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Yes, the testing procedure has changed a lot since then that’s for sure.
 

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Funny then they compared the Omni/Horizon right to a Cavalier/J-2000 instead of the Chevette/Acadian later known as T-1000. The Acadian was only sold in Canada.

Btw, I saw a vintage 1983 Ford Escort promo vs the competition which include the Omni/Horizon at 22:56 in this clip.
 

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Man, I'd happily buy a truck like that for that price nowadays! As long as I could get it financed for 60 months!
A light duty truck for the American market with a 4cyl that DIDNT look like a rebaged fiat would be cool. Bring back the Ram 50s if the Dakota is really dead.
 

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If yesterday's Ram 50 is today's Ram 1200, where the Dakota would fit?
Dakota would have been Ram 90 or so, I think, when it launched. (It ended up as equivalent of Ram 1450 ;) ....) Ram 1200 is bigger than Ram 50, I think - it's nearly Dakota sized. That's what they plan to replace, anyway, the Mitsu L200.
 

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While the EPA test at the time was optimistic and not real-world (driven on dynamometer with no wind resistance), I have heard of Reliant owners with 5-speeds getting that kind of mileage (speed limit was 55 mph then). And with my 85 Daytona TBI I was getting 34-37 mpg highway.
 
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It did have torque. it was really a pretty efficient engine, too. Funny to see the Trans Am figures. I had a 305 Camaro and it was outrun by Volkswagen Rabbits and the Honda Civic Si, 0-40... easily outpaced by the Civic Si 0-70. (Clobbered the Rabbit after 40 mph or so.) But I could laugh at Ford Escorts.
 

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My 87 Omni America, 2.2 5 speed, no ac, got a best of 52 mpg on a trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Had 2 adults and 2 kids with luggage in back.
 
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