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The ‘90s were an era that came with a lot of things—wonderful television shows, questionable fashion trends, great music, and iconic car brands. More specifically, ‘90s sedans and coupes truly defined the decade, with everything from luxury to budget brands.
Consider this article a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about all of the great cars that truly defined the era.
Making the top of the MotorBiscuit list of classic ‘90s sedans and coupes is the Toyota Celica. 1990 was the fifth generation of this Toyota, and it came upgraded with advanced wheels, better air conditioning and a less round shape.
Plus, car makers added power and reliability to the Celica in the ‘90s, without increasing its weight at all. The Toyota Celica was an affordable, reliable and popular 90s car that was perfect for small families or single drivers.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was widely referred to as the “King of the Hill” by car enthusiasts in the ‘90s. This flashy little sports car was introduced just a few months before the ‘90s era began, in 1989 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Corvette was loved worldwide and many were impressed by its capabilities to go from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds, as well as reach a maximum speed of 170 mph.
If you were driving the sleek, muscular looking, Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 in the ‘90s, you were guaranteed to be turning some heads.
In terms of luxury ‘90s sedans, Auto Trader picks the BMW 7-Series as one of the best.
Auto Trader writers say, “BMW’s big sedan arguably reached its zenith when it was redesigned for the 1995 model year,” with the car's conservative but attractive style, cutting-edge technology, and great performance statistics. The year 1995 seemed to be a jumping off point for this car, as the BMW continued to evolve it added presence, handling, and even better styling.
The Cadillac Seville got a major upgrade in 1992 to try and keep up with luxury competitors like BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus. While the makeover worked in terms of looks and technology features, this ‘90s sedan was seriously lacking in reliability ratings and came with an expensive price tag.
Today, the car seems to be more of a collector’s item than a worthy driving vehicle, but they’re still available to purchase in different places online.
This ‘90s sedan really captured the mood of the ‘90s. While still a luxury vehicle, the Lexus LS wasn’t as expensive as many of its luxury competitors like BMW or Mercedes.
It surely looked the part of a luxury vehicle though, with clean lines, sharp features and an elongated hood. Inside, the car also had luxurious features and technology, making it a memorable ‘90s ride.
Believe it or not, the Dodge Viper wasn’t even supposed to be a ‘90s car. But this one truly did define the decade by the waves it made after a concept car was introduced in 1989 at the North American International Car show.
The Viper was never set to actually go into production, but after the buzz this supercar generated at the show, Dodge had no choice but to start producing it in the ‘90s, making it the perfect car to close out our list of ‘90s sedans and coupes that defined the decade.