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1996 Toyota Previa

  • 1996 Toyota Previa DX Minivan

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1996 Toyota Previa Review

Not an ordinary minivan.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 1996 Toyota Previa is a unique entry into the competitive minivan market. The first and most obvious difference between it and its competitors is its appearance. It is a very unique looking vehicle, but the unusual design works quite well for it. The second difference does not become apparent until drivers are behind the wheel. The engine is supercharged, giving it a surprising burst of speed. It is offered in multiple trims including the DX, DX All-Trac, LE, and LE All-Trac.

The 1996 Toyota Previa is a solid choice for drivers interested in the unique visual appeal and supercharged engine. The minivan market is tough, so there are numerous options with similar equipment at the same price. However, it does manage to pull itself out of the pack with unique features, something many of its competitors lack.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Previa DX, Toyota Previa DX All-Trac, Toyota Previa LE, Toyota Previa LE All-Trac

What's New

The 1996 Toyota Previa is now equipped with a supercharged, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine.


The 1996 Toyota Previa is a gracefully curved minivan. It is very distinct due to the rounded front section. A roof rack, running boards, power exterior mirrors, and a trailer hitch are available as optional equipment. It also comes with tinted glass, a rear window wiper, and 15-inch wheels.


The 1996 Toyota Previa is capable of seating seven passengers. An AM/FM radio is the only standard feature across all models. However, optional features include a cassette player, CD player, air-conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, and power windows. More luxurious features, like power seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, leather seating, cruise control, and a leather trim steering wheel are available as optional features on the LE.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Toyota Previa is equipped with a four-cylinder engine that frequently has issues with power and performance. It avoids this problem by using a 2.4-liter, 161 hp, supercharged engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. As a result, it has good acceleration, despite the small engine size; however, it tends to be a bit noisy and the powerful engine reduces fuel efficiency. Cornering and handling are tight, although not particularly remarkable compared to competitors.


The 1996 Toyota Previa is equipped with dual-front airbags as standard equipment. The lack of safety features is likely to blame for the ""poor"" crash test rating from the International Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it an average rating of three stars out of five.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Previa: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Unique design
  • Surprisingly powerful engine
  • Optional all-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Tough competition

Sum Up

Not an ordinary minivan.

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