1986 Dodge Lancer Overview
The Dodge Lancer was a sister to the Chrysler LeBaron, both mid-sized cars that were good economical choices due to their great fuel economy. In 1986, the Dodge Lancer got a third engine choice, the 2.5-liter, 100-hp I4. This was in addition to the 2.2-liter, 97-hp I4 and the 2.2 turbocharged, 146-hp I4. All came standard with a 5-speed manual, with optional 3-speed auto tran. While the engine power of the turbo made the Lancer fast and fun to drive, it did cut down on the fuel economy.
Classified as either a sedan or 5-door hatchback, the 1986 Lancer was roomy inside. It came in two trims, the base and ES models. The ES added more standard features, such as air conditioning. Other options included a power sunroof, CD changer, leather seats, and cruise control, and power features.
The 1986 Lancer is a fairly durable car, that owners say still looks new even 20 years later. Though the turbo engine is speedy, there is some sluggish acceleration problems. Overall, the Lancer was a practical family car for budged-minded buyers who still want a little kick in their driving experience.
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