive into a few of the weird and ridiculous ideas that have been revealed at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Biometrics and virtual coaching to AI and of course will.i.am are all present and accounted for so be sure to catch every bit of news and jokes from this week's show. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 347: 2024 BMW X7 M60i, 2024 Infiniti QX60

Welcome to the New Year with the Unnamed Automotive Podcast! As we enter 2024, the guys have plenty to talk about starting with a paid of luxury three-row crossovers. Benjamin starts things off with his test drive of the 2024 BMW X7 M60i, which is loaded with a twin-turbo V8 and three-rows of luxurious seating. Who could've guessed this thing could do 0-60 in under 4 seconds? Beyond that little tidbit, Benjamin had plenty of frustrations about the Bimmer, but does that detract from the overall experience? Then Sami chimes in about his time with the 2024 Infiniti QX60, another high-end three-row crossover. However, Sami has some concerns with the Infiniti which shares a lot with the Nissan Pathfinder, including its powertrain, platform and many of its features. Is the Infiniti badge worth $20K? What's with the one-way power folding third row? And the old-school infotainment screen? Is this really the best the Japanese automaker can do? After hearing Sami's gripes, be sure to send the guys some love on Ko-Fi, or drop them a message on Unnamed Automotive Podcast website or social accounts. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 346: 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450e PHEV, 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, Days Of Thunder, Listener Questions

First up Sami reviews the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450e 4Matic, a plug-in hybrid SUV equipped with a four-cylinder turbo that has 48 miles of all electric range and costs around $70k. Sami talks about the highs, lows and more importantly, the competition of this Mercedes, and whether or not you should check it out. Then Benjamin brings up the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid, a larger three-row crossover from the Japanese automaker, and one he wonders might kill the non-Grand Highlander altogether. With decent size, fuel efficiency and pricing, the Grand Highlander seems like a winning combination, but Benjamin's experience with the vehicle's safety systems gives him some pauses about recommending it. Finally, the guys discuss a news story about Kia Canada witholding deliveries of cars this year, before answering a listener's question about electric vehicles. Thanks for listening everyone and have a happy holiday season and wonderful New Years!


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Episode 345: Guest Chad Kirchner, 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, 2024 Buick Envista, Chad's Great Lakes Adventure

This week, the Unnamed Automotive Podcast welcomes guest Chad Kirchner from EVPulse, which means a great and fun discussion of electric vehicles. Our guest arrives following his test drive of the highly anticipated 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV. Available with three different drive configurations (front-, rear, or all-wheel-drive) but no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support, the Blazer has a lot of questions to answer, and Chad has the answers ready. Then Benjamin reviews the 2024 Buick Envista, a budget friendly, premium crossover that has surprised many critics. Is he among the converts? What makes this small car draw so many headlines, and will it help reverse the brand image associated with Buick? Benjamin has a lot to say on the matter! Then the guys discuss Chad's recent Great Lakes Challenge, before going off on a tangent about junk food. Be sure to hear the whole discussion and then send us your feedback at our website or socials. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 344: 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance, Best And Worst Cars Of 2023

The mercury is dropping but the Unnamed Automotive Podcast is still blazing a trail through your ears with another great episode. Not only do our hosts ponder about how integral their friendship is to the show, they also bring up the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport that Benjamin recently tested (and apparently Sami drove but didn't tell anyone about.) Always the popular choice for luxury crossover buyers this RX boasts a totally new powertrain that should make it stand out from previous generations of the vehicle. More than that, there is so much tech to discuss—but does all of that detract from a premium driving experience? Then the guys talk about the biggest highlights, surprises and duds of this year. Thanks for listening! Don't forget to review or send us some feedback!


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Episode 343: 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4MATIC SUV, 2024 Subaru Crosstrek

As Spotify Wrapped comes flying into your inboxes, the Unnamed Automotive Podcast can hold off no longer with this weeks episode. The "No Procastination Special" shows up with roughly 40 minutes of focused car-talk, all centering around two (or maybe three) vehicles. Hey, if you listen carefully you may find real consumer advice here... First up Benjamin has plenty to say about the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4Matic SUV. Despite its wacky name, this all-electric SUV should be a highlight in the world of luxury EVs, but there are a few factors that stand in its way, including its price, performance and technology. It all has our hosts asking: "How much is that three-pointed star badge really worth?" Then Sami chimes in with his experience in the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, and compares it to the recently reviewed 2024 Hyundai Kona. To make things extra-thorough, Benjamin discusses his time in the 2024 Crosstrek base model, and the two come to many of the same conclusions, which, given the long history of this podcast, is very rare. Thanks for listening and be sure to drop us a note on our website or socials! And if you can, please donate to help fellow auto journalist Jason Torchinsky with the unexpected medical costs he and his family are now facing. Link below!


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Episode 342: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line, Listener Questions

Benjamin and Sami jump into action this week to discuss two polar opposites in the automotive industry. First up Benjamin tests the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. This big bruiser of a pickup truck has a price that needs hauling, but is the equipment and experience worth it? Benjamin has plenty of stories from his time with the heavy duty truck as well as an important conclusion about these big ole pickups. Then Sami tests out the 2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line which has undergone a complete transformation for this year. Gone are the awkward lines and lame interiors and in their place is a sleek, high tech look with plenty of features. The old Kona was already one of the best in the segment, will these changes push it over the top? The guys wrap things up with an answer to a listener question about EVs before signing off for the week. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 341: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss, LA Auto Show, Volvo CEO Gets Weird

This week, the guys ask: How many off road trims should a mid-size truck offer? Benjamin explores this concept with his review of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss, which sits alongside the Z71 and ZR2 models as an off road oriented truck. However, the Trail Boss is surprisingly cheaper and pared down compared to those other models. Does that help or hurt it's chances in the market? Benjamin shares the full scoop! Then Sami gives an update about the LA Auto Show, and all of the new reveals, from the expected, to the confusing and bizarre. The guys close up the episode with a laugh as they reference an interview with Volvo CEO Jim Rowan. Thanks for listening!


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Episode 340: 2023 Toyota Crown, 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

Weird cars come and go, but the Unnamed Automotive Podcast is here forever! Or at least until the end of interesting cars in general. Speaking of which, the guys have some curious cars to talk about this week, starting with Benjamin's take on the new 2023 Toyota Crown. A sedan/sportback mix with a hybrid powertrain, this vehicle seems to combine the best elements of the ultra successful Camry and RAV4. But is that really the outcome? Benjamin has the whole scoop and a thesis about what kinda buyer Toyota is after with this four-door. Then Sami discusses the 2024 VW Atlas Cross Sport. Having driven the vehicle several years ago at it's debut, Sami is here to report that the Atlas has received significant updates that really bring the crossover into the top tier of the segment. With new packaging, equipment, and a refreshed style, Sami went from lukewarm to red hot on this German offering. Then the guys answer some questions about Netflix and Samis parenting journey. Thanks for listening!!