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Used Rivals

Ford logo25 Jul 2003

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

MAZDA MX-5 1.6 2D CONVERTIBLE (1989-1993)
YOU cannot go wrong. The MX-5 does the inexpensive quality two-seat sports car package best. Its 85kW 1.6-litre twin-cam engine is sweet, smooth and spritely, aided by a superb five-speed gearshift. Total reliability, dependability and economy, plus a comfy cabin, make it a thorough package and modern classic.

NISSAN NX 2D COUPE (1991-1996)
NISSAN'S forgotten front-wheel drive NX Coupe (based on the N14 Pulsar) has two-plus-two accommodation and a distinctive "targa" top with removable glass panels. Good performance from the refined, all-aluminium, 105kW 2.0 engine. Standard equipment includes power steering.

TOYOTA PASEO 2D COUPE (1991-1996)
THE Paseo pales in this comparison, despite having comparable accommodation to the Nissan NX. The 74kW 1.5 engines gives it barely-adequate performance for a "sporty" car, while its front-drive undercarriage is as far from inspiring as cars got in the early 1990s. Keen drivers need not apply.

HONDA INTEGRA 2D COUPE (1989-1993)
INTEGRA has more interior space than its rivals. Good performance from 1.8-litre, twin cam, 16-valve engine producing 96kW or, from 1992, 103kW. Good ride and handling abilities from double wishbone and coil spring suspension. Comprehensive equipment includes a sunroof.


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