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1986 Cutlass Supreme

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is 7th on our list of 1986 gas guzzlers.

By 1986, most parts of the country were enjoying a reprieve from rising gas prices. For the first time in a number of years, petrol was again retailing for less than $1.00 per gallon, with $.99 becoming a popular price point for regular unleaded.

Consumer Guide, 1986

All of the numbers quoted below were culled from this 1986 Consumer Guide publication.

But even with the cost of fuel declining, Americans weren’t exactly rushing to buy larger, V8-powered rides. And those that were were settling for downsized vehicles powered by V8s displacing 5.0 liters or less.

Shoppers could still end up with a fuel thirsty ride in 1986, however, as we are about to demonstrate. Collected here are the ten worst guzzlers of that year, per Consumer Guide: Auto Test 1986. The asterisk in the title of this piece is a reminder that Consumer Guide editors, though thorough, did not test every vehicle available for 1986. Thus, this list is limited to just those vehicles evaluated.

Were you driving in 1986? If so, tell us what you drove around in, and what kind of mileage you were seeing. The place for comments is below the last car.

More classic guzzlers

 

Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z: 13.7 MPG

1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

Body style tested: Coupe

Curb weight: 3300

Engine: 5.7-liter V8

Horsepower: 220

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 3.27:1

 

Jaguar XJS: 14.2 MPG

1986 Jaguar XJS

1986 Jaguar XJS

 

Body style tested: Coupe

Curb weight: 3980

Engine: 5.3-liter V12

Horsepower: 262

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.88:1

 

AMC Eagle: 14.8 MPG

1986 AMC Eagle

1986 AMC Eagle

Body style tested: Wagon

Curb weight: 3384

Engine: 4.2-liter six

Horsepower: 112

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.73:1

 

Mercury Grand Marquis: 15.4 MPG

1986 Mercury Grand Marquis

1986 Mercury Grand Marquis

Body style tested: Sedan

Curb weight: 3800

Engine: 5.0-liter V8

Horsepower: 150

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.73:1

 

Jaguar XJ6: 15.7 MPG

1986 Jaguar XJ6

1986 Jaguar XJ6

Body style tested: Sedan

Curb weight: 4066

Engine: 4.2-liter six

Horsepower: 176

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.88:1

The Small V8s of 1977

 

Dodge Caravan: 15.9 MPG

1986 Dodge Caravan

1986 Dodge Caravan

Body style tested: Minivan

Curb weight: 2911

Engine: 2.6-liter four

Horsepower: 104

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 3.22:1

 

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme: 16.0 MPG

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Body style tested: Coupe

Curb weight: 3180

Engine: 5.0-liter V8

Horsepower: 140

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.14:1

 

Toyota Cressida: 16.4 MPG

1986 Toyota Cressida

1986 Toyota Cressida

Body style tested: Sedan

Curb weight: 3131

Engine: 2.8-liter six

Horsepower: 156

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 4.10:1

 

Chevrolet Astro: 16.5 MPG

1986 Chevrolet Astro

1986 Chevrolet Astro

Body style tested: Minivan

Curb weight: 3084

Engine: 4.3-liter V6

Horsepower: 155

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 2.73:1

 

Volkswagen Vanagon: 16.5 MPG

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon (limited-edition Hobie Cat version shown)

Body style tested: Minivan

Curb weight: 3270

Engine: 2.1-liter four

Horsepower: 95

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio: 4.09:1

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