Do You Know the Model and Make of These Cars You’d See on the Street?


By: Ian Fortey

7 Min Quiz

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One billion. That's the latest rough estimate for just how many cars are roaming the streets of the world today. Can you even imagine that many vehicles? That's close to three cars for every man, woman and child in the United States. And you know there haven't been one billion different cars made, so that means a lot of those cars are repeats, the popular models that get bought again and again. 

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for years now, so you're likely seeing a whole lot of them when you're on a trip to the grocery store. The Porsche 911 has been in production across six entire decades at this point. On the other hand, there's something like M850i xDrive Coupé Night Sky Edition, of which there is literally only one in existence in the whole world.

You'll see some cars at every gas pump, at every red light and in every parking lot. Others you only glimpse every once in a while. But if you have an eye for the cars on the road that you run across in your day to day life, why not try your hand at seeing just how many you can identify? 

You've probably seen a few dozen of these in the parking lot at the Big Box store. What is it?

The Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling cars in the world and was the top-selling car in America back in 2018 with over 340,000 of them sold in that one year alone. It's on track to be the top-selling car of 2019 as well.


You might not have heard this ultra-quiet car sneaking up on you on the highway but you definitely took notice, right?

Teslas are becoming more and more common these days, and the Tesla Model S is the most advanced electric car on the market with an incredible range. Once the Cybertruck becomes available, that may change, though.


Which of these vehicles had a long history before you ended up behind one at a red light?

The Malibu dates alt he way back to 1964, and it looked a lot different back then than it does today. While a 2020 Malibu is a nice-looking mid-size sedan, back in the 1960s, the Chevelle Malibu SS was a pretty respectable muscle car that you could have picked up with a 454 cu in (7.4 L) Big-Block V8 engine.


There's a good chance that, when you see this car, it won't be gassing up. What is it?

Ford introduced the Fusion in 2005 and has manufactured them not just in the gasoline version but as gas/electric hybrids and gas/plug-in electric hybrid variants. In 2018, it was rated for about 42 miles per gallon.


There's a good chance you'll see which of these sensible sedans parked at the local grocery store next time you grab some bread?

Nissan has been manufacturing Altima's since back in 1992. They're consistently one of the top-selling cars in North America, and North American models are assembled at plants in both Tennessee and Mississippi.


No doubt the commute to work includes many of which of these cars passing you on the road?

The Civic is hands down the most popular model from Honda's lineup and has been in production since 1972. It was the second most popular car sold in all of 2018 in America and has been a top 10 car for many years.


If you've been outside today, you probably already saw which of these?

Toyota's Corolla has been one of the best-selling car models of all time, and over 44 million of them have been sold. Though the Camry has recently overtaken it in sales in the U.S., it's still consistently in the top 10 models sold every year. Over 300,000 were sold in 2018.


When you go by the local soccer pitch, no doubt some kids are coming out of which one of these?

Kia introduced the Soul SUV in 2008, and by 2014, it could also be purchased as an electric variant called the Soul EV as well. As of 2019, the only version of the Soul you can get in Europe is the EV. and Kia has hooked up with K-pop star Hyolyn to market them


Maybe you'll see this as a coupe, maybe a hatchback, but either way, it's out there. What is it?

In 2018, the Honda Accord was the fourth best-selling car in America. Honda's been selling them since 1976. They aren't just selling because they're cheap, either. The Accord has made "Car and Driver's" 10 Best list 30 times.


They stopped producing which of these compact cars in America in 2019?

Chevy had been making the Cruze since 2008 with U.S. production lasting from 2010 until 2019. They still make the Cruze elsewhere for 2020 and beyond, but the plant in Mexico where they had been made will be used for the Chevy Blazer now.


Try not to turn your head the next time this sleek sports car blazes past you. What's it called?

While not the most popular car on the road, it's one of the best looking that Chevy has ever made. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $123,000, and for that price tag, you're getting a massive 755 horsepower. That provides a top speed of 212 miles per hour, making it the fastest Corvette ever made.


Which of these luxury sedans has been around since 1994?

Audi's A8 has earned a small but notable place in history for making the first mass-marketed car with an aluminum chassis. They call it the Audi space frame, which makes it seem pretty futuristic and awesome.


No doubt it was hard to resist rolling up next to this car the first time you saw one to ask if they had any Grey Poupon. What is it?

Bentley's Continental GT is a grand tourer made since 2003 as either a fastback or a convertible. It's a more modern twist on the old-school sophisticated Bentley that really helped define British auto making through the 1950s and 1960s.


Which of these luxury cars has only been cruising the streets since 2017?

The Genesis G70 comes from Genesis Motors, which is the luxury subsidiary of Hyundai. They're definitely doing something right with their vehicles, though, as the G70 was named "Motor Trend" Car of the Year for 2019.


You probably were a little jealous of which of these hybrid's gas mileage out on the highway?

The Honda Insight has been made in three distinct production runs, the latest starting in 2019 after a 5-year hiatus. When the Insight first showed up, it was the most affordable hybrid model you could buy and boasts about a 53 mpg combined average between city and highway driving.


Circling which of these cars probably caused a raised eyebrow when you noticed the asymmetrical doors?

The Hyundai Veloster has been on the market since 2011 and is classified as a 2+1 door coupe. In some models, the driver's side door is a large door, while the passenger side has two smaller doors to access the passenger seat and the rear of the car.


We bet your eyes often just gloss right over these compact cars nowadays since they've been around so long. Do you know what it is?

Nissan's been making the Sentra since 1982. It's been one of their consistently best-selling vehicles with over 200,00 unit sold in 2018 alone. That number made it the 5th best-selling car of the year that year.


If you head to Europe, you won't see any of which of these cars on the roads?

Kia's Forte isn't available in the European marketplace since the Kia Ceed is already available there and it's similar enough that they don't need another version competing. In some markets, it's sold as the Kia Cerato.


You might end up parked next to which of these next time you go to the movies?

Infiniti is is a luxury sedan made by Nissan that has really gone above and beyond to hit the "luxury" part of the name. For the 2017 year, they started offering the Neiman Marcus, of which only 50 were made. It featured things like carbon-fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler, side vent caps and a personalized VIN number plaque.


Odds are you wanted to take this one for a test-drive when you passed it on the lot. What is it?

BMW's i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that's been rated as having the equivalent fuel economy of 76 miles per gallon so long as the battery is working. It can also hit 0 to 60 in about 4.4 seconds if you need some hybrid speed.


What's the name of this full-sized car that probably reminded you of a Lexus ES?

The Toyota Avalon has been in production since 1994 and shares a platform with the Lexus ES. Lexus is the luxury brand made by Toyota, so they often share a lot of parts and designs between the two brands.


Do you know this all-electric car that might have turned your attention away from a Tesla?

The Chevy Spark has been available since 1998, though it was only made available in the U.S. in the year 2013. The Chevy Spark EV was the first all-electric vehicle GM had marketed since the EV1 back in 1999.


This is just the sort of sporty little car you probably see in the carpool lane all the time. What's it called?

The Honda Fit, also called the Jazz in most parts of the world, dates back to 2001. It has a history of winning awards ranging from the Japanese Car of the Yera in both 2001 and 2007 as well as "Consumer Reports'" Best Overall Value in 2010 among others.


Your friend who loves the classics might very well have which of these cars?

Few classic cars have stood the test of time quite as well as the Porsche 911. Since 1963, this car has barely changed at all, but it has remained in production the entire time. The one-millionth 911, shown here, was made back in 2017.


Do you recognize this sedan that's been around since 1989?

The Lexus ES is the best-selling Lexus model in the U.S. and has been so for a solid 15 years at this point. It's marketed not just as a luxury car but a comfort luxury car with a higher focus on the driving experience than typical luxury cars.


No doubt you're only seeing which of these when it breezes past you on the interstate?

The Mercedes AMG GT has been around since 2015. You can tell this car was designed for speed more than anything else since Mercedes enlisted the aide of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton in designing it.


You first started seeing which of these in Spring of 2019?

The Volkswagen Arteon was created in 2017 and was delayed in North America until its release in April of 2019. The Arteon comes with an emergency assist system that can actually put the emergency lights on and steer you to the side of the ride if something incapacitates you.


You can probably hear the growl of this car's engine before you see it. What is it?

Ford introduced the Mustang back in 1964 as the first pony car ever, and clearly they had a winner on their hands. There are plans to roll out an all-electric version of the Mustang for 2020 called the Ford Mustang Mach-E.


Which of these was the European Car of the Year in 2018?

The Volvo XC40 has been available since 2018 and is one of the company's most popular models. 2020 will see the introduction of the XC40 Recharge, an electric version of the SUV with a reported 250-mile range.


K-Pop band Blackpink markets which of these cars?

The Kia Stinger has only been around since 2018, but it's definitely made an impression. It won the "Motorweek Driver's Choice Award for Bets of the Year in 2018, and it's also been chosen by Queensland and Tasmanian police forces as their newest road-policing car.


Do you recognize this car that ended its first generation in 1999 before coming back in 2018?

BMW's 8-Series had a pretty impressive 20-year production gap in its life cycle. BMW stopped selling them back in 1999 as a result of poor overall sales. In 2019, BMW introduced a one-off M850i xDrive Coupé Night Sky Edition that has an interior made from a meteorite.


You've been seeing which of driving down your street for over 40 years now?

Volkswagen introduced the Jetta in 1979, and as of today, it's actually the best-selling model in their lineup with over 14 million of them sold. The current generation of Jetta started production in 2019, and Volkswagen is no longer selling them in Europe.


Motor Trend picked which of these as its Car of the Year for 2018?

You're not likely to forget the Alfa Romeo Giulia when you see one. Alfa Romeo made older models back in the '60s ad '70s, but the latest generation only date back to 2016. Some police forces in Italy uses them as service vehicles as well, proving here are some perks to being a cop in some countries.


Do you know which of these is the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car ever?

Mazda's MX-5 is mostly known as just the Miata in North America and has been extremely popular since its introduction back in 1989. If you've always wondered what Miata means, wonder no more! It comes from an Old German word that means "reward."


It's a rare treat when you drive past which of these sporty cars?

The Fiat 124 Spider is about as sleek and sexy as a sports car gets. Made by Mazda and sharing a lot of similarities with Mazda's MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 spider starts at only $25,440 for the basic model.


When you're heading down the highway, this one's definitely in the fast lane. What is it?

The Subaru BRZ is actually just a rebadged version of the Toyota 86 or the Toyota GT86. For a while, it was also sold as the Scion FR-S in North America as well. They've been in production since 2012 and, if you were wondering, BRZ means Boxer engine, Rear-wheel drive and Zenith.


There are more than 5 million of these out in the world. What are they?

Chevy's legendary Camaro was first made in 1967. The sixth generation of them started rolling out in 2016 and was named "Motor Trend" Car of the Year for that same year as well. 2017 saw the introduction of the ZL1 performance version, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.


Roling up on which of these would make you feel like you're in "Vanishing Point" or "2 Fast 2 Furious"?

Dodge made the Challenger in three distinct production runs first back in 1970. The latest models started production in 2008 and had included some absolutely beastly performance versions like the SRT Hellcat, shown here, as well as the incredibly superpowered Demon.


Do you know this sports car that you may have seen when the Avengers took on Ultron?

The current generation of the Audi TT is going to be the vehicle's last. It's been a pretty popular model overall during its run since 1998 and was even used by Disney in the movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Peter Parker also drove one in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."


Which of these is definitely the kind of car you'd seeing heading to the beach on a hot summer's day?

The Porsche Cayman is named for the animal called the caiman, which is like a small alligator. Porsche actually filed a lawsuit against Crocs, the shoe company, when they also introduced a line of Crocs called Caymans. They can't sell them in Europe as a result.


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