With its 7-seat capacity, extreme reliability, and one of the best automotive companies in the world backing it up, the Toyota Prado is Australia’s favorite large SUV.
Ranked as the best selling SUV under $70.000 Toyota sells over 18,000 units per year in the Land Down Under.
The current version of the Toyota Prado arrived in Australia in 2009, so while it is not the latest and the freshest, with its powerful 2.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine, you get a real workhorse engine that is extremely reliable and performs all the off-road tasks you can throw at it.
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A reliable engine
There is no car that is perfect and the Toyota Prado is no different. Some people claim that the Toyota Prado’s engine, although it recently got a boost in its latest model, some automotive writers claim the 2.8-liter V-4 diesel engine is a little underwhelming.
While they may be partially right, the Toyota Prado engine is extremely reliable, and requires no modifications if you want to take it off-road.
While it’s true that the Toyota Prado will tow less than other vehicles such as a Jeep Cherokee, most people are attracted to the great fuel consumption of the Toyota Prado.
Remember, these are heavy vehicles weighing close to 2260 kilograms, so the fuel efficiency of 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers or a little less for the automatic version,
And if you venture off-road, you can expect quite a bit more going at lower speeds,
So what’s the bottom line on the 2.8-liter engine? Slowly, in response to popular demand, Toyota is responding, but in the Prado, you’ll need to wait an additional two years for a more powerful engine. Most customers find the current engine, which has proven itself since 2015 to be acceptable.
Interior – room for an Army
Most families buy a Toyota Prado because of the superior space. Not only is this a genuine 7 passenger fortress, but Toyota spares no expense in making the interior of the Toyota Parad comfortable.
This is truly a spacious vehicle, but its interior, though large, does not seem cheap.
You truly do get what you pay for when buying a Toyota Prado, and that’s an SUV that looks and drives like the luxury vehicle that it is. The popularity of the Toyota Prado is due in great part to its superior interior.
What’s the Prado like a daily driver?
Toyota fits the Pardo with a really fantastic and nimble steering system. This is not a vehicle that you need to manhandle to change lanes or make a tight turn. The responsiveness of the steering is fantastic.
We will grant you that as some writers say, at speed the steering is a tiny bit sluggish but it’s not so much that you would notice. And on the freeway, this thing drivers like the proverbial Cadillacs of old.
With front driver and passenger airbags as well as side curtain airbags, and front side curtain airbags, the Toyota Prado is one of the safest vehicles on the road.
The Toyota Prado received 5 stars out of five for its safety test. One thing that we particularly appreciate is both the side curtain airbags for passengers in the second row as well as Toyota making reversing camera technology available to avoid rear-end accidents as well as preventing collisions with daring children from behind.
The complete array of safety features includes Toyota Safety Sense[S1] with Pre-Collision Safety System with Pedestrian Detection (Day and Night), Cyclist Detection (Day only), High-Speed Active Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Auto High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
Naturally, Infotainment is an essential part of any SUV and the Toyota Prado comes with a 9 inch, touchscreen infotainment system that offers both Apple Car Play and Android Auto as well as a voice recognition system. And Toyota’s own app lets you use third-party apps such as Waze sat-nav, AccuWeather, and Stitcher.
Want more information on the Toyota Prada
One of the best websites in Australia that focuses on the Toyota Prado Car Expert.
They will give you an honest appraisal, pro and con on this great SUV.