Here we propose to recall the best Toyota models ever made, at least, some of them.
Toyota is the most valuable car brand making highly reliable vehicles, and not by chance the world’s bestseller is a Toyota car.
The company does not produce bad cars: there are some boring or less popular ones, but all Toyota products are decent and competitive.
1989-1999 Toyota MR2
This is a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater model from the era of highly competitive Japanese sports cars, with a simple design, nice look, and MacPherson front and rear suspension.
The MR2 has already been forgotten today, but for its time it was quite affordable and rather well-rounded. In particular, the sports car offered such ‘goodies’ as flying buttresses or pop-up headlights.
One of the best engines it used was the 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
1993-1998 Toyota Supra
The Fast and Furious franchise made this appealing sports car very popular. But even without cine fame, this model deserved attention due to its high-performance chassis and a twin-turbo inline-6 cylinder engine that made 320 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
When rightly tuned, the engine could deliver an incredible 1,000 horsepower and even more.
2000-2006 Toyota Tundra
Before and now, the Tundra full-size pickup truck is a solid buy as a used vehicle due to its durability and reasonable cost. It is a good option by itself, although, not as sought-after as the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, or RAM trucks.
Now the third-generation Toyota Tundra is on sale (debuted last September), but we remember the first generation – well-built, ergonomic, with a very reliable 4.7-liter engine V8 producing 245 horsepower and 315 pound-feet.
1992-1996 Toyota Camry
The Camry is a model for everyone that needs no introduction, as it has settled on the world’s best-selling car list for years. All its generations are great.
America’s 1992-1996 Camry was the closest one to the build quality and materials of Lexus, the evidence of what the quality really is.
It was larger than before, extremely reliable, and came either with a 2.2-liter I4 or a 3.0-liter V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
Toyota launched the car to break the dominance of the Ford Taurus, and, indeed, the third-gen Camry played its role well.
1995-2002 Toyota 4Runner
Many believe the third generation to be the best of all 4Runners. It featured airbags, a bulletproof 3.4-liter V6 engine with 183 hp, and a nice appearance.
The model itself can be considered a more affordable alternative to the Land Cruiser. It is a capable off-roader with a truck-like ride, reliable and durable, keeping its value well, and able to comfortably haul people and cargo at the same time.
The current 2023 Toyota 4Runner is criticized for its antiquated interior design, poor fuel economy, and unrefined automatic transmission. Some say the 4Runner’s ride and handling on the pavement are unpleasant. Today this SUV is hard to compete with rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but in the past, it was a notable model and still is an acceptable choice.
1990-1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
We couldn’t help remembering the Land Cruiser, at least because it has been in production longer than any other Toyota vehicle (since 1951).
Land Cruisers are powerful, long-lasting, and well-designed. The first generations had more character, the latest vehicles are more luxurious and respectable.
2004-2009 Toyota Prius
No matter how the Toyota Prius is treated now, nothing can change the fact that it is the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger car powered by both a gasoline engine and an electric motor.
The second-generation 2004-2009 Prius with its famous triangle profile, was highly advanced at that time, could withstand almost any mileage, had one of the best hybrid powertrains, and its planetary drive transmission held up well.