The sixth-generation Corolla saw the rear-drive coupe and liftback replaced with one model – a front-wheel-drive coupe. Toyota offered the estate with All-Trac all-wheel drive while offering the tech on the saloon for one model year – 1989. The Corolla grew in width by one inch, maintaining the same wheelbase as the previous generation.

Engines, all four-cylinder offerings, varied in technology and output during the sixth generation. Engines offered included a 90 bhp carbureted mill, 100-hp fuel-injection engine, and a 115 bhp EFI version. However, in 1990, all Corolla models came with fuel injection with the base offering making 102 bhp. The Corolla GT-S produced 130 bhp. In 1991, Toyota discontinued the coupe.