When you have a car company as large and prolific as Toyota, there's bound to be at least a handful of outstanding vehicles in their history. This assumption, if made, would be correct, but, unfortunately, Toyota isn't exempt from making bad cars too.
Fans of Toyota will often say that Toyota makes more good cars than bad, which isn't too far off from the truth either. To find absolutely horrible Toyotas, you need to dig pretty deep. However, there's still a few out there. So, without further ado, here are Toyota's best and worst models they've ever made, ranked...
10 Best: 2020 Toyota Supra
Sitting in hibernation for over two-decades, Toyota finally decided to bring it back into the light. Obviously, this is in reference to the brand new 2020 Toyota Supra, which is a real return-to-form for the once motor-sporting powerhouse of Toyota.
Thankfully, the new Supra still has queues from the classics: 3-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-6 that gets up and goes. What's been divisive amongst fans, however, is the Supra's influence from BMW engineers and its lack of similarities to the Mark IV.
Whatever your opinion is on the 2020 Supra, you can at least acknowledge that it's a well made, quick (Without the factory limiter), and 'better-than-average' looking sports car.
9 Worst: 2019 Toyota 86
Although Toyota has a legacy of making fun, reliable, and cheap cars, they haven't always been successful in their attempts. A prime example of this is one of Toyota's latest attempt at a light-weight sports car, the Toyota 86.
If you've seen this car before, it probably wasn't only the Toyota version, but the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S as well. These vehicles are nearly identical, but each has specific pieces from their respective manufacturers. Toyota's, it seems, have made one of the slowest of the trio and (as some fans argue) the ugliest too. The 86 is pretty cheap, but not the best car for the money, either (M.S.R.P. of $26,000+)
8 Best: 2019 Toyota Tacoma
Regrettably, when consumers think about fantastic trucks/off-roaders, they'll usually lean towards American carmakers like Ford and Chevy. In reality, though, one of the best trucks doesn't come from the U.S., but Japan.
This truck is called the 2019 Toyota Tacoma (sometimes referred to as "The Taco") and it has been a frontrunner of the off-road market for decades. Their newest model, however, is truly a next step forward than any of their previous versions. All in all, the latest "Taco" is great for just about any situation, such as dirt, mud, sand, rocks, urban environments, long road-trips, and so on.
7 Worst: 2019 Toyota Prius
In all my days as a car enthusiast, few vehicles have been so unanimously despised as the Toyota Prius. For countless car lovers, the Prius was their first step in realizing what they DIDN'T want for a vehicle. But, what made it so terrible?
For starters, hybrids (at the time) weren't as widely used or accepted by the general populous as they are now. Some even saw the Prius as dangerous to pedestrians for its lack on an engine noise. What really made the Prius bad, though, was just how ugly and under performing it was. It was like a slap in the face of car enthusiasts; telling them that their days of loud, fast, and beautiful Toyotas were coming to an end. A message that fans rejected, vehemently.
6 Best: Toyota Supra (Mark IV)
In the entirety of Toyota's vehicle lineup over the past 82-years, none have been so popular, so beloved, and so sought after as their late-1990's Toyota Supra Mark Four.
The Toyota Supra MK. IV is, arguably, the most powerful and competitive of all the J.D.M. greats (GT-R, NSX, RX-7, etc.). The stock engine found in the twin-turbocharged Mark IV, the 2JZ-GTE, is a masterpiece of engineering. Frequently, you'll see tuners take these monsters up to 1000 horsepower on a surprisingly stock engine (At least most of the engine).
Nevertheless, if you've got a lot of money lying around and really want a great Toyota/J.D.M. legend, look no further than the "lamborghini-killing" Toyota Supra Mark IV.
5 Worst: Toyota Solara
Once again, like the Tercel, Toyota has their rare flub. This time, though, it would be in the form of a sports convertible. However, what consumers didn't know (at first) was just how far off that presumption would be.
The Solara was far from a sports car. In all actuality, the Solara was slow and very heavy. Along with that, the convertible roof didn't work right most of the time and constantly leaked. This, of course, isn't even mentioning the mechanical problems with the car. Not many owners were very happy with their Solara, which was probably the driving factor (No pun intended) behind the Solara's axing.
4 Best: Toyota Corolla AE86
No, you aren't experiencing deja vu, you're likely just a big fan of Initial D, an anime that helped propel the Toyota Corolla AE86 in J.D.M. stardom. Whether you've seen the show or not, you've likely seen its influence in car culture and in the fan's emphatic desire to recreate the protagonist's car.
Of all the cars in the J.D.M. registry, the AE86 is up there with the likes of the GT-Rs, Supra's, and NSXs. Even though it may not be the sportiest looking one and has a small engine, the AE86 is a more than capable little hatchback.
For those who are interested in high-end modifications and upgrades to cars like the AE86, check out SEMA's gallery of cars. In there, there's no shortage of beautiful Corolla AE86s to see.
3 Worst: 2006 Toyota Celica GT
With Toyota's profound success and love for the Supra, they were quick to make another legendary sports car. One again, they would do it with the Celica GT: A partnership between Toyota and Yamaha that would end in flames.
During the 1970's and after, the Celica GT was one of the best sports cars in Toyota's lineup. This, however, would all change with the seventh generation Celica. The last Celica GT. Overall, the later versions of that generation had weak engines, prone to constant breaking, and bad acceleration below redline. It may look quick, but the mid-2000's Celicas were far from that.
2 Best: Toyota 2000GT
It seems like each carmaker has their own "unicorn" throughout their time building vehicles. For Ferrari, it's the 250 series and, for Lamborghini, it's the Miura & Countach. Toyota, believe it or not, has a version of their own too. It's called the 2000GT.
What helped get the 2000GT into production was Toyota's partnership with Yamaha. As a result, the 2000GT was made as a limited-edition sports car in the late 1960s. Today, a Toyota 2000GT costs an absurd amount of money, with the most expensive selling for over a million dollars. Sadly for most of us, the 2000GT doesn't appear to be lowering in price anytime soon. Nevertheless, we can still enjoy it for its alluring figure and historical significance.
1 Worst: Toyota Echo
As stated earlier, you've got to look diligently to find examples of really bad Toyota's. Perhaps this a testament to how great their cars are, or how badly fans try to cover them up. Whatever your opinion is, we can all agree that the Toyota Echo is certainly one of their worsts.
If you have eyes, you will likely join the thousands of car enthusiasts who hate the Echo's appearance. It's not as bad a the Fiat Panda, for example, it's just incredibly boring and plain. What's worse, though, is that the Echo barely had 100 horsepower and weird styling on the inside, as well.
After charging way too much money and failing to make a decent vehicle, the Echo faded away into the recesses of Toyota's history, as well as the forgotten parts of a car lover's memory.