1997ToyotaTercel Review By Warren Brown

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The Automotive News headline was Toyota may drop U.S. Paseo, said the newspaper, a industry trade journal.

be true, I thought, not unless has flipped its corporate wig.

So, I Wade Hoyt and Antoinette Toyota’s spokesfolks in the Northeast. said the Tercel would which was good, because the Tercel is so much better the original.

The first Tercel, in 1980, was a tiny, noisy powered by a 60-horsepower, four-cylinder — an automotive joke.

Tercels weren’t much But in the mid-1990s, Toyota decided to get about turning the Tercel a worthy subcompact automobile. The succeeded, as evidenced by the 1997 CE sedan.

It is an excellent economy car. But buying or leasing it must the term economy. It means fancy. But it also means quality at a relatively low price, is what the current Tercel

This little car is highway It’ll start right up in all weather, and it’s actually of fun to drive. It deserves a reprieve, and hoping that Hoyt and are right when they say Toyota plans to give it

Background: The Tercel isn’t well. According to the latest from J.D. Power and a California-based marketing research the Tercel’s U.S. sales 11.2 percent, to 14,741 in the first half of this down from 16,591 in the same period in 1996.

Those aren’t happy And they’re especially unhappy for a car sales, even in good yielded skimpy profits for its and dealers. From an earnings if the Tercel were an elected voters would be circulating a petition.

But scrapping the car would be a big for Toyota. Despite all of the bubbly economic news, there are of folks who can’t afford to pay or more for a new car. South automakers understand this, is why they’re increasing their shipments of Hyundai Accents and and Kia Sephias that have prices below $12,000.

understands it, too, which is why Motors Corp. continues to out its excellent little Chevrolet at a base price starting at

If Toyota gives up the Tercel, it up an important entry-buyer rung on the car ladder. This is the same made by Detroit years ago allowed the Japanese to gain a in the United States in the first

The Tercel is too good and Toyota is too to make that error.

The 1997 Tercel will into the 1998-model year minor cosmetic changes new interior fabrics and possibly, new paints. That’s okay, if it helps to keep the car’s at affordable levels.

The current is equipped with a 1.5-liter, in-line four-cylinde r engine horsepower at 5,400 rpm. is rated 100 pound-feet at 4,400 It works.

A five-speed manual transmission is in the front-wheel-drive car. A three-speed and an electronically controlled four-speed are available.

Bigger, 14-inch — -compared with the jobs of years past give the Tercel better in turns. The suspension is decent struts with stabilizer up front; a trailing torsion with rear stabilizer bar in the

Toyota Tercel sedan V

Standard brakes are a work of power-assisted front discs and drums.

There are dual air bags, and seat belts and harnesses.

1997 Tercel CE

Complaint: Despite increased use of materials in the current Tercel, the car a bit noisy. But noise, unfortunately, is a of the package of most small


Praise: An excellent little A common-sense buy.

Head-turningq It’s like an old pair of shoes — not particularly but awfully nice to have

Ride, acceleration and handling: A of decency. Nothing to write about in any of these categories; and for the driver, meaning one who doesn’t delusions of race-track grandeur, to complain about either. braking.

Mileage: With the five-speed manual transmission, 30 miles per gallon (11.9-gallon estimated 350-mile range on volume of recommended regular mostly highway and driver with light cargo 9.3 cubic feet).

Sound system: Four-speaker, radio and cassette installed by Decent.

Price: Base on the 1997 Tercel CE sedan is Dealer’s invoice on base is $11,279. Price as tested is including $1,357 in options and a destination charge.

Purse-strings Excellent value for the dollar. with any subcompact econocar on the

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