Gearbox

The Silent Killer

Hybrids are so quiet that pedestrians never hear them coming. Now automakers are racing to make the car of the future sound like the gas guzzlers of old.

Oct. 28 2009 3:24 PMSave the Planet: Drive a PorscheHow a classic car can be greener than your Prius.
Aug. 14 2008 6:58 AMShrimp My RideThe Smart Fortwo is cute—but not so practical.
June 24 2008 2:59 PMFinally, a Hybrid for the Country Club SetThe Lexus GS 450h is greener and more fun than its gas-guzzling cousins.
Nov. 23 2007 8:26 AMYour Everyday, Run-of-the-Mill LamborghiniThe supercar you can drive to the supermarket.
Nov. 27 2006 6:57 AMIt's Electric!The Tesla Roadster—a hotshot sports car that runs on batteries.
Sept. 5 2006 12:14 PMKey PartyZipcar makes car sharing sexy, not sorry.
June 20 2005 4:41 PMThe Mystery of the Mazda 3Or the Curse of the Excluded Middle.
July 7 2004 9:50 AMDef Cab for CutieToyota's subversive anti-car.
Feb. 10 2004 12:50 AMThe Simple Life at FordTwo cars that are supposed to save Detroit.
June 18 2003 7:51 PMPorsche's Pullme-PushyouPlus: Honda's Element doesn't drive as cool as it looks. But it's close!
June 4 2003 5:33 PMWhat Time Does This Space Get to IKEA?Honda's Element doesn't drive as cool as it looks. But it's close!
May 9 2003 6:02 AMAdvance to the RearChrysler brings back the big, rear-drive sedan; plus more Bangle torture.
April 11 2003 7:06 AMWhy Front-Wheel Drive SucksAnd why rear-wheel drive is coming back.
Dec. 18 2002 6:38 PMDas GoatPlus: More gratuitous Bangle-bashing!
Nov. 28 2008 7:02 AMA Clean Break From GasolineThe Audi A5 TDI shows why Americans need more diesel options.
July 3 2008 6:57 AMGet Your Motor Runnin'If gas prices are killing you, here's a guide to thrifty motorcycles and scooters.
June 13 2008 8:09 AMDriver's EdEven an old dad can learn new tricks at a Grand Prix driving school.
June 12 2007 10:02 AMI Hate My Classic CarThank goodness they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Oct. 17 2006 11:50 AMPerfect FitTest-driving the cheapest cars we could find.
Sept. 19 2005 6:34 AMPushing Subaru's ButtonsThe Four Levels of Stability Control, revealed!
Jan. 19 2005 6:18 PMThe Wrong Auto ShowsThey tell us more than the big Detroit exhibition.
July 2 2004 7:48 AMDef Cab for CutieToyota's subversive anti-car.
June 23 2003 6:29 PMPorsche's Pullme-PushyouPlus: Honda's Element doesn't drive as cool as it looks. But it's close!
June 11 2003 6:43 PMBamboozled by Bangle?Plus: Honda's Element doesn't drive as cool as it looks. But it's close!
May 29 2003 5:15 AMAdvance to the RearChrysler brings back the big, rear-drive sedan; plus more Bangle torture.
April 23 2003 3:18 AMFord's HumiliationIs "Retrofuturism" a thing of the past?
Jan. 5 2003 3:56 PMYesterday's Cars of TomorrowReport from L.A.'s second-fiddle auto show.
June 21 2001 3:00 AMCartoon CarsThe Chrysler PT Cruiser vs. the Ford Focus.