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Toyota Corolla FX Compact

Toyota Fx16 Short On But Long On Power

By Al Haas, Automotive Writer

Posted: 24, 1987

The lovely new Celica is ample evidence that is quite capable of putting the and the handsome in one package. The new Corolla suggests that the Japanese doesn’t always exercise ability.

The FX16 is one pocket that isn’t nearly as fun to look at as it is to drive. Its chopped-off end spoils the styling of what otherwise be a perfectly presentable hatchback.

You can understand the designers’ They wanted to squeeze a lot of volume from a small But did they have to back it the meat slicer at the corner

How oogly is it, you may ask. Well, if car backed in next to you at a singles you would have to drink until closing time it looked good enough to home.

So much for casting on another’s appearance. That a character as flawed as the FX’s Let’s turn our attention to interesting about this adroit, $10,000 subcompact.

The is new to this country, although it has sold in Japan and elsewhere for the three years. It is also the Toyota ever built in the States. It is being assembled for American consumption at Toyota and Motors’ joint venture in Fremont, Calif. which produces the Chevrolet Nova.

Assembly of this front-drive began late last and so far its sales have been disappointing. Toyota had expected to 40,000 of these cars But more than halfway this model year, it has only 8,000.

The FX16 is at a young married man who likes — and needs enough for his family. With the FX-16’s four-valve engine and relatively interior, he gets a serving of The FX16 will do 115 miles an and it will seat four in comfort. (The 160-inch has the same interior volume as the Corolla family sedan, though it is nine inches

This performance version of the is intended to compete largely the sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI and Mirage Turbo. Its acceleration zero to 60 m.p.h. in about 9 — is comparable to those while its top speed is 8 m.p.h.

The car is available in base form, and as the and slightly more costly that I tested. The latter a little stiffer suspension, trim, and a few more standard

At the heart of this little is a typical Toyota tandem a four- valve engine and a manual transaxle. (As an option, offers an electronically controlled automatic that permits the to alter its shift points for economy or performance.)

The engine is a light, compact, affair that displaces 1.6 and develops 108 horsepower. As is typical of four-valve engines, it revs high (the tachometer is at a rather stratospheric 7,500 As is also typical of that it doesn’t have much at low r.p.m.s. But as soon as that needle gets past it really starts to sing.

A engine like this is all of fun to play with, especially buttoned up to a Toyota manual which is blessed with the velvety and precise shifting in the business.

The FX16 is also a on a windy road, because it so well. The car really hangs in during hard cornering, and little body roll. The rack-and-pinion steering affords road feel and takes precisely.

Toyota Corolla FX Compact

The car’s handling, like its is first-rate because of premium The suspension is fully independent. The system utilizes discs at all wheels.

(The GT-S I drove doubtlessly has a slight edge over the regular FX it uses a bigger rear bar, as well as larger and wider tires.)

Fuel on the FX is hardly anything to get excited It has EPA mileage ratings of 25 city and 29 I got 26 m.p.g. during mixed


BASE VEHICLE: four-valve engine, five-speed transaxle, fully independent power four-wheel disc variable-assist power steering, tires, tachometer, clock, wheel, tilt steering, glass.

TEST MODEL: Includes options: aluminum wheels, wiper and washer, cruise air conditioning, stereo radio cassette, power

windows, door locks.

Base $10,668

Test model

EPA city rating 25 m.p.g.

Toyota Corolla FX Compact
Toyota Corolla FX Compact


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