The Toyota Corolla is one of the longest-lived vehicles in the Toyota lineup, introduced in 1966 as a subcompact. Later generations upgraded to a compact including models from 1999. It is the best-selling car in history, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle and in 2007 surpassing 40 million units sold. On average, one is sold about every 40 seconds. The eighth generation began in 1995 in Japan and received another significant redesign. It was still a four-door compact but with a new body. Sales were delayed in the U.S. until 1997. The 1999 models were the last of this generation before another redesign for the 2000 model year.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Corolla VE, Toyota Corolla CE, Toyota Corolla LE
The Toyota Corolla received a mid-generation redesign in the previous year and got a handful of upgrades including an aluminum engine block and aluminum cylinder heads. As such, the 1999 models received very few changes.
The 1999 Toyota Corolla has a basic sedan profile with four doors, a plain front end with a small grille containing the Toyota logo, and thin cat-like headlights. The rear is plain as well, but all models include a spoiler. Some of the exterior features include power mirrors, fully automatic headlights, optional alloy wheels, and an outside temperature display.
The 1999 Toyota Corolla is fairly roomy for a compact vehicle. It seats five, two in the front comfortable and is a little crowded in the rear with three adults. It is available in a range of trims. Some interior features and options include a sound system with optional CD player and standard cassette with the CE and LE and optional cassette on the VE, rear window blind and defroster, optional genuine wood dashboard, and power steering.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Toyota Corolla has a 120-hp, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual comes standard with all models. A three-speed automatic is available with the VE model only and a four-speed automatic is available with the CE and the LE models. With the standard engine and transmission setup the Corolla is rated at 122 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. Speed and acceleration are moderate with the five-speed manual transmission. Acceleration is lacking in the VE three-speed automatic model. It does offer a relatively comfortable ride and handles well. Due to gas mileage, dimensions, visibility, and reliability, it is convenient for regular city commuting.
Safety features on the 1999 Toyota Corolla include dual front impact airbags standard, optional side impact airbags, ABS brakes optional on all models, and an optional security system on the CE and LE models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Corolla: 31/38 mpg city/highway
- Gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Lack of features
A very dependable and affordable vehicle that's great for city commuters and those looking for inexpensive transportation.
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