YouTube is an amazing platform for car enthusiasts. You can find videos of your favorite car doing a pull or a burnout, or you can learn how to replace your power steering pump. There is a video and a channel for just about every kind of car niche out there. Here is a list of our 8 favorite automotive YouTube channels putting out great content in 2023.
Devin Niemela [VASYN]
Devin Niemela is an automotive Youtuber from Spokane, Washington. He has been cranking out videos since 2012 and has over 1500 videos on his channel with 576,000 subscribers.
Devin’s videos are both educational and entertaining. The majority of his content surrounds working on high horsepower Subarus and Mitsubishis. Devin displays his technical knowledge throughout his videos and takes his audience along as he rebuilds engines, fixes transmissions, and repaints his cars. The guy has a serious collection and currently has the following in his garage:
- 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in white (fully built, 700 whp)
- 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X painted Java Black Pearl (fully built 700 whp)
- 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX in Electric Blue (fully built motor & only 50k Miles)
- 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV RHD
- 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII (needs restoration)
- 2019 Subaru WRX STI (mostly built, 530 whp),
- 2019 Subaru WRX STI Series Grey [AKA 50th anniversary edition] (fully built)
- 2015 Subaru WRX STI (full bolt on, 300 whp)
- 2016 Subaru WRX STI Hyper Blue
- 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
- 2022 Subaru BRZ
- 2013 Toyota GT86 AKA Scion FR-S
- 1995 Toyota Supra
- 2019 Honda Civic Type R
- 2021 Honda Civic Type R
- 2008 BMW M3
- 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax
- Yamaha R6
What’s really impressive is that Devin buys most of his cars with rod knock or after a wreck. He gets a great deal and then rebuilds them to an incredibly high standard. His builds are mint. He then sells some of his cars to fund his new purchases and projects.
Devin also runs his own merch brand called Vasyn Apparel. The designs are pretty cool and appeal to people who build and modify cars. I bought a shirt to support his content and it even came with a hand written note. You can check it out at vasyn.com.
Scotty Kilmer is a Youtuber that has amassed 5.5 million subscribers since 2007. He is a mechanic with over 54 years of experience and has worked on just about every car out there.
Scotty puts out great videos with tons of good information, but sometimes his titles are a bit like click bait. It works though, and he continues to gain views and subscribers.
Whenever I am looking for a car to buy (usually on Craigslist or FB Marketplace), One of the first things I do is look up what Scotty Kilmer has to say on that specific vehicle. He is pretty opinionated and I like how he shoots straight.
Towards the later half of his videos he reads and answers questions from his viewers. It’s entertaining and you almost always learn something.
gels is a rather new YouTube channel, only created in 2022. Gels also known as Alex Gelina, formerly worked at Fitment Industries so he knows both wheels and cars.
I first found videos on his Mazda RX-8 and immediately subscribed. The world needs more rotary engine content and gels is helping fill that gap. Just like we need to save the manuals, we also need to save the wankel engine.
We have written about FortNine before on Motor Speed News and it continues to be a great motorcycle channel with interesting adventures, how to’s, and great storytelling from Ryan Kluftinger. The channel has just over 1.6 millions subscribers and is actually backed by fortnine.ca (Canada’s largest online powersport retailer). However, you won’t find overt advertising for their machines, just really good quality content about motorcycles.
Gears and Gasoline
Gears and Gasoline is a channel run by two gentlemen, both named Ben. They have just over 1 million subscribers and produce top notch quality videos. You can find plenty of videos where they focus on maintaining and modifying their cars, But once in a while they put out a special series of videos where they go on a grand journey (usually across the US). These are their best videos. You can tell they put solid effort into planning and executing their videos. Additionally, It helps that they are sponsored by Advance Auto Parts.
Engineering Explained is run by Jason Fenske and is an excellent automotive YouTube channel with 3.4 million subscribers. His goal is to answer the simple question. How do cars work?
Jason tackles the questions and topics that can require a little math and research, often using his classic whiteboard for diagrams and equations. For example, in one video he compares ethanol and gasoline, revealing surprising data from a new study.
Engineering Explained videos can be very technical, but Jason does a good job of breaking down complex processes for those of us without advanced engineering degrees.
ChrisFix is a go to channel for DIY automotive content. His “How to” videos have consequently helped his channel reach over 9 million subscribers, which as of 2021 makes his channel the largest automotive channel on YouTube.
The channel is run by Christopher Magello, but his signature move is never showing his face on camera. If you do some real digging on the internet you can find a couple instances where his face is seen in a reflection of a car windshield, but he has made a reputation for never showing his face in his videos.
The Car Wizard
The Car Wizard is our final mention in this writeup. The Car Wizard is run by David Long, a skilled mechanic who runs his own shop in Newton, Kansas. David has acquired over 800,000 subscribers by giving out helpful tips for repairing cars, detailing what someone could expect for specific repairs and vehicle reviews.
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