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1996 Toyota Celica

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Vehicle Highlights

Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 25/Hwy 31/Comb 27 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1996 Toyota Celica Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 189 Ratings for the 1994 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Best car I ever owned!

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Son totalled it

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Inexpensive, looked great and fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the car new in 1995 and drove it for 13 years. My son received it as a hand-me-down. Celly was still going strong when he totalled it with 209,000 miles on it. It still had the original muffler and other than routine maintenance required only a new clutch. It was a pretty sad day when we had to put her down. PS: My son was not injured, just the car."

Love it!

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Paid for. Sporty. Fun to drive."

Cons: "Low to the ground."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been in the family since 1997. My husband and I love to drive it. It is low and sometimes that doesn't mix with bad knees. Good service--minimum maintenance."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Awesome Sort of rare sport car

By on Saturday, May 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,345

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun to drive,sporty,rare,4 seats"

Cons: "some hard plastics,no traction control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The Celica is a real joy in hot days. You get to roll down all your windows and enjoy the breeze as you ride along. The steering wheel feel is dull but responsive, there is a good amount of soft touch materials,the aspirated four is peppy although it will not overwhelm you, and the suspension is sporty and stiff because it really does not feel meant for comfort. It is reliable despite the fact that for our car the previous owner crashed the whole front of it, and fixed it although it wasn't really put on good you can see the line imperfections. As for the car on the snow well its really not that good. The car made us slide across the road one time which was scary, but then again this car was not designed for snow this car is for having fun around the corners. I also have noticed that on cold temperatures the engine has a really loud idle and when I stick the key and turn it it takes a while for the engine to turn on. Safety wise well the car only has two airbags,there is no traction control,and I really dont know its crash ratings. The mpg is good does not reach the magic forty but it lasts about the whole week from work to home for my dad. We do maintain it decently. I personally like the design if you look at it in certain angles the front looks attractive and the rear end is good too in my opinion as well as the look from the side. Overall though I really do love this car and I kind of wish my dad would keep it,but he says hes going to sell it to buy a Subaru because he wants to be safe in the winter. I understand his safety is first especially ever since an incident we had, yet at the same time i feel that it would be more cheaper to buy winter tires and really 4wd is not totally invincible either. I really do enjoy this car too because of its sporty look and feel of an 1999 sports car which reminds me how much technology has advanced ours does not even have a radio! Its just the road and you."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

WILL DRIVE THIS CAR TILL THE DOORS FALL OFF

By on Thursday, May 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,950

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good mileage, sleek design, great handling"

Cons: "Low seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My TC is 19 years and looks like its 5. The sleek design and handling are what makes this car such a blast to drive. I have one of the first solar yellow Celicas that came out in 1995. Originally purchased from a dealer in Virginia Beach site unseen, I had to have it in Yellow - so called Toyota and they told me where I could find it close to me, and had a dealer in Virginia make a trip out there to pick up the car for me. This car never lets me down, minimal repairs needed, sexy look, and great ride. A few recent upgrades like a new paint job, new sound system, new seat covers and I am good to go for another 19 years without a doubt. My only complaint would be the seats are low and as I get older that is a bit of a pain in my back. I guess eventually I will have to get a higher seated car when I can't get out of my TC...but if I had it my way I would ride it to the end and get buried in it :) I love this car!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Holy Moly What a Money Pit

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive when it runs."

Cons: "EVERYTHING"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The car has only run for three weeks tops without having any mechanical issues. The thing is literally falling apart. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!!!"

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

Love it wouldn't trade it!

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent driver, great gas mileage, comfotable"

Cons: "low to the ground for getting in and out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

my baby

"Love the car, worth much more than blue book to the very few owners I have talked to. These cars are very hard to find especially in such good shape!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

my baby

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