Top Reviews of 2020 from the Car and Driver Archive

For much of 2020, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made testing and reviewing new cars a challenge. While the pace of new-car reviews slowed down in the face of lockdowns, we pilfered our archive to bring you uninterrupted entertainment. We pulled some of our most memorable reviews and the stories that we remember reading before we started working here. What follows is our top five archival pieces as judged by your visits. Like our new-car top five list for this year, your favorite archival pieces cover all manner of vehicles and vehicle types. Apparently, car enthusiasm encompasses the entire spectrum of cars.

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5. 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo vs. the Chevy Corvette LT1, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Nissan 300ZX Turbo, and Porsche 968

Toyota’s 320-hp Supra wasn’t the only icon in this incredible test of the sports-car state of the art in 1993. There really isn’t a loser in this comparison test, but that may be nostalgia talking. The C/D crew didn’t seem to have much trouble ranking these legends and declaring a winner.

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4. 1994 Lingenfelter GMC Suburban

Before AMG, SRT, and Porsche-built SUVs, Lingenfelter Engineering created this 550-hp Chevy Suburban. Powered by a 9.9-liter V-8, this monster hit 60 in 4.6 seconds. Clearly, it continues to captivate readers and editors as much as it did over a quarter century ago.

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3. 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Reader interest in this incredible piece of 1980s excess is easy to understand. A factory slant-nose, in white, with white wheels and a turbocharger will never fail to draw a crowd.

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2. 1995 Toyota T100 Xtracab DX

Frankly, we’re surprised that so many readers were interested in Toyota’s first full-size pickup. Sure, it got some much needed revisions and more power for 1995, and we love Toyota’s pickups as much as the next person. But that really doesn’t help us understand the high level of interest in the T100.

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1. 1993 Caterham Super 7

Colin Chapman’s stripped-down sports car stopped being a Lotus in 1973, but an English dealer bought the rights to make it and continues to build and sell the kit car to this day. We checked in on the state of the Super 7 back in 1993 and found it to be alive and strong.

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