1996 HiAce Cruising Cabin G
Available for: $18,495
The ultimate road trip van might just be this 1996 HiAce. This KZH120 boasts a powerful turbodiesel, massive cabin, and a long wheelbase for a ride as smooth as a luxury sedan. This Grand Cabin is the tall roof model and includes four rows of seats and plenty of power amenities to enjoy. Fresh off a recent service, this turn-key transporter is offered with only 86k verified and documented miles. Aside from some scratches, dings, and chips associated with normal use, the body and the Light Beige Metallic (1K4) paint are in good shape. As an ideal camping van, weekend warrior, or daily workhorse this affordable, reliable, and refined Toyota is a can't miss proposition. For the adventurous JDM enthusiast who wants something practical and unique, this Japanese Classic is surely it!
The cabin feels like it's got more space than the Superdome, as this was the largest model Toyota offered. It was taken care of in a prior life, and you can tell when you enter the cabin. The dash is in great shape, lacking any cracking or distortion. Although it's missing the headunit, it does have a simple to use climate control system that blasts cold A/C throughout the cabin. The driver benefits from electric locks, windows, and mirrors, as well as a tilt-adjustable steering column. These all work as advertised making daily use enjoyable. If you prefer natural ventilation aftermarket rain guards are on hand to reduce the wind noise inside, and the rear windows can slide open for additional airflow. Dual-zone A/C controls are on hand in case it's needed by occupants located behind the front axle. Entry to the rear is easy, with a sliding, soft close, side door. If one of your pals leaves the slider slightly ajar, it pulls closed automatically preventing your battery from draining and leaving you stranded! The seats are upholstered in a durable textured cloth and are comfy on long hauls. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears, and in overall great shape. There are 10 available seating spots total within the van, and the first row of passenger seating can swivel 180 degrees for better conversations to be had. Many folks remove the rear row and build it out with camping in mind. The headliner, door cards, and carpets haven't sustained any major abuse over the years, and it's really tough to complain about the inside of this thing. It even has the OEM owners manuals still sitting in the glovebox.
The mechanicals are similar to regular HiAce models, so parts are easy to find and can be had on the cheap. The rear suspension is beefier, however, and is leaf sprung to deal with more cargo and passengers. Powered by the legendary 1KZ-TE the Toyota fires up swiftly thanks to a new 12v battery. Known for its broad torque curve, power, and efficiency, this large four-banger is perfect to propel this HiAce. A fresh oil and filter service was performed prior to its Virginia state safety inspection, and its 100-mile drive cycle. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox, the peppy ten-seater is great around town and gobbles up highway miles with confidence. The cabover design is ideal for premium visibility and the rear-drive layout delivers on a tighter than expected turning radius. The brakes are confident, and the power steering is light and on point. Before it left our shop one of our trained techs mounted and balanced four new Falken tires at all four corners. They will not only last for tens of thousands of miles to come but reduce the road noise significantly, too.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.