The Corolla is a global hallmark of Toyota and is branded as a dealership in some markets. The name represents quality, reliability, and efficiency in equal measure. The great part about this 1996 Corolla Levin XZ is that it's also sporty with the subtle rear spoiler, the body is in good shape. This legally imported Levin is not one to sleep on! For those who value a peppy commuter that's unique and inexpensive to operate this surely is the ticket. Undoubtedly this eighth-generation Corolla will outlast most new cars on the market, and is a real Japanese Classic you have to see to believe! This understated four-seater is more akin to something set aside in a time capsule than your average fun commuter car and is great for someone who cares about running costs and quality than going fast in a quarter-mile drag race.
The interior is in above average condition. Toyota chose some quality materials and included several power options that make daily use joyful to this day. The view of the road ahead is clear thanks to a low-lying dash and skinny A-pillar. The dashboard lacks in cracks or distortion. You can see the difference in design from vehicles just five years older, and the smooth flowing lines look dare we say modern. Also unlike vehicles produced earlier in the decade, this one also includes an SRS driver's airbag. The mirrors and locks are electric and like the OEM audio system. The glovebox offers some additional storage and the center armrest can be opened to store a set of sunglasses and some assorted knick-knacks if need be. The seats are in great shape with the Driver seat being a race style seat, you could even use this a the weekend track car! It's quite durable as well and resited any rips, stains, or tears over the years. The carpets and matching door cards are in fine nick and the headliner is clean and tightly upholstered to the roof.
The powertrain is responsive, tight, and has been obviously cared for in a prior life in Japan. This FWD two-door is powered by Toyota's 4A-FE. This 1600cc four-cylinder idles confidently and is mated to a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox. The transmission shifts properly and lacks any grinding, and feels connected when changing gear. The gearing is such that during interstate use the Levin is unphased and returns impressive MPG. With the after market wheels and great sounding exaust this RHD Levin will be sure to turn heads!