A whole slew of our four-wheeled coverage in 2017 involved autonomous vehicles and self-driving cars. And with good reason—between the big OEMs and a legion of startups, a lot is going on there. But human-driven vehicles aren’t going anywhere just yet, and 2017 has been an interesting year behind the wheel here at Ars.
We’ve had a bumper crop of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, with important new EVs from Chevrolet and Nissan bookending the calendar. We’ve driven enough crossovers and SUVs to fill a parking lot, some of which came in very handy during a house move. At the other end of the size chart, on one memorable day in Tennessee, I got to drive a gaggle of microcars, which made me realize just how far vehicle safety standards have progressed in 50 years. And there was a light sprinkling of supercars during the warmer months.