The Toyota Corona is a sports sedan in every sense of the word. Manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation from 1957 to 2002, the Corona was one of Toyota’s first international exports, providing buyers with a larger car choice but with practically the same operating costs as the smaller, more frugal Toyota Corolla.
In the hierarchy of Toyota sedans, the Corona started out as second in rank, right below the Crown. However, in 1968, the Corona overtook the Crown when it started using an all-new larger platform that gave buyers a larger cabin space with the same dependable and affordable performance. The Corona was an immediate success in many export markets, receiving a number of different names worldwide. In Europe, it was known as the Carina. In the U.S., it was initially known as Corona, but became the Tiara when the former was largely ignored on its first year of release. When the Toyota Corona ceased production, it was replaced by the Toyota Camry XV20.
During its successful run, the Toyota Corona was widely known for providing great value for money. It was always great-looking and well-furnished, with a quiet overhead-cam engine and a reliable 4-speed gearbox. Add plush carpeting, tinted glass, and vacuum-assisted front disc brakes and you’ve got a car that fulfills a car owner’s every need. Of course, features alone don’t make the car, it’s the on-road performance and the benefit of ownership that do, and the Toyota Corona succeeds in these areas as well.
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Toyota Corona Specs and Performance
The last produced batch of the Toyota Corona uses a 2.0-liter 16V D-4 gasoline engine that can produce 145 horsepower and 177 Nm of torque. The Toyota Corona engine allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour (kph) in 9 seconds and has a top speed of more than 170 kph.
Early Toyota Coronas featured a suspension system composed of coil springs with a torsion bar stabilizer at the front and semi-elliptical leaf springs at the rear. Later models employed a MacPherson strut independent front suspension at the front and a four-link trailing arm rear suspension arrangement with a Panhard rod. Thanks to the update, the last batch of the Corona performed very favorably under city driving conditions, taking curves and corners with an almost invisible body lean. On the highway, when hit by an extreme crosswind, the Corona doesn’t weave from side to side like some of its counterparts.
Toyota Corona Fuel Consumption
The Toyota Corona is known for providing excellent gas mileage, beating many other cars in its class in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ratings. The vehicle registered a fuel efficiency rating of 13 km/L when driven in highway conditions, an economical rating during that time.
Second hand Toyota Corona fuel consumption:
- Toyota Corona 2001: 13.4 l/100km average rating
- Toyota Corona 1997: 11.9 l/100km average rating
- Toyota Corona 1996: 9.5 l/100km average rating
- Toyota Corona 1995: 12.1 l/100km average rating
- Toyota Corona 1994: 10.2 l/100km average rating
- Toyota Corona 1993: 10 l/100km average rating
Toyota Corona Features
Toyota Corona Convenience and Entertainment Features
The Toyota Corona was created with the middle class car owner in mind. In the 1990s, it was offered with a lot of variants and features, making each model more personalized and unique. Today, the Corona is regarded as one of the more reliable 10-year old plus car models because of its sturdy build and quality parts. Below are six of the car’s well-known highlight features:
- Cruise control
- Tilt steering wheel
- CD audio system
- 6 speakers
- On-glass antenna
- Engine immobilizer
Toyota Corona Safety Features
Toyota has provided the Corona with plenty of safety and security features in the active and passive departments such as:
- Driver airbag
- Side door guard beams
- Front disc brakes
- Collapsible steering column
- Shock-absorbing bumpers
- Anti-lock braking system
Toyota Corona Design
Toyota Corona Interior
Inside, the Corona’s advantage in size is obvious—there’s no wiggling or wriggling necessary to get in and out of the vehicle. All four doors are well-padded and open in a wide 70-degree angle to allow easy entry. That said, the Corona was never meant to spark any vehicle revolutions, be a beast on the road, or be representative of status symbols. Total efficiency with a stern focus on economy—that’s the name of the game for the Corona.
- Power windows
- Power automatic door locks
- Air conditioning with air filtration
- Multi-adjustable bucket front seats
- Driver’s seat cushion vertical height adjuster
- Fold-down rear center armrest
Toyota Corona Exterior
The Corona has four headlights. Also, the 2-speed electric windshield wipers were made larger than normal to clear an impressive 80 percent of the total windshield area. Combine these two features and you get a car that provides better vision in the dark and under heavy rain. The rest of the exterior is conservatively styled, with subtle yet striking design lines on the hood and side panels. During its heyday, the Corona look was so new, people who laid their eyes on it for the first time often ask what kind of car it was.
- Power outside mirrors
- Protective body side moldings
- Variable intermittent windshield wipers
- High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass
- Aerodynamic halogen headlamps
- Daytime Running Lights
Toyota Corona Color Options
The Philippine-market Toyota Corona went through various color set iterations during its run. Six of the model’s most popular paint finishes are listed below:
- Brown Metallic
- Deep Red Metallic
- Gloss Black
- Light Beige
- Light Blue Metallic
- Silver Grey Metalic
Toyota Corona Price List in the Philippines
As a used or second hand car, the Toyota Corona has stood the test of time. The fact that there are still a lot of 2nd hand Toyota Coronas on the road in the Philippines attests to their reliability. At the height of its popularity, the Corona was often one of the best car choices to make. Though Toyota Motor Corporation and its various dealerships no longer sell Toyota Coronas, those interested in purchasing one for themselves can look for a second hand Toyota Corona for sale from dealers nationwide.
Second Hand Toyota Corona Price in the Philippines
- Toyota Corona 1998 price in the Philippines: P140,000
- Toyota Corona 1997 price in the Philippines: P135,000
- Toyota Corona 1996 price in the Philippines: P120,000
- Toyota Corona 1995 price in the Philippines: P115,000
- Toyota Corona 1994 price in the Philippines: P125,000
- Toyota Corona 1993 price in the Philippines: P100,000
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