1994 Toyota Caldina Wagon
Stock Number: 4351
The modern SUV has all but replaced the wagon, but after driving this 1994 Toyota Caldina, we don't know why. The ride quality, fuel economy, and ease of maneuverability make for a stress-free ownership experience, and all of this is backed by Toyota engineering. Offered with only 82K original miles, this Green over Gray two-tone hauler is in good condition, other than the usual small dings and chips associated with normal use. Featuring classic Enkei alloys, the Caldina subtly stands out from the crowd, without drawing insane amounts of attention.
The clean and simple interior offered on this wagon is refreshing compared to more modern interiors. Where cars currently are laden with a thousand buttons, LED infotainment screens, and computer wizardry the Caldina is starkly different. The flowing black dash has a sizable glove box and lower parcel tray to aid with storage. The dash itself is devoid of major damage include weather-related fading, cracks, or distortion. The touch surfaces have been nicely maintained, and the steering wheel, seats, and door cards look really nice. Utilizing a gray, textured cloth, the front buckets feel soft to the touch, and the rear bench looks hardly used. Unlike many cars of the era, the Toyota wagon has two front cup holders located in the center stack. The carpets and headliner are in good shape as well, and the cargo area has a hidden spare if you need it. The OEM audio works as it should, and the speaker audio quality isn't bad. Of note, the tach needle tends to bounce up and down and the power-folding mirrors are inoperable. On the good side, the digital climate system works well and all the controls are easy to read and at hand.
Like many domestic Toyotas built during this time period, a small displacement modular four-cylinder powers this light-duty front wheel drive chassis. This simple formula paid dividends for Toyota, as these cars were built to withstand the test of time and years of abuse. The naturally aspirated 3S-FE starts up with a turn of a key and is fairly quiet when operational. Benefitting from a fresh oil and filter service, this hearty little engine is up to date on maintenance, and doesn't need a service for another three-thousand mile. At just under two liters, it makes adequate power to get up to interstate speeds and then some. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and doesn't mind being put through its paces. The suspension provides lots of ground clearance and insulates against bumps large and small. The brakes have enough bite to stop the wagon down manageable speeds quickly and the steering is light and easy to articulate. The only modification to be found is a classy set of Enkei Bortex Varese alloys in silver, which sit at all four corners.
This Caldina can be used for a multitude of purposes; like a unique low mileage daily, a mail carrier vehicle, or just a weekend cruiser. The mechanically stout design should lend itself to a hassle-free ownership experience, and parts and service is a snap on the Caldina. In a sea of crossovers, and tall sedans available for sale, ignoring this Japanese Classic is hard to do.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.