92% of People Can't Name All of these Memorable Cars from the '90s. Can You?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell the difference between a Hyundai Excel and an Eagle Summit?  Do you know a Plymouth Breeze from a Chevy Cavalier, or a Geo Storm from a Pontiac Le Mans? Any idea what made the '96 VW Golf Harlequin so instantly recognizable? If you consider yourself an expert of '90s cars, take our quiz to prove your '90s automotive IQ!

The '90s brought major changes to the automotive industry, and many of these changes were a big hit with car fans. To understand how cars changed at the end of the 20th century, however, you have to go back to the '70s, when tightening environmental regulations forced car makers to clamp down on performance in an attempt to clear the air. These new rules meant fewer emissions, but they also resulted in cars that were more sluggish, with less power than their predecessors.

By the '90s, automotive technology had come a long way towards catching up with all of these environmental rules, and manufacturers were finally able to make driving fun again while keeping pollution under control. 

Even better, car designers spent the '90s embracing the modern curves and shapes for car bodies -- which were much boxier and full of straight lines in the '80s.

Think you can tell one '90s ride from another? Take our quiz to find out!

Ford introduced its iconic Explorer in 1991 to replace the smaller Ford Bronco II. The compact SUV came in three trim levels at the time, including an XL base model, a chromed-up XLT, and a special Eddie Bauer edition with a two-toned paint job.

Honda released its first minivan, the Odyssey, in 1995 using the company's classic Accord platform. Buyers flocked to the vehicle, which came with a third-row seat that could be folded down and tucked into the floor for extra space as needed.

Based on the military's M998 Humvee, the 1992 Hummer H1 was the first Hummer designed for public streets. This early version was famously endorsed by actor, and later governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The '97 Boxster was the first new Porsche model in well over a decade, and got its name from its "boxer-style" engine. The car included a 2.5 liter engine and an ignition located to the left of the steering wheel for extra coolness.

Hyundai introduced the Tiburon, a two-door coupe, in 1996. The earliest units came with the choice of either a 1.8 or 2.0 liter engine, and utilized the iconic coke-bottle styling reminiscent of rides from the '60s and '70s.

Volkswagen only produced its unforgettable Golf Harlequin for a single year -- 1996. Only a few hundred were made, each with a bizarre mix of panels in shades of red, yellow green and blue to create a truly memorable car.

Ford came out with the fourth generation of its classic Mustang sports car in 1994. This new generation featured a major redesign compared to earlier models, including a cockpit-style interior and better handling and performance.

BMW came out with the Z3 in 1996. It was the company's first car made entirely outside of Germany. The two-seat roadster was also sold in the 1996 Neiman Marcus catalog -- a special James Bond edition in aquatic blue sold for just $35,000.

The Land Rover Feelander was a compact SUV produced between 1997 and 2014. It was available in both a five-door wagon style and a three-door semi-convertible. Early editions were almost always manual, though automatic transmission was also an option in some years.

It's hard to find a more '90s car than the Suzuki X-90. Introduced in 1996, this two-seat SUV had a T-section removable roof and a truly unique body design.

GM's first minivan attempt wasn't a rousing success, but the company fared must better with its second minivan attempt -- the Lumina APV. Produced from 1990 to 1996, the APV in the name stood for "All Purpose Vehicle." However, the vehicle had a bit of a space age design that polarized buyers.

The Eagle Summit Wagon was produced between 1989 and 1996. The subcompact came in two-door coupe and four-door sedan styles, and '93 was part of a second generation redesign, which came with a roomier interior and rounder body style.

Plymouth produced the mid-size Acclaim from 1989 to 1995. The four-door sedan experienced few changes over the years, keeping its egg crate grille and unique taillights throughout the entire production run.

The 1991 Subaru XT is easy to spot because of its wedge-shaped body. The two-door coupe came with a cockpit-style interior and the option for a turbocharged engine.

Acura released the third generation of the mid-size Vigor in 1993. This four-door design was a high-end vehicle, often compared with the more expensive Lexus ES300.

Ford began producing its mid-size Taurus in 1986, and released a third generation model in '96. This '96 version looked different from earlier models, including oval rear windows, more rounded lines on the body and a more ergonomic and roomier interior.

The 1990 Geo Storm was a sport compact available in both two-door wagon-back and three-door hatchback designs. Its "space capsule" design tended to polarize buyers.

Nissan introduced the NX2000 sports coupe in 1990. The two-door car offered impressive handling for a front-wheel vehicle, and came in both T-top and hardtop versions.

The third generation of the 3-series was the first design of this model to feature a hatchback design option, as well as the first to offer a six-speed manual transmission. It was also available in salon, coupe, convertible and wagon styles.

Plymouth introduced the Breeze in 1996 to replace its mid-size Acclaim. The four-door sedan was the final Plymouth car produced in this size range, and was discontinued by 2000.

Audi produced its mid-size 100 from 1968 to 1994. Available in both a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, it was known for its aerodynamic styling.

The Pontiac Le Mans changed dramatically from its large, boxy '60s style to its subcompact '90s design. By 1993, the final year of production, the rebadged Daewoo had shrunk considerably, and was available in three- and four-door models.

Buick started producing the Riviera in 1963, and 1995 represented the start of an eighth generation redesign for the model. This new version was not only lighter and more powerful, but also had a rounder, more modern body.

The Nissan Quest was introduced in 1993 as a joint venture between Ford and Nissan. With seating for seven, this minivan had a removable middle bench and sliding third row for extra cargo room.

Introduced in 1990, the Lamborghni Diabo was the first Lambo capable of reaching 200 miles per hour. Available as a two-door roadster, buyers could also elect to add a custom-molded seat for the ultimate in driving comfort.

Produced from 1974 to 2000, the Isuzu Stylus was a compact four-door sedan. The car got a third-generation redesign in 1991, and the coupe version was spun off to become the Gemini Coupe.

Buick first produced the Century sedan starting in 1936, and discontinued it on and off over the years to meet demand. The 1997 version was the start of the car's final redesign, during which the Century was made to closely resemble the Buick Regal.

Chevy started production of the Cavalier in 1982, and discontinued the model in 2005. The 1995 third-gen redesign kept the car's classic bumper-integrated grille, while making the vehicle aerodynamic and efficient.

Introduced in 1980, the Nissan Maxima was a four-door sedan with a solid and dependable style. A 1995 fourth-generation redesign came with a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a new suspension.

In 1994, Lexus came out with the second generation of its LS400. The new design featured a longer wheelbase than previous years, as well as better fuel economy, dual climate zones and a stylish beveled grille.

The 1992 Dodge Viper made its world debut as the pace car at the 1991 Indy 500. The two-seat sports car was fairly bare bones, with no exterior handles and no air conditioning.

The 190 Acura NSX is a two-door sports card with a cockpit inspired by the F-16 fighter jet. It was also one of the first mass-produced rides with an all-aluminum body, making it lightweight and efficient.

The Ford F-150 ranks among the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. as of 2017. The tenth generation of this iconic pickup came out in 1997 and featured a major redesign. The new F-150 was streamlined for personal use for the first time, while the 250 and 350 models were geared more toward buyers using the truck for work.

The 1993 edition of the Toyota Supra A80 was the first in the fourth generation Supra line. The car got a total redesign for '93, including a more modern, rounded body and a standard passenger airbag.

Isuzu introduced the VehiCROSS to the U.S. market in 1999 for the first time. This two-door compact SUV had black plastic cladding on the lower half of the body, plus a black hood insert that helped the car stand out from the crowd.

The VW Beetle was a huge hit in the '60s, so the company brought it back in 1998 as the New Beetle. Though it looked a lot like the original, the '98 version had the engine in the front, not the back like the earlier versions.

The '94 Dodge Neon was available as both a four-door sedan and two-door coupe. The sport compact was known for its frameless windows, as well as its characteristic oval headlights.

Mazda rolled out the third generation of its RX-7 starting in 1992. The redesigned two-door coupe featured twin turbochargers and a sleek, modern body style.

McLaren introduced the F1 for the 1992 model year. The car featured butterfly doors that opened up instead of swinging out, as well as a three-seat cockpit-style design that was ultra unique in the car market.

Hyuandai released the third generation of the Excel beginning in 1993. The three-door hatchback and four-door sedan models came with three trim packages, and were the first front-wheel-drive vehicles produced by Hyundai.

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