|Compact car; Built in South Korea|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,300*|
1990 Hyundai Excel 2-door hatchback
1990 Hyundai Excel 4-door sedan
1991 Hyundai Excel GS 2-door hatchback
1994 Hyundai Excel 2-door hatchback
1994 Hyundai Excel 4-door sedan
While not the best of the bunch, which includes the more refined Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, Excels offer a lot for a far more modest price. For buyers on a budget, an Excel is worth a look.
South Korea’s subcompact shattered sales records for a first-year import when it arrived on the American market in 1986. A 2-door hatchback soon joined the original 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback. Built on the same platform as the Mitsubishi Mirage and Dodge/Plymouth Colt, the Excel also shared their 1.5-liter engine, transmissions, and some suspension parts. For 1990, Excel and the similar Mitsubishi Precis got new styling, akin to the bigger Hyundai Sonata but only a little larger than before. The engine adopted sequential fuel injection, and a new 4-speed automatic transmission became available. Models included a base 2-door hatchback and 2-door sedan, GS 3-door hatchback, GL 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback, and GLS 4-door sedan.
Four-door hatchback Excels dropped out of the lineup, leaving only 2-door hatchbacks and 4-door notchback sedans.
Little change was evident on the ’92 Excels.
Subtle grille revisions and new wheel covers were the only noticeable changes this year.
All Excels now had a 5-speed manual transmission. The lineup slimmed down to a base 3-door, GS 3-door, and GL 4-door.