10 Best-Selling Japanese Cars From The ’90s That Didn’t Age Well At All

Dan Smith

You know what doesn't age well? Cars like the '93 Honda Accord and the '91 Mitsubishi Lancer. That's right, we're talking about his 90's generation of these cars and his eight previously popular cars in Japan. It was a bestseller in the 90's JDM American car. But have you seen them recently? Not really. In the 1990s, the automobile industry and society changed dramatically. The Internet was just beginning to penetrate people's homes, and cars were becoming more and more sophisticated. Japanese cars from the 90's are some of the most interesting cars ever built, but some look out of place on today's roads. RELATED: Here's How Lexus Completely Ruined Its Awesome LFA Supercar

10/10 1996-2007 Mitsubishi Pajero

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The Mitsubishi Pajero is a 90's off-roader that hasn't aged at all. Ever since they launched it, the look has been totally wrong, like someone turned a Mazda MX-5 into his SUV with just a ruler.

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It looks like a toy, but feels like a toy when you're inside.

9/10 1992-1995 Mitsubishi Galant

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The Mitsubishi Galant is a completely different story. It looked great when it came out in 1992. It had sleek lines and lots of power under the hood.

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But by 1995, when its popularity (and price) peaked, it had fallen out of favor with consumers looking for something more stylish and modern. And today the car doesn't seem to fit the road as well as other cars.

8/10 1993-1997 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling cars in the world and has been around for a long time. It was also one of the few Japanese cars that didn't age well during this period, as it was released as a front-wheel drive car while most cars switched to rear-wheel drive models.

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This meant that it struggled to compete with other vehicles on the market and quickly fell out of favor with consumers.

7/10 1991-1995 Mitsubishi Lancer

1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II, White
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At the time, the Mitsubishi Lancer was popular because it was inexpensive, stylish, and spacious enough to accommodate four people. But these days? Most likely it will be seen as a cheap used car.

1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II, White
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The problem with this model is that Mitsubishi puts little effort into making it stable over time.

6/10 1992-2002 Toyota Camry

1992 - 1996 Toyota Camry
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Sold from 1992 to 2002, the Toyota Camry is one of the most popular sedans. It has taken the market by storm and has become his one of the most iconic family cars around the world.

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Why? Because it became a symbol of reliability, and the reliability of modern cars has also increased. But then something happened. People started buying other sedans that were either stylish or had more horsepower.

5/10 1990-2000 Nissan Sentra B13

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Known as the saddest Sentra ever built, this is another example of an old-school Japanese car that hasn't aged well.The 1990-2000 Nissan Sentra B13 looks great It didn't age well because it felt like I was driving a model car made of balsa wood.

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From the outside, this car looks like an old-school Subaru Impreza, but inside it has a formidable build quality.

4/10 1997 Subaru Forester 2nd Gen

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The Subaru Forester was a big hit for the company in the 1990s, but it hasn't been as popular in recent years. Sold between 1997 and 2000, this second-generation Forester is one of the most common vehicles on the Japanese used car market.

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It's also one of the most easily recognizable 'cheap' cars thanks to its boxy shape and dated exterior.

3/10 1993-1999 Subaru Legacy 2nd Gen Wagon & Sedan

The Subaru Legacy was also successful in the 90s, but it doesn't look old at all. The Legacy has two body types: a wagon and a sedan. Both boasted Subaru's trademark boxer engine, which is still in production today.

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The Legacy wagons and sedans were beautiful cars (especially when new), but they weren't as sophisticated or modern as many other options on the market today.

2/10 1995-2001 Honda CR-V

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The 1990s were a great time for Japan, but it's safe to say that some cars built during that decade weren't aging. Suitable Cases: 1995-2001 Honda CR-V. This was Honda's first foray into what would become a huge crossover SUV business, but it was not a hit with consumers.

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The body is too tall and boxy, it doesn't handle well on or off road, and it looks old and out of place because of the boxy style. Related: An In-Depth Look Back at the Ford Escort RS Cosworth

1/10 1990-1992 Honda Civic CRX

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Sold from 1990 to 1992, the Honda Civic CRX might seem like an odd choice on this list.

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But those who remember this car will remember how badly it has aged.The suspension was too soft for any kind of real performance driving and its handling was uninspiring There were also reliability issues due to engine failures and electrical problems.