Cars Then & Now

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1989 Hyundai Sonata
Original Base Price: $10,294
Hyundai had the misfortune of entering the U.S. market at the same time as the Yugo, and while the Korean brand’s offerings were better, the two were often lumped together. Yugo did not last long, but Hyundai persevered and improved the quality of its offerings, introducing the Sonata to the U.S. market in 1988. Fun fact: It’s hard to believe, but the 1989 Sonata was designed by famed Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The midsize front-wheel-drive sedan shared a platform with the Mitsubishi Galant.

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