Car Blog Showdown: Mid-’80s 4x4s
Here’s our latest Car Blog Showdown. This week tgriffith and jgoods were each invited to select their favorite mid-’80s 4×4. Which is your favorite?
tgriffith‘s 5 reasons why the 1984 Toyota 4×4 Pickup is his favorite mid-’80s 4×4:
- The famous 22R four-cylinder engine will run forever. Literally.
- You can drop it into 4WD without getting out of the truck to lock the hubs.
- The truck is easily customizable. Raise it to accommodate monster 36-inch tires, or add chrome accessories and window tint to create a classy truck!
- Leave the truck stock, and you’ll get gas mileage in the low-to-mid-20s.
- It’s a compact truck, but it has a tough-looking stance. It looks as good in a grocery store parking lot as it does tackling the off-road park.
jgoods’ 3 reasons to avoid a 1984 Toyota 4×4 Pickup:
- It’s a mini-truck – a “cute” truck.
- It does NOT go everywhere.
- Ignition problems have been reported.
jgoods’ 5 reasons why the 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer is his favorite mid-’80s 4×4:
- This is one tough truck, not one of them piddling little S10 babies.
- Get the V8, not the V6, which has plenty of power and durability, despite low gas mileage.
- The truck is a blast to drive on the dunes…and anywhere else you want to take it.
- The K5 is versatile and will handle loads of people, bags of feed, vicious dogs, and truck parts to repair your buddy’s ’84 Toyota Pickup.
- The styling is unmistakeable: Love it or hate it, this is the kind of vehicle GM built best.
tgriffith‘s 3 reasons to avoid a 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer:
- You’ll get something like 8 miles per gallon out of the V8.
- If the transmission hasn’t blown up yet, expect it to soon. It’ll probably happen on the freeway at rush hour. Then you’ll be THAT guy.
- It’s uglier and bulkier than anything else built in the 80s!
What’s your favorite mid-’80s 4×4? Why?