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!
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