1995 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SX
Stock Number: 4668
Straddling the line between modern conveniences and iconic heritage is the J70 generation Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Like the FJ40 series that came before it, the 70 features boxy, iconic styling and a durable low displacement diesel engine that can transport you just about anywhere you want to go. Yet unlike its predecessors, the Prado is equipped with a more current interior to make it a place you would actually enjoy spending an afternoon with things like power accessories and is infinitely more refined in general. While four-door Prados are nothing new, they have been in production for nearly 40 years, after all, this one has its own flair to make it stand out. There's no doubt that the new TRD range has been killing it lately, especially in the paint department. This one has been given a massive update by being resprayed in the awesome new Quicksand (4V6) which gives the truck a whole new look. It's funny how dramatic of a difference something as simple as a color refresh can change the entire vibe. Now which its two-tone black and sand this thing turns heads everywhere it goes. The color swap was well done, however, it was not jammed so you can see the black that it was previously. On the bright side when you open the doors it does keep up the black and brown combo so it looks more intentional than many color changes. Rolling on new 31" Falken All Terrains only helps to build this Cruiser's street cred. Especially with its blacked out 15's, tint, and factory rain guards.
The cockpit of the 70 is simple and straightforward. Being sandwiched between the completely modern FJ80 and the older 60/40 series, it's nice to see some modern conveniences. Fitted with all the basics like power windows, locks, mirrors, and a full climate control system with A/C. The interior feels more modern despite being a bit on the simplistic side, making it a great blend of utilitarian and comfortable. The striped two-tone seats are quintessentially '90s and really quite comfortable. They offer a good bit of bolstering support for when the road gets rough without feeling like you have to squeeze into them. All three rows have been kept up with quite well over the years. The driver's seat is always the most prone to accelerated wear and tear but luckily this one really doesn't have much to complain about. There are a few small stains on the back two rows, but nothing particularly egregious to report. Being the factory third row you have an extra set of jump seats in the back that give you both the option for storage or two extra tagalongs. The power windows coupled with the giant sunroof are great for the incoming fall weather when you don't have to resort to the A/C. The only change up from the factory is the aftermarket radio which does work, however, like all Japanese radios is rather limited stateside.
What better combination could there be than a Toyota diesel and 4WD? With only 143K verified miles and equipped with the 3.0L 1KZ-TE that was used in just about every platform in the Toyota lineup. They used this motor so frequently due to its near-indestructible nature and great power output. With a quick twist of the key, she turns over and sets into confident idle. After all, 143K on a Toyota diesel is just the break-in period for most cars on the road these days. The automatic transmission shifts as it should and the SX gets up to highway speeds with ease. Of course, this is a massive SUV, not a sports car so don't plan on winning too many street races in it. Mated to a durable 4WD system that includes the HUB-lock system we see in the 80 series as well. Low-speed gearing is available if the going gets tough, but most of us won't ever see a need for it. Its custom dual tip exhaust gives you that traditional diesel thrum with the turbo whistle chiming in letting everyone know this isn't your typical Toyota. Mechanically it landed in great shape, aside from those new Falken tires it simply needed a new air filter and a routine oil change. This go anywhere, do anything rig is primed to conquer US roads paved or not. The factory suspension has plenty of clearance without looking like every mall crawler in your Costco parking lot. With its legendary heritage, exceptionally capable drivetrain, and its updated styling who wouldn't love the Prado?
*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.