|Compact car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,600*|
1991 Toyota Tercel 4-door sedan
1993 Toyota Tercel 4-door sedan
1993 Toyota Tercel 2-door coupe
1993 Toyota Tercel interior
1994 Toyota Tercel 2-door coupe
Unfortunately for the Tercel, Toyota dictated that it be the low-price leader in the automaker’s very full model lineup, and it shows. The car is simply outclassed by the plusher, more substantial subcompacts against which it must compete.
Toyota’s smallest front-drive subcompact was redesigned for ’91, and returned slightly roomier and more powerful than the car it replaced. A 2-door notchback was offered, but a 4-door sedan took the place of the previous year’s 2-door hatchback. Wheelbase remained at 93.7 inches, but the 161.8-inch overall length fell between the prior year’s 2-door, which was 4.5 inches longer, and the hatchback, which was five inches shorter. Two-door models came in base and Deluxe trim; the 4-door was offered in Deluxe (DX) and LE form. All used an updated version of the previous 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 4-speed manual was the only transmission offered on the base model; the others had a 5-speed manual standard and a 3-speed automatic optional.
Toyota’s least-expensive model returns unchanged.
Tercel jumped the gun on the ’93 model year by providing late ’92 models with standard driver-side airbags and optional antilock brakes. The new airbag brings height-adjustable front shoulder-belt anchors to all 4-doors and a 3-point manual driver’s harness to all models. The front passengers still get a manual lap belt and separate “automatic” shoulder belt. Also new for ’93 are a redesigned grille, 4-spoke steering wheel, and headlamps-on warning buzzer.
Only minor changes are made to the ’94 Tercel models.