1995 HiAce Adventure Van
Pending Sale: $20,995
From the beaches of Nags Head to the mountains of the Rockies, adventure vans are all the rage. They offer tons of space, a great view of the road ahead, and are capable of year-round use, thanks to 4WD. This 1995 example has been refinished in Desert Sand (4Q2), one of the most iconic colors available for the TRD model line. The retro graphics, factory nerf bars, OEM brush guard, and refinished gray wheels set this HiAce off, and aside from some light dings, the body is in good shape. Offered with only 138k verified and documented miles, this turbodiesel, seven-seater is not just efficient but fast! Recently serviced and ready to rock, this turn-key Super Custom Limited would make for a unique kid hauler, weekend cruiser, or reliable camping vehicle. No matter how you use it, this Toyota is special and a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is arguably the best of all the JDM van manufacturers of this era. The HiAce was known for its premium materials, flexible seating, and a bevy of power amenities. You slide into the front seat, instead of climbing up into a massive SUV or hunkering down into a lowered sports car. The headroom is otherworldly and everyone onboard has shoulder and legroom to spare. The view of the road ahead is impressive and one of the benefits of the cab-over design. The dash is in good nick and lacks any cracking or distortion. A large center console sits behind a simple center stack that includes automatic dual-zone climate control and a factory audio system. Both systems work and the audio clarity is better than most vehicles of this age. We also wanted to note the climate control backlight is on its last legs. Front occupants have access to a manual sunroof for some added ventilation and the driver benefits from power mirrors, electric locks, and power windows. All of which do work, other than the power-folding function on the side mirrors, and make daily use enjoyable. The electric tilt column functions and a manual telescoping function is nice for shorter drivers. The seats are trimmed in a soft, cognac-colored cloth. They held up well over the years and there is no major damage to note, such as holes, stains, or tears. The middle row can swivel 180 degrees and can also lay nearly flat for a quick snooze. The rear row can also be folded flat for a full sleeping surface and can be slid forward and aft. The headliner has a few minor abrasions as does the driver door card, and the carpets have withstood the last 25 years pretty well. This van does include the optional sunroof suite but sadly the rear two sunroofs are no longer operational. They do provide a wonderful view of the sky above and bring plenty of natural light into the cabin. Still, at 25 years old this thing has held up well and was cared for in a prior life.
The mid-engine 4WD layout is much more balanced than our nose-heavy American options. The HiAce uses the legendary 1KZ-TE turbo diesel for propulsion and this hauler really gets up and goes. The 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with assistance from a new 12v battery. Power is fed through an automatic transmission, which shifts smoothly up and down the range. A full-time 4WD system allows for year-round use and the copious amount of ground clearance is ideal for the occasional offroad excursion or dusting of snow. The ride quality is above average and there are little to no squeaks or rattles within the cabin, even on rough pavement. The brakes are capable and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The wheels are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain rubber and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of all-season grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.