Mike is obsessed with his new six-wheel drive car, and insists on showing it off to his pal Sulley. Sulley's first words when he sees the car were, "What was wrong with your old car?" Unfortunately for Mike, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, for instance, getting caught in the engine cover and contacting Sulley by phone to tell him to "PUSH THE BUTTON!" (when he eventually does and walks to the door, he leaves a trail of smoke behind him.), pressing so many buttons that the car malfunctions and goes wild. Afterwards, Sulley notices the rear-view mirror is out of alignment. After breaking it off accidentally, Mike says for Sulley to get out of the car, furious with Sulley's and his own antics. Mike drives off and ends up wrecking the car completely. Sulley says that the airbag didn't go off. It then does: Mike is blown back by the explosion, Sulley catches him and Mike says, "I miss my old car . . ." (possibly due to paranoia) and in the end the two monsters are left with only their own two feet for transportation.
- Mike's New Car is the first Pixar short to utilize vocal performances and the first to take characters and situations from a previously established work.
- Received an Academy Award nomination (Best Animated Short Film in 2002).
- Included in the 2002 DVD release of Monsters Inc.
- The commentary track provided with the short on the 2002 DVD release is commentary from the directors' sons.
- There is a visible button that reads Don't Push.
- Rick from the feature length-film makes a cameo as he tries to walk through the sidewalk, but runs away because of Mike's crazy car rampage. We can only see him in small vision because the camera pulls away far, making the sound less loud.