Toyota Estima is one of the minivan that is very popular in some Asian and Australian countries. Until now, production has entered into a third generation.
The first generation known as Estima (Japan), Previa (South East Asia), and Tarago (Australia). This minivan can be recognized easily because its shape is like or resemble an egg.
In the cars marketplace, Toyota Estima compete in the segment of middle class family car that was originally only filled by Kia Sedona and Honda Odyssey. Because the price is outrageously high, many people were doubt to choose this car. Its spare parts are available at the expensive prices, because most of its spare parts are belongs to the engine that is adopted from luxury sedan, the Toyota Camry.
Toyota Estima Exterior Review
Toyota Estima has a unique exterior, its shape rounded, resemble of an egg. But in contrast to its predecessor, Toyota Estima as reviewed here having more aesthetic and eye-catching shape. The most interesting part of this car is the sliding door on both sides for the second line, enter and exit access for passengers is became more easier.
In addition, this Estima also provided with dual moonroof, pop-up model (upper front passenger) and other is the sliding model (the second row passengers).
On the front, the main lights used to resemble the shape of the lights from the European version of Camry with the same production year. Go to the rear, Toyota Estima have implemented a lamp design comes with a garnish extends from left to right. In the middle, pasted the spot for license plates c placement.
Toyota Estima Interior Design Review
The main points that make the Estima is very suitable as the family car is its cabin is very spacious. In the photo below, clearly visible how the breadth the legroom and headroom inside Toyota Estima. Front row seats and second row seats uses Captain Seat configuration. In addition, the second row seats can be rotated to the rear up to 180 degrees, just like general van that is available on United States. For complete comfort in traveling, Toyota has supplied the Estima with huge storage space, including the cupholder.
Toyota Estima Engine Performance Review
Toyota Estima was manufactured and sold in two engines type – 2,4 litres and 3,5 litres V6. The unit that is powered by 2.4 litres is the most widely sold worldwide, so this time we will only review the Toyota Estima that use 2.4 liter engine. Basically, its adopted from Toyota Camry without any differences. So the spare parts can be substitute between each other.
This engine able to produce power up to 157 HP at 5,700 RPM and peak torque of 225 Nm at 4,000 RPM. Unfortunately, only one transmission option is available on this type, automatic transmission with 4 accelerations.
Toyota Previa Impression and Handling Review
Thanks to the platform that is adopted from the Toyota Camry, it has the convenience of MPV which can be said to be the leader in its class. Soft suspension giving more comfortable experience during traveling and its not easily sway at high speeds, unless when its taking maneuver. When “stop and go” feature used in traffic jam, this car can be a bit sluggish, because the automatic transmission is less responsive than the Toyota Camry.
Toyota Estima Specifications
- Engine: 2.4-litres 2AZ-FE gasoline engine 4 cylinders 16 valves.
- Power: 157 HP @ 5,700 RPM.
- Torque: 225 Nm @ 4,000 RPM.
- Fuel consumption: 5-7 km/L (in the city), 9-12 km/L (out of town).
- Transmission: Automatic 4 accelerations.
- Suspension: front McPherson strut, rear torsion beam.
- Competitors: Kia Sedona, Nissan Serena, Honda Odyssey and Mitsubishi Grandis.
- Production year: 2001-2006
Price of Secondhand Toyota Estima
Toyota Previa has an unstable secondhand price in the market, because many people consider its selling price that is too low. So roughly, the normal secondhand price for this car was in the range of 10.000 to 13.0oo US dollar for production year 2001, 2002 and 2003. As for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 production year, its ranged from 14.000 up to 17.000 US dollar.
Toyota Estima Pros
- Front-wheel drive.
- The Interior is very luxurious.
- Unique and stylish exterior.
- The sedan-like handling.
- Engine spare parts can be substitute with the Toyota Camry.
- Sliding door model.
Toyota Previa Estima Cons
- The back room was a bit cramped.
- Transmission is less responsive.
- Instrument cluster located in the middle.
- Pretty expensive spare parts.
- Inefficient fuel usage.
- Some spare parts other than the engine parts are quite rare.
So, thats a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Toyota Estima. For those of you whom frequent picnicking with the family on the weekend, this car is very suitable for you. This is because some of the features that it brings is a leader in its class, such as the dual moonroof, sliding door and also captain seat.