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2012 Toyota Celica

Published July 29, 2012

What makes the best combination for a car? In todays rough economy most people are looking for affordable and efficient first and everything else is usually a bonus.  Well a lot of people are also looking for something sporty. what other company could we trust to combine the two? Toyota of course and they have given it to us in the form of the 2012 Toyota Celica FT-86. Along with that combination comes the quality and reliability you can find in just about anything Toyota has made from the Camry to the Supra. While Toyota has yet to give us a full on concept car or “supercar” this is one sleek ride any car enthusiast should be able fall for and give you a reason to keep your eye on toyota who has stepped up in a huge way.

Affordable is great but what about maintenance? One of the great thing is running off Subaru’s horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine with toyotas mix of direct injection combined with port inject (D-4S) you should have no worries about it firing right up when you go to turn your key. Plus you get all the power going to the rear wheels which makes it that much more appealing to me. Some people are considering the Mazda mx5 and Hyundai’s new Genesis which as much as i was a fan of the Tiburon feel like the Celica should have no problem being head of its class.

Besides a four cylinder engine expected to be pushing 170-15 horsepower is pretty impressive and thats not to mention that the turbo performance engine has been dynoed at 300 plus horsepower. Now it may not come with all the upgrades as the BMW mini you can find it just as sporty and with the comfort of the Scion TC also manufactured by toyota which i own and can say is a smooth ride. This years Celica has also been lightened obviously increasing fuel mileage as well as strain on the engine which with proper care should lead to a long healthy life and much better trade in value when the time comes. Car is also available in automatic and manual both of which are six-speed transmissions.

Base price your looking at around 23k some upgrades can run you about 25k and fully loaded GT a reasonable 30k which is only available in manual 6 speed. Oh and i almost forgot theres now an option for a paddle shift upgrade so you can get the indy car feel to match the control of the new power to weight ration Celica has been working to perfect.

So all the tuners and just plain car enthusiast should really have lots to look forward to with what i feel is the beginning stage of toyota breaking through to create a super car. As for toyota with this and the new upgrades coming to most of there vehicles should make for one hell of a year for them.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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