Thursday, November 3

1985 Toyota Tercel SR5 Wagon

As a native of New Mexico, I've always enjoyed TV and film interpretations of the Land of Enchantment. It's been interesting to note that the film Sunshine Cleaning and the show Breaking Bad both set in Albuquerque feature second generation Tercel SR5 4WD wagons.

What's with this silver screen vision of New Mexico and the trusty 2nd gen SR5? I've never even seen one in the Southwest, and I view it more as a quirky, adventurous, and moderately desireable relic of the awesome late '80s - early '90s import scene than an old beater driven by meth miscreants and struggling single moms. Maybe I'm giving this weird little wagon too much credit...

Portland, OR
Second Gen Tercel Wiki
Photo: Jack Murray


  1. They're all over Santa Fe.
    Which happens to be in the Southwest.
    Which also happens to be in New Mexico.
    What's your point again?

  2. Santa Fe ≠ Albuquerque
    I'm sure one needs a 4WD 2nd gen Tercel to climb the hills of turquoise up north, but the slammed impalas and caprices in Albuquerque share few similarities with this crazy '80s hatch.