The Toyota Previa is a minivan that began production in 1990 and is sold in two styles: 3- and 4-door minivan. Otherwise known as a multi-purpose vehicle, the Previa serves mostly as a family van but was soon succeeded by the Toyota Sienna, another popular North American model. With seven seats, the Previa offers a comfortable ride for a large family or a business car pool.
Concerning the power under the hood, earlier models of the Previa were only equipped with a four-cylinder 2.4 liter engine that produced 135 horsepower. By the third generation, a 3.5 liter V6 was added, giving the Previa 271 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque. This upgrade made it a prime competitor to the Honda Odyssey, which was making headway in the minivan market. The Previa has lower fuel economy than most Toyota models, having only 18mpg in the city and 21mpg on the highway.
The Previa made its debut in 1990 and the first generation lasted until 1997. While the Previa is still being manufactured in Kariya, Aichi, Japan, it is no longer available in the United States. The second and third generation of the Previa is sold in Japan and Australia, while the Sienna has secured the North American market. The newest Previa model available in the U.S. is from 1997, which features a 2.4 liter I4 engine with optional 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
On the inside, the Previa is a roomy 7-passenger vehicle with dual airbags and swivel-fixed captain chairs. Unfortunately for U.S. models, they did not receive the ice-maker/refrigerator available to Previa models sold in Japan and Australia. The subpar fuel economy and high cost of the Previa is ultimately what caused its demise after only seven years on the market in North America. Afterwards, the locally manufactured Toyota Sienna fulfilled customer needs and ensured that Toyota maintained some share of the minivan market in the states.
Despite its lack of features, high cost and low fuel economy, the Toyota Previa was still able to capture a few awards in its lifetime. After the first year on the market, the 1991 3Dr Previa Deluxe model won IntelliChoice's Best Overall Value Award. In its last year sold in the United States, the Previa won the same award; this time it was for the 1997 LE model. As more customers in North America turn to the Sienna, the Toyota Previa continues to evolve in Japan and Australia
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