You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth is a Toyota Tercel on the list?” It’s simple really. While the CRX-HF allowed enthusiasts to drive frugally, the Tercel added a bit more power and two more doors.
Basically, it’s everything a person needed to get to Point-B, and save money on the way.
The Tercel was equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, capable of 82 horsepower and 90-lb.ft. of torque. While those numbers certainly aren’t mind-blowing, the fact that the coupe version had a curb weight of 2000 pounds, is.
The Tercel came with a 5-speed manual, an optional automatic transmission, and could consistently average 30 miles per gallon. While it wasn’t nearly as frugal as the Honda CRX-HF, it certainly wasn’t as gutless, and at least could carry an extra couple of passengers along the way.
I still find it hard to believe, a curb weight of just 2,000 pounds with four doors. Take that Lotus!