Toyota Estima Review – One of The Best Minivans


The Toyota Estima  (aka Tarago in Australia and Previa in Asia) is the second largest minivan (Alphard/Vellfire is the largest) produced by Toyota and sold in the JDM.

The production of the Toyota Estima began in 1990 and ran to 2019 with three generations produced along the way. The 1st generation with model code XR10/XR20 was produced from 1990 to 1999. The 2nd generation with model code XR30/XR40 was produced from 2000 to 2005, and the 3rd generation with model code XR50 was produced from 2006 to 2019.


2019 Toyota Estima

2019 TOYOTA ESTIMA
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2019 TOYOTA ESTIMA
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The 2019 Toyota Estima is part of the third generation model whose production ran from 2006 to 2019 with model code XR50.

Exterior

The exterior Estima features modern styling cues, sleek lines, and aerodynamic enhancements. Some features vary with trim, allowing the buyer to personalize their appearance. These include LED head and tail lights, DRLs, chrome accents, and steel or alloy rims.

Interior

2019 TOYOTA ESTIMA driving sheet
2019 TOYOTA ESTIMA back sheet

The Estima is available as a 7-seater (2+2+3) or 8-seater (2+3+3). The cabin is spacious, all occupants can sit comfortably with enough leg, head, shoulder, and knee room. Its cargo room is not so big, but once you fold the 60:40 split rear seat you unleash a large cargo area. There are plenty of cubby storage options that include door pockets, jacket pockets, cup holders, a glove box, and bottle holders.

Price

The 2019 Toyota Estima is mostly available as a used model. Its exact prices may vary depending on the condition, trim level, features, and other market factors. At Be Forward their average prices are US$23,500 as of September 2023.

Fuel consumption

The average fuel consumption of the 2019 Estima is rated at 11.4 km/l.

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Engine

The 2019 Estima is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC I4 petrol engine as standard. It produces 170 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic or Super CVT-i transmission.

Writer’s perspective 

The Estima is a revered MPV, and a deservedly one. It has been around for a while, and with each release, it kept on improving. Whichever trim you opt for, you’ll always feel like you made a great choice.

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2015 Toyota Estima

The 2015 Toyota Estima is part of the third generation model whose production ran from 2006 to 2019 with model code XR50.

Exterior

Exterior features on the 2015 Estima include Xenon headlights, LED DRLs, fog lights, body-colored side mirrors with light signals, a gloss black grille, chrome accents, and alloy rims.

Interior

The cabin is well-built, airy, and spacious. Its dash layout is modern and intuitive, with controls within reach and an informative instrument cluster. The 7 or 8 seats are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of leg, head, shoulder, and knee room.

Price

At Be Forward, prices for the used 2015 Toyota Estima range between US$4300 and US$18,000 as of September 2023.

Fuel Consumption

The average fuel consumption of the 2015 Estima is rated at 11.8 km/l.

Hybrid

The Estima powered by a hybrid system has a fuel consumption rate of 20km/l.

Engine

The 2015 Estima is powered by a 2.4-liter (2AZ-FE) DOHC I4 petrol engine as standard. A hybrid system with a 2.4-liter (2AZ-FXE) I4 and a 3.5-liter (2GR-FE) V6 petrol are available. These engines are paired with either a 6-speed automatic, a 7-speed Super CVTi, or an eCVT transmission. 2WD drivetrain is standard with 4WD available

Writer’s perspective 

The Estima is an admirable people mover, a good car for family, friends, or colleagues who like to travel together, with plenty of comforts and amenities to make journeys enjoyable. The choice of three available engines is welcome as for those who want power and speed the 3.4-liter V6 is there, for efficiency and saving the environment the hybrid model will do, and last the 2.4-liter I4 petrol that sits in between.

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2001 Toyota Estima

The 2001 Toyota Estima is part of the second generation model whose production ran from 2000 to 2005 with model code XR30/XR40.

Exterior

The 2001 Estima is aerodynamic and sleek. Its exterior is stylish with features such as color-keyed bumpers, alloy wheels, and fog lights (optional).

Interior

2001 TOYOTA ESTIMA drivingsheet
2001 TOYOTA ESTIMA backsheet

The 2001 Estima was available in standard X, mid-spec G, and top-spec Aeras. The X trim offered basic features such as cloth upholstery and air conditioning, the G trim offered a good balance of comfort, practicality, and affordability, with added features such as power windows and central locking, while the Aeras is full of comfort and luxury, with features such as automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and high-end audio systems.

Price

At Be Forward, prices for the used 2001 Toyota Estima range between US$3500 and US$4700 as of September 2023.

Fuel Consumption

The average fuel consumption of the 2001 Estima is rated at 9 km/l.

Hybrid

The 2001 Estima Hybrid is powered by the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive that pairs two electric motors with a 2.4-liter (2AZ-FXE) petrol engine with an e-four 4WD drivetrain available.

The Estima powered by a hybrid system has a fuel consumption rate of 18km/l.

Engine

The 2001 Estima is powered by a standard 2.4-liter (2AZ-FE) DOHC I4 petrol engine. 

A hybrid system with a 2.4-liter (2AZ-FXE) I4 and a 3.0-liter (1MZ-FE) V6 petrol are available. These engines are paired with either a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual, or CVT transmission.

Writer’s perspective 

The 2001 Estima is a great car, a true MPV. If you are looking for a reliable and comfortable car that can seven to eight passengers, then the Estima will be a great choice.

Its spacious cabin can accommodate seven/eight passengers. The folding rear seats make the cargo area flexible with the capability of carrying various types of cargo.

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Toyota Estima Grades

Toyota Estima G

This is a mid-grade that is powered with either the 2.4-Litre or 3.4-Litre engine, Smart Start, Automatic AC, and DVD/Radio Player, 7 or 8 seaters, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, multifunction steering wheel, xenon headlamps with automatic leveling, 17-Inch alloy rims and digital speedometer. It’s available in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

Toyota Estima AERAS

This is a luxury grade that comes with the 2AZ-FE engine 2.4-liter or 2GR-FE V6 3.4-liter engine, body kit, 7 or 8 seaters, Automatic AC, Smart Start, DVD/Radio Player, 18-Inch alloy rims, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, digital speedometer, multifunction steering wheel and xenon headlamps with automatic leveling. It’s available in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

Toyota Estima AERAS Leather Package

This is a luxury grade that comes with the 2AZ-FE 2.4-Litre engine or 2GR-FE V6 3.4-Litre engine, 7 seater, Automatic AC, and DVD/Radio Player, Smart Start, xenon headlamps with automatic leveling, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, digital speedometer, multifunction steering wheel, body kit, leather seats, and 18-Inch alloy rims. It’s available in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

Toyota Estima X

This comes with the 2.4-liter engine, analog speedometer, 8 seater, Automatic AC, and Smart Start, CD/Radio Player, 16-Inch steel rims, manually adjustable driver’s seat, plain steering wheel and halogen headlamps with manual leveling. It is available in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.
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Final Verdict

The legacy and impact of the Toyota Estima in the MPV market are significant and will last for years. Its spacious and versatile cabin, reliability and performance, add to its innovative features, Toyota really nailed it. Whether it’s for families, businesses, or individuals the Estima is a perfect choice.

Generation after generation, the Estima has continuously offered a perfect blend of functionality, comfort, reliability, versatility, safety, and a smooth and comfortable ride.

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