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The Top 10 Car Podcasts

Informative, entertaining, irreverent, and enthralling, these podcasts offer the absolute best in automotive audio content.

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Driver adjusting his car stereo
Driver adjusting his car stereo

On a meta level, it’s both perfect and a little weird to listen to podcast about cars while driving in your car. But let’s face it, other than when folding laundry, when better to listen to any podcast than when stuck in traffic? And for those of us who can’t get enough car content, what other podcast would we be listening to than one about cars? The irony deepens when you discover that many of the below podcasts transcend their purview of the automotive and prove to be great entertainment regardless of their topic. These are our must-listen, can’t-miss top 10 car podcasts.

Car Talk

Car Talk - npr.org
Car Talk - npr.org

Car Talk, the classic NPR radio show hosted by Click and Clack the Tappet Brother, aka Tom and Ray Magilozzi, ran from 1977 to 2012. Though it’s been off the air for a decade, re-runs of the show have become the top car podcast. Ostensibly a call-in show for those in need of automotive advice, Car Talk was so much more. They also freely dispensed relationship advice, grammatical advice, and sartorial advice, all of it questionable. The mail bag and weekly Puzzler questions rounded out a show as much about joy as it ever was about cars. Whether it was the definition of a “full-Cleveland,” the perils of Dodge Dart ownership, or exclamations of Sonja Henie’s tutu!, the Magilozzi brothers banter never failed to bring a smile.

The Smoking Tire

The Smoking Tire - TheSmokingTirePodcast on youtube.com
The Smoking Tire - TheSmokingTirePodcast on youtube.com

The Smoking Tire Podcast, a companion to the Smoking Tire YouTube channel, is hosted by journalists Matt Farah and Zack Klapman. Featuring industry interviews and celebrity guests, The Smoking Tire podcast is a great listen for the automotively obsessed. Their “Crew Shows” pair things down to Matt and Zack, where the duo discuss their latest driving experiences, covering things like track time with the latest Lamborghini variant, terrible LA traffic, and short-lived gems. Listener questions prove invaluable fodder for conversation and illicit some of the best conversations on a stellar podcast.

Past Gas

Past Gas - Donut Podcasts on youtube.com
Past Gas - Donut Podcasts on youtube.com

As the show’s tag line proclaims, “It’s a show about cars, not about farts.” Produced by YouTube juggernauts, Donut Media, Past Gas provides deep dives into automotive history, both the familiar and the lesser known. With their signature wit and enthusiasm, hosts James Pumphrey, Nolan Sykes, and Joe Weber, provide an automotive education with verve. From Ford’s ill-fated Brazilian rubber plantation and the real story of Evel Knievel to the legend of Lee Iacocca and the perils of the Carrera Panamericana, Past Gas is as encyclopedic as it is entertaining.

Car Cast

CarCast - podcastone.com
CarCast - podcastone.com

Comedian, TV/radio host, and longtime podcaster Adam Carolla is also a well-known car obsessive. He co-hosts Car Cast alongside wrestling legend and fellow petrol head Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andrea. Car Cast offers discussions of the latest car news, the hosts latest project cars, industry trends, car buying advice, and all manner of deep-in-the-weeds mechanical talk.

The Carmudgeon Show

The Carmudgeon Show - The Carmudgeon Show on youtube.com
The Carmudgeon Show - The Carmudgeon Show on youtube.com

The Carmudgeon Show is the car pod cast for the prematurely old and immovably opinionated. Or at least that’s how Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott position the show. In truth, these two automotive journalists offer some of the most insightful and in-depth commentary you’ll find anywhere on the interwebs. Are they as set in their ways as they pretend to be? Perhaps, but you find the foundation of their deeply held opinions is an unmistakable passion for driving and cars. The Carmudgeon Show reminds us why we fell in love with cars in the first place.

Hooniverse

Hooniverse - Hooniverse Podcast on youtube.com
Hooniverse - Hooniverse Podcast on youtube.com

Some folks like their podcasts regimented, with clearly plotted segments of finite length. But many others prefer the feel of a free-flowing conversation among likeminded friends. The Hooniverse podcast is clearly in the latter category. Billed at “the intersection of all things automotive and everyday life,” Hooniverse is hosted by Ron Baugh and Jeff Glucker. It’s wide-ranging podcast and covers everything from the latest Bring a Trailer auctions and Will.i.am’s newest monstrosity to what cars the hosts should sell to fund their next project cars. For equal parts laidback and legit, the Hooniverse podcast is it.

Spike’s Car Radio

Spike's Car Radio - audioboom.com
Spike's Car Radio - audioboom.com

Spike’s Car Radio isn’t the last dying remnants of that bastion of televised toxic masculinity, instead, it’s a podcast hosted by comedy writer and car nut Spike Feresten. A car-collector and Porsche diehard, Feresten has writing credits from Seinfeld, The David Letterman Show, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Frequent guests and co-hosts include Jerry Seinfeld, Matt Farah (The Smoking Tire), and Jonny Lieberman (Motor Trend). Spike’s Car Radio is an engaging mix of humorous banter and all things automotive, making it easily the second funniest car podcast (after Car Talk, of course).

Everyday Driver Car Debate

Everyday Driver Car Debate - podcasts.apple.com
Everyday Driver Car Debate - podcasts.apple.com

Another podcast spun-off from a successful YouTube channel, the Everyday Driver Car Debate is hosted by Paul Schmucker and Todd Deeken. Unlike their YouTube channel, which centers on car reviews, new and classic, the Everyday Driver podcast largely centers on listener questions which fuel discussions of the current market, industry news, car buying advice, and much more.

Collecting Cars Podcast

Collecting Cars Podcast - collecting cars.com
Collecting Cars Podcast - collecting cars.com

Hosted by Top Gear’s Chris Harris, the Collecting Cars Podcast doesn’t post as often as some of the others on our list, but when they do, it’s always a must listen. Chris Harris’s singular perspective and gift for anecdotes is complimented by interviews with car world luminaries for a podcast that’s as good as anything Harris has done for Top Gear.

Rusty’s Garage 

Rusty’s Garage - podcasts.apple.com
Rusty’s Garage - podcasts.apple.com

Rusty’s Garage is a racing-centric podcast hosted by Australian automotive journalist Greg Rust. Covering both car and motorcycle racing, this interview show features a who’s-who of the international race scene with compelling conversations with drivers, engineers, and team owners. If you’ve ever wanted to pick the brain of racing’s best and brightest, Rusty’s Garage is your chance.

Bonus Listening

The Weekly Driver

The Weekly Driver - audible.com
The Weekly Driver - audible.com

An adjunct to The Weekly Driver blog, the Weekly Driver podcast is hosted by James Raia and Bruce Aldrich. These two car journalists cover all things automotive, from the latest industry news and reviews to car collecting and racing.

Adventure Rider Radio

Adventure Rider Radio - adventureriderradio.com
Adventure Rider Radio - adventureriderradio.com

Adventure Rider Radio is a weekly motorcycle podcast covering long-haul adventure motorcycle riding. From gear and riding advice to expert interviews and tales from the road. If you’ve ever dreamed of hoping on a bike and riding the world’s roads, this is the podcast for you.

F1: Beyond the Grid

Beyond The Grid - formula1.com
Beyond The Grid - formula1.com

Can’t get enough F1? Beyond the Grid, hosted by Tom Clarkson, interviews F1 drivers past and present, owners, techs, and engineers.

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Chris Kaiser

With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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