Used Vehicle Review: Toyota Tercel, 1995-1999 –

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March 13, 1999

1997 Tercel CE, Click image to

by Jeremy Cato

Just a quick gander at those car valuations for the Toyota Tercel, the provided by the Canadian Red Book. A three-year-old Tercel retains 70 per cent of its original value.

we#8217;re talking about a car was discontinued with the introduction of its the Toyota Echo, for the 2000 year. Heck, a seven-year-old is still, on average, holding 50 per cent of its sticker price. cars can#8217;t manage feat after three or less.

That says Tercel are extremely reluctant to part their grocery-getters. I mean, not like Toyota Canada very, very few Tercels the car#8217;s long run. of thousands were sold a model run dating back generations in all.

I#8217;m owners are holding on in large because of what you#8217;ll in the #8220;Buyer#8217;s Alerts#8221; and #8220;Recalls#8221; of this review. Not much to be concerned with. Most to me is the lack of recalls.

None 1995 onwards. And in the entire of the Tercel, Transport Canada#8217;s lists just two recalls. I we#8217;re going all the way back to here.

The last remake of the Tercel, it was discontinued, came in the Fall of for the 1995 model. That car was with a high rear a sloping nose and a sharp line along the side.

The looks were welcome, but not startling compared to the generation of then being replaced

Interestingly, the fifth and last Tercel was chief engineered by a named Takashi Ishidera. He the restyling and re-engineering of all five of the Tercel. That#8217;s an exceptionally tenure, but it clearly made for a product.

In any case, the 1995 Tercel not, even today, like a cheap box on wheels either in two- or four-door The styling for #8217;95 was cleaner before, reducing wind to a coefficient of 0.32 from That helped fuel and cut down on wind noise.

For the doors were reinforced to 1997 side impact in both Canada and the U.S. The was made stiffer and was engineered the usual assortment of crumple to absorb energy in the event of So in its class, the Tercel was and remains as if not more solid than its

What was clearly missing the Tercel#8217;s list of standard in 1995 was an air bag of any kind. There was an air bag for the driver, which later standard equipment, but none was for the passenger at any price for the entire run of the Anti-lock braking was never either, nor was traction control.

runabouts of that era did offer air and ABS. For instance, ABS was standard on the Geo Metro and optional on Chrysler#8217;s and Mazda#8217;s 323/Protege,

The 1995 Tercel#8217;s engine got a horsepower boost, from 82 to 93. The was given dual overhead operating four valves per (versus the single overhead cam of the model) and a more precise system. The result was reduced excellent fuel economy and power (to 100 pounds-foot from

No, the Tercel doesn#8217;t jump from stop lights, but okay for its class. You#8217;ll engine noise, though, and if is at all important, you#8217;ll want the manual, not the automatic transmission.

version of the Tercel#8217;s stiffer helped with ride but long rides are not pleasant to a bouncy suspension #8211; and cars with old shocks can be trying. The skinny tires help, either. And there#8217;s plenty of road noise, improvements to sound insulation for and newer cars.

Inside, the cabin is pretty but functional. The seats are hardly which means for long you#8217;d probably be best to a pillow for behind your Still, the cabin is roomy for a small car.

Folks, the was bare-bones transportation from But those bones were fine. Very reliable and functional. No wonder Tercel are so reluctant to move on.

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