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Released in 2007, Juno was a defining movie of the late 2000s. The movie’s storyline, which revolves around a teenager named Juno MacGuff, was played by young Elliot Page, Michael Cera, and Jason Bateman. The coming-of-age film popularized many bits of pop culture, including the main character’s hamburger phone. Another pop-out product of the film was Juno’s vehicle. Many avid movie fans will remember the Toyota Previa minivan that Juno drove.

Actors from the movie Juno doing a live read with a Toyota Previa seen on screen.
A live read of ‘Juno’ | Tara Ziemba/Getty Images

A brief synopsis of the film ‘Juno’

If you’re unfamiliar with the synopsis, Juno is a 2007 American comedy-drama movie about a 16-year-old girl who becomes pregnant. Despite initial thoughts of getting an abortion, Juno decides to carry the baby to term and put it up for adoption.

She finds a seemingly perfect couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring, played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner respectively, to adopt the baby. However, as the pregnancy progresses, Juno realizes that the couple may not be as perfect as they seem and must confront her own feelings and insecurities about the situation.

Elliot Page played the main character Juno, and the movie was both a critical and commercial success. It is still considered a cult classic, and Page’s performance continues to inspire many.

So, what’s the vehicle from the movie?

One item that garnered attention from viewers is the vehicle that Juno drove. Juno’s minivan, a Toyota Previa, became one of the iconic features of the movie. The Previa is a compact MPV manufactured by Toyota and first launched in Japan in 1990. The second-generation model was introduced in 1994 and was sold in North America under the Previa nameplate.

Toyota Previa specs and features

With a seating capacity of up to eight people, the Previa has ample space for a large family or group of friends. According to Cars Directory, “All configurations have a driver and front passenger seat forward, and a three-seat bench seat at the rear that splits and folds flat against the sides of the cabin.”

It was designed to have a low center of gravity and uses a rear-wheel drive system, providing exceptional handling and stability. The Previa also boasts a unique mid-engine layout, contributing to its versatility and handling.

A little-known fact about the Previa is that it was marketed under different nameplates globally. The Estima is a nameplate used for the minivan model in Japan, while the Tarago is used in Australia, and in North America, it is called Previa.

Watch out for the Previa the next time you watch ‘Juno’

The Toyota Previa is one of the most unique minivans of all time. Its mid-engine layout, low center of gravity, and rear-wheel drive system make it a rewarding driving experience. These attributes and its versatility made the Previa the perfect vehicle choice in the unforgettable coming-of-age film, Juno.

With a well-known celebrity at the helm of the Previa, the minivan became an icon, both on the screen and off.


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