1984 Toyota Corolla Diesel(!)
Now here’s something you don’t see every day – a mid-80s Corolla Hatchback. And it’s a diesel…
Now as a hatchback historian and a NUMMI fanatic, I had no idea that the Corolla was ever offered with an oil-burner. So thanks to Curbside Classics, now we all know. Click here to check out the details over at CC. As mentioned in that article, Toyota arrived a little late as gas prices began to fall in the late 80s – but it seems with the flexible nature of the hatchback body and the economy of the diesel engine, this would have been a great little city runabout.
Fueleconomy.gov lists the 5-speed diesel’s MPG rating at 40 city/48 highway, a notable increase over the gas version’s 31/36 tally.