Test drive: Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4WD

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Test drive: Toyota Prado 4WD

The Toyota Prado put through its paces on the 4WD test

Two-in-one products generally there’s a compromise. A desktop laptop is great until lugged its weighty frame five airports in two weeks, a motorcycle is fine until you hit a snarly stretch of dirt, and a that becomes a mouse you turn it upside down, lets not even go there. So Toyota introduced its new Prado mid-size 4WD as a best of both solution for both the highway and the stuff I was a little skeptical. But taking on all types of terrain including, open roads, forest trails and a formidable built 4×4 track I may just have been otherwise. The vehicle’s versatile owes particular thanks to a new suspension system and electronics and although there’s no point that it can be a sports coupe one and a monster truck the next, as a auto solution the fourth-gen comes very, very

What’s new?

Well, much everything. From the the new Prado hasn’t changed and retains a distinctly Toyota The height has been lowered by it’s 10mm wider and longer than its predecessor, the is higher and the sleeker lines resulted in an improved drag — 0.35Cd as opposed to on the previous model.

On the inside, the is longer, wider and there’s legroom for third-row seat There’s also keyless and push button start, a handy 220V accessory in the rear and you no longer have to with a lever to shift low range — it’s replaced by a simple dial on the center of the dash. Another addition is the lockable gas strut on the opening rear door, no more getting slammed in the when a gust of wind the open door.

Standard equipment across the includes ABS with Brake stability control, uphill and assist, seven air bags, on the door-mirror indicators and rear plus Bluetooth compatibility and USB

High-end models have assist, a rear diff-lock, alloys, heated seats, sensing wipers, parking and four cameras including a new facing camera with a 190 field of view which, combined with the steering overlay on the dash mounted 4.2 monitor, becomes invaluable cresting steep hills The spare wheel cover houses the rear facing is also now standard on all models.

The top of the Kakadu which we drove many useful extras and trinkets like radar cruise control, height air suspension, a 14-speaker Pioneer system — which has to the best, warmest bass heard in an off the shelf unit refrigerated coolbox and a rear-seat system with three headphone sets.

Three-door a first

The Prado is now being in the 3-door format with expecting the smaller variant to for about 10% of sales. Billed as the vehicle for a couple to travel the three-door has greater towing (3000kg as opposed to 2500kg on models), is 360kg lighter and its shorter wheelbase, less overhang and a higher-ramp over it can go into some very places that the longer can’t — as we found out in the track. When just two people, the rear can be transformed a useful 1.43 square storage area.

Under the hood

The engine for the range are a 4.0-litre dual petrol and 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection diesel, both of can be married to six speed manual or speed sequential shift The Prado makes more 200kW for the first time the V6 getting 13 percent more — 202kW at 5600rpm and of torque at 4400rpm.

Toyota fuel economy figures of 8.5 per 100km for the turbo diesel married to the auto transmission for the petrol variant). As you might from a smaller vehicle, the turbo diesel does better at 8.3 liters per 100km.

for serious off-roading

Toyota its claim of serious off-road with a long list of features designed to take of the guesswork (and some might say skill) out of the equation.

A of traction control and ABS technology the name Multi-terrain assist. gives the driver a choice of surface modes — Mud and Loose Rock, Mogul and — which are adjustable via wheel mounted controls. Mud and work in high range as as low range while the other are low range only.

Seeing you are going is made easier the Multi-terrain monitor — a that links four to an in-dash monitor with a of single and split views. The angle cameras are mounted rear and in the side mirror Anyone who has ever felt the sensation of cresting and beginning the with nothing but blue sky through the windshield will both the front camera and the clever steering angle This draws two boxes the camera image on the screen represent the wheel direction, you can negotiate rocks and other that cant be seen the driver’s position as you creep a steep slope

Crawl before you walk

is where tech takes — literally. Basically a low version of cruise control, automatically controls the engine and to maintain a constant speed and traction over rough In practice this means you can point the car at a nasty hill tricky river crossing or decent, slip the car into mode and take your off the pedals. All the driver has to worry is steering.

CRAWL has 5 speed (up from 3 on the 200 series Landcruiser) with a dial on the center And it works — more on later. The only drawback is it’s only available on the top of the 5-door and 3-door models.

Dynamic Suspension

The Kinetic Suspension (KDSS) featured on the VX and 5-door is also worth An improved version of the system featured in the Prado’s larger the 200 series Landcruiser in 2007, is key to the vehicle’s best of both performance. It works through an control unit which variables like speed, yaw steering angle and acceleration and the suspension travel accordingly via cylinders attached to the stabilizer front and rear. This to reduced roll and smoother on road while still up the bumps on the rough stuff.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Out on (and off) the road

test drove the Prado in a town around three drive west of Sydney, A fitting location given the ready availability of tough and the fact that Australia is now second biggest export for the Prado after China. The should also be well to the terrain after the project’s engineer Makoto Arimoto and his clocked 100,000 test in Australia, mostly on unsealed

The first leg of our test was on the bitumen the dynamic suspension system itself in smooth, flat with minimal body It’s still a big, vehicle with plenty of for off-road adventures, so it’s not sharp, but it’s definitely through turns and in stark to the older 4WD sitting in my garage at

Although the V6 has more poke, the 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel at 1600-2800rpm) delivered smooth all the way through the six-speed transmission. a driver’s perspective it’s in terms of seat and steering adjustment, visibility is good for a of this ilk, and cabin is very low.

But it was the off-road that we came for, and wasn’t shy in ensuring the full-range of capabilities were on display.

a series of moguls, creek and steep descents, the Prado put a foot wrong, with the package getting traction to the wheels at the right time. The track also showcased the of the shorter 3-door with one — a steep gully with a tight turn in — being off-limits to the models.

The CRAWL worked sensationally. The does create a lot of noise as it and groans over the bumps, but the luxury of taking both off the pedals and simply steering, its to forgive that. The all-round system also comes its own in these situations. The usefulness of the wheel overlay and front becomes obvious when large rocks to be avoided on a downslope and the side mirror help you squeeze through gaps. It’s nice to exactly what’s around the and the system will certainly on a few visits to the panel-beaters.

Changing views and the Multi-terrain assist is fairly intuitive, with accessible controls on the steering After a little practice no need to look at what you are just glance at the screen to ensure you’ve got the right

The side camera view is handy on tight trails there’s heavy vegetation and rocks on the side of the road and that’s where we headed Having already proved it climb hills, the Prado did it this time longer on rock and clay surfaces. The soaked up the bumps at higher and traction was maintained nicely trails, even where one of the car was on a firmer surface and the other on gravel. The 220mm of ground also meant the vehicle was on rocky surfaces.

A full day in the of the new Prado has left me in no doubt it’s off-road prowess is way the level the average buyer require. and it does it very If anything, the worry is that it get you too deep into difficult and getting out might not be so easy. But that’s just common driving sense, no amount of gear can ever replace the for sensible preparation and both the and equipment for recovery.


Now the not so fun part — your wallet. There’s a variation in prices depending on the equipment level. The range at just under AUD56K for the five and three door and runs up to a hefty tag of AUD88,990 for the Kakadu turbo-diesel auto needless to say — with its interior, 14 speaker stereo and all the trimmings — was our favorite). If only two of you planning an adventure, the ZR at AUD65K seems like the bang per buck given it has most of the high-tech off-road offered in the Kakadu.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado


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