1993 Toyota JZX Mark II
Stock Number: 4933
The Toyota JZX90 chassis is one of our personal favorites as it perfectly balances performance, usability, and comfort. Toyota was well ahead of the game when it came to performance sedans back in the day. The Mark II was a nimble all-around performer while the Aristo was a luxury tour de force with its monster 2JZ-GTE or the legend that is the Supra that needs no introduction. The '90s offered the practicality of a four-door that didn't skimp on amenities while making sure it was the most well-rounded performer of the group. Our latest '93 Mark II Tourer V is a prime, all-stock, example of why these were so great. Of course, there are plenty of aftermarket options for these out there, but finding an OEM performance sedan 28 years later is becoming a rarity. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) which has a very subtle look that really pops when you get it out into the sunlight. It features the desirable factory aero with its sleek bumper and low profile spoiler out back that gives off the subtle hint that this isn't some drab '90s Camry. The body has been well maintained showing only a few little routine blemishes. The paint shows particularly well with really only a few stone chips collected over its 65K verified mile lifetime.
The interior is rather spacious making it one of the few performance cars you can enjoy spending time on a road trip in. The stock seats are incredibly comfortable, yet offer ample support. Luckily the bolsters have held up well as they're typically the most prone to degradation over time. Neither front nor rear seats show any real signs of staining or wear, and the same can be said about the carpeting. Despite being a four-door the back seats don't look like they've had much seat time over the years. There are a few very small marks on the base of the driver's seat, but that's really about the worst of it. Unlike other manufacturers of this era, Toyotas generally have held up better and were noted for using some premium materials. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. Drivers of all sizes can fit upfront, as the seats are adjustable and the JZX90 comes standard with a tilt column. Of course just because it has all of the performance doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort because of it. These come fitted with all of the modern electronic goodies of the time like power-folding mirrors, one-touch driver's window, power locks, automatic climate control, and even a sunroof. As we see with most Toyota's everything is operating as it should. The cabin feels a smidge larger than most of our Mark II's because it features an optional sunroof. It tilts and fully retracts to let in some more ventilation if you require some, however, the natural light is great to have by itself.
Under the hood is what really makes this car special. In a sea of econoboxes, a sedan powered by the brutish 1JZ-GTE is remarkable. Powering the rear wheels, the 2.5L straight-six has seemingly endless thrust. The twin-turbo 2.5L fires up quickly and happily idles along. Since the intake and exhaust are still stock it's shockingly quiet making it a real sleeper. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get underway and the turbos spool the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. The drivetrain's supreme grunt is convenient for hopping on a freeway but is anything but temperamental around the city. The automatic transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. And while many hate on automatics, this transmission is shockingly good. It's ideal when cruising around town or making your normal commute, but when you want to get around someone it's quick to respond. The shifts are crisp, and you don't have a massive delay when waiting for it to transition. When you need to slow down, the front brakes are very grabby and slow this four-door down incredibly well. The stock suspension does a great job of sorting out uneven pavement and other road imperfections without beating you up in the process. As with all of our vehicles this one has undergone a full mechanical refresh. All of the basics have been addressed like 4 new tires, a fresh battery, and your standard oil and filter change. We also went ahead and put on a new alternator to go with that battery as well as replacing 3 of the coil packs and retightening the valve covers while we were in there. Toyota's best attempt at a sedan Supra, the JZX packs tons of power and delivers just as many smiles per gallon. An instant Japanese Classic, this trusty steed can be daily driven while feeling just as at home on the track.
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