Commute, Toy or Destroy – VW Corrado vs. Honda CRX vs. Ford Mustang

Commute, Toy or Destroy – VW Corrado vs. Honda CRX vs. Ford Mustang

We are back with this week’s instalment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’. Once again, we present to you, our faithful readers, a choice of three vehicles. We are asking you to decide which one you would make your daily driver, which one would become a weekend Autocross machine and which one should be blown up by a 500 shot of nitrous.

Remember, the commuter car you must live with every day. The toy would be only available to you for occasional use on weekends or car meets and the final car would be the one you’d leave the keys in the ignition in a shady neighborhood.

This week we select icons of affordable performance from the late 1980s that represent three different continents. First, from North America is the Ford Mustang 5.0. Yeah, the storied Foxbody ‘Stang. Next, from Asia is an incredibly fun-to-drive light weight hatchback, the Honda CRX. Finally, representing Europe is the highly engaging Volkswagen Corrado. So what are your choices going to be?

1987-1993 Ford Mustang


The ‘foxbody’ Mustang (which refers to its ‘fox’ platform) was in production for a long time. In 1987 it was refreshed and modernized, but that didn’t matter too much. The 5.0 L V8 (4.9 L to be technical) was all the Mustang faithful cared about as it made this budget sports car not only a good performer, but also a great vehicle to modify into an absolute terror.

1988-1991 Honda CR-X


In 1987, the CRX received modern sheet metal, a better suspension and a significant bump in power; especially in Si models. Although power still barely exceeded the 100 hp mark, the fact the CRX weighed in at only 2,000 lbs. meant it was still fairly quick. This light weight also meant the CRX was incredibly nimble in the corners and fuel efficient. Later in life, this car became the darling of the import tuner community.

1988-1995 Volkswagen Corrado


When the Corrado first came out, many claimed it to be one of the best handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Twenty-five years later and many are still in love with this three-door veedub. If handling prowess wasn’t enough, two letter and number combinations still set Corrado fans hearts a flutter; G60, which refers to the 158 hp 1.8 L supercharged four-cylinder and VR6, which was the name of the 178-192 hp narrow angle V6 engine.

  • CA_Refugee

    Toy = Mustang
    Commute = VW Corrado
    Destroy = Honda CRX

  • Mike Schlee

    I would commute the CR-X due to is excellent fuel economy, nimbleness and ease to park

    I would turn the Mustang into a weekend track toy

    That means the Corrode gets wasted.

  • Colum Wood

    I’m with you on the VW. It would make a great daily driver if it were reliable. Otherwise, I’m taking the big V8 for my daily driver. And the CRX would be my weekend toy for taking to the track and cruising around.

  • Richard Joash Tan

    Toy and commute = THE ENTIRE SUBARU LINEUP

    Destroy = ALL CARS!!!!!!

  • Toy = Mustang
    Commute = VW Corrado
    Destroy = Honda CRX
    One car crash in a Honda CRX and the driver and passangers are dead. The car is not safe at all for daily driving.

  • Toy = Corrado, Civic and Mustang.
    That’s all.

  • Balls Mahoney

    …and you are a bullshit

  • I take the CR-X as my daily, the Mustang as my toy and I’ll avoid dealing with the inevitable downsides of owning an old German car by sending that pile to the scrap heap.

  • John Caprai

    Daily would be the CRX, the Mustang as the Track car, and the VW gets the 500 Shot of Nitrous, Not NAWS

  • MatM

    Daily the crx, awsome mpg and its a hatch easy to load the grocieries. Mustang is the track car, all those available aftermarket parts and you can race it so manys; Drag, drift, autocross, top speed, or anything else ypu can think of. blow up the vw gperman enginered garbage, expensive to maintain, pain to work on and not nearly the part options of the mustang or crx.

  • Trackdaddy

    I own 3 foxbodies……Enough said….

  • Brett

    Hmm, that’s odd. I wonder why I have a CRX HF that’s been totaled out twice in its lifetime, yet still has a body that’s straight and hasn’t killed anyone. This CRX= death trap line is old and played out. The car was fairly safe for a late 80s early 90s car. They also reinforced the doors in 90 to make it safer.
    Commute= CRX
    Toy= Mustang
    Destroy= Corrado

  • mustangclyde

    You can build the fox body as a beast on the track yet still drive it every day, as I have

  • whtbullitt

    Is this a joke? I would daily drive and race the Mustang. The other cars are complete jokes. I wouldn’t be caught dead in either one. Mustang and especially the Fox Body for life!