Automobiles have become a major part of American culture. From movies and TV to the sports world, everyone loves seeing the new models get pushed to their limits. Every year each country shows off its engineering prowess (and occasionally, its willingness to cheat the system).
If you’re looking for a new or used car, or even just want to find reviews of cars online, there’s certainly no shortage of resources. Some are owned by the car companies themselves, and many are just people throwing out uneducated guesses.
We filtered through the noise to bring you the top 10 car blogs and websites to get the real news and information you want.
10. Car and Driver
Created in 1955, Car and Driver is the definitive auto enthusiast magazine, with a reported circulation over 1 million. Its irreverent tone carries over onto its website, and it’s unabashedly critical of vehicles that don’t perform well in its rigorous testing. It’s also notable for staging the Cannonball Run cross-country races during the 1970s.
The Torque Report was founded in 2007 to provide up-to-date news, reviews, and rumors in the car industry. They cover every manufacturer and attend all the car shows to stay on top of new developments. If you’re wondering about when the next Honda is being released, this is the place to check.
8. Top Speed
Ignore the Hyundai Tucson above. Although it does cover normal models, Top Speed was launched in 1995 to cover the powerful concept cars, sleek sports cars, and luxurious high-end vehicle models. If you’re into super-charged customs, this is the place to go.
In 2006 the co-founder of TripAdvisor launched Car Gurus as a community blog for consumers to post reviews and questions about local cars, repair shops, and dealerships. Once traffic grew, it started listing inventory, but its blog is still a great resource to learn about the car market.
6. Motor Trend
Motor Trend started in 1949 as an automobile magazine that’s still in circulation. It’s not a multimedia conglomerate that includes TV, web, and podcasts. Whether you’re looking for hands-on reviews of the latest releases or coverage of high-profile races, Motor Trend has it.
The Car Connection was created by a team of automotive journalists and car experts. Every review is an amalgam of editor road tests and crowdsourced consumer opinions. The site road-tests over 200 cars a year. It’s a great resource to learn more about a specific model before you buy it.
The Auto Blog is a website and podcast that covers car shows, races, reviews, and general news on the automotive business. It’s a multimedia site with a ton of videos of test drives, some even in VR. If you really want to know what it looks like sitting in the driver’s seat of a high-end sports car or luxury vehicle, this is the place to find out.
Autoweek began in 1958 to cover auto racing, auto shows, vehicle trends, reviews, and stories about the automobile lifestyle. In addition to in-depth stories and informative videos, it features a buyer’s guide and gift guide to help you find the right products for the car enthusiast in your family.
Kelley Blue Book was created in 1926 and is the definitive pricing guide when buying or selling a car. Forget Carfax (although it has its use too) – KBB will tell you the market value to expect, whether you’re buying or selling a vehicle to/from a private seller or dealership. It has car reviews and other information on its blog, but its pricing tool is indispensable.
Edmunds was founded in 1966 as a publisher of automobile specification booklets. By 2000, it started publishing pricing guides similar to KBB too. It also has a used vehicle inventory search tool that lets you see what’s actually on the market right now. Edmunds has won a lot of awards for its innovation, and it’s constantly adding new features to the site to appeal to car enthusiasts. It’s the most interactive car resource on the Internet.