If you like Toyota off-roaders but a Land Cruiser is more ideal for you, this low mileage Toyota Mega Cruiser might be just what you need.
According to the Facebook Marketplace listing, the Mega Cruiser is for sale in Hudson, New Hampshire. If you’re unfamiliar with the vehicle, it’s a heavy-duty, four-wheel-drive that Toyota developed primarily for military applications. If you’re thinking JDM Humvee, you’re in the ballpark. Only 3,000 units were produced from 1995 to 2001, with the vast majority going to Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, police and fire departments. Only 133 examples were originally sold directly to civilian customers.
The mega cruiser features a massive 4.1-liter turbodiesel inline-four, good for 153 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a four-speed automatic that sends the drive to all four wheels via a two-speed transfer case. Built for hardcore off-road duty, it features front, center and rear differential locks, as well as a four-wheel steering system. Other features include exhaust brakes and portal axles that help provide higher ground clearance.
This particular example boasts just 16,000 miles on the clock. It is said to be in “very good condition” with a clean history. (The listing confusingly lists both 1996 and 1997 as the car’s production year.) Like most productions, it was built in a right-hand drive. No word from the seller on whether a normal canopy cover is available for the rear. It is usually fitted when using mega cruisers as troop carriers. It is designed to seat up to 14 people on the rear tray.
The truck looks bright in military green color. It is so good that it is newly implemented. Inside, conditions are a little rough. Surface rust is evident on the floor and several dash brackets. The engine bay is in the same condition and doesn’t look as fresh and clean as you might expect due to the low mileage. The wheels also look tired and could benefit from a coat of paint.
Curiously, the seller lists fuel mileage for the truck, which oddly the EPA certainly hasn’t released figures for the Mega Cruiser. The seller claims 12 mpg city, 14 mpg highway, and 13 mpg combined It’s not clear how they determined these figures, so take them with a large grain of salt.
Regardless, if you’re looking for a unique and highly capable off-roader, the Mega Cruiser is hard to beat. It features a military-grade engine, huge ground clearance and a drivetrain built to slog through muddy battlefields. If you simply must have it, securing this example will set you back $55,000. It’s not the cheapest we’ve seen, but mega cruisers don’t come up for sale every day.
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