The 90s were a wild time - in hindsight seeming so vibrant and silly (at least in contrast to today). However, 1990 was almost 30 years ago, so nostalgia is beginning to work its magic. The style and culture of the 90s is being revitalized.
The decade before the new millennium holds cultural significance for many, containing a slew of noteworthy albums, TV shows, films, and of course, cars. While some may remember 90s roads being filled with ugly and curvy economy cars, this decade had its fair share of amazing, beautiful, and bizarrely unique vehicles. Without further ado, here are some of the very best cars of the 1990s.
10 Toyota Supra
The Supra was a sports car made by Toyota from 1978 to 2002. While there are fans for all Supra models, the fourth generation (1993-2002) is the one most commonly sought after. The fourth generation of Supras had Toyota investing more in the car, introducing two new engine options (including a twin-turbocharged variant).
This effort to reiterate the Supra's sportiness helped greatly, with the fourth generation of Supra developing a massive fan base, who are still talking about the car to this day. With so much love for this little car, it is no surprise that Toyota has brought it back, with a new model hitting showroom floors in Spring 2019.
9 Ferrari F50
No best cars of any decade list is complete without a Ferrari. Ferrari has been around for nearly 80 years, and almost every single car that they produce has a legion of fans, and are all talked about by collectors. The F50 is no different, being yet another beautiful, fast, and awe-inspiring car in Ferrari's long line of automotive excellence.
The F50, like all Ferraris, had an extremely limited run, only producing 349 cars in three years (1994-1997). Each car was hand-crafted, with a fantastically powerful V8 engine previously used for Formula One racing. F50s are extremely rare, and almost never seen out on the roads. However, it is that exclusivity, along with Ferrari's usual build quality, that has made the F50 a classic of the 1990s.
8 Acura Integra
The Integra was a launch car for Accura as it (through parent company Honda) made its North American debut in 1986. The Integra, in contrast to Honda's economy cars like the Civic, was marketed more as a luxury/sports car.
The Integra has developed quite a modest fan base for itself, with drivers noting exceptional performance. In fact, the Integra Type-R performance package is considered by some to be one of the finest sports cars to ever be created, still going for quite a lot at auctions. Although the Integra ceased production in 2006, enthusiastic talk about this car has not ceased to this day.
7 Jeep Wagoneer
The joke about Jeep is that they made the same cars for decades, only making small adjustments between production years. While this is not completely true, the look of some of Jeep's classic vehicles does not do much to dispel these rumors. Probably the worst offender in this regard is the wood-clad Jeep Wagoneer.
Built from 1963 to 1993, the Wagoneer always seemed stuck in the past. Even during its final run in the 90s, it still had its trademark woodgrain siding, at that point over twenty years out of style. Yet, this lack of change has only endeared people to the Wagoneer as time has gone on, now nostalgically being looked at as the height of retro chic.
6 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 is a testament to how far good car design can go. From 1963 to today, Porsche has consistently been producing 911s, with it being one of their most famous and beloved cars. Up until 1998, the 911 hardly ever changed. This is a testament to the philosophy that if something is not broken, it does not need fixing.
In 1998, the 911 got its first major change by being altered to a water-cooled engine, however, the car has not lost its identity as a 911. When it comes to which side of 1998 is better, it is almost impossible to choose. Both versions of the 911 are fantastic, with a long lineage of amazing cars behind them.
5 GMC Syclone
The small truck body style often lends itself to trucks meant for work. In other words, small trucks are usually not made to go fast and impress visually, trying to be simple and cheap. However, the GMC Syclone, with its turbocharged engine and beautiful design, boldly breaks this mold.
While the Syclone had the ability to outrun most other trucks (at the time being the fastest production truck on the road), GMC made sure the Syclone could work too, with the ability to haul, move cargo, and go off-road. The Syclone was only in production for one year, with less than 3,000 made in total. This has made the truck extremely collectible and difficult to find.
4 Lamborghini Diablo
It seems there are no concrete rules to naming a car.Some use a string of numbers, usually referring to the car's specs. Cars can also be named after animals, emotions, places, really anything. However, some names just fit their cars so well that it cannot be denied. Probably one of the best names, and one of the finest cars from the 1990s, is the Lamborghini Diablo.
The Diablo's name fits the car extremely well, conjuring up images of flames and tenacity, which suit the vehicle's mean design and craving for speed. Like most of Lamborghini's productions, the Diablo was a limited run, making the car quite valuable to collectors, thus nearly impossible to find today.
3 Ford Ranger
In the 90s, Ford made the Ranger a worldwide brand, changing all their small trucks to the name of the Ranger. With this move, the Ranger is now known as a de facto answer to the question, what is one of the best small trucks of all time?
In contrast to trucks today, the 90s Ranger was simplified for ease and price, making it the perfect truck for everyone. The Ranger is compact, yet able to carry things around in its bed, and has enough power to haul trailers and the like as well. Though there may not be anything particularly stellar about the Ranger, it thrived in most settings, appealing to everyday people with an everyday truck.
2 BMW M5
BMW has a long history of manufacturing high quality, German-engineered automobiles. However, every once in a while, the car manufacturer creates a car that sticks with people outside of the car enthusiast world, creating a legacy of its own. One of these cars, and a defining auto of the 1990s, is BMW's M5 series.
The M5, still being manufactured to this day, is a cross-section of the two sides of the BMW brand: elegance and class meet speed and handling. When it comes to expensive luxury, the M5 gives drivers everything they could ever want and more.
1 Nissan Skyline
Although the Skyline brand is still running strong, few cars from the 1990s are as desirable as the Nissan Skyline. During the 90s, the Skyline was not distributed in America and was primarily made with a right-hand-side steering wheel for the Japanese market. However, during this time the Skyline was being placed in video games and film, creating a demand for the car that could not be sated.
The only way Americans could get the car would be through the lengthy and expensive process of importing a Skyline from Japan, which is out of reach for most. Because of this, the Skyline has garnered a devoted fan base, who idolize the car's amazing design and build quality, and wish it would have been released in America.