1996 Toyota JZX90 Mark II
Stock Number: 4999
Without a doubt one of the most practical performance sedans on the market today, the JZX90 checks all the right boxes. The Mark II's practical dimensions allow for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, with a trunk to match, all while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Typically when you think of performance sedans the traditional slate of Euro manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes come to mind. Meanwhile, Toyota was out there slapping turbos on just about every car in their lineup. This kouki model was finished in Toyota's Opal White Pearl (046) paint looks great overall. It has a nice subtle flake in the sunlight while also being one of the easiest colors to maintain. The body is in the same shape with only a few typical little door dings that anything 25 years old is bound to collect over the years. Though with only 33K verified miles it should come as little surprise how well the car has been kept up.
The Toyota JZX90 chassis is one of our personal favorites as it perfectly balances performance, usability, and comfort. The JZX90s offered the practicality of a four-door that didn't skimp on amenities while making sure it was the most well-rounded performer of the group. No modifications have been made inside the cabin which is a bit of a surprise. Typically the stock wheel or head unit are some of the first items to go but both are present and in rather good shape. It's even factory equipped with an airbag which was still an option at the time. Even the common issues we see like cracked center trim pieces or fabric delamination have been kept at bay. All of the basics like the power windows, power-folding mirrors, and locks all function as they should making it an ideal choice for a daily driver. With warm weather on the horizon, you'll find yourself with the sunroof open more times than not. One of the highest wear items in every car is the driver's seat, we're happy to report that this one has been kept up with quite well. The typical bolster wear has been kept to a minimum along with any real staining. The passenger and rear bench are both equally clean and really quite comfortable for those long road trips. The door panels are also in excellent shape and do not have any real signs of wear and are very soft to the touch. The privacy tint on the rear has helped to keep sun damage to a minimum, plus it just looks killer. The only thing it's missing is for the fronts to match, it's a shame that tinting the front windows is illegal in Japan but that's an easy fix. The automatic climate control is easy to use and helps on those days when you're not trying to listen to the 1J hidden underneath the hood.
The best part of owning a JZX90 is knowing what lies below the hood. The average person will have no idea that these sedans are packing a 2.5 Liter twin-turbo 1JZ-GTE. Which have an incredible amount of mid-range power and feel like they never want to stop pulling. Its silky-smooth operation is a trademark of the I6 architecture and makes the cabin near vibration-free. Start-up is prompt thanks to a newly installed 12v battery. These are plenty quick even in stock trim. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. A few basic power adders like a front mount, exhaust, and intake make a world of difference though we'll leave that up to you if you feel like you need a little boost in the power department. The automatic transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. And while many hate on automatics, this transmission is shockingly good. It's ideal when cruising around town or making your normal commute, but when you want to get around someone it's quick to respond. The shifts are crisp, and you don't have a massive delay when you put your foot down. The brakes and suspension are more than capable of keeping the sedan in check and there are plenty of aftermarket options available if you want to spice things up a bit. With miles this low it's obvious that someone really cared about this car back in Japan. Upon touching down here it needed very little in the shop; simply fresh rubber at all four corners and a routine oil change for good measure. We even performed an alignment for good measure! With everything back up to speed, you've got a serious sedan on your hands. As one of the most underrated platforms out there, one drive and you'll be a believer.
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