JNC readers were pretty much in universal that the Mitsubishi Eclipse name would have been better laid to rest than revived for a crossover, even though the once great sport coupe had morphed into a bloated cruiser with little semblance of performance by the end of its run. But it’s not the only venerated name that has befallen that fate. For example, did you know that the Infiniti EX was called the Skyline Crossover in Japan? Clearly, the blasphemy must stop.
What sacred model name should never be revived for a crossover?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Tell us your tip for battling the winter weather with a JNC.”
There was many a fine answer this week, including some that included actual legit advice from SHC and MikeRL411 that you should definitely read if you live in snowy climes. It came down to the two that entertained us the most, and despite Joe Hornberger achieving a close runner up status with his MIATA corollary, we have to award the prize to Andrew L, for is sheer number of incredible references. But he probably would’ve won due to a shout out to YMO alone.
I went car shopping last year, when I knew I was going to be moving from Tennessee to Cleveland, Ohio, and I figured my Z31 300ZX would no longer be a reasonable all-season daily driver. So after much hemming and protesting my wife’s admittedly reasonable stance against importing an Alto Works RS-R (“But it’s 4WD!”) I settled on a 2016 Subaru WRX. A more reasonable variant of the AWD + fun equation, modern Rexes look like respectable sedans to your in-laws but can still tear up some mountain roads while you blast Yellow Magic Orchestra. Win-win.
So I was prepared for the Great North’s infamous winters and lake-effect snow. The thing I wasn’t prepared for at all was what complete garbage the roads are up here. For the uninitiated, the quality of your average Cleveland street is somewhere between a construction zone and Fallujah in the spring of 2004. As such, the hard suspension, low stance and bolstered seats in my WRX are absolutely murderous. Every trip to the store, once a joy on the glassy byways of the Neverwinter South, has now become something akin to that Namco F-1 arcade game from the ’70s, except instead of dodging Ferraris and Lotuses, you’re constantly swerving to avoid dodgy asphalt patchwork, compressed mounds of diamond-hard ice that never melts, massive sharp edged steel plates in the road and Sarlacc-Pit-scale pot holes.
And so, ironically enough I find myself leaving the AWD winter specialist in the garage and cruising town in my old RWD Z31. The aging, floaty stock suspension and tired seats used to be near the top of my project list, but up here they’re assets! Besides, a large part of the fun of nostalgic-era vehicles is how accessible their limits are, and that’s doubly true in a couple inches of fresh snow.
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