First introduced to the market in 1990 as an MPV/minivan, Toyota stopped production of the Previa in 1997. Speculations as to why production stopped with the 1997 Toyota Previa consider poor fuel economy and a stout sticker price. In addition, the mid-engine design prevents an increase in size or power. Later models, however, achieve numerous improvements. To reduce vibration and engine noise, wheel covers show revision as well, and brakes on the version without anti-lock brakes get larger.
The Previa minivan still offers remarkable performance points; it uses all-wheel drive, meet car-impact safety standards, and boasts Toyota reliability. Featuring one of the most attractive shapes and selection of colors (even exotics such as Glacial Green and Deep Violet Pearl), consumers never get bored with the Previa.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Previa DX, Toyota Previa LE All-Trac, Toyota Previa DX All-Trac, Toyota Previa LE
The 1997 Toyota Previa modifies the engine and auto body (even though 1997 marks the last year for sales) to reduce vibration and engine noise. Wheel covers get revised as well, and the brakes get larger. The biggest improvement over the base four-cylinder engine concerns the addition of a supercharged engine with excellent acceleration but poor to average gas mileage.
The Previa features 15-inch wheels, a rear window defroster and wiper, and tinted glass. Optional features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm, alloy wheels, power windows, power locks and mirrors, a trailer hitch, and running boards. It has a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds, a height of 70 inches, a length of 187 inches, and a curb weight of 3755 pounds.
The interior dimensions offer 38 inches of headroom, 39 inches of hip room, and 36 inches of legroom for its seven-passenger seating. It features air-conditioning, bucket seats, power brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, power steering, and a tilt steering wheel. Optional features on the 1997 Toyota Previa include cruise control, a CD changer, keyless entry, rear air-conditioning, and privacy glass. The Previa offers fair cargo space in the trunk. The two-passenger seat in the center can be removed and swivel chairs installed instead.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Toyota Previa offers excellent cornering and handling abilities, and the acceleration finds no match with the larger engine. The ride remains reasonably comfortable.
The 1997 Toyota Previa suffers from no outstanding recalls, and it earns three- and four-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The Previa offers driver and passenger airbags and optional anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Previa: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Previa DX: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Previa DX All-Trac: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Previa LE: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Previa LE All-Trac: 15/19 mpg city/highway
- Great acceleration
- Supercharged engine power
- High-quality attractive shape and numerous colors
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Sticker price
A beloved minivan that will be missed!
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