In 1995, Toyota launched its new Toyota Comfort. The idea behind designing and developing Comfort was to provide a taxicab platform in Japan. When it was first appeared, it had a competition with the Nissan Crew and the Cedric Y31. The Nissan Crew went out of the production in June 2009. Along with original version, a long-wheelbase version was also produced in Japan as Toyota Crown Comfort which was later exported to Hong Kong and Singapore.
In Japan and Hong Kong, Comfort is most opted vehicle for taxicabs. Some versions of this rear-wheel drive car offers seating for five as well as six-passengers (excluding driver). The five-passenger version may come with a column or floor gearchange while six-passenger version has a column gearchange only. The Japanese and Hong Kong versions have an automatic rear door as standard while Japanese models also features fender mirrors.
Since the appearance of first production unit, the car has been a first choice for taxi companies and driving schools. The car is still marketed mainly as taxi in Hong Kong. The popularity of the Comfort can be derived from the fact that over 36,400 units of Comforts has been sold since 2005. President’s Prize is an internal, semi-official award of Toyota that is awarded to Comfort for the year 2010 by the president of Toyota Akio Toyoda. The company stated, “The car itself is unspectacular but it is very important to Toyota. This is why Morizo chose the car for the first ‘Morizo award,’… the car can be driven over the years by everybody from beginners to experts. And this is the proof that the car is the symbol of Toyota’s quality, durability and reliability.”
The Comfort receives either an LPG engine or the 3C diesel engine variant. In some models in the Japan, auto start/stop system is also offered. A long-wheelbase version, Toyota Crown Comfort gets a 1,998 cc 1TR-FPE engine, producing 83 kW (113 PS) at 4,800 rpm on LPG.
The YXS10/LXS10 was ranked as the first vehicle to receive the Comfort badge. The LPG version of the vehicle was introduced in 2001. The car featured the automatic doors while 4-speed automatic transmission became standard in 2004.
In 2007, Toyota launched the YXS11 featuring elongated rear-lights as well as revamped roof sign. The new model was designed to have more strict emission standards as per Japanese regulations.
With a view to reduce the production cost, weight and make it more spacious from interior along with an economical car, the luxurious features were dropped and less-bulky plastic parts were introduced with simplest of designs.
The car is offered in two trims levels: Base and Deluxe. Base version features15-inch wheels, ABS+BA, start/stop system, driver airbag, three-point seatbelts, air conditioning, radio and power steering as standard options while Deluxe version features electric mirrors. Central locking is optional in Deluxe version.
TRD Comfort GT-Z Supercharger
In 2003, the Toyota Racing Development introduced a limited sport edition, called the TRD Comfort GT-Z Supercharger. Only 59 units were produced. The car was powered by a 3S-FE type DOHC 2.0 L L4 ORC-TX07 supercharged gasoline engine, generating 160 PS (118 kW) at 6100 rpm and torque of 22.5 kg/m (221 Nm) at 3300 rpm.