This is CarGurus’ second Car Blog Showdown. This week tgriffith and jgoods were each invited to select their favorite mid-’80s family sedan.
jgoods’ 5 reasons why the 1986 Ford Taurus is the best mid-’80s family sedan:
- Lots of innovations with this car, including aerodynamic design, coordinated development teams, close cooperation of designers and engineers – all of which saved Ford from bankruptcy (as the new Taurus may not) and put the company on a new path.
- The car has held up well. Introduced in 1985 as a 1986 model, it had good build quality.
- Good power with the optional V6 and plenty of torque.
- Interior design and controls were far better than its rivals’.
- Just look at that sleek beauty! In styling it didn’t have to go far to beat out the competition.
tgriffith’s 3 reasons why it isn’t:
- Never buy a car the first year it’s introduced.
- Interior comfort can’t compete with the Accord’s.
- The Taurus just wasn’t as reliable as the Accord, plain and simple.
tgriffith’s 5 reasons why the 1985 Honda Accord is the best mid-’80s family sedan:
- It’s one of those cars that just keeps going.
- Even with high mileage, maintenance is minimal, especially in the fuel-injected trim.
- Comfortable, even luxurious interior when decked out in leather trim.
- Looks a little like a tank and is as durable as one, but smooth and comfortable at the same time.
- Go to any suburban mall, scan the parking lot, and you’ll still see ’85 Accords parked in the stalls.
jgoods’ 3 reasons why it isn’t:
- Winner, “Homeliest Car of 1986” award.
- Corrosion and overheating problems reported.
- Carbureted versions often gave owners fits.
What’s your favorite mid-’80s family sedan? Why?