Can You Ace This '90s Car Quiz?

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Can you tell a Dodge Viper from a Ford Mustang, or an H1 Hummer from a Ford Explorer? Know the difference between a Mazda and a McLaren? If you think you remember your '90s cars, take this quiz to test your automotive IQ!

Whether you're an auto lover or you think of cars as just a way to get around, there's no denying that the '90s was a great time for the automotive industry. After pony and muscle cars ruled the '60s, car makers suffered some serious setbacks in the '70s and '80s thanks to tightened emissions standards, fuel shortages and a major recession. 

By the '90s, auto manufacturers had figured out how to meet emissions standards while still offering cars with plenty of power. Constantly evolving technology meant fuel efficiency was improving, even on some larger or more powerful vehicles, and safety features were more readily available than any other time in driving history.

Even better, auto makers figured out that maybe buyers weren't crazy about all those boxy profiles and straight edges of the '70s and '80s, and finally started bringing back a broader range of designs, including sleek and stylish curves. The SUV started to gain ground, and consumers went wild for the military-inspired Hummer.

Think you remember the most famous cars of the decade? Take our quiz to find out!

Ford introduced the Escort in 1980 to replace other compacts, like the Pinto and Fiesta. It became the first front-wheel drive Ford built in the U.S., and the first generation of this small car featured a surprising amount of chromed-out bling.

The Tercel was Toyota's first front-wheel drive vehicle when it came out in the late '70s. The subcompact was popular throughout the '90s thanks to its low emissions and solid fuel economy.

The Acura NSX was the first mass-produced car with an all-aluminum body when it was introduced in 1990. This two-seat sports car was discontinued in 2005, but brought back in 2016 -- just in time for some nostalgia-inspired purchases from former NSX owners.

Introduced in 1989, the Mazda Miata MX-5 was a two-seat roadster with a style inspired by the British sports cars of the '60s. It went on to become one of the bestselling convertibles of the '90s, and the company sold more than a million units by 2016.

Chevy introduced the Geo Tracker compact SUV in 1989. This four-wheel drive convertible was built for off-roading, with a light-truck chassis providing a strong and durable framework. After 1989, the Geo name was dropped, and the Tracker was sold under the Chevy brand.

Ferrari produced only around 350 F50s between 1995 and 1997. This two-door sportscar had a Targa top -- which meant part of the top was removable, but it wasn't exactly a convertible. The F50 was built for speed, and capable of going from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds flat.

Introduced in 1965, the Ford Mustang was still going strong in the '90s. The classic pony car got its first major design in 15 years in 1993. This third generation model was available as a sporty convertible or a fastback coupe.

The Toyota Supra was styled after the Celica, but was longer and wider. The fourth-generation redesign in 1993 brought a more rounded body style and a bigger, more powerful engine to the Celica.

Dodge has been producing the sporty Viper since 1991 -- the car made its debut as the pace car at the 1991 Indy 500. The first generation was available as a two-door roadster, while the G2 redesign in 2005 brought more aluminum bodywork, a lower overall weight and a removable hardtop option.

The beloved Chevy Corvette came out in 1963, and has since become the company's flagship model. In 1997, the Corvette was given its biggest redesign since the '60s, with newly released C5 models capable of a top speed of 176 miles per hour.

Ford introduced the subcompact Festiva in 1986, and continued to produce the car through throughout the '90s. The second generation redesign was a partnership between Ford and Kia, and resulted in a wide variety of Festiva styles starting in 1993 -- including sedans and three- or five-door hatchback models.

Nissan has produced the compact Skyline since 1957. By 1989, the car had become a larger mid-size. The 1993 R33 redesign resulted in a heavier vehicle known for its safety rating, as well as its trademark round tail lights and brake lights.

Toyota sold 40 million Corollas between 1966 and 2013, and the car became one of the best-selling vehicles in the world in the mid-70s. The '90s version of this classic compact was known for being slightly larger and more powerful than previous generations.

The BMW M5 was one of the fastest sedans in the world when it came out in 1985. It was available in sedan and wagons versions through the early '90s, while a 1998 redesign resulted in a third generation version that was much more powerful than its predecessors.

Ford has been producing the Taurus since 1986. From 1992 to 1996, it was the best-selling car in the U.S. The second generation Taurus that came out in 1992 was longer and heavier than the first generation, with a totally new interior that appealed to a wide audience.

English car maker McLaren produced just over 100 of its F-1 coupes between 1993 and 1998. In 1998, the F1 set a Guinness World Record by hitting 240.1 miles per hour.

Mazda introduced the RX-7 in 1978, and produced this compact car through 2002. A third generation redesign in 1992 featured a two plus two hatchback design paired with twin turbochargers for plenty of power.

Chevy used the name S-10 to refer to its famous mid-size SUV until 1995, when it dropped the S-10 designation and simply went with the name Blazer. The second generation redesign in 1995 brought a less rugged and more modern style, which helped the Blazer win the title of Motor Trend's Truck of the Year for 1995.

The Toyota Camry had a decidedly narrow body style from its 1982 introduction through the late '80s. In 1991, it was redesigned as a larger mid-sized car with a noticeably wider body. By 1997, the Camry was the best-selling sedan in the U.S.

The 8th generation Roadmaster was the largest Buick model when it came out in 1991. The four-door sedan was discontinued in 1996 as the company faced increased competition from SUVs.

Introduced in 1998, the Lincoln Navigator was a full-size luxury SUV. Though it had the same basic body as the Ford Expedition, the Navigator came with a wildly different design and plenty of fancy upgrades.

Dodge produced the Neon from 1995 to 2005. This four-door sedan and two-door coupe was often celebrated for its combination of good value and solid performance -- with some media even dubbing it a "Japanese Car Killer."

Named for the wilderness area around Lake Tahoe in the western U.S., the Chevy Tahoe came out in 1995. A rebadged version of the GMC Yukon, this full-sized SUV was named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year for 1996.

GMC produced the Syclone truck for only a single year -- 1991. Known for its lightweight engine and excellent acceleration and speed, the Syclone was the first truck in the U.S> with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Capable of going from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds, this truck helped inspire the GMC Typhoon SUV in 1992.

Ford sold its European Mondeo model as the Contour in the U.S. between 1995 and 2000. This four-door compact sedan replaced the Ford Tempo, and was designed to fill a niche between the smaller Escort and larger Ford Taurus.

Known as the Fairlady in Japan, the Nissan 300ZX came out in the early '80s, and sold more than a million units in the U.S. by 1990. The Z32 redesign in 1989 brought a wider, rounder body design to this popular coupe.

Geo sold the subcompact Metro between 1989 and 2001. Available as a hatchback or sedan, this car offered a low price tag and great fuel efficiency, which made it very popular with younger buyers -- especially women.

Its name means heavenly, and the Celica has certainly been a divine success for Toyota. The fifth generation of this vehicle in 1989 brought a more rounded, modern style, while the sixth generation in 1993 can be recognized by its four round headlights.

The VW Beetle first came out in 1938, and the company borrowed on its classic style when releasing the New Beetle in 1998. Unlike the original, this compact coupe and convertible had the engine in the front, rather than the back.

The Toyota RAV4 -- that's Recreational Activity Vehicle -- was a compact SUV introduced to the U.S. market in 1995. Sales were strong as buyers enjoyed the balance of increased space and storage inside, plus maneuverability and fuel efficiency on par with a smaller car.

Inspired by the military Humvee, the Hummer H1 came out in 1992. It was an immediate hit thanks to endorsements from Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, and came in convertible and hardtop versions.

The 1992 version of the Ford Crown Vic was available as a mid-sized four-door sedan. While the car was popular enough among drivers, it became a huge hit with police and taxi companies, who valued the car for its durable body on frame construction.

Introduced in 1989, the Lexus LS400 -- that's luxury sedan, if you didn't know -- was known for its two-tone paint job and high-end interior. A 1994 remodel featured a nearly total redesign -- and an engine that allowed the car to go from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds.

Named after a classic '50s Edsel. the Ford Ranger pickup saw its first major redesign in 1993 with the second-generation models. The new version came with wider doors, new seats and revamped door panels. A lux model known as the Splash came with some fancy extras and cool color schemes that fit right into the trendy '90s culture.

Chevy has used the Suburban name since the 1930s. The eighth-generation version of the Suburban was released in 1991, and included a third row bench seat that allowed the SUV to carry up to nine passengers.

The Toyota 4Runner started off as a compact, and was transitioned to a mid-sized SUV with a 1995 redesign. This third generation model came with a new body, new chassis and more upscale-oriented options and trim.

In production since the '50s, Ford released the 10th generation of the Thunderbird in 1989. The new model featured a total redesign, with a longer wheelbase and the removal of the V8 engine option. The car celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1995.

Ferrari produced just 3,000 550 Maranello Grand Tourer models between 1996 and 2001. This sporty classic had a top speed of 199 mph, and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds.

Honda has been producing its reliable Civic sedan since 1972. The early '90s saw a G5 release, complete with a larger and more aerodynamic body. By 1996, Honda introduced the sixth generation Civic, which was rounder and more modern than its predecessors. The 1996 Civic was also the first to offer buyers the options of a natural gas engine.

The Suzuki Samurai has been around since the '70s, but this mini SUV -- known as the Jimmy outside the U.S. -- finally came to North America in the '80s. It went head-to-head with the Geo Tracker, and Suzuki ended up selling more than 200,000 Samurais in the U.S. to fans of the small, off-road capable ride.

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