Choices – ’80s Compact Two-Seaters

Welcome to yet another new feature on It’s an evolution of a series I used to write years ago, where I pit seemingly similar cars against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like making you choose your favourite child (although some days that’s easier than others). Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to determine which of the four cars below belongs in each category:

  • One would be your daily driver.
  • One would become a motorsport special (and maybe enlighten us as to what motorsport).
  • One would be locked away in storage for years to come.
  • One would be tossed aside like a bottle of dried up white out.  

So, it is as simple as that. Have fun with the quartet below.

The Contestants

  • 1985 Ford EXP Turbo Coupe
  • 1985 Honda CR-X Si
  • 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT
  • 1985 Toyota MR2

It is the summer of 1985 in NeverGunnaHappenLand and you have just been gifted four two-seater compact coupes. Representing Japan is the mid-engine Toyota MR2 and the front-wheel drive Honda CR-X Si. Similarly, on hand is a pair of Americans – the front wheel drive Ford EXP Turbo Coupe and the mid-engine Pontiac Fiero GT.

It is now your choice as to what you are going to do with these four cars. Which would you drive daily? Which would you turn into a weekend track toy? Which would go straight to storage? And which would immediately head to the used car lot?

My Choices

To start, I’m going to put the Honda CR-X Si into storage. Honda fans go straight bananas for low-mileage, untouched versions of this car. In about 30 years I’m going to sell the car for obscene money. Next, I want to make the Toyota MR2 into a SCCA racer. I’ll gut the interior, cage the car and have a blast.

That leaves the Fiero GT and the EXP turbo coupe. The EXP’s unusual styling never did it for me, and I always had a soft spot for the mid-engine Fiero. Being the only car here with a V6 engine, the Pontiac’s extra pinch of usable torque will be much appreciated during daily commutes.

So that means the EXP Turbo Coupe gets left behind.

Thanks for visiting

One thought on “Choices – ’80s Compact Two-Seaters

  1. I only agree on throwing away the Ford. I’d put the MR2 away, because I find it’s style is more enduring and I think it’s the most collectible of the bunch. The Fiero, I’d use as a track car, because I believe it wasn’t reliable enough to be a daily and has the V6. And that leaves the CR-X to be the daily, because the hatch makes it somewhat more practical than the others.

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