1992 Toyota Cressida Grande 3.0 DOHC 24 valve inline 6 from Australia and New Zealand
Toyotas Luxury GT to rival the worlds best
The car has been trouble-free so far.
The MX83 Cressida was the last model imported into Australia before the model was discontinued and replaced by the Camry-based Lexus ES300. While no doubt a fine car itself, as a front-wheel-drive based on an everyday family sedan, it was a poor substitute for the mighty MX83. It looks like a typical conservatively styled Japanese Executive sedan, but with a mean streak underneath the surface.
The engine, the same twin cam, multi-valve 3.0 liter straight six as found in the Mk3 Supra was a masterpiece of technological wizardry in its time. Smooth, silent, efficient and remarkably powerful for its size, it provided class leading performance, and excellent fuel economy. A 4 speed electronic automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential, all of these components taken directly from the supra.
The top of the range Grande model comes equipped with every conceivable luxury feature at the time, including power windows, mirrors, remote central locking, ABS brakes, a CD player, cruise control, climate Control and electrically adjustable leather seats. Everything is well spaced out for the driver to control at the touch of a finger, and comfort levels are about as high as they get short of a Rolls-Royce.
All these excellent qualities paint a very good picture of this car, and it is indeed excellent. However if you're looking for attention, the Cressida isn't for you. It doesn't turn heads, no more than a Camry, it looks THAT ordinary on the surface. What we have here is perhaps the ultimate street sleeper, docile as a 90 year old pensioner on the outside, with a heart of a champion athlete lurking inside, ready to explode when you want to teach that ruffian in the Commodore with the big sound system a lesson in performance and dynamics.
These cars do need careful servicing and maintenance, as long as they aren't neglected however, Toyota's legendary reliability won't disappoint, this example with over 320,000 kms feels almost new. Fuel economy is around 11.5-12.5l/100 kms, for a relatively heavy car with a powerful engine, this is an excellent figure.
I would recommended this car to anyone who wants an excellent mid-size luxury GT, it is as good if not better than its rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2010