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New Cars That Need to Die (and Driving a '90s JDM Rally Cheating Legend)

Automotive technology changes, design moves forward, performance capabilities climb. But for some reason there are cars that seem to not even get a hint of that innovation. Cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Chevy Impala, and even the Toyota Land Cruiser—how and why do they still exist in their current form?

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On this week’s Car Time, Justin Westbrook and I argue about cars we think need to go the way of the Honda Element. Or, at least, get a damn refresh and a powertrain upgrade. Oh, and I also drove a 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four. Yeah, you know, that turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Japanese hatchback America never got and that served as the base for homologation special models?

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That thing was Rad As Hell.

Jalopnik Features Editor Raphael Orlove also joins us this episode to school me on some other bubble-era Japanese cars and to explain in detail the most ingenious racing cheat of all time. It was a blast!

ex Jalopnik car boy, former social media editor.

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Shiftright
Shiftright

What the hell do you have against the Honda Element? It was one of the rare true sport utility vehicles ever made, supremely useful, adaptable and reliable, like a good Swiss army knife.