TOYOTA Previa / Estima Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 4
First production year: 1992
Engines: Gasoline, Hybrid gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Van

2007 - Present

The Previa was one of the strangest MPV on the market, with seating for seven, a front-mid engine and rear-wheel-drive. The third generation was launched in 2006 as a 2007 model with a different approach. While the Europeans looked more for the European brands if they wanted an MPV, in other parts of the world the Previa/Estima had a different impact on the market. For their home-market in Japan, the JDM spec was offered even with a hybrid drive. The outside look was made to fit into the main Toyota brand image, with a large V-shaped grille and headlights. The overall look was kept fr...

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gasoline engines:

  TOYOTA Estima / Previa 2.4L CVT (170 HP)

  TOYOTA Estima / Previa 2.4L CVT AWD (170 HP)

  TOYOTA Estima / Previa 3.5L V6 6AT (277 HP)

hybrid gasoline engines:

  TOYOTA Estima / Previa 2.4L CVT AWD (130 HP)


2003 - 2005

Toyota unveiled the second's generation Previa facelift in 2000 and, in 2003, the Japanese carmaker tried to do a facelift on it. Why just "tried" and not "did"? Because you'll need a Toyota specialist to see the differences between the 2000 and the 2003 model-year. It shared the same platform with the Camry, which was highly appreciated for its comfortable ride and reliability. The Previa took all of these and added more space. Its ovoid-shape design with angular headlights remained similar to non facelifted version. Basically, the windshield and the hood...

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diesel engines:

  TOYOTA Previa 2.0L D4-D 4AT (116 HP)

  TOYOTA Previa 2.0L D4-D 5MT (116 HP)


2000 - 2003

Toyota introduced the second generation of the Previa in 2000, but its main target was no longer the U.S. market, unlike its predecessor. It was a significant change for the Japanese minivan. While the 1990 model featured a mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive configuration, its successor came with a front-engine front-wheel-drive setup. The MPV was mainly prepared for the European, Asian, and Australian markets. For the U.S. customers, Toyota offered the Sienna, which ended up being a safer car than the first Previa generation, but more prone to break on the roads. At least it provided a V-6....

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1992 - 1998

With a unique engine layout, the Toyota Previa was one of the weirdest minivans on the market. While mounting the engine in the middle instead of the front of the vehicle put more weight over the rear tires and provided more traction, the Previa was equipped with an underpowered engine, as larger units did not fit. As the Americans were used to large engines and power, the Previa was not among their favorite minivans. The 2.4-liter engine developed only 135 hp, and for a car that could accommodate up to 8 people, it was simply not enough. Brought to life to replace the Toyota Van, ...

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