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Everybody Sleeping on the Geo Storm Hatchback was a Mistake

For 1990, General Motors introduced the world to the Isuzu-based Geo Storm. It was a deligtful economically minded lightweight sporty coupe, which was pretty well removed from anything else GM was doing in 1990. Of GM’s two youth-oriented sporty-ish wannabe Euro brands in the early 1990s, Geo was maybe sportier than Saturn. In 1991 Geo tossed a hatchback on the tail to give the rear seats more headroom and add some versatility to the storage area. It hits different.

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I never really made the connection between a Geo Storm Hatchback and an MGB GT or a Volvo P1800ES, but Motorweek is onto something when they say that this is a spiritual successor to those 1960s be-hatchbacked coupes. This little car is an absolute banger, and even the non-GSi models with 95 horsepower are lithe and easy to toss around. A 10-second 0-60 time doesn’t seem like much in 2019, but that’s a problem with today’s thinking, not yesterday’s hardware. This car slaps.

This Geo Storm is it, chief. Not only does it look like a snack, but it’s the one true unit. After watching this video, the Geo Storm is a whole entire mood, you know? Instead of bringing back Hummer, GM needs to think about giving us a new Geo. A good idea gone too soon!

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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DISCUSSION

nobledestro
Noble Destro

This car did not slap. My girlfriend at the time had one and it had a weak engine, a terrible shifter, poor handling and poor build quality. Let’s clear up the sporty 4-bangers of the era here:

Good cars

  • Acura Integra
  • Honda Prelude
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda Accord Coupe
  • Honda CRX
  • Honda Civic del Sol
  • Nissan 240SX
  • Toyota Celica
  • Toyota MR2
  • Mazda Miata
  • Volkswagen Corrado
  • Volkswagen GTI
  • Mitsu Eclipse
  • Eagle Talon
  • Dodge Daytona Turbo
  • Nissan 200SX SE-R

Bad cars

  • Ford Probe
  • Mazda MX-6
  • Mazda MX-3
  • Ford Escort
  • Geo Storm
  • Isuzu Impulse
  • Dodge Neon
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Chrysler Sebring
  • Nissan Pulsar NX
  • Hyundai Tiburon
  • Pontiac Sunfire
  • Chevy Cavalier
  • Pontiac Grand Am
  • Saturn SC
  • Chevy Beretta