The pros and cons of electric rallying
Electric cars haven't killed the engine as we know it, yet. In fact, the century-old technology is getting stronger every year
Most tire buyers stick to vanilla choices, but you can get versatility and durability. Here's how to pick the right rubber for your roads.
If you don't know how to handle a high-performance car, the local highway isn't the place to learn. Get thee to a car club.
Rally racers in super-modded street cars follow their own Cliffs Notes to navigate rocky dirt roads full of gullies and blind curves. The rawest form of racing is finally gaining traction in the U.S.
Old tech & new materials intricately combined for insane speed: the ingenuity of the top fuel dragster.
PopSci's earliest coverage of Model T's, sleazy car salesmen, and the must-have automobile accessories of the 1920s
The Popular Science Automotive Buyerâ€™s Guide
Americaâ€™s favorite old-school videogame maker puts thirtysomethings in the virtual driverâ€™s seat of a suburban dream car
The reputation of the original SL has cast a long shadow over subsequent models. The all-new 302-horsepower SL500 carries the banner high.
Is it a good idea to turn the pleasure of driving into a barrage of beeps, flashes, cautions and commands? He thinks not.
Youâ€™re pushing 185 mph. The trees to your left have melted into a green blur, the tachometer needle shakes frenetically as it nears the end of its ascent, and the engine is screaming.
What would happen if an architect renowned for his unruly, twisted-metal structures decided to craft a new kind of automobile? We´re about to find out.
At Bill Scott's anti-terrorist driving school, students learn to spin, shoot, and ram their way through any auto-borne attack.
Humans make terrible drivers. Research shows we're panic-prone, unpredictable and slow to react behind the wheel. Now a new breed of robot cars promises to eliminate human error for safer roads, less traffic and major fuel savings
They look like lawnmowers on steroids, but superkarts can keep pace with million-dollar Ferraris--150 mph on the straights and crazy Gs in the turns. The best value in racing is starting to get respect.
The EPA is finally improving its antiquated mileage-rating system for cars and trucks. The biggest losers? Hybrids
Attention: Hollywood, Wall Street & Washington. Here's the real Power List, and you're not on it.
2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Factory-installed car entertainment generally sucks, but aftermarket upgrades abound--if you have the cash.
The 118 WallyPower is a wild, $24 million turbine-driven high-tech yacht that looks like it's built for special forces billionaires. Mission: Go fast, guzzle fuel, look scary.
The PopSci car test: Do performance and practicality really mix? We drive the new sport wagons.
We test the muscle of the newest sports cars on the track.
While driving, crank with care.
A "fuel consumption display" on the Acura RDX gives drivers real-time readouts
Whether you're struggling to afford your first set of wheels or looking for a luxury-mobile, you'll find it here.
In serious driving, one car's big brakes can outmaneuver another car's bigger engine.
you should know before buying a hybrid
2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
Testing the Goods: The Chevrolet Volt
We test 4 vehicles to see how well they keep their distance.
Concept cars: You may soon be driving a station wagonâ€”only you'll call it a "sports tourer" or "crossbred vehicle."
Swedish concept: sexy or sexist?
Suzuki hopes to sell this 140-mph version of an Indy car through dealerships. And wait till you hear the price.
Resurrecting the turning headlight concept.
The eight-wheel armored Stryker is hereâ€”and we're the first to drive it.
Under the hood of the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron is a 16-cylinder tale of big egos, aggressive engineering and media sniping.
Only one car made it the entire 230 miles, and we were behind the wheel.
Now available in the U.S.: Not one but two rally-inspired sports cars for real-world driving. How do they score against each other?
Nine myths and misconceptions, and the truth about why hydrogen-powered cars arenâ€™t just around the corner
Once upon a time, drivers had only a ball of wax and a wick to light their way
Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.
A millennial's message to automakers
Sales rise and brakes screech as India embraces the auto industry.
A 2,000-horsepower, shape-changing, 350mph missile
Why buy: Which of the latest high-tech new-car options will pay you back at trade-in?
Radar, lasers, wireless radio networks and other embedded tech will enable our cars to sense faraway traffic and stop accidents before they happen. But who will be in the driver's seat?
You shouldn't need a degree in computer science to understand whatâ€™s going on under the hood of your next car. Here's your no-nonsense guide to the latest automotive -- and the coolest cars that showcase them
For the modern soapbox derby, all you need is gravity-and $30,000
A short history of the automobile's biggest life saver
Popular Science took its first extensive look at a gasoline-electric automobile in 1916.
Cars that think for us! Cars that change shape at will! Cars that scream along underground at twice the speed of sound! Itâ€™s a cinch to predict the future of the automobile. But how do we get there?
The all-new Nissan 350Z packs in a lot of technology at a little price.
In harsh conditions, a little advance planning can save lives.
A millennial responds to his automobile-loving, autonomy-wary critics
A handy breakdown for speed freaks
The 2017 model will come in a self-driving edition
BMW's new steering system leaves us wanting less.
The only thing the Honda Element and Scion bbX have in common is the generation they're made for.
Chevy's fuel-cell SUV zips around Las Vegas
U.S. automakers are thinking big -- and building small.
American visionaries, cranks and con men have long sought the simple key to boosting the efficiency of the gasoline engine. Now a barefoot tinkerer in India believes he has unlocked the door. Is he for real?
Behind the wheel, we find that GM's highest-profile concept car has become a refreshing, radically different kind of production vehicle
A new generation of smarter-car technology is helping drivers — and cars — manage trips more efficiently, preventing gridlock, avoiding wrecks and ameliorating 5 p.m. road rage
Detroit has a plan to change how we drive--and it hits the road in 2016
Safely and uneventfully
Apple CarPlay faces off against Android Auto in a race to Cold Spring Harbor
Become a superkarter.
It's Bentley's bid, seven decades later, to reclaim the Le Mans throne. It's an experimental car. We're going 190 mph.
We prove that pickups and SUVs don't have to guzzle gas.
The pricey, small-batch lithium-ion powered Mini E has arrived. And it looks and drives like, well, a really quiet Mini Cooper
Inside the newly designed roadster
Does the hotly anticipated plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt have a shot at rejuvenating General Motors? We took a prototype version for a spin to find out.
Nissan has produced a quick, fun-to-drive, technologically sophisticated pure-electric car. But inevitably, limited driving range makes it a daily commuter, not a road-tripper
A look at the inner workings of GM's plug-in car
Das auto can drive itself
In which an admitted gadget nerd feels as confused as grandma when dealing with the modern automobile
How Silicon Valley engineers are transforming cars into very smart, very fast and increasingly opinionated information systems
A cheaper, smaller Prius with crazypants gas mileage
Five technologies that will shape the cars of the future
PopSci's old-school guide to maintaining your tires, troubleshooting your carburetor, and driving without accidentally killing anyone
The first production plug-in hybrid sedan from Porsche
Wireless update to Model S lets the machine take the wheel
Taking humans out of the equation will transform the car of the future
New app will let you virtually test drive green vehicles
Uber's engineering chief takes a self-driving car to work every day. Now he's ready to unleash them on Pittsburgh.
Track Mode shows the potential of electric cars to go fast.
How the two competing car systems hold up in New York City traffic
It's built specifically with the racetrack in mind.
Tricked-up right out of the factory, and aimed young.
Forget what you know about gas-electric vehicles: The next generation is built for performance.
Zero to 60 in under five seconds: World's fastest grocery-hauler from Mercedes hot-rod division. Also tested: the fantastic new S65 AMG.