Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Review
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is luxury and performance guaranteed vehicle which has been manufactured by a Japanese car maker, Toyota Motor Corporation. It is the fourteenth largest multinational corporation in the world and the largest automobile manufacturer for the fourth consecutive year ahead of General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is one of the smallest vehicles in the range of mid-size luxury SUV's. The car is offered in three variants: 3.0-litre A/T, 3.0-litre M/T and 4.0-litre A/T. Both of the engines, i.e., 3.0-litre and 4.0-litre are capable of delivering power, performance and fuel efficiency. It is further fitted with 5-speed automatic gearshift and 6-speed manual transmission according to the trims. The new engines are more refined, quieter and impressive in comparison to the outgoing model. Behind the wheel, Toyota Prado remains unchanged with minor changes done for better aesthetics and comfort. Aerodynamically sculpted, muscular and sophisticated, Prado's body shape is practical and very stylish. The exterior view of the car is defined as a luxurious and rugged look with bold LED headlights associated close to the parallel chrome lines in the grille. The interiors are comfortable with adjustable headrests and seatbelts. The cabin area, on the other hand, is beautiful with all the necessary equipment plotted intelligently on the dash. The infotainment facility comes along with an advanced navigation system and traffic assist guide with an integrated Bluetooth to receive the calls via the audio system. Overall, It is considered as one of the lightest vehicles in the segment which also incorporates standard safety features for its customers.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is offered with a choice of 2 engine options – 3.0-litre turbo diesel and 4.0-litre gasoline powertrain. The 3.0-litre engine is capable of showing a fuel efficiency of 11.70 kmpl while the 4.0-litre engine runs 8.60 kmpl under standard conditions. The efficiency of both of the engines is pretty satisfactory. The fuel tank capacity in this drive is 87 litres which ensure that you don't have to halt at every gas station for refilling of fuel.
The new Prado is packed with 3.0-litre turbo and 4.0-litre Dual VVT-i engines. The 4.0-litre petrol engine delivers the power of 275 hp at 5600 rpm with the maximum torque of 381 Nm at 4400 rpm. The other 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine churns out a maximum power output of 163 hp at 3400 rpm with a maximum torque of 410 Nm at 2800 rpm. The 3.0-litre engine is mated with 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions while the 4.0-litre engine has only 5-speed automatic transmission option.
Acceleration & Pickup
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is not a racing car but still delivers decent acceleration and pick up numbers in this segment. This mid-size drive accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 11.5 seconds with an estimated top speed of 200 kmph with its 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The figures are quite acceptable keeping the kerb weight of this drive in mind.
The exterior view of Prado is defined as rugged and sporty with enhanced performance. The front view of the car is dominated by large LED daytime running lights and projector type auto headlamps with headlamp washer. The front bumper is solid and muscular along with the fog lamps for both rear and front. The door handles are body coloured with chrome black door garnish. It is also equipped with rearview mirrors that can automatically adjust according to the visibility, The mirrors also have integrated features like turning signals indicator and electric folding option. It has 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels for sportiness and firm grip while the LED signal lights with a side view camera and window heater offer convenience during drives. The body lines stretch from the front to the rear in a sleek and clean manner. The side profile of Prado has flared wheel arches with a high ground clearance that go easy on rough terrains. The rear view of the car, however, did not receive major changes except a clear lens LED lights. It is considered as a gentle and sophisticated beast which is worthy in terms of a solid build quality along with clean and rugged looks.
Well known for its sporty and muscular appearance, the overall length dimensions of Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is 4780 mm x 1885 mm x 1890 mm (Lx W x H) with the wheelbase of 2790 mm and ground clearance of 220 mm. The high ground clearance ensures that this drive can be taken for off-roading trips without any second thoughts.
The interior of the car is designed in a sleek way to give you an access to everything you need to control the car. The seats are covered in a genuine leather upholstery and furnished with wooden accents on the steering wheel and gearbox. The steering wheel comes integrated with audio control functions for the convenience of the driver. The seats, on the other hand, are equipped with seat heater and are power adjusted. The second row of the seats is provided with the comforts of the seat heater, cup holder and centre armrest. The crawl control system enables the driver to fully concentrate on the vehicle steering by avoiding unnecessary acceleration when driving. It also has Multi-Terrain select feature that let the user choose between different road conditions modes like Rock and Dirt, Rock, Loose Rock and Mud & Sand. The audio system with 7-inch screen provides necessary information with integrated navigation and Bluetooth functionality. Apart from this, it also has the cooling box, illuminated entry system, extendable sun visor and power outlet.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prada along with comfortable interior space also offers state of the art convenience features that adds to the overall psyche of the car. The 3-Zone climate control lets you maintain 3 different temperature zones. The cupholders in the second-row seats assure ample of luxury with center cupholders and armrest. The seats can further split folded with 50:50 ratio to increase the cargo space for extra luggage items. The power fold option lets you create ample of space with just a button. The front seat 'power-adjust' feature offers comfort and 'seat heater' keeps you warm even in cold weather conditions. Apart from these, Prado is armed with console box cooling to keep your beverages cold which can further double up as a sliding armrest.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado offers decent space within its cabin for optimum comfort of the occupants. Apart from petty storages inside the cockpit in the form of the glove box, cup holders and door pockets, the standard boot offered in this drive counts to 403-litre. The rear seats can be folded to flat to create more luggage space in case of requirement.
Engine and Performance
Toyota Prado is equipped with a 3.0-litre turbo diesel and a 4.0-litre 6 cylinder V-Type 24 Valve DOHC with a VVT-i engine. The 3.0-litre diesel engine with intercooler delivers a peak power output of 163 PS at 3400 rpm and a peak torque of 410 Nm at 2800 rpm. The 4.0-litre gasoline engine delivers a maximum power counting to 275 PS at 5600 rpm and a maximum torque showing 381 Nm at 4400 rpm. The engines offered in new Prado are fuel economical and reduces the emission as compared with the old model. Mated with 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission depending on the engine, this mid-size SUV never fails in delivering thrilling drives.
Stereo and Accessories
Fun and entertainment are taken well care in this Toyota drive. The car has an advanced infotainment facility which comprises of USB compatibility, AUX port, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. A 7-inch touchscreen for navigation purpose is also plotted at the centre of the dash. A total of 9 speakers is hooked to the multimedia system to ensure crisp and clear sound for all the occupants.
Toyota Prado is meant to be taken for convenient off-roading trips which is very much evident from its robust structure and features. Complementing to this structure is the sporty 18-inch alloy wheels which ensure stability and firm grip along with its rubber wrapping measuring to 265/60 R18.
Braking and Handling
Being an off-roading family vehicle, Prado is packed with advanced features which ensure that the drives would be absolutely safe and adventurous. This Toyota drive is equipped with ventilated disc brakes at front and rear both sides which make a perfect braking system. For best handling even during off-roading, double wishbone independent front suspension with stabilizer along with 4-Link type rear suspension along with stabilizer are given in this Toyota car. Additionally, ABS, EBD and brake assist are provided for best control and stability.
Safety and Security
Prado is formed on a ladder frame chassis and uses all-wheel drive system for better handling and performance. It is equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System that prevents the wheels from locking while applying sudden brakes at high speeds. For better control during off-roading trips, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist are packed in this drive. For optimum safety inside the cabin, there are drive and passenger front, driver knee and curtain airbags. Along with these features are Hill-start Assist Control and downhill assist control for convenience and stability during uphill and downhill of the drives. The seatbelts are integrated with force limiters and pretensioners which keep the occupants firm on their respective seats even after an impact.
- Refined, quiet and responsive engines
- Capable off-road vehicle
- Ample of cargo space
- Acceleration not so smooth