1995 Toyota Hilux TRD Inferno
Stock Number: 4945
When it comes to SUVs those who have been following us for a while now realize these have become a staple in our lineup. While most are generally stock or lifted to fit into the modded SUV market, our latest one takes a little different approach to things. Lowered on a set of 16" SSR MKI style wheels it takes on an entirely different look. As if this '95 wasn't already out of the norm with its stance the updated TRD Inferno paint job seals the deal. Obviously not the original color, at some point it was swapped from your basic Toyota Black (204) to the newer TRD Inferno which is a real head-turner. The color swap was rather well done, however, this one was not jammed so you do still see hints of the original paint when you open the doors or pop the hood. Since the paint job is relatively fresh there isn't much to note as far as blemishes go. There are some blemishes in the clear from the respray but pretty minimal when it comes down to things like scratches and chips. The body shows just as well though we never rule out finding a few errant door dings and small marks of the sort. Even with its lowered ride height you still have enough clearance for day-to-day use which is nice since most of our slammed cars start running into issues as soon as you find the first pothole.
The cabin is spacious and laid out in a thoughtful manner. The driver befits from an adjustable steering column as well as power windows, locks, and mirrors. All these function as they should and the Hilux is also equipped with a rather simplistic standard climate control system. Since the weather is heading into that perfect time for window down cruising the back glass is clutch since it helps to noticeably cut down on wind buffeting. Directly below those controls is a newer Kenwood 1.5 Din though you'll still likely want to swap it out for something newer and more US compatible. The wood grain wheel is a nice upgrade over the drab stock one and adds a little color to the relatively dark interior. The two-tone seats are exceptionally comfortable and have held up fantastically to routine use. The two-tone pattern also helps to break up the generally all gray interior without sticking out like a sore thumb. Plus that blue matches up nicely with the Inferno bodywork. The driver's side bolster has survived with few issues to note which is typically the first place to start showing its age. The 50/50 split-folding back seats nearly double the carrying capacity and when you drop the back window you can run through those 2x4s for your weekend project. Barring a few light marks the carpets, headliner, and door cards have also held up well over time which is always a good sign for how the truck was maintained over its lifetime. This one was not equipped with the sunroof option so that makes for one less spot to worry about water intrusion down the line.
The driveline is nearly bulletproof with the 3.0L 1KZ-TE stealing the show. These torquey four-bangers impress everyone with their toughness and reliability. The automatic transmission is linked to a selective transfer case, that can be used in 2WD or 4WD depending on driver preference. Acceleration is generally impressive for a 4500lb SUV. The gearbox shifts properly and is geared for city and highway use. Toyota made standard a selective transfer case, and the low gearing is available when encountering rough terrain. The driver can toggle between 2WD and 4WD as needed, making this ute both powerful and efficient. Thanks to two new 12V batteries the big 4 cylinder fires right up and is relatively quiet by diesel standards. While the V6 ones offered stateside are plenty fine, they don't hold a candle to the 1KZ at the end of the day. With only 87K verified miles you know this drivetrain is literally only just getting broken in. We also went ahead and replaced the air filter to help the 3.0L breathe a bit easier. Due to the lowered ride height, we replaced the rear shocks as well since the ones it came in with had seen better days. On the suspension side, we also went ahead and replaced the tie rods and sleeves before a fresh alignment. The brakes are plenty confident now that we've replaced the front calipers, pads, and rotors. The steering is surprisingly light since it's power-assisted so low-speed parking is a breeze. We also took care of one other chronic issue with Toyota's which is the ECU. While that may sound terrifying it's a rather common issue for the capacitors to leak over time (no different than an old battery for instance) causing poor connections to the motherboard. We have these shipped out and rebuilt so that way you won't have anything to worry about for another 26 years. Since the second-gen 4Runner shares the same underpinnings you've got any number under the sun for options if you want to do suspension lift or start tapping into things like steel bumpers or lights to put your own touches on it. The Hilux is a safe bet for those who are looking for a rugged and reliable truck to match their active lifestyles, even if thats just trips to Lowes and Costco. This one is a real one of a kind so don't sleep or it'll be gone before you know it!
*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.