Toyota builds plenty of familiar sedan models, but one nameplate that was left behind in the mid-1990s was the Cressida. Sold as the Mark II and Corona Mark II in Japan, the Toyota Cressida was a slightly upscale rear-wheel drive midsize sedan that counted the Nissan Maxima as one of its main competitors. The 1984 model we’ve highlighted here is technically a fourth-generation Corona/Mark II/Cressida model, which was built from 1984-1988 but only the second of three generations to be sold in the U.S. Sales of the U.S.-market Cressida lasted one more generation after this, ending after the 1992 model year, at which point the vehicle was more or less replaced in the U.S. market by two new Toyota products, the front-wheel drive Avalon and rear-wheel drive Lexus GS.
Under the hood of this generation was a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine shared with the Toyota Supra from the same era. Output for 1984 would’ve been a rather modest 143 horsepower. Noteworthy is that the Cressida offered a unique interior in the U.S. market that was supposedly designed specifically for American tastes, not to mention federal regulations. Changes included a unique steering wheel, an entirely different lower dash design and a greater use of soft touch materials. All other left-hand drive markets, including Canada, got what was simply a left-hand drive version of the interior offered in Japan and other markets. The U.S.-market Cressida was also the first car to come with motorized seat belts, which it received in 1981.
This well-kept Toyota Cressida is located at a dealership in Los Angeles. A 1984 model, it’s got just under 98,000 miles on the odometer, which is pretty low when you consider that it’s now 36 years old. It’s gold with brown velour upholstery that extends onto the door panels. The engine bay and interior both look to be spotless. Given its car-show quality condition, this 1984 Cressida commands a decent price premium, and the dealer has it listed for $8,495. Find a Toyota Cressida for sale
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