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1989 Yugo

1989 Yugo

In Roman numerals, it’s MCMLXXXIX, but we remember it better as 1989. As years go, 1989 was a pretty big one. That year we watched the Berlin wall come down, the funeral of Japanese Emperor Hirohito, and the first episode of The Simpsons.

Consumer Guide: Auto Test 1989

Consumer Guide: Auto Test 1989

In 1989 the average American new home retailed for about $150,000 and gas was going for less than $1.25 a gallon. Most importantly, the average new car was going for about $12,000. Which, coincidentally, is almost exactly what a base Chevrolet Celebrity listed for, stripped of any options.

Folks looking for a bargain back when Doogie Howser, M.D. first aired didn’t need to spend anything like $12,000 for a new car, however. In fact, the frugal minded could have gotten away spending half that much money for a ride.

Here we present the five least-expensive new cars available for sale in 1989. All prices are as presented in Consumer Guide: Auto Test 1989. For fun, we’re including the cost of air conditioning and radio, when available.

If you’ve spent time with any of these vehicles, please let us know.

 

Yugo: $4349

1989 Yugo

1989 Yugo

Model: GV 3-door hatchback

Standard drivetrain: 64-horsepower 1.3-liter 4-cylinder, 4-speed manual

Air conditioning: $999 (as part of Comfort and Sound Package)

AM/FM stereo: Included in air-conditioning package

Remember the Yugo Cabrio convertible?

 

Hyundai Excel: $5499

1989 Hyundai Excel

1989 Hyundai Excel

Model: base 3-door hatchback

Standard drivetrain: 68-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 4-speed manual

Air conditioning: $735

AM/FM stereo: standard, with cassette

Read more about the Hyundai Excel

 

Subaru Justy: $5866

1989 Subaru Justy

1989 Subaru Justy

Model: DL 3-door hatchback

Drivetrain: 66-horsepower 1.2-liter 3-cylinder, 5-speed manual

Air conditioning: $650

AM/FM Stereo: $250, with cassette

Read more about the Subaru Justy

 

GEO Metro: $5995

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1989 Geo Metro

Model: base 3-door hatchback

Drivetrain: 55-horsepower 1.0-liter 3-cylinder

Air conditioning: $655

AM/FM stereo: $301

Read more about the Geo Metro

 

Honda Civic: $6348

1989 Honda Civic

1989 Honda Civic

Model: base 3-door hatchback

Drivetrain: 92-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 4-speed manual

Air conditioning: dealer installed

AM/FM stereo: dealer installed

Read more about the Honda Civic

 

See also:

The Most-Expensive American Cars of 1972

The Most-Expensive American Cars of 1977

The Cheapest American Cars of 1972

 

 

 

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