The Greatest Cars of the 1990s

The '90s were a golden age for cars. These are some of your favorites.


Yesterday we asked you what your favorite cars from the 1990s were. There were a ton of responses, but there were 10 cars that were mentioned repeatedly.

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One of the most iconic Japanese cars of the 90s was the rotary-powered FD RX-7.
Mazda RX-7

Many people will tell you Mazda perfected its RX-7 formula in the early 1990s with the third-gen FD. Sporting a twin-turbo rotary engine, some fantastic looks, and expertly tuned handling, it remains one of Mazda's most desirable cars out there.

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Acura Integra Type R

The new Civic Type R may be what everyone's talking about right now, but love for the Type R brand in America didn't start there. The Integra was the first Type R-badged car here in the States, and it's become a full-fledged investment-level classic.

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Ferrari 550 Maranello

The 550 Maranello was the last front-engined V12 Ferrari to come exclusively with a gated manual transmission. That, great looks and an intoxicating soundtrack make it one of the company's all-time greats.

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BMW 850CSi

The 8-Series is a cool car on its own, but the top-level 850CSi is where it's really at. It uses a 375-horsepower version of the 850i's V12, along with stiffer springs and dampers. Best of all? You could only get it with a manual transmission.

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Jaguar XJ220

Though the XJ220 didn't end up getting a V12, it's still arguably the coolest production Jaguar ever built. Supercar styling, simplistic turbocharging, and pop-up headlights make it a true '90s classic.

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Toyota MR2

The SW20 MR2 wasn't the first or the last MR2 to come from Toyota, but many say it's the best out of the three. It's more livable than the first-gen car, and better-looking than the Spyder-only car that followed it.

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Subaru Impreza 22B

The 22B was the very best car Subaru offered in the 1990s, possibly ever. It featured a widebody kit, massive brakes, gold wheels, and 275 horsepower. The ultimate street-legal rally machine.

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Porsche 911 GT2

Porsche's first GT2 was produced in tiny numbers, meaning values have shot through the roof. A Riviera Blue example sold for a staggering $2.4 million. For a 20-year old 911.

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GMC Syclone

A pickup truck that could beat a Ferrari to 60 mph? The GMC Syclone was a legend as soon as it hit the streets. Sure, it couldn't do much truck stuff, but does that really matter?

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Lamborghini Diablo

Replacing the outgoing Countach was no easy feat, but the Diablo managed to pull it off. Exotic looks and swing-up doors meant every kid of the '90s had a poster of one of these on these on their wall.

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Brian Silvestro
Acura NSX

We're pretty fond of the new NSX, but we still remember the original. A lightweight, simple mid-engine car combined with Honda reliability are why the first NSX will always rank among the best cars from the 1990s.

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C4 Corvette ZR1
John Lamm
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

While the run-of-the-mill C4-generation Corvette has fallen out of favor for enthusiasts, the top-spec ZR-1 remains a high-priced collector's item, mainly thanks to its rarity and legendary LT5 engine. Also, it's still really fun to drive.

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Nissan 300ZX

Prices for clean 300ZXs are starting to skyrocket, and it's easy to see why. The sweet looks and advanced tech make it a must-have for nostalgic '90s collectors. Snap one up before it's too late.

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Ron Perry
Mk IV Toyota Supra

While we're all waiting for Toyota to drop the newest Supra, let's take a minute to appreciate the last one. Legendary for its indestructible 2JZ straight-six and rounded off looks, the Mk IV Supra will forever be known as one of the best cars to come out of Japan.

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Ford Mustang (Foxbody)

The Foxbody Mustang holds a dear place in people's hearts, that's why it was built for 15 years, finally going out of production in 1994. But those boxy looks and fastback profile (along with a 5.0-liter V8) are why muscle car lovers will keep coming back, and it may have been at its best in the 1990s.

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<p>With one of the biggest engines on the market then (and now, for that matter), the Viper's 8.0 liter V10 produced 415 bhp and sounded more animalistic than mechanical.</p>
Dodge Viper

The first Viper was basically a concept car that Dodge decided to put into production. It had no real roof, no traction control, side pipes, and an 8.0-liter V10 under the hood.

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"John Lamm"
Mazda MX-5 Miata

What best '90s car list would be complete without the original Miata? It's a favorite among the R&T staff, and for good reason. It's reliable, cheap, good-looking, and most importantly, fun to drive.

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<p>Compared to the Ferrari 348 it replaced, the F355 got a larger V8, a significant boost in horsepower, improved aerodynamics, and a more refined driving experience. <a href="" target="_blank">It also happens to sound incredible</a>. Its styling has also aged well, perhaps looking even better than it did when it was first introduced.</p>
Ferrari F355

Some people consider the sound of the F355's 3.5-liter V8 to be the best of all time. Once heard, that screaming wail is something you won't soon forget. Oh, and also, you can get it with a gated manual transmission.

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1990 nissan nismo skyline gt-r r32 import
Chris Cantle
Nissan Skyline GT-R

Americans have a unique appreciation of the Skyline because while it may be one of the greatest cars of the 1990s, we didn't get them when they first came out. We can import the R32-generation cars now, and the R33 in a couple of years. But the R34, which is supposed to be a fantastic machine, is still a way off. We can't wait until 2024.

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<p>Much like the BAC Mono and Caparo T1, <a href="" target="_blank">the McLaren F1</a> has its driver's seat in the middle. But in this car, you can at least bring two friends along. They just have to sit off to the side and slightly behind you.</p>
McLaren F1

Even if you dropped "90s" from the title of this list, the McLaren F1 would still be on it. It's arguably one of the greatest road cars ever made, with a screaming BMW V12 and a wild center-seating position.

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