The 1990s were a time of both advancement and disappointment for the automotive industry. There were many new car models that were making their way onto dealership lots. The SUV boom rose to prominence, and two-door sports cars faded away into the abyss. Drivers in the ’90s faced choice after choice when it came to buying a new car. These choices were different, and cars were moving into the future.
Whether it was the Firestone debacle with Ford Motor Company or the birth of the luxury SUV. The 1990s were packed with all kinds of new realities in the automotive industry. Consumers were caught at a crossroads between new technology and old comfort. Many of these realities are things that are still here today. As the car industry continues to advance, we looked back at the ’90s and the unfortunate realities of that decade.
20: Gas Guzzlers
If you were a kid in the ’90s, you probably remember the SUV craze. It seemed every family had either a Chevy Suburban or Tahoe in the driveway. These things sold like hotcakes and caused automakers to create an entirely new segment. Ford followed suit with the Expedition, and from there on it was a race to the top (via Auto Wise).
Drivers faced some of the worst fuel economy numbers ever. But the fact that the economy was prosperous helped these vehicles sell. Unfortunately, at the turn of the millennium, the damage had already been done. These gas-guzzling rides would haunt domestic automakers in a major way.