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Toyota Van
Toyota Van
Automotive industryToyota
Production1984–1989
AssemblyKariya, Aichi, Japan
SuccessorToyota Previa
Car classificationMinivan
Car body style3-door Van
Automobile layoutFMR layout/Four-wheel drive
Automobile platformYH51,YH53,YH61,YH63,YH71,YH73
Internal combustion engine83-85 2.0 L 86-89 2.2L 101 hp (75 kW), Toyota Y Engine 83-85 #3Y-E(C) 86-89 #4Y-E(C)
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase88.0 in (2235 mm)
Length175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width65.7 in (1669 mm)
Height70.3 in (1786 mm)
Fuel capacity15.9 US gal (60.2 L; 13.2 imp gal)
Second generation Toyota TownAce.

The Toyota Van was a vehicle produced by Toyota and distributed worldwide in a multitude of versions. The 'Van' was a slightly larger version of the Toyota LiteAce/Toyota TownAce. It featured a sharply sloped front, in contrast to the upright flat found in the Toyota Hiace. The Toyota Van was introduced to North America the same year as the Dodge Caravan, 1984. In Japan, it was sold as the Toyota Master Ace.

The North America model was officially known as the Van (VanWagon in early press materials), and sometimes referred to as "The Scooby-Doo van". In Europe it was known as the Space Cruiser, while Australia referred to the vehicle as the Tarago. In Sweden it was sold as the Toyota Model F. The Rear wheel drive versions were sold in the United States between 1984 and 1989 while the Four wheel drive models were sold between 1987 and 1989. The Four wheel drive models came with skid plates and a transfer case for Low and High Four wheel drive. All trim levels starting in 1987 had a cornering lamp system.

Toyota's advertising campaign referred to the passenger vans (DLX and LE trim levels) as the "Wonderwagon" while the CRG trim level was referred to as the "Cargo Van". The Van used a FMR layout where the driver and front passenger sat directly above the front axle. The VanWagon's short Wheelbase contributed to a very bumpy ride but a short turning radius of 15 feet. Deluxe and LE (Limited Edition) versions were offered as well as an ice maker/refrigerator between the front seats in the floorboard, which was connected into the a/c refrigerant lines. The VanWagon also offered dual Air conditioning, captains chairs, dual Sunroof (the front tilted and rear opened fully), digital clock, satellite radio controls, fog lights, tachometer, and a tinted glass privacy package. Most LE models had color matched bumpers and front grill along with power mirrors and chrome Toyota emblems, the base models came with black bumpers and a white T-O-Y-O-T-A emblem on the front grill.


The Toyota Van was replaced with the production of the Toyota Previa in 1990.

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