1995 Toyota Cresta JZX90 Tourer V
Stock Number: 4685
The Toyota JZX90 chassis is one of our personal favorites as it perfectly balances performance, usability, and comfort. Toyota had created a robust portfolio of performance vehicles by the early '90s. It comes as no surprise they were able to roll all the best attributes into one killer sedan. The Tourer V's practical dimensions allow for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, with a trunk to match, all while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Our latest '95 is the best pairing possible; two turbos and a 3rd pedal. Finished in a classic Opal White Pearl (046) you really can't go wrong. It's a stately choice that never seems to date itself. Despite its age, the paint looks great! Now, there's always going to be some small blemishes on a 79K verified mile car, like stone chips, clear coat scratches, and things of that nature but overall there's nothing particularly egregious to note. The Kouki body is similar to the earlier Cresta's but you do get a slightly revised grille, tail lights, and a more aggressive front bumper. The body itself looks equally clean with nothing more than a few typical door dings. There has been one small hint that this isn't your average '90s Camry, and those are the "19 Work Schwert SC2s which fill the wheel wells the way they should have done from that factory.
The interior tells the same story as the body does. Unlike the Mark II which is always has a green interior the Cresta rocks a blue one which is quintessential '90s styling. Since we don't really consider a head unit replacement as a modification we can call this one pretty much all original and in spectacular shape. There is one key change to the interior, and that's the automatic gear selector. For some reason, it has 5 new positions. Since these were offered with the R154 5-Speed from the factory swapping to a proper 3 pedal setup is about as easy as it gets. The original gauge cluster was retained so there are no mileage discrepancies, though you do have to deal with the "PRND2L" in the gauge cluster. Most of us will happily deal with that aspect for a super clean 5-speed monster. The seats are well-bolstered to keep you planted in the twisties without beating you to death on your normal highway commute. Normally we expect to see some wear from getting in and out over the years but this one really has been spared. You can even say the same about the dash which have been known to suffer from sun damage issues. Full automatic climate control, power-folding mirrors, even power windows with the drive one-touch were all original equipment. Toyota was fully aware that you can in fact blend performance and comfort without having to sacrifice.
Under the hood is what really makes this car special. In a sea of econoboxes, a sedan powered by the brutish 1JZ-GTE comes out of left field. Powering the rear wheels, the 2.5L straight-six has seemingly endless thrust. The best part of owning a JZX90 is knowing what lies below the hood since the average person will have no clue what they're dealing with. The twin-turbo fires up quickly, thanks in part to a brand new battery. Known for being a comfortable sedan, it is surprisingly quiet in stock trim. Thankfully the previous owner went ahead and added a high flow turbo back with a cat delete. Since it still has the inline resonator and muffler you cut down on the rasp of a straight piped car while still allowing the 1J to actually scream, and boy does it. If you've never experienced one at full chat then you're really missing out. These motors sound unlike anything else on the street while still being civil enough for daily duty. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you'll be mistaken for. Once you get underway and the turbos spool, the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The five-speed manual transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. The shifts are smooth and direct through the R154, at least as smooth as they can be since these are rather robust transmissions. The stock suspension is plenty compliant for daily use and particularly responsive. Unlike many modified JZX's, ride quality is premium, and you still have plenty of clearance for poor roads and steep entryways. The previous owner clearly kept up with this one, the fact the timing belt was replaced a mere 13K miles ago before it left Japan is a clear indicator. The steering is light and direct while the brakes give plenty of feedback and more than enough stopping power. This subtle little four-door is remarkable. Much like a wolf in sheep's clothing, it's the enthusiast's dream car. Rear-drive, room for four, horsepower for days, and a real three-pedal transmission make this an instant Japanese classic.
*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.