Dude Drives Cars Podcast

Synopsis

This is the Dude Drives Cars podcast, hosted by Matthew the Car Guy. Join him as he talks about industry trends, some auto racing, and gives his opinion on whatever press vehicle he happens to be driving this week.Matthew the Car Guy is a lifelong gearhead who writes for CAA Magazine (American listeners: that's like AAA except with more maple syrup and hockey sticks) and for his own website DudeDrivesCars.com   Find him over on Twitter where he holds live car reviews + Q&A on Periscope.He regularly tames 9000lbs of crosswind-susceptible travel trailer, has crushed 1700 snowstorm-filled kilometers in a stickshift subcompact, and owns an equal number of running & non-running cars. He has also won two demolition derbies, although particular memories of those are understandably fuzzy.

Episodes

  • We Visit Barrett-Jackson, Ram Power Wagons in Vegas,  NASCAR News!

    We Visit Barrett-Jackson, Ram Power Wagons in Vegas, & NASCAR News!

    13/02/2017 Duration: 36min

    On this episode of the Dude Drives Cars podcast, a suffering-with-the-man-cold Matthew the Car Guy talks about experiencing the glitz and glamour of a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. What were some of the big sellers? Matthew fills you in while he also speculates on big-money cars headed for the block in the next few years.Also on the show, we talk about last week's drive in the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon, busting rocks and flattening sand in the Valley of Fire just outside of Las Vegas. With a disconnecting sway bar, locking front and rear diffs, and an integrated Warn winch, it proved itself to be a great offroad bruiser.A Dude Drives Cars podcast wouldn't be complete without some carping about NASCAR ... so Matthew the Car Guy weighs in on the new-for-2017 rulebook, including a look at the segments (heat races) that'll make up this year's Daytona 500.Be sure to check out Dude Drives Cars on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

  • NAIAS Special! Plus: 2017 Nissan Titan  we wave goodbye to Carl Edwards

    NAIAS Special! Plus: 2017 Nissan Titan & we wave goodbye to Carl Edwards

    18/01/2017 Duration: 36min

    Thank you for listening to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Press days for the North American International Auto Show were held recently, so Matthew the Car Guy gives a rundown of some of the most important reveals to come out of the Motor City show.Also on the show, we consider the decision made by Carl Edwards to step away from NASCAR. What were his reasons? Why now? And who will step into the #19 at Joe Gibbs Racing? Plus: Matthew talks about his week in the 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve.Be sure to check out Dude Drives Cars on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • Surprises, good options, and fun cars: its the best of 2016!

    Surprises, good options, and fun cars: it's the best of 2016!

    31/12/2016 Duration: 35min

    Thanks for joining Dude Drives Cars as we drove, travelled, and oversteered our way through 2016. On our last podcast of 2016, Matthew the Car Guy takes us through some highlights of the year, including the car which surprised him the most and which one turned his grin meter to eleven (hint: it's not the same car).We would like to send best wishes to all our listeners and hope you have a wonderful 2017 filled with fast cars and tire smoke, not slow cars and engine smoke. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram as we roll into a new year. Cheers!

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline, Forza Horizon 3,  Sticky F1 Rule Changes

    2017 Honda Ridgeline, Forza Horizon 3, & Sticky F1 Rule Changes

    23/12/2016 Duration: 28min

    Thanks for checking out the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Today on the show, Matthew the Car Guy talks about his week in the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, making a buying recommendation and offering more than a few opinions along the way.We also take a look at the excellent Forza Horizon 3, a virtual driving game available now on the Xbox One console. This latest iteration of the open-world driving concept from the boffins at Turn 10 Studios heralds a return to the lively and immersive world of the original entrant in the Forza Horizon series, making players feel like they're actually part of a massive car-themed party. Plus: some thoughts on the upcoming F1 season, with a breakdown of the new tire rules for 2017.Click on the image above or on either of the links in this post to listen to the podcast. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • 2017 Nissan Rogue, analysis of Rosbergs F1 retirement,  a stickshift Mazda3!

    2017 Nissan Rogue, analysis of Rosberg's F1 retirement, & a stickshift Mazda3!

    14/12/2016 Duration: 22min

    Welcome to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Thanks for riding with us. On today's podcast, we'll be talking about our time spent in the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Opted with the beautiful Platinum Reserve interior package (for a mere $500!), the Rogue makes a compelling argument for itself.We've also been driving a Mazda 3 Sport in GT trim ... with a manual transmission! Yes, Virginia, you can get a well optioned hatchback with a stickshift. The 2.5-litre inline-four provided many grins, particularly in third gear at 3500rpm. Fun matters.Also on the podcast: a look back at the 2016 F1 season and the bombshell decision of newly-crowned champion Nico Rosberg to retire five days after winning the whole thing. Be sure to check out DudeDrivesCars.com and find our content on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

  • NASCAR Special! JJ wins #7! Plus: the 2017 Acura MDX

    NASCAR Special! JJ wins #7! Plus: the 2017 Acura MDX

    26/11/2016 Duration: 21min

    Thanks for joining the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Today we're celebrating the awesome achievement of Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick team. By winning his seventh championship, JJ burns rubber into the pages of history and joins hotshoes such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.Also on the show: VW won't be offering diesels to Canadian customers for the 2017 model year, and we take a look at the 2017 Acura MDX Elite. With a vastly improved front fascia and a 3.5L V6 with 290hp, this seven passenger luxury crossover aims to coddle its occupants.Check out Dude Drives Cars anytime on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. 

  • The new Ford Escape, glitz and glamour at the L.A. Auto Show,  NASCARs down to the wire.

    The new Ford Escape, glitz and glamour at the L.A. Auto Show, & NASCAR's down to the wire.

    12/11/2016 Duration: 17min

    Hey, everyone! Thanks for joining us on the Dude Drives Cars podcast. This week, Matthew the Car Guy has been driving the new-for-2017 Ford Escape, in the Titanium trim package with all-wheel drive. Small crossovers are the bread and butter of many automakers, and Ford is no different. Over the last seven days, two different neigbours asked: "This? Or a CR-V?" There's only one way to find out.Also on the podcast, we take a look at some of the scheduled reveals at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show, from the long-wheebase Porsche Panamera to the fantastically named Alfa Romeo Stelvio. We wrap up with a look at the NASCAR championship with only two races remaining in the season.Join the conversation with Dude Drives Cars on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

  • Torque, Trucks, and Towing: new Chev Duramax Diesel  Ram 1500 Rebel

    Torque, Trucks, and Towing: new Chev Duramax Diesel & Ram 1500 Rebel

    04/11/2016 Duration: 32min

    Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out the Dude Drives Cars podcast. This week, we talk about driving trucks in Texas. First, we head to the Texas Motor Speedway for a firsthand look at the all new 6.6L Duramax Diesel from the folks at Chevrolet. Ride along as we blast around the oval in a burly 3500 High Country Dually with a 10,000lb trailer in tow.Then, it's off to the famous Southfork Ranch just outside of Dallas where we sample the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel. Bolder than a bbq pitmaster's special Mesquite sauce, the unique style and prodigious power of the Rebel makes Crocodile Dundee look like Liberace. The Ewings would definitely approve.Be sure to check out all the action over at DudeDrivesCars.com and find us as the same on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Chrysler Pacifica makes us eat our veggies, VW targets Subaru,  the hilarity of NASCARs post-race inspections.

    Chrysler Pacifica makes us eat our veggies, VW targets Subaru, & the hilarity of NASCAR's post-race inspections.

    19/09/2016 Duration: 30min

    Welcome to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! In the next half hour you'll hear Matthew the Car Guy offer his take on Chrysler's attempt to take their minivan offering waayyy up the food chain. Can it play with the fully loaded Odysseys and Siennas of the world? How intuitive are the touchscreen games for rear seat kiddos? Let's find out.Also on the show, VW has introduced a jacked up Golf wagon called the Alltrack. Does this mean that, in light of the diesel debacle, they are tacking towards a new market segment? Subaru has dominated the tall, all-wheel drive wagon segment for thirty years. Now it appears VW wants a slice of that Birkenstock-shaped pie.Plus: NASCAR fails many in Chicago post-race inspection while the F1 circus rolls into its final leg of their season. Find Dude Drives Cars on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. 

  • Nissan Sentra SR Turbo says Hi, Dodge Dart says Bye, NASCARs Chase, and I Freakin Won a Set of Rims!

    Nissan Sentra SR Turbo says Hi, Dodge Dart says Bye, NASCAR's Chase, and I Freakin' Won a Set of Rims!

    12/09/2016 Duration: 29min

    Hi everyone! Thanks tremendously for listening to this week's podcast for Dude Drives Cars. On this week's episode, Matthew the Car Guy introduces an interesting new Nissan while waving goodbye to the young Dodge Dart. After a short 4 year, 4 month life, the entry-level car with a gunsight grille and racetrack tail lights sees the end of its production.Also on the show, Matthew previews the NASCAR Chase and talks about the bevy of racing on tap for this upcoming weekend. And, oh yeah, he won a brand new set of rims for his Charger; he might mention that too. #WinnerWinnerCheck us out at DudeDrivesCars.com and on the brand new Facebook page at facebook.com/DudeDrivesCars

  • Cadillac XT5 road test, Dodge  Jeep predictions,  NASCAR throwback at Darlington!

    Cadillac XT5 road test, Dodge & Jeep predictions, & NASCAR throwback at Darlington!

    06/09/2016 Duration: 34min

    Thanks for listening to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! On today's episode, Matthew the Car Guy offers thoughts on his road test of the 2017 Cadillac XT5, the newest luxury two-row crossover from the General. Can it hang with the titans from Germany? Only one way to find out...Also on the show, Matthew pontificates on the state of Dodge and Jeep. Where are the two brands headed? Sergio has doubled down on trucks and SUVs, filling the Jeep pipeline and girding Jeep showrooms for a flood of new models. Will it be at the expense of the Dodge brand? The Dart is gone, as is the Viper, and refreshes of other models are being consistently delayed. One apparent solution rises: HELLCAT ALL THE THINGSBe sure to check our website at DudeDrivesCars.com where you'll find industry news and tests of new models. Find us on Instagram @DudeDrivesCars and on Twitter @matthewkguy

  • 2017 Buick LaCrosse in Portland, the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, and NASCARs Burnout Ban??

    2017 Buick LaCrosse in Portland, the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, and NASCAR's Burnout Ban??

    15/08/2016 Duration: 34min

    Thanks for checking out the Dude Drives Cars podcast! This week, Matthew the Car Guy covers his trip to Portland, Oregon where he drove the new 2017 Buick LaCrosse. The tri-shield brand has history of building quiet sedans, with the occassional foray in sportiness (Grand National, anyone?). Buick engineers and marketers told us they benchmarked the Lexus ES350 when developing the LaCrosse. Did they hit the mark? Let's find out.Also on the podcast, Matthew folded himself three different ways so he could squeeze in and enjoy the newest Mazda MX-5 Miata for a few days. And what's this? NASCAR's talking about cracking down on celebratory burnouts? You know Matthew has an opinion on that too :)Look for Matthew the Car Guy on Twitter @matthewkguy and find him on Instagram @DudeDrivesCars

  • The 2016 Mazda 6, Jeeps Wrangler Eats a Lean Cuisine, and Juniors Concussion Symptoms

    The 2016 Mazda 6, Jeep's Wrangler Eats a Lean Cuisine, and Junior's Concussion Symptoms

    15/07/2016 Duration: 28min

    Welcome to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Thank you for listening to the musings and ramblings of car-obsessed gearheads :)This week, we talk about our week in the new 2016 Mazda 6. Matthew thinks its optional white leather makes for one of the best interiors available for $35,000 ... but what does he think about the rest of the car? Also on the podcast: Jeep has been making noise about the 2018 Wrangler, making sure everyone knows they don't plan to mess with a good (and recognizable!) thing. In the racing world, Dale Earnhardt Jr has removed himself from competition under the advisement of doctors due to concussion-like symptoms. For a competition-driven person such as Junior to put his health and the safety of his competitors above his desire to race, well, that's a pretty admirable decision. And oh yeah ... Lewis has closed to within 1 point of Nico over in F1.Be sure to follow Matthew the Car Guy over on Twitter @matthewkguy for all sorts of car related content!

  • Winding Up My Own Windows Again, Tony Stewart Cracks the Top 30,  F1s Return to Imola?

    Winding Up My Own Windows Again, Tony Stewart Cracks the Top 30, & F1's Return to Imola?

    04/07/2016 Duration: 33min

    Welcome to the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Thanks for joining us. On this week's show, Matthew the Car Guy talks about his week spent in the base base base model 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS. There were strange crank-handles to operate the side glass and some weird transmission stick between the front seats. What does $9995 net buyers in a new car these days? Let's find out.Also up: with his win last week at Sonoma and finish at Daytona yesterday, Tony Stewart enters the Top 30 in NASCAR points; Nico and Lewis tangle in Austria; and Bernie flaps his jaws about Imola.Thank you for downloading the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Join us over on Twitter @matthewkguy for auto news, cool vehicle pics, and live car reviews on Periscope.

  • The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, Barrett-Jackson visits the Northeast, and Toyotas Heartbreak at LeMans

    The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, Barrett-Jackson visits the Northeast, and Toyota's Heartbreak at LeMans

    25/06/2016 Duration: 29min

    Thanks for joining us for the latest episode of the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Today we'll be chatting about our week in the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, in Touring trim. Has Honda shaken the missteps of the last couple of Civics and recaptured the old Civic magic? There's only one way to find out...Also on the podcast, Barrett-Jackson's visit to the Northeast US has prompted us to speculate on what'll be the next classic to massively increase in value. From struggle to success, the 24h of LeMans brought incredible drama to its race this year. We'll walk you through the highlights.Be sure to follow Matthew the Car Guy @matthewkguy over on Twitter for car news, impressions, and a whole lot more.

  • 2016 VW Golf R, the new Top Gear,  LeMans.

    2016 VW Golf R, the new Top Gear, & LeMans.

    06/06/2016 Duration: 30min

    It's the Dude Drives Cars podcast! This week, Matthew the Car Guy talks about his drive in the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. With 292hp and all wheel drive, this five-door hot hatch proves that VW is not all doom, gloom, and dirty diesels. Is it worth the $40,000 price of admission? Let's find out.Also on the podcast, thoughts about the new Top Gear now we've had the chance to digest two episodes. The 24h of LeMans is coming up on June 18th, meaning teams got a chance to sample their machinery on the 8.47 mile Circuit de la Sarthe on Test Day over the weekend.Thanks for checking out the podcast! Find us all the time over on Twitter @matthewkguy

  • Nissan 370Z NISMO, summertime rides, and the greatest weekend in racing.

    Nissan 370Z NISMO, summertime rides, and the greatest weekend in racing.

    30/05/2016 Duration: 25min

    It's the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Thank you for checking it out. This week, Matthew the Car Guy describes his experience with Nissan's 370Z NISMO. Can it hang with with the Camaro SS and Mustang GT? Let's find out.This past weekend also saw four fantastic races: the 24h race at Nurburgring, the Monaco Grand Prix, the 100th running of the Indy 500, and NASCAR's legendary Coke 600. Also, summer is just around the corner and that means fast rides, car shows, and lots of four-wheeled fun.Look for Matthew the Car Guy over on Twitter and Periscope (@matthewkguy) where he covers the latest in the automotive world. Thanks for listening to the podcast! 

  • Hyundais New Elantra, a Turbo Jeep,  NASCAR in Forza 6?

    Hyundai's New Elantra, a Turbo Jeep, & NASCAR in Forza 6?

    09/05/2016 Duration: 23min

    On this episode of the DudeDrivesCars.com podcast, Matthew the Car Guy gives his thoughts on the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited. Wading through the six trim levels, he finds heated rear seats, a cavernous trunk, and headrests that feel like a fat puppy.Also on the show: news from the NASCAR race in Kentucky and a look at Smoke's chances coming up in Dover. Can he crack the Top 30 and get a win to make the Chase? It's a long way to Richmond...Thanks for checking out the DudeDrivesCars.com podcast! We appreciate all our listeners. Join us over on Twitter with the hashtag #DudeDrivesCars or mention us @matthewkguy

  • Smokes Penalty, a Common Chevy, and the Millionth Miata

    Smoke's Penalty, a Common Chevy, and the Millionth Miata

    26/04/2016 Duration: 25min

    On this episode of the Dude Drives Cars podcast, Matthew the Car Guy muses about the questionable monetary fine levied at Tony Stewart over remarks made about loose/missing lug nuts. NASCAR owned up to the problem ... but didn't give Smoke his money back.Also: thoughts on this week's test car, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD, a vehicle of which GM sells a ton. We'll also look at the most recent FCA recall involving gearshifts and Mazda marks a special occasion with the 1,000,000th Miata MX-5.In addition, this being podcast #007, here are a couple of cool links to James Bond cars from years past.Thanks for checking out the Dude Drives Cars podcast! Find Matthew the Car Guy over on Twitter @matthewkguy where he tweets car trends and regularly hosts live car veviews + Q&A sessions. 

  • Blue Collar Yukon, Racing News,  I Finally Understand Those Guys at Barrett-Jackson

    Blue Collar Yukon, Racing News, & I Finally Understand Those Guys at Barrett-Jackson

    18/04/2016 Duration: 27min

    On this week's podcast, Matthew the Car Guy talks about his week in the 2016 GMC Yukon Denali. Unlike its fancy-pants cousin, the Cadillac Escalade, one shouldn't feel the need to automatically check every available option box.Also: NASCAR news, musings on the drama-sodden spectacle that is F1, and the Palm Beach running of Barrett-Jackson. In addition, this is podcast #007! Here are a couple of fun links to cool James Bond cars from years past.Thanks for listening to the podcast! Have a suggestion for next week's show? Matthew the Car Guy would be glad to hear from you on Twitter; find him there @matthewkguy

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