Tag Archives: Question of the Week

QotW: Which JNC had the coolest pop-up headlights

The pop-up headlight: automotive eyes personified, endearing relic, or just two additional unnecessary points-of-failure? Whatever you think of them, they defined an automotive era. I happen to reap a weird, endless joy from that delay between when you flick the switch and when they actually pop-up or retract. … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest Japanese nostalgic hatchback?

The hatchback. Loved everywhere in the world but the US. Rather than embrace its practicality, we Americans refuse to date anyone driving one and insist on adding a smaller, shallower cargo area that extends over the rear wheels like a portable bathtub. … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC yellow?

If July could be a color, it would be yellow. With the golden light of our sun shining brightly as ever, beating down on us, and giving Superman his powers, it is perhaps time to ponder a hue not so common … Continue reading

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QotW: Which nostalgic feature should be brought back?

The reasons for our love of JNCs are plentiful. Almost as plentiful as questions about why we’d drive a 30 year old Toyota/Honda/Mazda/Daihatsu rather than a comfortable new car. Many of those reasons, however, are actually good: simplicity in design and engineering, greater outward … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC is impossible to find stock?

Some cars, such as the two Kidney candidates we saw last week, are so welcoming to modifications that for it to survive decades untouched, especially at the affordable end of the blue book listings, is as unlikely as like a baby outlasting the zombie … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest JNC steering wheel?

The steering wheel. It’s probably the thing you interact with the most when driving a car, so let’s give it some consideration. What’s the greatest JNC steering wheel? Allow us to make a case for the Nissan Gloria Turbo Brougham VIP … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best car story with dad?

Dads. They teach us how to drive, wrench, and curse when either of the first two goes wrong. Many of us got our passion for cars from our dads (or moms too, but it’s Father’s Day that’s coming up), and … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to fetch a car?

Most of us car guys can’t even be bothered to assemble a respectable outfit for the social rituals that humans have to endure, such as weddings, dinner with the in-laws, or going to stores that are not Autozone. But then your friend sends you a Craigslist link … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your dream touge build?

Touge. It’s the reason Japanese sport coupes adhere to the doctrine of lightweight, high-revving philosophy. 73 percent of Japan’s landmass is mountainous, and the touge roads are where a uniquely Japanese form of hoonage was born. So, if you live … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the ultimate Toyota-Mazda combo?

Last week we learned that Toyota and Mazda have become bedfellows. We don’t yet know what will come of the union, but let’s imagine for a second that anything goes and that a time machine is involved. A V8-powered Luce? A three-rotor 2000GT? … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC is so ugly it’s cute?

This question came up because of an encounter with a Nissan Juke. Sure, it might have the kind of face only a blind mother could love but Nissan still has no problems moving a couple thousand a month. That’s better than the Subaru BRZ … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC stat would surprise non-JNC people?

A few weeks ago on After/DRIVE, I blurted out a statistic about how there are fewer stock AE86s left than Ferrari Enzos. No, I haven’t counted them all, but I can count on my own two hands how many I’ve seen … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest “green” JNC?

We’ve asked what the greatest shade of JNC green is, but not what the greatest “green” JNC is. Turbo straight sixes and V8s are sexy, but Earth Day is coming up this week so let’s limit this discussion cars with naturally … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Mitsubishi?

Mitsubishi has begun taking orders for the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. When these last 1,000 Evo X models roll off the assembly line, the last bastion of Mitsubishi’s once proud performance lineup will be gone. What’s the greatest nostalgic Mitsubishi? Sure, there’s still the aging … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the sportiest Japanese nostalgic sedan?

Last week Nissan announced it was bringing back the 4DSC moniker for the new Maxima. Japan, however, has been making 4-door sports cars from the Prince Skyline to the Lancer Evo. What’s the sportiest Japanese nostalgic sedan? What say you, … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best JNC for NYC?

JNC is in NYC this week for the New York International Auto Show. If you want to follow along, check us out on Facebook and Instagram. While in the Big Apple, we’ve come to wonder: What’s the best JNC for … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your springtime JNC ritual?

Spring is here, and for much of the world it’s time to take your JNC out of storage, finish up your winter project, or go for the year’s first drive. What’s your springtime JNC ritual? Well, if you live in SoCal, the answer is … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most under-appreciated JNC?

One could argue that all JNCs are under-appreciated, but even among the outcasts there’s a hierarchy. Not all of us can drive 2000GTs and Hakosukas, or even 510s. What’s the most under-appreciated JNC? Allow us to proffer the 1984 Toyota Camry. Sure, it … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your biggest JNC regret?

You hear these stories all the time: “I should’ve never sold that car.” “One day it was gone and the owner said he sold it for scrap.” “I bought a Chrysler Sebring.” Life is full of regrets, and cars are a … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best Mr K story?

The news of Mr K’s passing this weekend moved many, especially in the US where he was instrumental in guiding the Datsun brand in its formative years. After retirement in 1977, Mr K remained an active ambassador to the brand, traveling across … Continue reading

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