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Cheap High MPG Cars: 1985

1985 marked a turning point for high-MPG cars in the United States. According to the EPA data, the number of vehicles exceeding the 40 MPG highway mark in 1985 dropped dramatically from the previous year. As the price of gasoline fell, so too did America’s appetite for small fuel-efficient cars.

The drop was most clearly seen at General Motors, as Buick, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile were all gone from the ranks of the 40+ MPG pack. Chevrolet’s 40+ MPG offerings were reduced to just 8 versions of the Chevette, Sprint, and Spectrum. (An exceptionally thrifty version of the 3-cylinder manual Sprint scored 53 MPG highway.) Pontiac had the 1000, Sunbird, and Firefly (which like it’s Sprint cousin, also scored 53 MPG). Chrysler-Plymouth offered the Plymouth Colt, Horizon, and Turismo, along with the Dodge Colt, Omni, and Charger. Ford’s 1985 high-MPG fleet contained the Escort, EXP, and Tempo, as well as the Lincoln-Mercury Lynx and Topaz.

The ranks of the highest-MPG imports contracted, as well. Honda’s Civic rode it alone with the highest MPG honor going to the Civic HF and Civic CRX HF which scored 51 and 54 miles per gallon on the highway, respectively. Nissan’s over 40 MPG entries were reduced to just the Sentra diesel, which delivered a very respectable 49 and 50 MPG highway. The 626 soldiered on at Mazda, while Mitsubishi offered just the Mirage. Volkswagen stayed the course with the Golf (formerly the Rabbit) and Jetta diesels. The Corolla was Toyota’s sole 40+ MPG offering in 1985.

The Portland Biodiesel Co-op has an excellent chart that shows the decline specifically in the number of diesel-powered vehicles from the 1960s through 2002.



1985 High MPG Gas Mileage Rankings

Year
Manufacturer
Model
Engine
Displace.
Fuel
Trans.
City
Hwy
1985 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 49 54
1985 Chevrolet Sprint 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (A3) Auto 41 43
1985 Chevrolet Sprint 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 47 53
1985 Pontiac Firefly 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (A3) Auto 41 43
1985 Pontiac Firefly 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 47 53
1985 Suzuki SA310 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (A3) Auto 41 43
1985 Suzuki SA310 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 47 53
1985 Chevrolet Chevette 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 39 46
1985 Chevrolet Spectrum 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 38 43
1985 Nissan Sentra 4 cylinder liter D (M4) Manual 45 50
1985 Dodge Charger 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 30 40
1985 Dodge Colt 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 37 41
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder R (M4) Manual 38 42
1985 Isuzu 750C/I-Mark 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 38 43
1985 Mitsubishi Mirage 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 37 41
1985 Plymouth Turismo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 30 40
1985 Plymouth Turismo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Pontiac 1000 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 39 46
1985 Dodge Omni 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 30 40
1985 Dodge Omni 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 34 44
1985 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 1.9 liter R (M4) Manual 33 43
1985 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1985 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 43 52
1985 Ford Tempo 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 34 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx 4 cylinder 1.9 liter R (M4) Manual 33 43
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 43 52
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Topaz 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Mazda 626 4 cylinder D (M5) Manual 36 42
1985 Plymouth Horizon 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 30 40
1985 Plymouth Horizon 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Pontiac Sunbird 4 cylinder 1.8 liter R (M5) Manual 28 40
1985 Renault Alliance/Encore 4 cylinder 1.4 liter R (M4) Manual 34 40
1985 Toyota Corolla 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 38 47
1985 Volkswagen Golf/GTI 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 46
1985 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 42
1985 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 46
1985 Ford Escort Wagon 4 cylinder 1.9 liter R (M4) Manual 33 43
1985 Ford Escort Wagon 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx Wagon 4 cylinder 1.9 liter R (M4) Manual 33 43
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx Wagon 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Honda Civic Coupe HF 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 45 51
1985 Chevrolet Sprint 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (A3) Auto 41 43
1985 Chevrolet Sprint 3 cylinder 1.0 liter R (M5) Manual 47 53
1985 Chevrolet Chevette 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 39 46
1985 Chevrolet Spectrum 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 38 43
1985 Nissan Sentra 4 cylinder liter D (M4) Manual 46 49
1985 Dodge Colt 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 37 40
1985 Honda Civic 4 cylinder R (M4) Manual 37 43
1985 Isuzu 750C/I-Mark 4 cylinder R (M5) Manual 38 43
1985 Mitsubishi Mirage 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 37 40
1985 Plymouth Colt 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M4) Manual 37 40
1985 Plymouth Turismo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Pontiac 1000 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 39 46
1985 Dodge Omni 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1985 Ford Tempo 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Topaz 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Mazda 626 4 cylinder D (M5) Manual 36 42
1985 Plymouth Horizon 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M4) Manual 31 40
1985 Renault Alliance/Encore 4 cylinder 1.4 liter R (M4) Manual 34 40
1985 Toyota Corolla 4 cylinder 1.8 liter D (M5) Manual 38 47
1985 Volkswagen Golf/GTI 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 46
1985 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 42
1985 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cylinder liter D (M5) Manual 37 46
1985 Ford Escort Wagon 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44
1985 Lincoln-Mercury Lynx Wagon 4 cylinder 2.0 liter D (M5) Manual 36 44

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