Toyota Previa Aeras, also known as Toyota Estima Aeras, is the latest model in the wide range of MPVs made by the largest Japanese manufacturer. The third generation of Previa, which is on the market since 2006, underwent significant changes in 2016 to stay competitive against fresh rivals. The 4,820-mm long seven-seater is packed with many new features to attract the family-oriented audience looking for a more refined drive to complement their lifestyle.
AT A GLANCE
- Family oriented equipment
- Lazy engine
Design – 3/5
A distinguished design of the Previa Aeras presents a brand new image concept of Toyota’s refined indulgence, both in a dynamic exterior as well as a luxurious interior. The most distinctive features of the new design are the headlights with auto-leveling LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination lamps, together with slightly redesigned bumpers. Previa now looks more aggressive and closer in style to other Toyota models. From the side, Previa’s looks the same as seventeen years ago, when the second generation was introduced.
Engine, drivetrain, and performance – 3/5
The new Previa drops its 3.5L V6 engine and now only offers the 2.4L inline 4-cylinder aggregate which produces 167 hp and 224 Nm of torque. All the power goes to the front wheels via CVT automatic transmission. The car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds, reaching the maximum speed of 180 km/h. Although criticized for lacking torque and due to under-average performances, the 2.4L engine’s plus has the fuel consumption of 8,9l/100 km. For the car wheighing 1,845 kilograms, it’s definitely a recommendable result.
Trim levels – 4/5
The Previa Aeras is loaded with convenience-laden features such as Smart Entry and Smart Start System, dual power sliding doors, power back door, and third-row split-and-stowaway seats with a power function. In the second row, there are so-called Captain & Ottoman seats. Adding to the power-packed features is the efficient Toyota Telematics System with Navigation. Other parts of the Moonroof Luxury package are redesigned multifunction steering wheel, piano black center console with a large touchscreen infotainment display and, of course, a double moonroof. The car is available in six colors.
Safety – 4/5
Safety equipment of the Previa Aeras includes seven airbags, anti-locking braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). An addition to the list is the Hill Start Assist Control, which enables easier and safer driving on the climbs. The 2016-spec Previa gets a new safety system called ‘Toyota Safety Sense C’ but that part of equipment isn’t currently available in Singapore.
In the automotive world with numerous crossovers and new car segments being introduced every year, the market for seven-seater MPV is not yet dead. Toyota Previa has been around since 1990 but with the 2016-facelift and all-new Aeras model, it proves that it can still be modern and progressive. As a car for mega families, Previa Aeras isn’t just a simple carriage but a spacious and luxurious multi-purpose car with many family oriented features which completely fulfilled Toyota’s Drive Happy philosophy.