Favorite Car REVIEW Channels

Favorite Car REVIEW Channels

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.  The bad examples have herky-jerky camera work and presentations that seem like late-night infomercials.

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.

YouTube Car Review Channel Listing

Alex on Autos

Everyday Driver/Everyday Driver Test Drive

GT: Garage Talk

Raiti’s Rides

SavageGeese

Texas Truck Channel/TTC Cars

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.

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.

You can find Alex’s channel HERE

Everyday Driver

I shared information about the two hosts from Everyday Driver in my Podcast Favorites article.  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.  See descriptions on both below:

Everyday Driver

Todd and Paul place a focus on finding the right car that suits your needs.  They feel driving should be enjoyable and the right tool for the job should also be fun to drive.

They place a high value on their video production quality.  This is truly a “car as lifestyle” program with many test drives taking place in beautiful locations, comparing two or more vehicles at a time.  You may find this channel HERE.

Everyday Driver Test Drive

The Test Drive channel is separate from the main channel; however, like the original Everyday Driver they strive for real world impressions over stats.  Each episode places a focus on one vehicle, with Todd and Paul in the vehicle together.  They switch drivers midway through the episode, so you get each person’s driving impression. It is almost like you are in the back seat listening to two car guys banter about the vehicle they are driving.

The combination of their podcast and the YouTube videos are my weekly go-to favorites.

GT: Garage Talk

I got to know the GT: Garage Talk team a number of years ago when I was invited on to their podcast (see related article below).  At the time, Cory and Matt were just getting started, and were doing interviews with notable personalities in the enthusiast community.

Over the past year or so, Matt moved on to another project and Cory devoted his efforts to growing the channel full time (he quit his day job!).  Cory will review new press vehicles from the OEMs as well as dealer inventory units.

In addition to his detailed vehicle reviews, Cory also runs a separate “Family Review” with his wife, Holli.  In those videos, Cory gets Holli’s impressions of a vehicle he just reviewed.  I find the Family Reviews to be more insightful and fun as Holli is not a car nut.  She is not interested in the vehicle specs, just her overall impression of the car.  Hers is an honest, unbiased look at today’s cars.

I think the Family Review makes the channel unique, and think you will too!

Related Article:  Pothole Season

Cory and his channel can be found HERE

Raiti’s Rides

This 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.

I added this channel in July 2021, and still watch every one of Joe’s reviews today.

SavageGeese

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 co-host, Jack, is younger than Mark and they often spar about the importance of vehicle features.  This back and forth debate makes for entertaining content!

Check out SavageGeese for a high production value, informative vehicle review.

Texas Truck Channel/TTC Cars

Bryan and Craig Raupe run these two channels (one for trucks, one for everything else that is good).  I have been following them for a while, and have enjoyed watching their content and presentation evolve.  You’ll enjoy the banter that only two brothers can pull off.

A full background on these channels, as well as the Raupe brothers, in my article Meet The Texas Truck Channel.  Check out the Texas Truck Channel and TTC Cars for honest reviews and budget modifications.

Final Thoughts & Questions

I continually explore other channels, so will add (or delete) channels to give you my best recommendations at the time.  I’m not opposed to removing a channel if it loses focus or declines in value.  Life is too short to devote time to a resource that proves to be inaccurate or inappropriate.

Let me know if you have any questions or have a favorite channel you feel should be added to my list.  You may reach me at one of the links below:

Email: wct.billtaylor@gmail.com

Instagram:  vehicle.nanny

Facebook:  Vehicle Nanny

Want to learn more about me?  Go to this article:   Who’s Your Nanny?

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