A replacement of the Ford Bronco II, this sport-utility vehicle was instrumental in turning the SUV from a special-interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road. Being in the movie Jurassic Park helped with the sales as well. Remember some kids being attacked by a T-Rex? Tour Vehicles in the film version were 1991-1992 Ford Explorer XLTs.
1993 Ford Explorer saw another redesign of its engine resulting in additional horsepower; the new version of the 4.0 liter V-6 delivered 160 hp. A new high-end trim, the Limited, was added to the Sport, XL, XLT, and Eddie Bauer, but this new trim set a new standard for SUV luxury.
Full time all wheel drive system becomes available only for the V-8 powered models
1997 GM EV1
The all-electric GM EV1 could be the car that started the downfall of GM. Remember GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2009, following the recession of 2008, 2009.
The first-generation of 660 EV1s were powered by lead-acid batteries and had a stated range of 70 to 100 miles, available via a leasing program, with the option to purchase the cars specifically disallowed by a contractual clause and the suggested retail price of $34,000. Leasing rates for the EV1 ranged from $399 to $549 a month. The first lessees of these nineties autos included celebrities, executives and politicians.
The history of GM EV1 started in 1990 when GM introduced the "Impact" concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Impact was the first car with zero emissions. The Impact was eventually produced as the EV1 for the 1996 model year leased by the General Motors from 1996 to 1999. Having available through dealers located in only a few regions, the idea was to lease, rather than sell, the EV1 to individuals. Hence some thought that demand for these 90s cars was artificially deflated.
In 1999 GM decided to stop production of the EV1s. When the individual leases had expired, they declined to renew the leases or allow the lessors to buy them. With the exception of a few which were donated to museums, all were destroyed by GM.
It was reported that as a result of the forced repossession and destruction of the majority of EV1s, an intact and working EV1 is one of the rarest cars from the 1990s. An intact EV1 recently sold for US$465,000.
Soon after the death of EV1, the Prius took over as the halo ‘green car’.
1997 Chevrolet Corvette (C5)
The C5, a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1997 through 2004 model years was a major change from the previous generation. The striking difference that these 90s cars had was the hydroformed box frame, which was an elegant solution to the complex frame design. Now there was less noise in the interior. Gone were the squeaks and rattles of the C4 replaced by a stronger frame that would last for at least two more generations.
1997 Corvette is known as the most retooled version of the historic car since 1953. Of particular note is the use of a "transaxle," the transmission was moved to the rear of the car to form an integrated, rear-mounted transaxle assembly which was connected to the C5 engine, an all-new LS1 engine via a torque tube; this engine/transmission arrangement helped facilitate a desirable front-rear weight distribution for the vehicle.
Despite its "exotic" look and performance, consumers consistently applaud the C5's exceptional cornering ability, good price/performance characteristics and its head turning styling. Many feel that this is the great "American" sportscar, one of those trendsetting nineties automobiles
1994 AM General Hummer H1
Hummer H1 is a civilian off-road vehicle based on the M998 Humvee, which was created by AM General. The vehicle was produced from 1992 through 2006, and was the first of what became the Hummer line. In 1999 in a joint venture between General Motors and AM General. AM General continued to manufacture these 90s cars while GM did the marketing.
With the ability to maul unpaved roads, the original Hummer was everything a car enthusiast could want in a vehicle: Impractical, expensive, and rare. Riding on a Hummer is how would you better choose to engage in extreme off-roading and Interstate intimidation.
Popularized by photos from Operation Desert Storm, actor Arnorld Schwarzenneger owns several variants of the Hummer vehicles.
The Hummer H1 shares some common driveline parts with its Humvee brethren. Hummer H1s are unique in the way they handle off road and in their interior arrangement. Passenger and highway comfort are sacrificed for maximum mobility.
On June 1, 2009, as a part of the General Motors bankruptcy announcement, the company revealed that the Hummer brand would be discontinued.
1992 Dodge Viper GTS
The Dodge Viper is a V10-powered sports car, manufactured by the Dodge division of Chrysler. With a top speed of 164 mph, it was able to compete with most of the exotics of the time at a fraction of the cost. With a 8.0-liter, 10 cylinder engine that's pumping out 400 hp, 1992 Dodge Viper is built for acceleration. However, the car proved tricky to drive at high speeds, specially for the unskilled.
With the legendary Carrol Shelby hired as a consultant, these 90s cars came out with a unique and truly timeless design which makes it a very thought after car of the 1990's.
Along with the absence of exterior door handles, the vehicle lacked side windows and a roof. It also didn't come out with AC out of the factory. Despite those, the Chrysler corporation sold almost 10,000 of these 90s cars to the public.
The car even spawned a TV series, Viper. Viper is an action-adventure TV series about a special task force set up by the federal government to fight crime in the fictional city of Metro City, California that is perpetually under siege from one crime wave after another. The car featured is an assault vehicle that masquerades as a Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster and coupe (later, the Viper GTS replaced the RT/10).
1991 Chevy Lumina Z34
In production from 1991–1994, these 90s cars replaced the Monte Carlo to become the company's official car of NASCAR. Big improvements in aerodynamics and body design helped support confidence when the Lumina was driven to victory a majority of the Winston Cup Circuit. The Z34 had a beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and a special rear suspension derived partly from the Corvette. It was the first Chevrolet sedan equipped with four-wheel disc brakes. Not only did the Z34 stop quickly, it was made with the curves in mind. It had a good ride with just enough firmness to communicate road feel.
The Twin Dual Cam V-6 is the most respectable upgrade in the Z34. As for acceleration, the Z34 could manage a 0 to 60 time of 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 134mph.
Today the Z34 has managed to maintain a small, but devoted following among fans of all things Chevy. Not bad for these 90s cars that were in production for only three short years.
1996 Ford Taurus
In 1996, the Ford Taurus was redesigned into an extreme oval shape, a complete redesign from the previous flat, streamlined one. Jack Telnack, Taurus's chief designer, claimed it was to make the Taurus stand out to sedan buyers. Reaction to this new generation of Taurus was mixed. Ford found that customers were turned off by the car's oval shape, and although it managed to retain its title as the bestselling car in the United States, this was only because of heavy sales to rental fleets. 1997, the Taurus would lose its bestselling status to the Camry.
Taurus sales had slumped significantly, losing significant market share to Japanese sedans. Production ended on October 27, 2006 of these 90s cars that had done so much to revitalize Ford and the US industry.
It was after the ascendancy of Alan Mulally, Ford's new CEO named in late 2006 that the Taurus car was revived .The Ford Taurus went into production in 2007 as a 2008 model.
1997 Plymouth Prowler
A mass-produced (1997 and 1999-2002) 2 seater hot rod, marketed by Plymouth, the Plymouth Prowler are a direct throwback to the 1930s, with Its open, Indy racer style front wheels. They came with standard-issue 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, but good for only 214 hp. (The 1999 models came with a more powerful, aluminum block engine with an output of 253 hp).
These 90s cars didn't even come with a manual transmission. The transmission was a 4-speed 42LE automatic. Similar to that used by the C5 Corvette, Porsche 944 and Alfa Romeo 75, the transmission was located at the rear of the vehicle and joined to the engine by a flexible driveshaft that rotated at engine speed. This configuration produced a desirable 50-50 front-rear weight distribution.
Unable to produce much torque, Prowler's light weight translated into very impressive performance figures, 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 7.2 seconds with a top speed: 118 mph.
1998 Lincoln Navigator
A full-size luxury SUV built by the Ford Motor Company for its luxury division, Lincoln, the Lincoln Navigator is an Expedition with an added fancy grille and called it the Navigator. Additional differences are unique and upscale styling, interior materials, and other features
The Navigator was Lincoln's first SUV as well as its first four-wheel drive capable vehicle. It was available with RWD or 4WD. A large 5.4L V8 engine is under the hood of the Navigator and produces 230 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It can seat up to eight people. It has a massive 30 gallon fuel tank, enough gas to bring you to most destinations.
The Navigator shares its platform, mechanical features, and other equipment with the Ford Expedition, which was introduced a year earlier. Unique and upscale styling, interior materials, and other features differ the Navigator from the Expedition. Given its platform mate, the Navigator is the largest vehicle Lincoln currently offers, having the greatest cargo capacity and seating for seven to eight people, depending on the model.
Despite its $42,000 retail price, 44,000 people bought these 90s cars - a favorite of celebrities as well as the customized SUV scene.
1996 Chevy Impala SS
The last of the third generation of Impalas has base engine remained a 5.7-liter V8 LT1 rated at 260 horsepower, 17 inch wheels, blackout body trim, and four doors. Some argued that it's the best of the third generation of Chevy Impala SS. 1996 Impala received improvements borrowed from a variety of Chevies, including a Z28-like instrument panel featuring race-car-reminiscent gauges.
The low suspension of these 90s cars could make it feel even faster with enhanced driving experience because of the road-hugging features. It sounds great with that mellow V8 rumble and provides amazing performance.
Those who want roominess & muscle, these 90s cars had it all.
The last of the third generation of Impalas was arguably the best: The 1996 Impala received improvements borrowed from a variety of Chevies, including a Z28-like instrument panel featuring race-car-reminiscent gauges.
Of course, Chevy raised consumer hopes and expectations. After the '96 model year, the Impala would be discontinued - again - until 2000.
The entire B-body line, consisting of the Chevrolet Caprice, Impala SS, and Buick Roadmaster, was discontinued by General Motors, as GM wanted more assembly lines to be able to produce more profitable SUVs.