|Sporty/performance car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $1,500 – $5,100*|
1995 Toyota Celica 2-door convertible
1995 Toyota Celica GT 2-door hatchback
1996 Toyota Celica GT 2-door hatchback
1996 Toyota Celica 25th Anniversary 2-door convertible
1996 Toyota Celica interior
Even though the price may be high, if you want two-passenger fun and reliability, a Celica is worth the extra bucks–partly due to Toyota’s reputation for quality.
Curvaceously redesigned for 1994, Toyota’s front-drive sports coupe came as a 2-door notchback or hatchback, in base (ST) or more costly GT guise. Dimensions grew slightly, including a 2-inch increase in overall width. The fresh front end sported four round headlights. Dual airbags were standard, and antilock braking optional. The previous-generation All-Trac and convertible models did not return. A new 1.8-liter, dual-overhead-cam 4-cylinder engine went into the ST, while the sportier GT got a carryover 2.2-liter four. Celicas employed a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, but a 4-speed automatic transmission could be installed in any model.
A convertible joined the lineup, as a ’95 GT model. Convertibles had a standard power top with a glass rear window and electric defroster, as well as power rear-quarter windows. Coupes showed no significant change this season.
Coupes could now be ordered with more prominent “contoured rocker panels.” These were add-on lower side skirts, aiming to provide a sportier look. Toyota installed extra sound insulation this year, in an effort to respond to complaints about excessive noise levels in Celicas.
No more GT notchback coupes were marketed, but that body style remained available for ST Celicas. The GT’s engine gained five horsepower.
The ST model and its 1.8-liter engine are gone for ’98.
Toyota dropped the notchback, leaving only the hatchback and convertible. A redesigned Celica appeared for 2000, with styling inspired by Indy race cars.