Toyota Carina ED

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The Toyota Carina ED was a Japanese compact car created in 1985. It was positioned as the 4-door Celica, with a similar focus on luxury found on the Corona EXiV. Its design sought to emulate the Hardtop styling of large American sedans, resulting in a small, low cabin with longer front and rear ends. The ED's B-pillar stood up in the middle with no purpose other than to hinge the rear door on; it was not attached to the roof side of the cabin. The ED achieved huge sales in Japan, prompting the appearance of competitors like the Mazda Persona, Nissan Presea, and Mitsubishi Emeraude. "ED" is the initial of "Exciting" and "Dressy".

First Generation (1985-1989) ST160 series


First Generation
1987 Carina ED
Production1985-1989
Car body style4-door Hardtop
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine2.0L i4 DOHC 3S-GELU
1.8L i4 SOHC 1S-ELU
1.8L i4 SOHC 1S-iLU
Transmission (mechanics)5AT / 4AT
Wheelbase2525 mm (99.4 in)
Length4500 mm (177.2 in)
Width1690 mm (66.5 in)
Height1320 mm (52 in)
RelatedToyota Corona EXiV

The first generation was a new design direction, emphasizing styling and comfort over practicality and economy. The Celica platform was used and attention was placed on handling and performance. Fog lamps were made standard August 1987. The 1S-ELU was replaced by the 2.0 L 3S-FELU, and May 1988, the 1S-iLU was replaced by the 1.8 L 4S-FiLU.


Second Generation (1989 - 1993) ST180 series


First Generation
1989 Carina ED
Production1989-1993
Car body style4-door Hardtop
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine2.0L i4 DOHC 3S-FELU
1.8L i4 SOHC 4S-FiLU
Transmission (mechanics)5AT / 4AT
Wheelbase2525 mm (99.4 in)
Length4485 mm (176.6 in)
Width1690 mm (66.5 in)
Height1315 mm (51.8 in)
RelatedToyota Corona EXiV

The restyled second generation was introduced 1989 and luxury equipment content increased. Four wheel steering appeared on the top level offering and styling was updated more closely resemble the Corona EXiV. Electronic fuel injection was made standard on all engines offered.


Third Generation (1993 - 1998) ST200 series


First Generation
1995 Carina ED
Production1993-1998
Car body style4-door Hardtop
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive/AWD
Internal combustion engine2.0L i4 DOHC 3S-GE
1.8L i4 SOHC 4S-FiLU
Transmission (mechanics)5AT / 4AT
Wheelbase2525 mm (99.4 in)
Length4500 mm (177.2 in)
Width1740 mm (68.5 in)
Height1325 mm (52.2 in)
RelatedToyota Corona EXiV

The four wheel drive system introduced on this generation was borrowed from the Celica GT-4. The 3S-GE engine as a result did not have four wheel steering. The trim level designations were 1800V, 2000X, 2000GT and 2000GT-4WD. As a result of styling changes, sales improved in comparison to the second generation. A driver side airbag appeared September 1995, as well as speed sensitive door locks and climate control air conditioning. A passenger side airbag appeared June 1996, along with anti lock brakes and a wiper on the rear window. Production ended due to economic conditions April 1998.

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