Let’s start with “the beige.” See, not everyone was all about having fun behind the wheel. Lots of people just wanted to get to “Point B.” It is cars like this that sell well, and allow an automotive manufacturer to expand their creativity with the model line.
No, this isn’t the type of Corolla that drives through Japanese canyons to deliver tofu well, but it does take the kids safely to school in a safe manner.
This particular Corolla was one of the first compact cars of the Toyota line to have over 100 horsepower out of a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. The second generation Toyota Camry of 1986, peaked at 115 horsepower. Now, there was at least a bit more daily driving horsepower, with an EPA rated 24 city, 30 highway. If there was anything particularly fun about the four-door Corolla, it’s that it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission, and weighed just 2,253 pounds.