The almighty Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. Once Subaru’s biggest rival and now an extinct breed. Back in the day the Lancer Evolution and the Impreza WRX STi were the two names that came to mind when it came to performance cars. Their storied rivalry that lasted a quarter century recently ended when Mitsubishi released the final 2015 year model Lancer Evo X, which looks almost exactly the same as the previous model, dating back 2008.
Though this Mitsubishi is actually the Lancer EVO VIII, the body type is legendary and will always have a place in the hearts of performance enthusiasts. To me, it’s the perfect body to showcase as an itasha car.
The Hyundai Sonata is Korea’s dip into the mid-size sedan market segment, competing with the likes of top contenders such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Nissan Altima. Holding its own with a very spacious interior and an infotainment system that is Apple Carplay and Android Auto ready, the Sonata is able to keep its head above water and stay relevant. Many base models however are lacking a vital touch that, if going through a dealership, essentially requires an additional $1000+ to upgrade to. That vital touch is a set of LED daytime running lights.
Spend some time behind the wheel of a Ford F-250 and you’ll know how empowering it is to be in pretty much the biggest vehicle on the road. You are lifted a few feet from the ground with the entire world before you. As you are truckin’ down the road with the strong and ferocious V-8 engine, you find yourself away from the city and suburbs and you’ve ended up in a rural area. You can probably see just fine at night as is, but you still want to see everything in front of you. This is where the lower grill mounted high powered LED light bar comes in.
If Otaku Thursday was a treasure trove of JDM cars, then Anime Expo was the host of the cream of the crop, displaying a slew of new itasha that I have yet to see. These were truly one of a kind cars that you wouldn’t normally see out on the streets, but here they are, this medley of Honda itasha, gathered in one place so drivers can show their passion for anime culture.
When it comes to full sized sedans, the Nissan Maxima ranks highest among the likes of the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera, and the Chevy Impala. Straddling the line between practicality and luxury, The Maxima is a premium-tier car that offers standard luxury elements for a comfortable ride. Heated leather seats make for smooth entry into the spacey cabin, and an infotainment system rounds out the comprehensive and practical interior. At the front end Nissan created a “V-Motion” look that makes its curbside presence hard to ignore. But there’s always room for enhancement; just when you think you’ve been wowed, the RGB demon eyes LED strip module engages and you get blown away.