The spare tire was mounted on the rear door, which swung open to the right — two carryover features from the first generation. The V-6 engine and third row were dropped, leaving all gas-only models with a 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine and seating for five. You can interpret our ratings in the following way: 5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. For example, the third generation now includes 5 door models. The Soft Top model looks like an off-road toy, offers relatively little luggage space and the back seats are best suited for children. It also has extremely low maintenance costs and gets excellent fuel mileage. A new four-cylinder engine made more power, and a larger, still-more-powerful four-cylinder with 161 hp arrived for the 2004 model year.
Horsepower was increased slightly to 127. Edge models came with unpainted grey bumpers and side cladding, mirrors, and door handles, and featured steel rims. All models came equipped with a brand-new 2. The two-door hardtop is no longer available. It also gained an optional third row that increased seating capacity to seven seating for five was still standard. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
In 1999, the two-door hardtop was dropped from the American lineup, leaving the 4-door and soft-top models. Its unibody chassis gives it a comfortable car-like demeanor. Horsepower was increased slightly to 127. Note: In some cases the total price cannot be estimated. In 1999, the two-door hardtop was dropped from the American lineup, leaving the 4-door and soft-top models. In addition, a 269-hp V-6 engine became available as an upgrade to the standard four-cylinder engine. These models came with a 60,000-mile 97,000km battery warranty, and the vehicles still command high prices on the used-car market.
Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price. Though it wasn't the first one, the success of this mini sport-utility vehicle helped start a trend. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. Decent, but not quite the best. Permanent all-wheel-drive was a feature. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class. The main differentiation between the two models was in appearance.
Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, further enhancing its versatility. . The four-wheel-drive models feature a lockable center differential on manual transmissions. The four-door model is 16 inches longer than the two-door and rides on a longer wheelbase. Forester provides the best driving dynamics, but lacks some of the off-road capability. It was based on the platform used for the Celica sports coupe and had unibody construction, an independent suspension and a four-cylinder engine. Two- and four-wheel-drive variations are available.
A two-door convertible version became available for the 1998 model year but was dropped in 2000. The fabric top is of high quality and Toyota has done a good job of minimizing noise levels. It is available with optional all-wheel drive, giving it excellent performance regardless of the weather. It offers some of the versatility of larger sport-utility vehicles, but with less room for people and parcels. Newer models have an active head restraint in the front seats to alleviate shock to the neck and potential whiplash injuries. The folding fabric top provides open-air motoring for back-seat passengers, while a solid sun roof opens above driver and front-seat passenger. With the rear seats folded down, it offers the cargo volume of vehicles twice its size.
It offers seatbelt hardware for five people. Under the hood is a 2. Simply does not deserve to be on the road. These models came with a 60,000-mile 97,000km battery warranty, and the vehicles still command high prices on the used-car market. Inside, the rear seat lost its fore-aft sliding feature, and the relocated spare tire took up some underfloor storage space.
All two-door models now come with a soft top that debuted in mid-1998. Under the hood is a 2. Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class. . . .