1995 Toyota Hilux SSR-X
Stock Number: 4346
Toyota's offroad game has proven itself time and time again to be one of the most robust vehicles on the road. Wither numerous versions of the Land Cruiser becoming an icon, it's smaller brother the Hilux, proved just a tough in simply more compact packaging. While the US received the watered-down version, the Japanese market had an enormous amount of options. This example features the 3.0L turbo diesel engine, automatic transmission, and capable 4WD system that far surpassed what we were offered stateside. Toyota's Black Metallic (204) paint is a classic look for the bulbous proportions. The paint is in surprisingly good condition as black is prone to showing blemishes more prominently. The clear coat has light scratches and swirl marks, but nothing that a good buffing or paint correction couldn't help out with. The body sits in a pretty similar situation, however, like any vehicle with 101K verified miles, it does have a few dents and dings. The most notable one is a ding to the driver's side front bumper which you can spot in the photos. The Surf has been kept all stock, even down to the factory brush guard with its Bosch fog lights. Rolling on new 31" Falken off road rubber has the stance sitting just right.
The interior, while simplistic by nature, is driver-focused and well laid out. The factory seats are not only comfortable but also provide plenty of support to keep you firmly planted in the seats when the road disappears and things get a bit rocky. The condition of the front and rear seats are impressive, with virtually no noticeable bolster wear or rips. The rear seats look just the same, and all of the seats are free of any notable stains. The carpet is in just as clean, as is the sag-free headliner, and it's obvious this beautiful rig hasn't seen much if any, off-road use. The only real issue to report is the top of the dash. Above the gauge cluster, the dash has cracked in several spots probably from sun damage over the years. While utilitarian by design, Toyota didn't leave out all of the creature comforts. Full climate control, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, even the powered rear hatch glass. All of your standard features still operate as they should making these ideal daily drivers regardless of the weather.
What really separates the Hilux from the 4Runner is whats under the hood. The North American market never received the brutal 1KZ-TE 3.0L diesel that resides in our Surf. While that was a real downside to the models sold stateside you can finally get your hands on one. With only 101K on a diesel you know it's only just getting broken in. The large four-cylinder fires up quickly and idles as smoothly as a brooding four-cylinder can. The traditional diesel clatter isn't invasive in the cabin as your typical F350. Acceleration is brisk throughout the mid-range thanks to all that torque, and shifts are smooth albeit not lightning quick. The suspension does great at sorting out all the bumps, and the steering is light and easy to articulate despite the oversized tires. The brakes are more than capable of bringing the midsize SUV to a halt and offer good pedal feedback. The capable, unique, and reliable SUV is an icon. With its over-engineered diesel drivetrain, sterling reputation for a low cost of ownership, and instant curb appeal make it a hit as a daily driver or your next trail rig.
*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.