The Most Innovative Cars of the Past Two Decades

The BMC Mini defined the sixties British pop culture and the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was arguably the best muscle car of all-time. Every year there is one car that is seen as the standard of trends, styles, and shifts in American culture.

It’s easy to look back decades ago but what car defined 2016? Or 2003? Take a look back at the most popular cars year by year and see how they’ve changed automotive innovation.

Do any of your favorite cars make the list?

2018: Tesla Model 3

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Christophe Gateau/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla’s third all-new model was the first since the Roadster a decade ago, promising for a sport sedan. That would be a price tag significantly cheaper than the Model S, a 300-mile range, 0-60 mph in three seconds, and nimble handling.

Tesla even delivered on the specs as the car officially went on sale in 2017, but less than 2,000 vehicles were built in production. Elon Musk’s car company has even proven that it can mass-produce EVs. In August 2018, Tesla has sold over 50,000 model 3s and has become one of the best-selling cars in the United States.