One way to describe Jalopnik would be to say it's the Gawker for car blogs. I say that for good reason. Jalopnik is part of the Gawker Media network. And as you might imagine, the site is full of equal parts intelligence and humor... and yeah, a little snark, too. Jalopnik also boasts a very well-informed and vocal commenting community. On the one hand, this provides the site with additional content in the way of reader's engagement. But on the other hand, it gives Jalopnik a built-in vetting system ensuring none of these blog posts are lemons. It's a conversation over at Jalopnik. They embrace it.
Jalopnik gets its name from combining the terms 'jalopy' and 'beatnik' together. (Did I mention they have a sense of humor?) But I'd say the blog is really more of a sports car or sedan than it is jalopy. It's certainly a very reliable publication. Jalopnik is for the reader who takes cars seriously, but maybe nothing else. They're into new cars. But they're also into El Caminos.
On Jalopnik you can see a slideshow of cars that make their 'heart pound' or a video of a life size Ford Explorer model being made out of 380,000 Legos. You might also enjoy the report on 10 dead car brands they wish were still alive. Truthfully, Jalopnik's a great site even if you're not a gearhead. It's a great read, even if it does shift gears.