Contrary to popular belief, automotive writers are not born omniscient of all things mechanical. Most of us accumulate our wisdom from first hand experience, learning early on that “built in Italy” and “bulletproof reliability” are generally not phrases often used in the same sentence. Likewise, the terms “German engineering” and “inexpensive to repair”.
Since most of us will never get the chance to drive a Bugatti Veyron on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, we turn to sources of information that have proven reliable in the past. We like articles written by others with comparable experience, not articles culled from press releases put together by corporate talking heads.
Ironically, after a grueling day of combing through automotive detritus to bring you the most relevant information in a timely fashion, some of us prefer to relax by reading about cars, bikes and other things that go zoom. Or by simply looking at car porn.
Thus, I present to you the RideLust Top 25 Car Blogs and Websites. Some are invaluable sources of legitimate information, perfect acceptable to keep on screen if your wife is looking over your shoulder. Others may not have the same editorial and informational qualities, but they make us laugh. Sometimes, that’s good enough.
Sister site of Gizmodo, universally bookmarked by technogeeks everywhere. Jalopnik provides an interesting blend of breaking news, humor and insight. The gold standard for auto blogs.
• Left Lane News
Car reviews, insider info, breaking news and industry data, all in one easily navigated site.
An eclectic mix of breaking news and commentary, this is a well written, well laid out site. A handy and easily found search menu allows you to pull up reviews by manufacturer and model.
• Car Domain Blog
Owned by parent CarDomain, this site is both informative and entertaining. Where else can one find pictures of a Toyota Yaris with 20” wheels, on the same page as a program from the 1968 Manufacturer’s Funny Car Championships?
• Motor Authority
Spy shots, breaking news, flashbacks and new car reviews: this site has it all, with a focus on high performance and luxury vehicles.
Online since 2000, Carscoop covers automotive news from a global perspective. If you’ve secretly harbored a repressed desire to buy a turbo diesel Peugeot, this is a blog to bookmark.
• Hemmings Auto Blogs
A blog from the people that bring you Hemmings Motor News, the bible of car collectors and restorers. Good photography, great writing and great content. Their “Find of the Day” is not to be missed.
• The Truth About Cars
Good mix of automotive reviews (for cars available both inside and outside the US), breaking news and other industry related content. If you want to know why your Fiat stock is, um, applying localized negative pressure at the dorsal-most mammary, this is a good place to look.
• Gas 2.0
Despite their focus on biofuels, alternative energy and electric vehicles, Gas 2.0 is not your typical green website. One visit will convince you that they’re gear heads too! Even if your idea of energy conservation is only going to half throttle on your Mach One Mustang, you’ll find plenty of interesting reading here.
• RPM Go
Billed as a “must read” blog by Forbes, RPM Go has a good variety of content. While they cover breaking news, they also pick on topics not discussed elsewhere and provide a balanced mix of US and foreign market vehicle reviews.
Offbeat automotive news and commentary. Well written, and always worthy of a laugh or two.
• Edmunds Inside Line
Sister blog to Auto Observer, Inside Line caters to the enthusiast reader with lots of spy photos and behind-the-scenes content. If you want to know whether or not VW will shoehorn a V10 turbo diesel into the next Golf, this is a good place to start looking.
One of the more comprehensive gearhead sites on the net, it covers a huge assortment of topics relating to both cars and bikes. The site has a “Girls Only” section for gearheads lacking a Y chromosome.
• Just A Car Guy
Great photography, interesting content and cars you don’t see every day. Heavy emphasis on hot rods and race cars.
• The Torque Report
Need details on a new or soon to be released model? This site should be one of your first stops. Well laid out and easy to search by manufacturer.
• NY Times Wheels
Auto and industry information as only the New York Times can present it. Good mix of content, particularly well written.
• Bring a Trailer
This site bills itself as “The best vintage cars for sale online”, but it’s much more than that. Articles detail builds and restorations, rare finds and obscure cars. No matter how hardcore you may be, I guarantee this site has at least one car you’ve never heard of.
• You Drive What?
From the folks that brought you “People of WalMart” comes this vehicle themed site. You won’t find breaking news or thoughtful insight here; you will find images that will make you laugh out loud. Think of it as “How Not to Customize Cars 101”.
• Two Seats or Less
They comb the online classifieds looking for vintage sports cars and race cars, so you don’t have to. I can’t visit this site without finding a car I lust for.
• Bang Shift
Breaking news, auto related social commentary, hot rod builds, videos and pics: this site has something for every gear head.
• The Garage Blog
Breaking news, road tests and articles of interest to every kind of auto enthusiast. Quite a bit of content you won’t find elsewhere.
• Kicking Tires
Part of the Cars.com world, Kicking Tires bills itself as the Blog for Car Buyers. As you’d expect, their focus is on news and information relating to current and upcoming model releases.
• Auto Spies
Spy shots, breaking news and car comparisons, with an emphasis on auto shows and industry events.
• Automotive Traveler
A website with more of a mature feel, you won’t find funny pictures of cars on 36″ chrome wheels here. What you will find is page after page of superior content, ranging from how-to guides to road trip advice. Don’t visit this site unless you’ve got time on your hands.
• Green Car Reports
If it relates to hybrids, fuel efficiency, electric cars or alternative fuels, you’ll find it here.