Toyota Alphard S "A Package"

Toyota Alphard Test Drive: Naoto Shimazaki says S grade best in its series

What stands out about the Alphard S grade’s exterior is its aero specs. These are the things that you can modify yourself if you want with a regular car, but with this one I feel like it’s a bit different.

This is because it looks even smarter than the standard model’s design. The standard model has the L’s spindle grille on the opening of the grille around the front. On this one, it comes straight out, and it’s built with a full-sized opening with the fog lamps on the left and right. This is a great balance. The side skirt is also unique and the flare is constrained, giving the body’s design a good sense of integrity. It has a natural feeling, like nothing new has been added at all.

The car I drove was a 7-seater and the 2nd row seats were ample. It was plain but very comfortable.

The drive itself was also comfortable. The 2.5L engine gives it a wonderfully airy yet powerful and luxurious feel. I didn’t feel the size of the vehicle at all when turning. Definitely easy to drive, I’d say that this model is the best buy in the series.

Ratings (out of 5 stars):

Packaging : ★★★★★
Interior : ★★★★★
Power source : ★★★★★
Footwork : ★★★★★
Would I recommend it? : ★★★★★

Bio: Naoto Shimazaki was born in Tokyo in 1958. After graduating from college, he worked at an editing company for 9 years. After gaining experience with editing, writing and graphics for magazines and books, he began working freelance in 1991. Since then, he has written for automotive magazines and websites. He calls himself a journalist but test-drives cars and writes his reports from the point of view of a regular driver.

(Translated by Greg Scott)