1996 Toyota Tercel User Reviews

1996 Toyota Tercel Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars2.3 out of 5 stars 2.3 / 5
  • Appearance:2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars 2.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"handling" 2 reviews

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woodie writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX Coupe Review
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4

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great little car, low maintainance high fuel economy, looks and drives like a newer car. you feel secure and comfortable while driving.acceleration is adequate and breaking is smooth and secure

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cant think of any

woodie
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Clean Cal Title — this car did everything i hoped it would do.low cost to operate ,looked and drove great. i looked at many other cars before i bought this one. i was in the car biz for over 26 years and know how to spot a good one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jrmosby writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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4

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good gas mileage (35-38 hwy; 28-32 town); room for 4 small adults and some luggage, fold down rear seats making it easy to carry up to 10' boards; good around town and short trip vehicle; no rust yet; good handling in snow.

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Began to burn or lose oil around 110000 miles - now 125000 although no oil drips on ground.

jrmosby
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Nice Small Car With Good Mileage — Good gas mileage (35-38 hwy; 28-32 town); room for 4 small adults and some luggage, fold down rear seats making it easy to carry up to 8' boards; good around town and short trip vehicle; no rust yet; good handling in snow.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cheyenne writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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fuel economy!

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slow

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Perfect If Your In A Bad Neighborhood.a Perfect Slider! — had to say i loved the fuel economy never did break down on me never had to do any abnormal maintenance sure was ugly but a new paint job helped, not really. not fun to drive. it didnt like having people in it. got real slow had 90 hp haha ugly int. decant braking horrid acceleration i wont even get into the handling

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Davis writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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For the low manteinance

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If you are a sportier, its not for you

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Get It If You Just Want A Really Economic Car — The car is all about economics. This car is not made for performance, its pretty slow actually, but the cost of maintenance is next to zero. This doesn't have good handling or braking, but its ok. The materials made for this car are top notch, and the gas mileage its one of the bests around.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Amanda writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX Sedan Review
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fun to drive car

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was out of alignment after being rear ended. I wouldn't call it safe; although all small cars aren't that safe.

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96 Tercel — I loved this car when I got it. It was leased. I remember going car shopping with mom and dad and looking at the Tercel. We found this one on the lot with 800 miles on it, and not much more other than a sunroof and alloy wheels. It was fun to drive, but was in a wreck about a year or so later; and I traded it in for my Corolla.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Patrick writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Perfect first driver first car... cheap on inssurance and fuel efficent

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dont plan to race other cars .... its sucks ...

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Tercel — Doesnt pull but what the heck its a tercel.... Its mint condition alll i did its a regular tune up I love the interrior but the outside its wtvr... I got it for cheap n lowmilage , really good on gas tho... reg maintenance is required of course... its a good reliable point a to point b car!!!

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Jiaqi writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX Coupe Review
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cheap, reliable, efficienct

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run like an old lay

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The Good Cheap Car I Am Driving — very good fuel efficiency. 39mpg with half highway and half local as I am a very good driver for this manual car. very good quality, no major problem very reliable. moderate design but it lacks horsepower :-(

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Ahmad writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX Coupe Review
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Gas saver, long life only costed me 1400 McChickens

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Its a girls car

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Its Great For Pizza Deliveries — We bought this car as a commuter vehicle, and have been very impressed. I'm shocked that it doesn't hold its value better, because it runs and drives just as well now as it did in 1996. It's still very reliable and gets about 39 mpg. Its only disadvantage is it's kinda loud.

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Matt writes:
1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX Coupe Review
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Tough and dependable. Took it places perhaps a Tercel shouldn't go.

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Needs more horses and better handling. New tires do help.

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Blackhawk Edition — While not my style, I need a car. This is what came through. She did well and I drove her to the breaking point. But she just wasn't my type of car.

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1997 Toyota Tercel Reviews

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1995 Toyota Tercel Reviews

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1994 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Awesome By babydoll26

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I Would Never Own Anything Else! By Christopher

I love my car. It looks great, handles like its on rails, gets looks. and has a full roll cage. Its Turbocharged and has plenty of torque. Everything is custom. Has 15" OZ Racing Cynos HRZ rims wrappe... Read More

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1993 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Cheap, Reliable Transportation By Noel

My third car. Bought in 1993 with 10000 miles on it, traded in with 107,000 miles on it. Slow car with cheap looking interior. Not the best looking car but got 30 mpg. The most reliable car I ever had... Read More

Garbage. By beavis1990

Terrible. Worst Toyota Ever Made! Cheaply Made. Bumper Fell Of In 2001. I Hated This Car! Transmisson Sliped In 1999. Japanese Cant Make A Car For Crap! I Dont Know Why I Bought This Car, But Its My L... Read More

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