Back when we were all younger, if you were interested in cars, you read about them in magazines. If you were extremely interested in cars, you read about them in multiple magazines. You would wait anxiously each month for your copies of Automobile, Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Motor Trend to arrive so you could talk your dad’s ear off about something he thought he was interested in talking about until he made the mistake of letting his kid get a subscription to four car magazines at the same time.
The era of the Internet has changed automotive journalism, though, and while brands like Motor Trend and Road & Track are still relevant, websites and videos are now as important or more important than magazines. But it isn’t just traditional auto media that’s continued to find success on the Internet. Quite a few new outlets have emerged, offering content you couldn’t have ever found 10 years ago.
Over the last few years, one of the biggest breakout stars in the car world has been a YouTube channel called Regular Car Reviews. The anonymous host, Mr. Regular, is like no other car reviewer on the Internet, and yet his unconventional mix of parody, foul humor, not-safe-for-work language, and general distaste for pretentiousness has somehow made him an unlikely star.
Here are the 10 most popular episodes he’s put out so far.
10. 1985 Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno
Thanks partly to the popularity of Initial D, the Toyota AE86 is probably the only Toyota Corolla that car enthusiasts still embrace with open arms. It has character and an interesting shape, but does it really live up to the JDM fanboy hype? Can any car with such a large fan base live up to its hype?
9. 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4
Oh, the Dodge Neon SRT-4. The regular Neon was a pretty decent car at the time, but someone at Dodge got the crazy idea that they could turbocharge the hell out of the little Neon’s engine and create a performance car. Somehow, that idea got approved in all its torque-steering glory.
8. 1991 BMW E30 318i
If you want a great driver’s car but are on an extremely tight budget, you have two choices: the Mazda Miata or the BMW E30 3 Series. Miata is always the answer, of course, but the Miata doesn’t have four doors, so at least the E30 offers more practicality. Every other car guy, though, is going to assume you bought it as a 24 Hours of LeMons racer.
7. 1991 Toyota MR2 SW20 Turbo
There was a time not so long ago when Toyota sold some of the best performance cars on the market right next to its boring-but-practical family sedans. It was a time when you could buy a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, turbocharged sports coupe called the MR2, and it was a wonderful time to be alive. What happened, Toyota?
6. 2005 Lotus Elise
Let’s say you like your Honda S2000 but want something lighter, more nimble, less practical, and Toyota-powered. You want a real, dedicated sports car and not something you can drive every day to pick up coffee and donuts for the office. What do you buy? You buy a Lotus Elise.
5. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
The current WRX is a pretty great car, but even today when you think about the WRX, you don’t think of the new one. No, you think of the bug-eyed WRX from back when it was the coolest car any bro could want. Rallycross? You want to do rallycross? The WRX is practically a rally car for the streets!
4. 1995 BMW E36 M3
Every BMW M3 is loved by the car community, but some M3s aren’t loved as equally as others. The least-equally loved of these is the E36 M3. That doesn’t mean it isn’t loved at all, though. It just so happens that it’s also the darling of the “stance” community, which is unfortunate.
3. 2003 Honda S2000
Every car guy loves the Miata. That’s just the law, and if you don’t like it, no one cares. Until 2009, though, Honda offered a tempting alternative roadster that was also entirely focused on the joy of driving. The S2000 was simple, driver-focused, and an absolute blast from behind the wheel. If only it could attract the kind of attention from women that it attracts from cops.
2. 2006 Mazda RX-8
The Mazda RX-8 has a rotary engine. Did you hear that the RX-8 has a rotary engine? It has a rotary engine! In case you forgot, there are little triangles all throughout the design to make sure you never forget that the RX-8 has a rotary engine. You also better not forget to change the oil because rotary engines use a lot of it. Who cares about oil changes, engine flooding, or any of the other quirks when they’re driving a car with a rotary engine, though?
1. 1995 Mazda Miata MX-5
As popular as the Mazda Miata is with car guys, it’s only fitting that this is the most popular video the guys behind Regular Car Reviews have ever made. It’s 20-year-old, 1990s perfection in automotive form, and did I mention it has pop-up headlights? There’s even a rumor that Miatas can attract women. Even the Jaguar F-Type can’t attract women. What are you waiting for? Just buy a Miata.