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  • 2000 Toyota Celica GT Liftback

    GT Liftback

    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/125
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,875
  • 2000 Toyota Celica GTS Liftback

    GTS Liftback

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/130
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,045
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2000 Toyota Celica Review

Sporty coupe debuts sleeker design and better performance.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Toyota Celica looks leaner and meaner thanks to a powerful new engine and a sleek makeover aimed at young buyers. Designed more for performance than practicality, Toyota’s sporty front-drive hatchback boasts looks and handling that rival a racecar. On the downside, a new cab-forward design makes the Celica’s rear two seats impractical for anyone but small children. For 2000, the Toyota Celica comes in a two-door coupe body style and two trim levels: a base GT and a higher-powered GT-S.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Celica GT, Toyota Celica GT-S

What's New

Freshly revamped for 2000, the Toyota Celica’s wheelbase grows longer, while its overall length shortens by approximately four inches. Convertible and traditional coupe body styles get eliminated, leaving just a two-door hatchback coupe. Toyota steps up the Celica’s power to 180 horses, improves handling, and adds a six-speed manual gearbox on the GT-S model. Inside the car, the dash, controls, and sport seats all boast redesigns.

Exterior

Compared to previous models, the 2000 Toyota Celica boasts a sleeker shape with a fastback roofline, sharp body creases, and a distinctively low nose. Standard equipment on the GT includes 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, a hood scoop, body-colored mirrors and bumpers, intermittent windshield wipers, an upward-opening rear hatchback door, and a rear defroster. The GT-S gains fog lights and a rear window wiper. Available options on both models include a curved rear spoiler, a power sunroof, a power antenna, and alloy wheels.

The Toyota Celica measures 170.4 inches in length and 51.4 inches in height. It has a wheelbase of 102.3 inches and a ground clearance of 5.5 inches. For 2000, the Celica offers six exterior paint colors: Absolutely Red, Carbon Blue, Liquid Silver, Spectra Blue Mica, Super White, and Black.

Interior

The 2000 Toyota Celica debuts bolstered bucket seats and a new dash layout, featuring a more intuitive design. Standard interior amenities on the GT trim include cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, a center console with a storage bin, a tilt steering wheel, a tachometer, power steering, power brakes, power mirrors, and an AM/FM stereo system with cassette and CD players. Upgrading to the GT-S adds a leather steering wheel, a leather shift knob, cruise control, power windows, and a premium audio system. The GT can upgrade to include many of the GT-S’s standard features, such as cruise control, power locks, and power windows. Both the GT and GT-S offer an optional CD changer and leather seating.

Though the Celica provides seats for four people, it realistically accommodates only two front occupants due to limited rear legroom. Front occupants of the 2000 Toyota Celica get 38.4 inches of headroom, 44.1 inches of legroom, 51.3 inches of hip room, and 52.6 inches of shoulder room, while rear passengers receive 35 inches of headroom, 27 inches of rear legroom, 46.8 inches of hip room, and 50.6 inches of shoulder room.

Another drawback to the Celica’s new shape concerns its narrow windows that look sharp but significantly lower visibility. On the plus side, the vehicle’s hatchback design creates an impressively large trunk able to offer 16.9 cubic feet of interior cargo space.

Performance & Handling

Both 2000 Toyota Celica trim levels get their power from a 1.8-liter inline-four. But while the GT version produces 140 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, Toyota has made modifications that increase the GT-S model’s output to 180 hp and 133 lb-ft. In the GT version, the engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission. The GT-S gets a new six-speed manual gearbox. Both trims offer Toyota’s new four-speed automatic transmission, which can be manually shifted using buttons located on the steering wheel.

The Toyota Celica offers responsive steering, precise handling, and a firm suspension. However, with limited low-end torque, the Celica GT moves slowly off the line and when heading uphill. Acceleration proves best when the four-cylinder engine pairs with the GT-S’s six-speed gearbox.

Some drivers may also be turned off by the Celica’s growly engine and noticeable wind noise. For young drivers seeking an eye-catching and entertaining sport coupe, the Celica holds appeal. However, if performance and functionality seem as important as appearance, drivers might want to check out one of the Celica’s many competent rivals.

Safety

Safety features on the 2000 Toyota Celica GT and GT-S include anti-lock brakes, an antiroll bar, dual front airbags, rear three-point seat belts, child seat anchors, and daytime running lights. Side airbags and an anti-theft alarm system provide options for both models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Celica GT: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Toyota Celica GT-S: 24/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sporty style
  • Powerful new engine
  • Decent gas mileage

You Won't Like

  • Only one engine option
  • Limited seating
  • Awkward entry and exit

Sum Up

Sporty coupe debuts sleeker design and better performance.

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