Decal-based fake wood had become so acceptable on cars, home appliances, and audio equipment by the middle 1980s that few thought to question the even-more-phony-looking-than-usual "wood" on Chrysler's wagons of the era.
Inside, plenty more of the products of the Enchanted Plastic Forest may be seen.
Reliant buyers in 1986 could choose between a 2.2-liter Chrysler four rated at 97 horsepower and a slightly torquier 2.5 liter version rated at 100 horsepower (the Mitsubishi 2.6 Astron engine— a turbocharged version of which was used in the famous Mitsubishi Starion— was discontinued for the Reliant after the 1985 model year). This car has the 2.5.
I have had many miserable experiences with a 1986 Reliant wagon, so I feel incapable of delivering an objective opinion of this automobile. It was affordable and sold well during its heyday, and that's what matters.
Just the car for a trip to McDonald's.