Not all car reviewers are created equal. You can go to YouTube and find hundreds of channels that provide vehicle reviews, but the vast majority are bad. Horribly bad: herky-jerky camera work and presentations that seem like late-night infomercials head my list of BAD.
This is really unfortunate. Somewhere along the way these reviewers got the idea they need to be outlandish in order to get your attention. Maybe there is a following for them, but luckily there are a number of really good channels on YouTube.
As you might expect, the new car inventory listing sites like Edmunds.com, KBB and AutoTrader have some really nicely produced segments. Those are fine, but can be really dry. Obviously, I am leading up to a happy medium that I think you may enjoy watching.
Listed below are the YouTube creators that I keep going to for my vehicle reviews. These all have common traits–steady camera work, balanced enthusiasm and great content that includes lifestyle applications to the vehicles they review.
Raiti’s Rides is an excellent car review channel hosted by Joe Raiti. Joe has a deep automotive background and is an experienced high school teacher. His reviews are a real education.
Joe’s reviews have a consistent format, which is great for comparing similar vehicles in a segment. He has good energy and sprinkles food humor into his reviews, often noting how many Twinkies or Twizzlers fit into a storage pocket. His “zonks” given to missing or unnecessary features are effective pointers.
*channel added 7/8/21
I shared information about the two hosts from Everyday Driver in my Podcast Favorites article last August. Paul Schmucker and Todd Deeken are the hosts of the Everyday Driver Car Debate podcast. This is where they help the listener find the perfect car that meets their needs. The YouTube channels they host get into the actual test and evaluation of the cars.
They have two channels for this purpose. I used their descriptions of their channels below:
“We’re here to help everyone find cars they will really love. A car that makes you want go for a drive… just to drive. Our films use a cinematic style and a unique dual-host commentary to showcase enthusiast driving on great roads.”
This channel can be accessed HERE
Everyday Driver Test Drive
“Here you’ll find real time test drives of all kinds of vehicles, from sports cars, to CUVs, to motorcycles. Like the original Everyday Driver we strive for real world impressions over stats, so you’ll feel like you are riding with us. We welcome requests for certain cars, cars you own, or things you’re thinking of buying.”
The Test Drive channel is separate from the main channel, so click HERE to check out their test drive videos.
The combination of their podcast and the YouTube videos are my go-to favorites.
Much like Everyday Driver, Mark at SavageGeese places a high value on production quality to tell the story of his vehicle impressions. By his own admission, his channel has “videos covering technology, life, cars, and trucks. We set out to go far beneath the surface of tech and engineering, with a quality over quantity approach.”
Mark has a very dry wit. I mean VERY DRY, bordering on sarcastic. He keeps it all in check, and I find his honesty and independent approach very refreshing.
His channel can be found HERE.
Alex on Autos
This channel is less artistic than the channels above, but not at the risk of losing a professional look and presentation. This is the place to go if you want more details about the vehicle specs sprinkled in with the lifestyle application.
You can find his channel HERE.
In his own words, Alex describes his channel at this:
“If you’re interested in taking a long look at a car you’re planning on buying, start here. We always cover engines, transmissions, seat comfort, interior and exterior styling, cargo area capacity, how the car drives and we spend a decent time going over the in-car tech from safety systems to infotainment. If you want to know more than the reviews that spend half their time on dramatic camera angles, we’re the place to stop.”
Alex does a really nice job of grading key aspects of a vehicle, and his charts and graphics do a great job of communicating key differences between competing vehicles.
I continually explore other channels, so will add (or delete) channels to give you my best recommendations at the time. My patience for some of the other channels’ style has put them in the “warmup circle” for now.
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I want to be your trusted resource for all things automotive, which is why I chose to share my favorite vehicle review sources. In most cases, they are both informative and entertaining…just like me!
In addition to sharing stories like this, I provide ongoing support of automotive programs designed to inspire and educate young car enthusiasts through the sale of items in the Vehicle Nanny Merchandise Store.
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