Toyota Caldina/Surf/Estima (1988-2006) - 2020 Market Review

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Toyota Caldina/Surf/Estima 1988-2006 from our 2020 Japanese Classic & Performance Car Guide

If you’re buying on behalf of the family and want an interesting import, take a look at these. The Caldina is Camry in size and design but with a turbo motor, All-Wheel Drive and considerable character.

Good examples of the GT-Four Caldina cost around $10,000. Should you need to move 7 or 8 people in decent comfort the Estima offers lots of space, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine in early versions or thereafter a 2.4 or 3.5-litre petrol.

Toyota’s turbo-diesel Surf was among the first models to beat 1990s restrictions on used Japanese imports and they sold here in huge numbers. Not many survive, especially early 2.4 models, but the wide-body 3.0-litre at $5500-7500 is decent buying.   Caldina 1998-01 $7315 [7]

Caldina GT Four 2002-06 $9995 [9]

Surf 2.4 1990-93 $4470 [7] 

Surf 3.0 1993-97 $7050 [12]

Estima 1997-00 $9385 [17] 

Estima 2001-06 $11,625 [24]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2020 Japanese Classic & Performance Car Guide.

See the 2019 Toyota Caldina/Surf/Estima market review here


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