JDM (Japanese domestic market) cars are best-known for looking sleek, driving fast, handling well, and for their propensity for being modded by tuners around the world. Companies like Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Mazda came out with some of the best cars throughout the ‘90s to spoil car buffs around the world. Rally racing and street racing became huge throughout these years, and that’s thanks to many of the cars that were produced during this era.
However, just as so many of these JDM cars became classics, so many others fell flat right out of the gate. You see, the carmakers were generally unimaginative during the ’90s, with innovations being few and far between. The future was bright, but the current car climate was not great, so we also have some absolute poorly designed eyesores; poorly-maintained cars with bad engines. It might be surprising to hear that many of the culprits for these terrible vehicles were the same companies that came out with great stuff!
Whether it was by deciding to combine a sports car and an economy sedan or building a subcompact SUV that barely had leg room for two passengers, some of the ideas during the ‘90s were just uninspired. On the other hand, we also have classics that built followings that are still strong to this day.