1995 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X V6
Available for: $16,995
Stock Number: 4696
Toyota's stable of offroad trucks and sports utility vehicles were incredibly good back in '95. Offered with a mere 75K verified miles, this Hilux Surf is a fine example of a 4x4 and features the same engine sold in our US 4Runnners, which makes for a seamless ownership experience. Finished in Prussian Red Pearl (25T), the body is adorned by a set of OEM rain guards and a polished OEM brush guard for a little extra curb appeal. Besides a few minor dings, chips, and scuffs the panels are in good shape cosmetically, and this recently serviced truck drives even better than it looks!
The cabin is simple and clean, with a surprising amount of power accessories. The ergonomics are decent, with the switchgear all at hand. The dash is in good nick, lacking any major cracks or imperfections. Mounted centrally are the functional OEM audio and automatic climate control. The A/C blows cold currently, and if you'd prefer more natural ventilation, this SSR-X has a power sunroof. It tilts and retracts, and for those wanting formidable winds in the cabin, we recommend driving on the highway with all the power windows down and the rear glass retracted into the tailgate. Power locks and mirrors are also standard and the driver also gets a manual tilt-adjustable steering column. The seats are all in above average shape, laking any major rips, stains, or tears. Upholstered in a soft, yet durable gray cloth, they are comfy on long trips and not as aggressively bolstered as the Recaro optioned ones are. The door cards, carpets, and headliners are still looking good, and it's obvious that this particular car was cared for in Japan.
Mechanically, this Hilux Surf harkens back to a simpler time, when real SUVs were body-on-frame and lacked a thousand computers and sensors. Toyota chose the 3V-ZE 3.0L gasoline engine to power all of the American trucks, and this SSR-X uses the same unit. Fresh off an oil and filter service, she fires up quickly, and needn't be serviced for another 3,000 miles. Mated to a selective transfer case, the driver can choose 2WD or 4WD based on the road conditions. The automatic transmission takes care of all of the shiftings and performs as it should. Acceleration is nothing like a Supra, but the mid-size truck manages to get up to US interstates speeds with ease. The brakes are confident and the power-assisted steering is light and easy to articulate whilst parking. A trick option at the time, this truck also includes TEMS adjustable suspension. From the cabin, you can change the ride firmness to suit your tastes. With that said, the firm and soft settings feel close to the same but most importantly the Hilux is able to cope with less than ideal road surfaces fairly well. The factory OEM alloys are all wrapped in Falken all-terrain rubber, and we have even replaced to spare. These DOT approved units will provide year-round traction in less than ideal situations.
*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.