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1997 Toyota Corolla

  • 1997 Toyota Corolla Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/105
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,998
  • 1997 Toyota Corolla CE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/105
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,998
  • 1997 Toyota Corolla DX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      105/117
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,188
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1997 Toyota Corolla Review

Perfect for an overall value.

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Overview

After 30 years of having the Corolla model on the market, Toyota introduced the new CE model, which stands for Classic Edition. The Classic Edition model is the run of the mill model with a few extra luxuries that have become standard. The 1997 Toyota Corolla comes standard with the well-known Toyota design and reliability that has kept it on sales floors for over three decades.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Corolla, Toyota Corolla DX, Toyota Corolla CE

What's New

The 1997 Toyota Corolla shows a total revamping. Toyota drops the DX wagon model. The classic edition (CE) joins the lineup for this model year. A new door trim, higher quality, and reinforced side-impact beams meet the current year’s safety standards. A built-in child seat makes the Corolla the perfect car for people with children.

Exterior

Expertly tinted glass provides the perfect combination of privacy and sunlight moderation. Fourteen-inch wheels provide this car with no frills but an efficient method to latch the tires on just right. Standard equipment includes a rear window defroster.

Interior

The 1997 Toyota Corolla offers ample front and rear headroom with nearly 39 and over 37 inches, respectively. Leg and shoulder room seem equally as spacious with 33 and 53.5 inches respectively. Buckets seats combined with cloth seating provide the utmost in comfort. The remote trunk release lends to easy opening of the trunk without having to exit the car. Air-conditioning and power steering provide just enough comfort and the perfect amount of safety.

Performance & Handling

Taking corners seems like child’s play, and accelerating on long-stretches enables the Corolla to let its moderate, but mighty engine shine. The ride offers no frills, but it suffers from no noticeable jarring or shimming.

The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine provides the base 1997 Toyota Corolla and the Corolla CE with 100 hp. The DX’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder increases horsepower to 105. Both engines can pair with either an automatic or manual transmission, and they all use front drive like many traditional sedans.

Safety

The 1997 Toyota Corolla features driver and passenger front airbags as standard features. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration awards the Corolla four stars for both passenger and driver cash test results. For side-impact front and side-impact rear crash ratings, it receives three stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Corolla: 26/32 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla DX: 25/32 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla CE: 26/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built to last
  • Reliability
  • Perfect mix of functionality and looks

You Won't Like

  • Not the greatest value
  • Less than sporty look

Sum Up

Perfect for an overall value.

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