|Compact car; Built in USA, Canada|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,600*|
1990 Mercury Topaz 2-door coupe
1991 Mercury Topaz 4-door sedan
1992 Mercury Topaz 4-door sedan
1992 Mercury Topaz 2-door coupe
1993 Mercury Topaz GS 2-door coupe
Frankly, the Topaz has no outstanding features and lacks the refinement and overall polish of import rivals like the Nissan Stanza, Mazda 626, Subaru Legacy, and even the Chevy Corsica and Beretta.
The Mercury Topaz and similar Ford Tempo arrived in 1986. Powerplants included a 2.3-liter overhead-valve 4-cylinder and a so-called “High Output” version of the same engine that raised horsepower from 98 to an even 100. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard, while a 3-speed automatic was optional. Motorized automatic shoulder belts were standard for driver and passenger alike. However, a driver-side airbag was on the option list. Topaz came in both 2-door and 4-door versions. The 1990 GS and LS models could also be ordered with a part-time 4-wheel-drive system.
The Topaz is virtually unchanged for its last year in the 1986 styling format. Minor exterior and interior upgrades are directed at reducing engine and road noise.
New sheetmetal, bumpers, and bodyside models, the arrival of the first available V6 and discontinuation of the slow-selling 4-wheel-drive option are the major changes for 1992. The 3.0-liter V6 comes standard on LTS and XR5 models, optional on the others. The two flagship models also come with fog lamps and new ground effects. Both GS and LS versions still come with the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, which adds multipoint fuel injection for better fuel economy.
The previous LS, LTS, and XR5 trim levels all bite the dust, taking with them the sport suspension and performance rear-axle ratio. The only remaining model is the base GS version, still offered in 2-door and 4-door body styles. Both 5-speed manual and optional 3-speed automatic are again offered, with the automatic reducing horsepower in the V6 by 5, to 130. The driver-side airbag remains optional, but cannot be ordered with models equipped with the V6.
For 1994, all airbag-equipped models get a manual three-point lap/shoulder belt for the driver’s seat, while front passengers still suffer with the motorized shoulder belt and manual lap belt.