Written byShaun McGowan
Toyota’s catchphrase for Landcruiser Prado is ‘rugged elegance’ - a kind of marketing shorthand designed to let you know that unlike vehicles such as the Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, Prado is a seven-seater with true off-road capability.
The Prado is available in four model grades - GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu. It features the same 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine (150kW and 500Nm) as Hilux and Fortuner. Unlike the Hilux and Fortuner, however, Prado features an all-wheel-drive system that drives all four wheels continuously, and affords greater surefootedness in conditions such as wet bitumen and good dirts roads.
(In those conditions in Hilux and Fortuner you are forced to use the transmission in ‘2H’ mode to avoid transmission damage.)
150kW & 500Nm
KDSS, AVS, Crawl Control and MTS
Can even brake autonomously to help mitigate or prevent an accident
Even the base-model ‘GX’ Prado is well equipped, featuring 17-inch alloys, Apple and Android phone integrations, nine-speaker audio, a load of standard advanced safety tech, rain-sensing wipers, and LED daytime running lights.
Tow capacity across the range is 3000kg, and the fuel capacity is high, at 150 litres. That’s 87 litres in the main tank, and 63 in a secondary tank, which combine to deliver outstanding touring range.
Everything in GX plus
Everything in GXL plus:
Everything in VX plus:
The GX comes with all the power you want from a family 4WD, balanced by all the safety features you need.
Revel in the comfort and convenience offered by the powerful, spacious and go-anywhere GXL.
Luxuriate in the leather-accented, surround-sound filled interior, however extreme the terrain
Wherever your journey takes you, the Kakadu will take you there in the ultimate style and comfort.
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As you step up through the range, GXL grade adds things like tri-zone climate control air conditioning, plus the third seating row for seven seats, rear parking sensors, and rear privacy glass.
VX adds four heated seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors and 14 speakers, plus a panoramic ‘multi-terrain’ monitor camera system, and leather accents on the seats.
Kakadu models get a tilt/slide sunroof, a nine-inch rear cabin entertainment system with three wireless headphones, an automatically adjusting suspension system Toyota calls ‘Kinetic Dynamic’ or ‘KDSS’ plus a multi-terrain switching system for various off-road environments.
Essentially, Prado is a significant step up from Fortuner in terms of refinement, and it will do 85 per cent of everything Landcruiser 300 will do, for a fraction of the up-front cost.
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