The internet is a veritable jungle of information, some good, a lot really bad. There is no exception for the automotive industry—there are legions of forums that are devoted to particular makes and models of cars, ranging from the crazy engineers at Hybrid Z to the self-described sophisticated gentlemen at BimmerFest. But where does the best automotive content come from? Without a doubt, blogs.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous auto blog is Jalopnik.com. Writers like Travis Okulski and Jason Torchinsky constantly deliver new news stories and commentary pieces that never fail to be interesting. They recently covered how Ford should reintroduce the Ranger as a Ute. While that may or may not be a good idea itself, it does provide some insight into what Ford is doing for the USDM.
Another very popular automotive news source is www.autoblog.com. In addition to text articles they also run a podcast. Where Jalopnik covers just about anything that would be interesting to a car enthusiast, Autoblog takes a different approach. They cover mostly big events focusing on performance plus results with fewer public interest pieces. For example, Jalopnik loves hearing news of wrecked exotics, whereas Autoblog does a better job covering auto shows and explaining what, exactly car companies are doing. So if you would rather read about why Volvo isn’t trying to compete with the BMW 7-series than the guy with the 7 second 240z, then Autoblog may be for you.
While those two are the most popular amongst enthusiasts, there is definitely a market for car talk that isn’t so, well, technical. That’s where www.automotive.com comes in. They still cover the important bits, like information about upcoming auto shows and commentary pieces much like Autoblog, but they do it in a more approachable manner, and with a much nicer to look at website.
But my absolute favorite, is the Top Gear blog, , which boasts contributors like Jeremy Clarkson and the rest of the shows hosts, most of which happened to have been automotive writers in the past. You can expect the same dry British humor that dominates the show in the blog as well.
There are a lot of places to get your car news hot, fresh, and daily, but if you’re going to do it, then have some respect for yourself. Stick to the trusted sites. Finding stuff on Reddit barely counts, Yahoo Cars is only good for the broad strokes, and CNN’s car stories are mediocre at best, and downright false at worst. Stick to these sites and you’ll always be up to date on the car world.