Originally a variation of the Corolla and Carina, the Toyota Caldina underwent a full model change in September 1997 and is now a separate line in its own right. The Caldina comes with 3 engine options: a 1.8- or 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine, or an optional 2.2-liter diesel engine.
There are two transmission options, 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrains are available. The top-of-the-line Caldina is the GT-T, which houses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder dual overhead cam engine that delivers 256hp – extremely high for a station wagon.
The transmission options are a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic manual that is also equipped for manual shifting. The sporty AWD model features a center differential. There is a Torsen limited-slip for manual-transmission models while the automatic transmission models come equipped with the VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) system.
Designed as it is to compete against Subaru Legacy, this sporty station wagon has remarkable power. Although the 15-inch tires seem too small for the engine, this car still delivers an amazing ride.