1994 JZX90 Mark II
Without a doubt, one of the most impressive performance sedans on the JDM market today is the JZX90. 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. The true enthusiasts pick, our unmodified Mark II is optioned with the most desirable drivetrain. This 1994 was spec'd from the factory with a manual transmission, punchy bi-turbo 1J motor powering the rear wheels. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) the color has a very subtle aesthetic and is in overall good shape. Being a quarter-century old, it does show some signs of daily use, including some small scuffs and dings. The clear coat is free of any cracking or peeling, and still retains much of its luster. The market is appreciating heavily for the JZX's family of cars, and with only 118K original miles, clean Mark II manuals are becoming difficult to find.
The interior of the JZX90 has been well cared for and it shows. No modifications have been made inside the cabin, and the car appears as it did when it left the factory. The number one wear item in every car is the driver's seat. Barring a little bit of bolster wear it's held up impressively well. The passenger and rear seats are equally clean and free of any major wear. The cloth is soft to the touch, and the gray color matches well with the exterior color shade. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue on these vehicles. The OEM cluster has decent night time illumination, and the large numbers are easy to read. We have noted that the tachometer needle is sluggish, which we wanted to disclose. Door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear. The interior as a whole is quite nice and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power windows, mirrors, automatic climate control, auto headlights lights, all operating as you'd expect. The headliner is taut and free of any bubbles or sagging. A functional sunroof adds some natural light to the cabin and can supplement ventilation if required. The A/C is blasting cold, so no worries about sweating to death on your morning commute. Even the OEM radio still works as it should, and powers the speakers, for some easy listening if desired.
Under the hood is what really makes this car special. Known for its neverending thrust, the 1JZ-GTE hurls this sedan down the highway with immediacy. The twin turbo 2.5L fires up quickly, thanks in part to a brand new battery. Known for being a comfortable sedan, it is surprisingly quiet in stock trim. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the rest of the pack. A fresh oil and filter service has been performed, and the next scheduled maintenance is five thousand kilometers away. Once you get underway and the turbos spool, the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The five-speed manual transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. Traction can be an issue, so two brand new all-season tires have been mounted and balanced in the rear to aid with better grip. The shifts are smooth and direct, and the driver feels like they have ultimate control. The stock suspension is compliant and responsive. Unlike many modified JZX's, ride quality is premium, and the front bumper has plenty of clearance for parking. The steering is light, yet direct and brakes give plenty of feedback and offer plenty of stopping power.
This subtle little four-door is remarkable. Much like a wolf in sheep's clothing, it's the enthusiast's dream car. Rear-drive, room for four, horsepower for days, and a real three-pedal transmission make this an instant Japanese classic.