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1997 Toyota Tercel

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Toyota Tercel Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 93 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 28/35 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Toyota Tercel

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Toyota dependability, BMW 3-Series knock-off sheetmetal

  • Cons

    Feels about as substantial as a canoe in a hurricane, weak engine

  • What's New for 1997

    Standard and DX trim levels are shelved in favor of CE trim for all Tercels. All models have upgraded cloth trim, new rotary heater controls, a trip odometer and a storage console. New wheel covers adorn standard 14-inch wheels.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (19 total reviews)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

248,000 miles, she deserves a

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

Bought with 30K, only problems two cats and one CV joint. Tranny's now becoming cantankerous. Best car in the world!




Toyota for life

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

I've have driven all the American vehicle more than once but, I never dreamed that a Toyota would change my mind about driving. I have driven my '97" tercel for 2 yrs. W/o any major problems. I accumulated close to 300,000 miles. Love the dependability especially when your grandchildren are expecting to attend their sporting events. You have my vote for value.




Even after 13 years, i

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

My first Toyota was an 81 Starlet. Loved it. So I bought a new 97 Tercel, 16 years later! Three boys learned to drive on the Tercel! Best car I've ever owned. All three boys have become Toyota owners, too. Also recruited my sister and brother, nephew and niece into the Toy family! Great styling, great gas mileage, 1 tune up with 2 timing belts, regular oil changes. Love the stainless steel exhaust which has never been replaced. I know some day it will die, but if/when that happens, I will not be a happy camper! No rust, and I live in St. Louis. The exterior still looks new! Couldn't ask for a better car.




Best car i ever owned!

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

The 97 Tercel was my first brand new car. I loved the sporty design and how the 5 speed was so smooth compared to my prior 85 Honda Accord. This car was fun to drive and super reliable. Never had any problems. Would have kept it forever had it not been totaled in an accident.




Pinky's review

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

Pinkymarie (yes my car is Pink!) has been with me for 6 years! I bought her at 27,000 miles she now is at 115,670 miles & there has been no major repair done to her except a bearing that was recently replaced. She has been to Florida, Maryland, Virginia & Ohio without a peep. Miles per gallon have been wonderful about 37.1 mpg. It's also a great car for those who love to custom adapt them (pimp their ride.) I love her! and am planning to drive it until she's on one wheel. LOL!




Simple, dependable, low cost to

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel CE 2dr Coupe

i have not owned my tercel that long. but i bought mine after having known others that used theirs for years with no problems. Overall average of about 32mpg. probably about 37mpg on the highway. no problems with the car, the old owner said the same. I got it with lower than average miles, about 72000. The design is very simple, so things like installing a stereo or mechanical work is easy to do yourself. Not much power but since the car is light it doesn't need it, so it does get peppy on the highway, but it does build speed very slowly on hills. My a/c is ice cold. A great little car, I love it.



Full 1997 Toyota Tercel Review

What's New for 1997

Standard and DX trim levels are shelved in favor of CE trim for all Tercels. All models have upgraded cloth trim, new rotary heater controls, a trip odometer and a storage console. New wheel covers adorn standard 14-inch wheels.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 28
  • cty
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  • 35
  • highway
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