In 1978, cars still burned leaded gasoline and came standard with cigarette lighters and ashtrays. Today, drivers are lured into dealerships by rear cross-traffic alert systems, connected apps, and adaptive cruise control. The past 42 years have been some of the most consequential in automotive history, and this list examines the most popular passenger car — not trucks, SUVs, motorcycles or other vehicles — from every year in terms of domestic sales. Here's a look at the cars that converted the masses every year for the past four decades.
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