The Most Innovative Cars of the Past Two Decades

The automotive industry in any given year is a snapshot of the time period. Cars are excellent barometers of trends, styles, and shifts in American culture. Have you ever been curious to see which car were the most innovative in the last 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. Let’s look back at the most popular cars year by year, starting with the latest and traveling back in time.

Models may span generations, but their designs constantly evolve with new features.

2018: Tesla Model 3

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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.