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Toyota Tarago V6 Ultima

Too-light steering, expensive for the of performance

The 1980s was the decade of the Mitsubishi’s L300 van with extra seats bolted in was an favourite as was the Toyota Tarago, nameplate arriving here in 1983. But that first just like its Mitsubishi and other best forgotten such as the Nissan Urvan and Shuttle, was nothing more a thinly disguised commercial which had no hope of passing the standards mandated for passenger

This world changed in with the introduction of the new generation, Tarago. It was the proverbial clean-sheet sharing nothing except the badge with any commercial the 1990 was a standout vehicle of ingenuity.

In 1990 Toyota was to dominate the automotive world the flagship Lexus LS400 the battle to the German luxury car and the Tarago proving that could be superbly engineered and to drive.

The 2000 Tarago used the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive as the radical 1990 but the current  which made its local in March 2006, has the engine up driving those wheels.

February 2007 all Taragos had engines and performance was marginal a full load. But in February Toyota’s classic people-mover was offered with a V6. This unit delivers 202 kW of power and 340 Nm of through a six-speed automatic

Exterior and Interior Design

The is neatly styled and functional, but the elegance of the 1990 car has disappeared The first dedicated Tarago was a of beauty simply because it form with function in the way few non-stratospherically priced cars have – think Beetle and The Tarago seemed to be the future of car transport. While the current has a certain appeal, it has lost the cutting-edge feel which the 1990 car. But the DNA persists and the ‘Tarago’ carries a certain Interestingly, this is an Aboriginal for ‘place’, and also the name of a NSW

So, while it’s not quite van . the 2011 Tarago is certainly not in the manner of its 1990 ancestor and the is already more than a decade old.

It does like a premium product, The styling is well balanced and the glass areas help to the visual height. The 17-inch wheels which are standard on the ($73,290) V6 Ultima add a little

The interior is a little more with a spacey, spacious and panoramic vision. You can see the designers gone to considerable pains to the cabin feel special, class rather than  The ivory leather is most stylish, as is the two-tone and taupe fascia.

Lexus-style ‘Optitron’ instrument is literally a highlight. Even the wood looks quite even though no-one is to imagine it once came a living tree.


You welcome when you step this upmarket people If a vehicle that accommodates people in luxurious fashion is primary requirement, then you not do better than buy a Tarago V6 The mid-row seats are two extremely captain’s chairs, each an ottoman (a generous footrest you find on some armchairs). fold down through 72

Arguably, the third row seating is more clever because at the of a button the entire arrangement folds into a compartment the floor; it must have an expensive engineering exercise. side doors are electrically

Dual sunroofs are standard. The seats are heated. The powerful do their best to see around An advanced electronic stability will do its best to save you if you things.

There is an outstanding satellite system but no trip computer.

You expect a people-mover to provide of storage areas and cupholders and the Tarago does precisely

Performance and Economy

While buys a people-mover in the expectation it double as a sports car, urge is a turn-off. Until the of the V6 engine, this was pretty the deal with any Tarago, when asked to haul six or occupants and kit.

Really, the engine provides reasonable say ‘effortless’) rather than performance. The smooth six-speed is welcome, as is the ability to use as little as litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

You can this engine/transmission in the GLI V6 for $56,290, represents a huge saving.

and Handling

The Tarago handles well for a with such a high of gravity. But it would be interesting to it back to back with the model. The improvement would not to the passage of so many years.

light electric power might please those who care about cars but drivers will wish for weight. But it is easy to place on the road.

Ride comfort is and this is important in a people Driver’s rights? No, this is all passengers’ rights.

Much expensive are such machines as the competent Hyundai iMax and the imposingly named Kia Grand Platinum (from $52,190). The Viano is worth a look at A left-field rival is the seven-seater Territory Titanium (from

People-movers may not be cool but the V6 Ultima a great job of transporting seven in high style.


ABS (Antilock Brakes)

Air — Climate Control

Bluetooth System


Hill Holder

Multi-function Wheel

Power Door Aid

Power Sliding Side

Remote Boot/Hatch Release

Fuel Lid Release


Cruise Control

Electric — Drivers


Bottle Holders — 1st Row

Holders — 2nd Row


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