Every car enthusiast is a little different in how they get their news. Some check sites like Car and Driver every morning, while others hit up Jalopnik, any number of subreddits (most commonly r/cars), and forums. Another great way to get both car news and entertainment is YouTube. YouTube is home to some of the most in-depth, entertaining car channels on the Internet. Learning about the newest models, tuneups and modifications is as easy as one click of the mouse. Here’s a few of the best ones out automotive YouTubers out there:
The Best Automotive YouTubers
Regular Car Reviews
Sometimes, car reviews can be hard to watch. Car enthusiasts won’t hesitate to just babble on and on about a single feature of a car. Reviews shouldn’t feel like school – and thanks to Regular Car Reviews, they don’t in the slightest.
The guy who runs this channel is basically part fan and part rage-quitter. You never know what you’re going to get when you click on a review – it could be full of giggling or screaming, but it’s always full of absurd humor. Underneath all the comedy, though, he provides some unique commentary on the cars and their place in history.
Are you a supercar fanatic? Dying to find the latest digs on a new Porsche or Ferrari? You should be signed up for EVO by now.
It’s like the European edition of Motor Trend’s channel. The cars are presented in stunning 1080p HD video with some expert camera work to boot. The channel is also well known for its regular segments, not just reviews. This includes the monthly installment “Deadly Rivals,” which pits similar supercars against each other.
One of America’s most famous publications, Motor Trend has been around since 1949. It’s still going strong by hosting its own YouTube channel.
It’s understandable that magazines that make the switch to online content often struggle with it. Motor Trend’s content used to be that way, but it’s recently been revamped and is better than ever.
The content runs on a weekly basis, much like a television schedule. Especially popular shows include “Roadkill” and “Head 2 Head.”
It has most of the craziness you’d expect from the “Top Gear” boys, including an entire section dedicated to crashing and smashing cars. Most of the channel is dedicated to car reviews, though, and uploads on the regular.
The one thing that’s missing is those crazy challenges from “Top Gear,” but this is the next best thing.
One of the best segments is Chris Harris on Cars, which features the automotive journalist giving honest and to-the-point descriptions of the cars he drives.
The Smoking Tire
Matt Farah can say whatever he wants about cars, and people will listen. The channel even has nice, neat sections for all the new, fast cars of the world – from American to German to Japanese.
Farah’s is one of the best automotive YouTubers around, and his commentary is second to none. While this channel doesn’t update as frequently, most videos go way in-depth – most are more than 10 minutes.
Jay Leno’s Garage
Most of you know by now that Jay Leno has an amazing car collection, but have you ever actually taken a gander at the sheer size of his garage? It might as well be a museum.
Leno isn’t an automotive journalist by any means, but he provides some interesting points on each car he covers. This channel is great for staring at rare and beautiful works of art.
Off The Throttle
Hey, that’s me! Ok, this one is completely self promotional. I recently started a YouTube channel to go with the site, and right now it’s not very good. But it will be! Not nearly as good as any of the ones above, but it will focus more on the humorous side of cars. There will be spoofs, satire, sarcasm, and stories. The closest to any of the above would be Regular Car Reviews but I am in no way trying to rip them off and will make sure I’m not stealing their style. I’ll mix things from my daily life, like the pains of getting gas in a 2004 Nissan Sentra, along with some news stories and other reviews. I’d love it if you’d subscribe and join me for the ride, and help me one my quest to be the best automotive YouTuber in a 10 mile radius.
If Doug isn’t the most relatable car guy putting out good content on the internet today, I challenge you to show me who is. Demuro got his start as a member of the Jalopnik team but has since launched his own channel and currently writes for Autotrader.
The great thing about Doug’s content is its irreverence. Only here can you watch a video about why the first-generation NSX is worth $125,000 or why the Plymouth Prowler is the weirdest car of the ‘90s. Who else do you know that would buy a used Aston Martin just to see if it breaks?
Seen Through Glass
The greater London area has produced a multitude of car bloggers, some better than others. Seen Through Glass is the personal channel of one Sam David, Jaguar F-Type owner and self-professed driving neophyte. But this channel isn’t about finding out how many Gs a car will pull on the skid pad.
Rather, it’s about the highs of owning and driving some of the most impressive cars on the planet. Sam documents his own adventures as well as those of his friends, which include a number of other affluent car vloggers, so that you and I can enjoy them along with him. Or, just watch and throw shade at his apparent youth and unreasonable spending power. It’s your call.
Jalopnik is already one of the better-known automotive journalism sites on the web, and as of 2016, they’ve got their own YouTube Channel. The team at Jalopnik includes some true creative minds such as Jason Torchinsky, Raphael Orlove and more. Their talent shines through in video just as it does in text.
Jalopnik videos include reviews as only Torch can deliver them, as well as Orlove’s carspotting series, in which the team invites readers to come with them and visit neighborhoods to see what’s around in terms of automotive excellence, or just plain weirdness. It’s everything you’d ever want from a Jalopnik YouTube channel.
Mighty Car Mods
If you like modified cars and haven’t experienced Mighty Car Mods, set your next weekend aside for some serious binging. Marty and Moog have been doing their thing making videos since 2008, each one backed by Moog’s own musical creations.
The dynamic duo started their channel doing simple mod videos and the occasional themed challenge, but over the years these two have created an entire universe of hoonage and some of the most creative custom rides you’ll find on the web. Where else are you going to find a battle between two cars named 2Sexy and Wasaabi 9000?
A grassroots approach to car reviews and topics of general interest to petrolheads everywhere, Car Throttle puts out a high volume of content that includes everything from comparisons to more obscure topics like the differences between a V6 and Inline 6 engine configuration, or why the second-gen Miata is better than the first.
The easy-to-understand videos car throttle makes are entertaining for veteran wrench hands and those new to cars, and the channel’s host throws in the occasional anecdotal video about his own road-going experiences — for example, a trip to 150 mph in his 20-year old M3.
Here’s a channel that makes the occasional appearance in Road & Track for good reason. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to breaking down the physics behind how cars work and perform. But that doesn’t make this channel a challenge to understand.
The presenters are relatable and they translate the engineerese into understandable English for those of us who don’t have degrees from ivy-league schools.
For example, their video on just how quickly it’s possible for a car to go 0-60 before your soft human body is rendered unfit to drive takes mathematical thinking that would cause headaches for me and presents it in a way that isn’t just fascinating, but entertaining as well.
If you’re the type to easily succumb to jealousy, this might be a channel to avoid. That’s because SCD documents the driving lives of an exclusive club of supercar owners. The channel includes everything from first-person night drives in Lamborghinis to in-depth looks at how modern classics like Ferrari’s 599 GTO are appreciating.
The production quality is top-notch, and because SCD has access to not just a few, but an entire club of people involved in the automotive world, their content runs the gamut of what’s new and exciting in cars today. Just make sure to pat yourself on the back and feel good after watching — we can’t all aspire to this.
Would you subscribe to a YouTube channel from the gang who made “The Grand Tour” and before that, “Top Gear”? DRIVETRIBE is the spinoff channel that takes its name from the social media community for car people that Clarkson, Hammond and May have spawned along with their latest TV production.
The channel seems to be getting on its feet a little slowly — maybe we should blame May for that? Even so, this is a team that hasn’t let us down (mostly) yet, and the addition of skilled pointman Jethro Bovingdon, the automotive world’s most matter-of-fact-sounding journalist with a British accent, only makes it better.
How many YouTube channels do you know of that actually produce full-length feature films? Everyday Driver does, in the form of documentaries about cars. They’re good and they’re about topics you’ve always wanted someone to really tear into, like what it’s like driving every generation of Porsche 911 back-to-back-to-back.
Even if you don’t drop the coin to watch the features, though, there’s a ton of content available here on very practical topics. Their car reviews focus on models that are attainable for most of us and they also have a highly enjoyable throwback feature called “Fast Blast” where they take a look at how older models feel to drive in today’s world.
If you like cars and haven’t discovered Petrolicious by now, just take another hit of whatever euphoric opiate has been keeping you sedate for the past five years and slouch back into blissful ignorance. You may want to start one of their videos first, though. They’re pure and unapologetic.
Mind you, not every piece is for everyone. If you’re someone who doesn’t appreciate JDM hachi-rokus, steer clear of that video.
Petrolicious is what lies at the opposite end of the spectrum from The Smoking Tire. There’s less content and there’s not much info about how the cars actually perform, but the cinematography and the relationships they capture are more than deserving of your ten minutes. These are “art films.”
So there you have it! Make sure to subscribe and start watching today.