Honda might be the best known for developing four-wheel steering in the 1980s, but it wasn't the only Japanese automaker pursuing the idea. Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Nissan all developed four-wheel steering systems of their own around the same period. got their hands on the first production Mazda to use the system back in 1988, and it's interesting to see how it compares to Honda's unique design.
Instead of using a purely mechanical setup that required a physical link from front to rear (like in the Honda), Mazda used electronics and a hydraulic steering rack out back to get the wheels turned. At speeds up to 22 mph, the rear wheels on the 626 4WS could turn up to five degrees opposite the fronts for easier low-speed maneuverability and parking. Above 22 mph, the rear wheels turn in the same direction for stability for turning at high speeds.
It's cool seeing the different ways each company approached the feature, especially considering they were working with 1980s tech at the time. Check out the full Motorweek Retro Review video here.