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Toyota MasterAce
1987-1990 Toyota Tarago (YR22RG) RV van (2010-12-28) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Also called Toyota Space Cruiser
Toyota Tarago
Toyota Van
Toyota VanWagon
Toyota Wonderwagon
Toyota Model F
Production Nov 1982[1]–1989
Assembly Japan: Kariya, Aichi
Successor Toyota Previa
Class Minivan
Body style(s) 3-door van
Layout FMR layout/four-wheel drive
Platform YH51, YH53, YH61, YH63, YH71, YH73
Engine(s) 1.8 L 2Y
2.0 L 3Y-U 87 hp ('83-'85)
2.2 L 4Y-E 102 hp ('86-'89)
2.0 L 2C diesel
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 88.0 in (2235 mm)
Length 175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width 65.7 in (1669 mm)
Height 70.3 in (1786 mm)

The Toyota MasterAce is a vehicle that was produced by Toyota and distributed worldwide under several names, with Toyota MasterAce being the name used in Japan. North American markets received the MasterAce as the Toyota Van (VanWagon in early press materials). In parts of Europe it was known as the Toyota Space Cruiser, while Australia referred to the vehicle as the Toyota Tarago (named after Tarago, New South Wales). In Germany, Sweden, Norway and some countries of Latin America it was sold as the Toyota Model F.

The MasterAce was a slightly larger version of the Toyota LiteAce/TownAce. It featured a sharply sloped front, in contrast to the upright flat found in the Toyota HiAce. When introduced in November 1982, only the carbureted 1812 cc 2Y petrol engine was available.[1] Most markets gained the option of the 1974 cc 2C diesel engine in May 1983.[1] North American markets started with the fuel-injected 1998 cc 3Y, which was later replaced with the 2237 cc 4Y engine.

The Toyota MasterAce was replaced with the production of the Toyota Previa in 1990.

North America

The Toyota Van was introduced to North America in 1983 (for the 1984 model year), the same year as the Dodge Caravan. Rear-wheel drive versions were sold in the United States between 1983 and 1989, while four-wheel drive models were sold between 1987 and 1989. The four wheel drive models came with skid plates and a transfer case for Low and High four wheel drive. All trim levels starting in 1986 had a cornering lamp system.

Toyota's advertising campaign referred to the passenger vans (DLX and LE trim levels) as the Toyota Wonderwagon while the CRG trim level was referred to as the Toyota Cargo Van. The Van used a front mid-engine layout where the driver and front passenger sat directly above the front axle. The VanWagon's short wheelbase contributed to a very bumpy ride but a short turning radius of 15 feet. Deluxe and LE (Limited Edition) versions were offered as well as an ice maker/refrigerator between the front seats in the floorboard, which was connected into the a/c refrigerant lines. The VanWagon also offered dual air conditioning, captains chairs, dual sunroofs (the front tilted and rear opened fully), digital clock, satellite radio controls, fog lights, tachometer, power locks, power windows, and a tinted glass privacy package. LE models had color matched bumpers and front grill along with power mirrors, chrome headlight bezels, and chrome Toyota emblems. Base models came with black bumpers and grill with white Toyota emblems. Base models have the reverse lights incorporated into the tail light assembly whereas the LE models had them incorporated into the rear hatch.

In 1986, a special EXPO86 version was available in Canada only. The 1986 "Espirit" model was finished in a unique light blue color with a white wave pattern on the lower half. A unique bronze colored plaque was affixed to the B pillar behind the drivers and passengers doors that said 'Spirit of 86' inside a globe. A 2WD pickup was also offered with the same paint and stripe scheme. Both models are quite rare.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (1984) Toyota Vehicle Identification Manual. Japan: Toyota Motor Corporation — Overseas Parts Department. Catalog No.97913-84.