1. Front-Wheel Drive
While hardly new, front-wheel drive was very trendy during the ‘80s. In a bid to improve their fuel economy numbers automakers switched from traditional rear-wheel-drive to this bass-ackwards layout.
The move brought about vehicle like Chrysler’s K-Car line, the Ford Escort, GM’s X-body models and countless others. Front-wheel drive afforded motorists things like more spacious cabins, lower vehicle mass, better traction, dumpy handling and crippling torque steer.