8: Three James Mays

In this episode:

  • Top Gear presenter metaphors.
  • Back-in parking FU.
  • Why John likes Hondas so much.
  • Visibility and a lower-back-friendly seating position.
  • Our three most boring Ferrari stories.
  • Fond memories of ancient and less-ancient Volvos.
  • Designing for safety.
  • LED daytime running lights as tacky "eyeliner", our modern Altezza-like design fad.
  • Casey says "braaaands."
  • How Audi, BMW, and Mercedes compete.
  • Toyota and Scion.

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5: Child Service Intervals

In this episode:

  • Project cars.
  • The many problems with having multiple cars.
  • Marco's next-car decision.
  • Ogling a showroom's Audi R8 from behind its velvet rope.
  • Test-driving the BMW M5 back-to-back with a 550i xDrive.
  • The odd new BMW 3-series GT (F34) compared to the Honda Crosstour and the Audi A7.
  • Americans' incredible efforts to avoid buying minivans and wagons.
  • Battery lifetimes and disposal for hybrids and electric vehicles.
  • John Siracusa's review of the Tesla Model S after an extended test-ride.
  • A proposal to require electric vehicles to emit fake engine sounds at low speeds for pedestrian safety.

And a bonus "secret track" after the episode's official end at 1:31:40.

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4: If You See A Cursor, They Blew It

In this episode:

  • Control interfaces for media and navigation systems, including BMW's iDrive knob (of course), touchscreens including the Tesla Model S's giant one, and Lexus' weird new "Remote Touch" control.
  • Balancing on-screen controls and dedicated buttons.
  • Our great (or horrible) future of dynamic, all-software dashboard dials.
  • Gambling with the "Premium Sedan" rental-car category.
  • Casey's newfound fame.
  • Personal value judgments.
  • FU on white cars in hot climates and DCT nitpicks.

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