1997ToyotaCelica Review By Larry Printz

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By Larry

The Morning Call and Mcall.com

10, 1996

The need for speed: To most car magazines tell it, the thing that matters is of it. But speed alone doesn’t for the ideal driving experience in a

What does? Looks, looks, assembly quality, — well, you get the picture.

are everything in a droptop. Besides, you be driving fast anyway. you take in the 1997 Toyota convertible, you’ll want to past everyone nice and so they can drink in the beauty of car.

With its curvaceous and open-eyed front end, car is every bit the looker. The test car was formally, entirely in black, for a most sinister appearance.

Toyota offers three of Celica: notchback, hatchback or Two trim levels are available, ST or GT, but the comes only with the GT. Those letters also a difference in motivation. No Celica has too power, but with the hills to this region, most might find the base twin-cam, 16-valve four-cylinder a slim. This engine, with the Corolla, produces 105 at 5,200 rpm and 117 foot-pounds of torque at rpm.

Thankfully, the GT gets the 2.2-liter with 130 horses and 145 of torque. While STs deal front disc and rear GTs come with four-wheel brakes. Anti-lock brakes are on all models.

While not blessed with power, the Celica does a job of keeping up with traffic. It so noisily, but this is a convertible. If looking for silence, you have the type of car.

Handling is you’ve come to expect of and it’s good. Extremely at taking corners, the Celica’s is sporty, precise and linear. enough power assist to things somewhat, but the demeanor is sporty. There’s some isolation from bumps, but road and tire noise to you of this car’s mission. was excellent, as was handling.

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Of course, as good as all this is, how is the convertible part of the equation? good. Lower the windows, two latches and hit the button. That’s all it to lower the top. It’s enough to do at a long traffic Just don’t try it while — the top stops. Wind is excellent, with little or turbulence in the cabin at speed. You can talk at sane levels. Top up, good insulation from and the elements, with a nasty unable to penetrate the excellent

The top itself is done by ASC (American Co.). It’s triple-layered and of a good quality cloth on the top The rear window is glass and a rear defroster. Convertible can be noticeable enough to make the CD stop, but is improved from Celica convertibles. Rigidity is enough to see out the rear-view mirror bumps.

Inside, the dash has the Celica’s cockpit feel, with a center console to hold and stereo controls. The ventilation well, while the AM/FM CD player was particularly useful. all, what’s a convertible tunes? The CD player holds CDs in the dash and features 220-watt That’s a lot for a car classified as a subcompact, but worth it.


The dash is made of quality plastics, and the cloth durable, although not opulent. are, of course, drink But Toyota does not provide a holder, a strange omission a Japanese automaker.

Celica is derived from the word for heavenly or celestial. the car is heavenly, the price is celestial. price is $24,978. That rises to $28,280 — a lot for a with only four

But remember, high fashion is expensive.

1997 Toyota GT convertible Standard: 2.2-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine, automatic, four-wheel disc independent suspension, 205/ tires, full wheel dual air bags, power top, dual power mirrors, fog lamps, dual mirrors, tilt steering intermittent wipers, rear power windows, power locks, power rear windows, dual cupholders, trunk and gas fuel door AM/FM cassette player power antenna. Optional: premium six-speaker cassette three-disc CD player, cruise alloy wheels, floor center arm rest, wheel Base price: $24,978 As $28,280 EPA rating: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg Test mileage: 23 mpg.

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