Ever since it launched in March 1990 for the 1991 model year, the Toyota Previa was unlike any other minivan. The standard formula, established by Chrysler, contained a transversely mounted engine driving the front wheels. The Previa with an inline 4-cylinder engine lying on its side, mounted amidships, driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed automatic and a driveshaft. Another shaft runs forward and drives the air conditioning, alternator and supercharger (if fitted) under the hood. Toyota said it was designed this way to facilitate its all-wheel drive (called All-Trac). Despite the unique layout, the Previa still competed against the more conventional Chrysler Town & Country and Mercury Villager, both upscale vehicles with 6-cylinder engines. The Previa's Roots supercharger was added as an option to compensate for the lack of a larger engine.


Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1996[edit | edit source]

Only the supercharged engine remained for the Previa's last two model years, before it was replaced by the Sienna for the 1998 model year.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

As of December 27, 1993:

  • $22,918 (1994 Toyota Previa DX)
  • $26,148 (1994 Toyota Previa DX with all-wheel drive)
  • $26,578 (1994 Toyota Previa LE)
  • $29,718 (1994 Toyota Previa LE with all-wheel drive)

As of October 5, 1994:

  • $22,318 (1995 Toyota Previa DX)
  • $25,648 (1995 Toyota Previa DX with all-wheel drive)
  • $26,578 (1995 Toyota Previa LE)
  • $29,718 (1995 Toyota Previa LE with all-wheel drive)

As of April 7, 1995:

  • $23,338 (1995 Toyota Previa DX)
  • $26,808 (1995 Toyota Previa DX with all-wheel drive)
  • $27,788 (1995 Toyota Previa LE)
  • $31,068 (1995 Toyota Previa LE with all-wheel drive)

As of October 1, 1995:

  • $24,318 (1996 Toyota Previa DX)
  • $27,858 (1996 Toyota Previa DX with all-wheel drive)
  • $28,858 (1996 Toyota Previa LE)
  • $32,198 (1996 Toyota Previa LE with all-wheel drive)

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