1996 Toyota HiAce SCL
This 1996 Toyota HiAce is the ideal transporter. Spacious, safe, and full of premium materials, this seven-seater drives more like a luxury car than a van. Offered with a mere 87k verified and documented miles, this punchy turbodiesel example is efficient and known for its durability and impressive power delivery. Finished in Tri-Coat Metallic, the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings, scuffs, and chips from normal use. For those who refuse to drive an ugly, basic, American minivan this premium hauler would make for an affordable, trusty, and unique Japanese Classic.
The cabin is one of the best minivans designs of this era, undoubtedly. Unlike many HiAce models, this one actually includes dual SRS front airbags for some extra reassurance. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, as the cab-over design lends itself to decent visibility and overall maneuverability. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion and is in good shape. The factory digital backlit cluster is another nice touch, and it works like a charm. The floating display and factory backup sensors were nearly unheard of at the time, and the Toyota feels more modern than a vehicle from the mid-'90s. Electric equipment surrounds all of the occupants with power windows, locks, and mirrors are standard. The power-folding function doesn't work any longer, sadly, but it's a minor issue. The seats are upholstered in a soft, cognac-colored cloth. They lack any rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable over long trips. The middle row swivels 180 degrees and can be moved forward and aft. The rear row can also move forward and back and can be removed for seriously large cargo. The headliner, door cards, and carpet have withstood major abuse over the years and have been well cared for. Dual-zone climate is standard and if you prefer more natural ventilation, three sunroofs are on hand for a refreshing breeze. The center panoramic roof can be retracted far enough that it seems like you're in a convertible and is fantastic for camping beneath the stars. Squeaks and rattles are at a minimum when at speed, and the ride is cushy and luxurious overall.
These vans are long-lasting because of Toyota's commitment to quality. Despite being 25 years old, this old lass pulls like a freight train thanks to a freshly serviced 1KZ-TE inline-four. The oil and filter service and new battery allow for the 3.0L to turn over promptly and it sets into a confident idle. The mid-mounted engine sends power to the rear wheels through a slick-shifting automatic transmission. Acceleration is better than peppy and this KZH100 sails up to highway speeds with ease, despite having the aerodynamics of a brick. The suspension is compliant and predictable and can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse. The same can be said for the power steering and brakes which operate with confidence. The factory alloy wheels are all wrapped in new Falken all-terrain tires at all four corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride noticeably and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of premium grip for years to come.
*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.