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Look for Something Special: 5 Unique Toyotas You Can Find Used

When it comes to vehicles, there are three types of people: those who are simply looking for something practical and reliable, those who appreciate the aesthetics and inner workings, and the third group, those who zero in on anything unique and special because your vehicle makes a statement about who you are as a person. If you’re looking for a used Toyota for sale, then you may want to consider the following unique Toyota models on our list. Not only will you find these vehicles practical and durable, they truly stand out as some of the best, most unique offerings Toyota has ever produced.

Now, we won’t sell you on some of the rare, older models since they are difficult to locate, but we do have a shortlist of easier-to-find vehicles that are still some of the coolest, most classic, and unique vehicles Toyota ever put on the market. These are, for the most part, family-friendly and still manage to stand out above the crowd. Of course, if you do manage to find something like the Fast and Furious featured Toyota Supra MKIV or the 2000GT, you may want to snap it up regardless, as they are highly collectible, sought-after models, but for the rest of us, here are some more likely candidates to purchase used from a variety of reputable dealerships:

#1: The Toyota Land Cruiser: Giant Off-Road Presence

Now that Toyota has discontinued making its longest-running model, the gargantuan SUV is available to purchase only as used. For over sixty years, the Land Cruiser has been known for its rugged good looks and ability to hit the trails and haul like a beast. The 2020 Land Cruiser, especially, is able to switch between car-friendly roads and steep mountain trails without compromising its abilities. Able to zoom from 0 to 60 in under 7 seconds, the Land Cruiser is set up to be a big-boned bruiser with ample interior space for all passengers who enjoy the more wild side of driving.

Even the base model of the Land Cruiser comes with a plethora of standard features, including a 14-speaker stereo system from JBL, wireless device charging, and satellite radio. The 9-inch infotainment center screen displays the navigation system, while BlueTooth allows for hands-free chatting. You might even be able to find a higher trim level available, and if you are lucky enough to do so, you’ll be excited to see that there are not one but two screens in the back, along with headphones and a DVD player to keep the little ones entertained while you’re on the road.

Toyota has sold over 10 million Land Cruisers, and it’s easy to see why – for those who don’t want to traverse rocky terrain in a pickup or jeep, the Land Cruiser is a solid choice. You can even take the whole family.

A silver 2020 Toyota GR Supra is shown from the rear at an angle in the pits at a racetrack.

#2: Toyota Supra: The Coupe Is Back

Is the Land Cruiser not really your thing? How about a hot, gorgeous coupe, like the Toyota Supra? Originally, the Supra was around until 2002, but in 2019, the 2020 Supra appeared, much to everyone’s surprise and absolute delight. What’s not to love about the powerful, curvy model? If you’re into speed and style, the Supra is perfect for you. With an acceleration speed of 0-60 in just under 4 seconds and 0-100 in under 10 seconds, it has some seriously impressive skills.

Even if you’re not going to put it through its paces on the racetrack, this car is a ton of fun to drive, jostling against its competitors, the Chevy Corvette and the BMW M2, with its smooth styling and tech safety features like automated emergency braking. Higher trim levels add to the already long list of standard features, though, of course, those models might be a bit more difficult to locate. If you’re someone who enjoys a weekend trip to the country and showing off at dinner with your boss, then the Toyota Supra needs to go at the top of your list.

#3: Toyota Tundra: Pick Up This Powerful Truck

Though there are more popular trucks in North America, the Toyota Tundra has managed to capture quite a few hearts with its classic design, powerful V8 engine, and spacious interior. The 2018 Tundra did a bit better ratings-wise than previous models, partially because Toyota loaded it with additional safety and tech features, even on the base model. It includes things like a revised gauge cluster, as well as the Toyota Safety System, complete with automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

For 2018, there was also a special edition, the TRD Sport, which comes with special trim to designate it as the Sport, though all the Tundras are equipped to carry more luggage than its closest rivals, depending on the configuration of the cab and truck bed, the largest of which can hold 81 cubic feet of equipment, tools, gear, or whatever else you need to haul. If you’re looking for a reliable, sturdy pickup with plenty of get-up-and-go, the Tundra deserves your attention.

#4: Toyota Avalon: A Family Friendly Midsize Car

If you’ve never heard of the Toyota Avalon, you might want to check out this reasonably priced hidden gem. Just like the Tundra, from 2017 on, the Avalon comes equipped with the Toyota Safety System, including popular features like the automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning, ensuring that you and your passengers are safe going to and from errands, appointments, school, work, and events. The Avalon also boasts quite a bit of trunk space, but that doesn’t cramp anyone’s seating arrangements inside the car.

Since the big redesign in 2013, the Avalon has maintained its standing as a comfortable, quiet, classic family car, able to provide a cozy daily commute and a fun-filled ride toward a family vacation, camping trip, or educational or sporting event. Easy to drive, filled with features, with enough room for everyone, the Avalon is an excellent choice for those looking for a new family car.

A white 2020 Toyota GT86 is shown from the front on a mountain road.

#5: The Toyota 86: A Reasonably-Priced Sports Car

Even sold new, the Toyota GR 86 starts below $30,000, making this an incredibly affordable option for those who want something that’s just plain fun to drive. The original Toyota 86 (which was known as the Scion FR-S until Toyota’s youth brand was discontinued in 2016) was practical, dependable, and fun. The redesigned 2022 GR 86 brings a restructured body, improved gear-handling, and an upgraded engine. The six-speed automatic transmission can handle the self-shifting without bringing a lot of attention to the automatic portion, the 8-inch infotainment center is capable of handling Bluetooth and navigation, and the upgraded suspension system provides more comfort than earlier models.

The 86 is a testament to the best of Toyota’s vision of reasonably priced, fun-to-drive vehicles that still manage to provide enough room for the entire family and friend group, complete with more trunk space than its competitors. If you enjoy long drives in the country, showing up at a track and catching everyone’s eye, or taking a road trip with friends, the 86 delivers in spades. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to take a test drive to see what all the fuss is about, though be warned, you’ll enjoy the ride so much you may just take the 86 home permanently.