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Paul Gover road tests and reviews the new Toyota Prado at its Australian launch

The middle child of the Toyota SUV family is new again.  The Prado has had a complete workover in almost every area, from the chassis and body up through the V6 petrol engine and the camera protection systems.

It's now more luxurious than ever for suburban work and tougher and more flexible for off-road use. As you would expect with a seven-year gap between model changes.

Toyota Australia claims everything from improved fuel economy to better value and improved refinement, but it all comes at a cost.  The new Prado has put on at least 150 kilograms from the previous model and the starting price is up by more than $4000 to $55,990. In fact, only two of 14 Prado models now hit below the Luxury Car Tax threshold and the top-line seven-seater Kakadu turbodiesel auto costs a whopping $88,990.  But more than 1500 people have placed orders and Toyota is expecting to have trouble satisfying early demand. 

The fourth-generation Prado is longer, wider but lower than its predecessor and, for the first time, there is a three-door model. But it's not a stripped-out bush-basher, coming with the seven airbags, ESP stability control, airconditioning, cruise control, smart-start system, alloy wheels, USB input and Bluetooth, and power steering that is standard on all models.

"We wanted comfort and peace of mind, anytime and anywhere," says Prado's chief engineer, Makoto Arimoto, speaking at the Australian press preview in Orange over the weekend.  The range runs from the basic GX through GXL and VX to Kakadu, which even gets a standard sunroof and leather trim.

The Prado is available as either a five or seven-seater and Toyota has tweaked the cabin with a sliding second-row seat in the five-door models. There is also an electrically-operated third-row system in the luxury cars.

Like every new model from Toyota there are hundreds of changes and updates in the suspension and engines and electronics and entertainment systems, and it's all important stuff.   But the styling is . . . questionable. The basic body is basically bland and the final finishing, particularly the grille, is overpowering.  So it's a good thing that around 50 per cent of Prado buyers add a bullbar.

Driving

The new Prado is everything you expect, and more. It is just plain phenomenal in the bush, where the latest range of driver aids - but particularly the 'Crawl' system and driver-selectable multi-terrain package - mean it can practically drive itself. You only have to steer as it walks up and down the toughest terrain.  There are also cameras to check obstacles anywhere around the Prado, provided you pay enough to get the right package, and the transmission has the low-range setting and differential locks you need for serious stuff.

Pay enough and you can also have height-adjustable suspension, an extra diff lock and the multi-terrain deal which means you choose the sort of conditions - from sand through to rocks - and let the electronic brains decide the best settings for fuss-free travel.  Get back on the bitumen and the suspension feels more plush, there is more 'stuff' to enjoy, and the cabin is a little more roomy and significantly more practical.

The latest V6 has definitely got more go that you can feel for more of the time, even if less than 20 per cent of Prado buyers go for petrol power. But the turbodiesel does not cope as well with the extra weight in the new car and overtaking performance is fairly ordinary, with relatively leisurely acceleration from standstill.

So the biggest question on the new Prado is the price. More than $55,000 for a starter car is a lot of cash for any SUV buyer, and the top-end stickers are right in the luxury car class. It's a good thing, but is it that good?

Toyota Prado

Price: From $55,990
ANCAP safety score: Not tested
Safety equipment: seven airbags, ESP, traction control, anti-skid brakes with brakeforce distribution Fuel economy: from 8.3L/100km
Emissions: Not available
Body: 3-door wagon, 5-door wagon
Seats: five, seven
Engines: 3.9-litre V6, 3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel
Power: 202kW/5600revs, 127kW/3400revs
Torque: 391Nm/4400 revs, 410Nm/1600-2800 revs
Transmission: Six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, constant switchable all-wheel drive

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  • Real great when your stuck in the middle of nowhere in the poohero and cant get parts for it as the local dealer only has Nissan and Toyota parts

    cameron miles of Sydney Posted on 07 February 2012 5:14pm
  • Just purchased a new Prado GXL and so far cannot fault it. Have been on one trip from albury to QLD then back down to Narrabri for hunting trip. Average fuel consupmtiom for the trip was 8.9l per 100. Pretty good considering fullly loaded with 2 kids, wife all the gear etc !
    Test drove the new Disc0 4 before buying the prado but couldnt justify paying the extra 18k
    Plan on reselling in 3 years and have no doubt for a good price

    richard younger of ALBURY Posted on 25 January 2012 7:21pm
  • I towed my 19 foot caravan from Townsville to Geelong and all over Victoria up and down big hills and the prado was more than capable, all up I did just under 10000 km in three weeks with three kids, I must be a little bit mad.

    Daniel Harrington of Townsville Posted on 23 January 2012 12:33pm
  • Prado = playdo. Overpriced, under-powered, wallowy rubbish. You are a clown if you pay an extra $10k over a Pajero just for the ‘privilege’ of owning a Playdo. And don’t carp on about residuals. Yes, if you pay $10k more new for a car I hope you do get at least $5k more on sale!

    slick jones Posted on 13 January 2012 11:24pm
  • I have one of the first GLX 150TD TD and must admit it is not anywhere as near as good as the previous model. While generally a good car it is nowhere as good as one would expect from a modern day vehicle, they have not done all the small things well and if I had the choice again would not have selected this vehicle. The Bluetooth programming is difficult and inconsistent, I have yet to find how to delete a phone and reprogram it when you lose the pin. It locks and unlocks when you have the key in your pocket and are washing it.  You cannot put the radio on when the car is on accessories and the door is open, it beeps. But you can with the ignition on and the engine off…why is that so? It displays the same info on the small screen in the centre as well as that on the centre dash display. It is extremely difficult to read the time, radio, aircon and yet there is the centre screen that just tells you your distance o empty in large numbers. Now that the 3rd row seats go under the floor (which is very neat and well done) the floor is far too high and you lose storage space. The interior lights do not automatically switch off if accidently left on and the keyless entry, while nice for some people it should be an option. The rear window is too small and I can see why the reversing camera comes standard.
    The good points are the 240VAC outlet, back seat configuration, diesel fuel consumption but for over 10% increase from the previous model I can see why the sales have dropped off.

    Tim Mamo of Brisbane Posted on 27 December 2011 10:01pm
  • I purchased a Prado 150 GXL auto and have had no trouble with the traction control except for it complaining when sand driving. The automatic however does shift eractically and did over heat the first time I went up a mountain on bitumen but left the auto in drive.Toyota re flashed the CPU and now there are no overheating problems. I installed a diesel chip when I purchased the car which greatly improved the performance and better fuel economy. But after Toyota re flashed the computer, the auto has trouble deciding which gear to be in between 2000 and 2500 revs. It did hunt between gears, up down up down. This is very annoying when driving and towing, so I had to remove the chip which fixed the problem.
    This however had a noticable affect on power and fuel economy. With the chip fuel usage was 8.5-9 around town and best figures on the highway 7.3. Now with the chip removed I am up to 10.8 around town. Car has done 25000KM.

    Mike Johnsson of Brisbane QLD. Posted on 02 December 2011 10:49am
  • I also have a 2009 Toyota Prado diesel with a tailshaft thunk and auto transmission with a mind of its own wonder if anyone has a fix for these problems…

    Pauline Sammut of Australia Posted on 02 October 2011 9:10pm
  • My 150 TD auto is 1 year old I have the rattle, and the engine is not smooth below 1500rpm, I have the old 120 series tailshaft thunk none have been addressed. The suspension is too soft compared to the old model and the car wallows around corners the auto changes at funny times (halfway round a roundabout).The new body style looks good but is hard to see out of and is too bulky. The mudflaps are too short and even around town the back corners are sandblasted the sidesteps gather dirt which gets on your pants because they don’t go right to the guards the rearmost seats/floor is a pain as it slopes down to the back door and everything that even touches the plastic in the back rubs a mark on it. The seat material is not as robust and the foams seem to become compressed much easier. I hate the air vents they just blow in your face as they are too high and the radio/screen should be a proper 7inch double din. I like the keyless entry and the bluetooth. The engine should have more power and the fuel tank should not have been dropped. This car is a step sideways or back in many practical ways it is not a significant improvement on the old model and is not as good in many ways .

    andrew johnston of traralgon Posted on 15 September 2011 7:17pm
  • We purchased a Prado Kakdu in Nov, 2010 after being very happy with our 2003 Prado GXL. We had high expectations that what we thought would be an exceptional car for towing, as my wife does most of the towing with this car. But we have had problems with what appears to be an extremely sensitive traction control system. The traction control applies the brakes to one side of the car when going through a corner. This occurs on the side of the vehicle on the outside corner. As a result the vehicle veers left towards the edge of the road or right into oncoming traffic. This has happened to both myself and my wife on numerous occasions. It mostly occurs when towing but has happened once to my wife when not towing and on a dry road. The traction control has applied itself when travelling both uphill and downhill, it also happens when the driver is not applying the brakes. Extremely terrifying to the point that my wife will not drive the car at all. It has taken us 5 months and a call to Consumer Affairs to get Toyota Australia to take us seriously. When I tested the car with them their Kakadu reacted exactly the same. Has anyone else had the same problem?

    Eddy Woods of Melbourne Posted on 09 September 2011 11:26pm
  • I have Petrol VX - no complaints but I do concur with comments about the ‘noise’ from the rear left section, more so on freeway at 100kmh in the wet. Split mid seat wobbles over speed bumps, but that could be expected. Used off-road and it is a ripper - love getting it muddy, love cleaning it. (I have cream interior and comes up really well after a weekend with dog, firewood, kids)... enjoy the journey.

    Polly @ Mornington of vic Posted on 24 August 2011 11:05pm
  • My turbo diesel Prado has all the problems mentioned here - rattles and automatic transmission lag. I’m disappointed with the vehicle and even more disappointed with Toyota’s lack of interest in fixing the problems. Advice to Buyers => Don’t buy the auto diesel Prado until they fix these problems. Advice to Toyota => Watch your back, the Koreans are coming!

    Glenn P. of Perth Posted on 02 July 2011 1:30pm
  • Talking to a few people I know that have the 150 series diesel Prado, they all have the same issue with the lag at lower speeds. At my 20,000km service the dealer tried stone walling me, but eventually acknowledged the problem after speaking with “Head Office”! He couldn’t give a time line when it would be fixed. If anyone’s thinking of buying a diesel 150 Series Prado - don’t do it.

    Gerrard Doherty of St Kilda, Melbourne Posted on 25 June 2011 11:05am
  • Like most people here I have the lag when accelerating from around 40km/h. Toyota have been very unhelpful about this. I won’t buy another Toyota.

    Sophia of Sunshine Coast Posted on 21 June 2011 9:56pm
  • I’m very disappointed with my 2010 TD Prado. It rattles at around 1500rpm and has the lag when accelerating from about 40km/h. Toyota are showing absolute no interest in this. Where’s the customer service Toyota? I wouldn’t touch a TD until they fix this.

    Cory of Gold Coast Posted on 21 June 2011 9:52pm
  • Take it to your dealer and ask them to adjust the RHF fender away from the windscreen. Mine had the same problem and it’s now fixed.

    Debbie Skeates of Perth Posted on 19 May 2011 12:35pm
  • We have a July 2010 Kakadu and it has an obnoxious dash rattle but only when the engine is at 1500rpm.  it comes from somewhere between the instrument cluster and the windscreen in the dash.  The dealer test drove it today and heard the rattle - now the wait till 24 May for their first available appointment.  Love the car and looks stunning in black.  But have to agree with the lacklustre performance in pickup of the diesel - great on the highway, excellent fuel consumption compared to our 05 Grande petrol.  They should have had an option for the V8 TD in the sahara, would have added that to the option list for sure!

    Dave Behrens of Macarthur Region Posted on 13 May 2011 8:18pm
  • We have a July 2010 Kakadu and it has an obnoxious dash rattle but only when the engine is at 1500rpm.  it comes from somewhere between the instrument cluster and the windscreen in the dash.  The dealer test drove it today and heard the rattle - now the wait till 24 May for their first available appointment.  Love the car and looks stunning in black.  But have to agree with the lacklustre performance in pickup of the diesel - great on the highway, excellent fuel consumption compared to our 05 Grande petrol.  They should have had an option for the V8 TD in the sahara, would have added that to the option list for sure!

    Dave Behrens of Macarthur Region Posted on 13 May 2011 8:15pm
  • Have had my Prado 150 for coming up to 50000km (service due in a week). Overall I am very pleased with, I’m not having the annoying rattles that I have read about but The rear door seal was woeful in keeping out dust on rough roads. The dust builds up on the forward side of the seal and when the car flexes the gap opens up a bit and the dust falls in. I fixed the problem with some 5mm plastic hose threaded through the seal and then sealed up with contact adhesive and sealastic. Toyota couldn’t have cared less and they didnt help in anyway. The doors aren’t adjustable. The delay could be turbo lag, but I haven’t noticed any appreciable lag that I thought was detrimental at those low speeds.

    Gil Bailey of Perth Australia Posted on 13 May 2011 5:42pm
  • I also have new series diesel Prado (nov 09) Fantastic vehicle however also have mystery rattle in left rear. Not bad just annoying. Still wouldn’t swap it for anything else

    Wino of Wollongong Posted on 06 May 2011 7:30pm
  • Fiddler 100 asked if anyone else had an annoying ‘metallic’ rattle in the rear.  Well, yep I do have the same rattle, and it is driving me mad.  I think that I have managed to isolate the problem stemming from the second row of seats.  I will be taking the vehicle in for its 10K service and see if they can tighten all fixtures. Incidentally, I also have a few other creaks and rattles coming from the centre console and dash - although they are not nearly as bad.

    Trevor of Frenchs Forest Sydney Posted on 01 May 2011 10:31am
  • I too have a 2010 Prado GXL Diesel with very annoying, not to mention dangerous lag in acceleration around the 40-60km/h mark. We too as said above, have been extreamly dissapointed with Toyota’s inability and lack of interest to resolve the problem with what seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for a resolution. We bought a brand new car to keep our young family safe as we travel alot. Such a shame that this car could not be further away from what we thought we were buying.

    BD of Sydney Posted on 28 April 2011 8:16pm
  • I have a 2011 built Prado GXL and have an annoying rattle from the rear LHS which seems to be coming from the inside. It sounds metallic like a loose bolt. I first thought it might have been one of the seats in the third row, but no joy in locating it. Has anyone else noticed a rattle like this ?

    Fiddler100 of Melbourne Posted on 14 April 2011 6:54pm
  • My 2010 GXL diesel not only came with the mandatory rattle, but a lag in acceleration at around 40km/h. It is really noticeable when accelerating out of a round-a-bout. Toyota have finally acknowledged the problem after a year, but I’m still waiting for a resolution. Very disappointed with Toyota’s Customer Service. If I’d known of this problem, I would looked at a petrol model. New buyers be warned.

    Darrenn_70 of Gold Coast Posted on 10 April 2011 9:55pm
  • I have a 2010 Prado and had what i thought was a dash rattle CMI Toyota in SA found the problem after a few visits the front guards have been pushed in to far in manufacture.Loosen them of and take the pressure of simple so they say,It drove me nuts for months

    Paul of Adelaide Posted on 23 March 2011 9:58pm
  • I have a 2010 GXL Diesel and, YES, I have the dreaded dash rattle. Been told by Toyota Australia that they are working on a fix. This is no joy for the mind numbing, sense destroying, psychological torture that is dished up in the annoying rattle! Why-OH-Why does such a great car in every other department have to have such an annoying rattle? PLEASE TOYOTA - FIX IT!!!!

    Frank of Hunter Valley Posted on 17 March 2011 10:10pm
  • Agree with John Ventura of Dandenong in regard to the vibration in the 2010 GXL Prado diesel. The vibraton is sufficient to turn you off purchasing the vehicle. Toyota obviously recognise the problem as the Toyota dealer added a damper plate on 1st service to assist, of little value to vibration level - no explanation given for cause after questioning.

    Roger Richardson of Perth W.A. Posted on 14 March 2011 4:46pm
  • I’ve had Prado’s before. I would buy a diesel over a petrol and some people say they are noisy but that is when they are cold. When they warm up the Prado diesel is very quiet, not like the old diesel motors. I prefer driving the diesel Prado over the petrol version. I had a 1997 petrol V6 manual Prado, it was not an easy 4WD to drive and I had to use premium unleaded petrol with the high compression in the motor. It was great on the highway and I could see the fuel gauge go down even more so on the sand but the diesel auto was excellent on fuel, even around town. That was the 2004 model 8 valve turbo diesel and the torque is around 1800 rpm. I can’t wait to drive the 16 valve turbo diesel.

    Sean of Brisbane Posted on 13 March 2011 11:09pm
  • In the Market for a new car, currently driving a MY2006 Prado petrol GXL.

    Great car if a little top heavy around bends. Oneof the best things is the power of the car making it feel a touch zippy but the new model petrol almost allthe power has been mapped out for the purpose of fuel effiecency. It feels an extra ton heavy driving it around now.

    The dash is simply a joke, you know what im talking about. those airvents that seem to have been added to the car as an after thought.

    The bonnet is to wide and the visibility out of the widscreen is massively reduced.

    Its a Lemon for me, and i can afford it. Toyota give my company such a huge discount it would make you cry. More than 10 grand, its the worst part having the best discounted car/ brand not dishing up the goods.

    Any suggestions?

    Big Wig of Brisbane Posted on 27 November 2010 1:49am
  • I have a Oct 2008 built (Reg’d Mar 2010) D4D diesel auto.  Had engine block replaced at 9700km, leaking coolant from inside blook.  Fixed under warranty. So dealer fixit problems, however, have not had any more problems.  I have done over 50,000 km, 40% towing a 2200kg van.  It is a great tow vehicle, averages 14.4 lt per100km.  I only tow in 4th gear.  I have had not overheating problems what so ever.
    Apart from the leaking block my other gripe is the standard of the plastic walls etc that scratch very easily.

    Brian Currell of Dandenong Posted on 23 November 2010 4:41pm
  • Unless you are driving 80% offroad, don’t buy diesel. it is a noisy elephant in the city. Kakadu could be better for that price. I have Dec 2009 Kakadu Diesel

    Greg of Sydney Posted on 11 November 2010 4:54pm
  • Bought a 2010 Kakadu diesel a couple of months ago.  Great vehicle.  My only complaint would be that the diesel motor, for it’s size, can’t match the European diesel?s, which are a generation or two ahead.  My VW transporter and Fiat Ducato have far better acceleration.  However, the Prado?s engine is very economical and is good for towing, and I have grown used to knocking it into manual and down a notch to overtake.  As far as the radar cruise control goes, the Kakadu has two options, off road option or safety option.  The latter tightens seatbelts and even breaks for you if some clown in an oncoming vehicle enters your lane.  I chose this option, as most Prado?s don?t see much off road driving and, if you know how to drive one, you can go just as well off road in manual mode.  Safety was more important to me.

    Graham Hollingsworth of Tasmania Posted on 06 November 2010 2:47pm
  • I have a 2010 150 Series Kakadu. It has the Radar Cruise Control which cost me the rear differential lock, crawl control, and multi-terrain settings. I have no idea why I lose things when I paid more for the fancy cruise control. I can only guess that it is a technology issue and that I cannot have both. The dealer has no idea.

    The rear floor cargo tie down rails have no “eyes” so Kakadu owners have no means of securing cargo in the rear. Unless, you go to a BMW dealership and buy the cargo eyes for a BMW X5. They fit perfectly. For such an expensive vehicle one would think that it would come complete. I don’t even have a safety reflective triangle; only the rear door pocket to put one in.

    I had to buy a net for a Holden Captiva to utilise the “shopping bag hooks” in the rear. They are not really shopping bag hooks but that was the best description that the dealer could come up with. The dealer had no idea what the rails were for in the rear floor either.

    I had to do my own research.

    The car is full of technology but be warned that some dealership service centres do not know much about the vehicle so study the manuals well and know your vehicle.

    LaoK of Perth, W.A. Posted on 04 November 2010 11:03pm
  • So there are a lot of mixed opinions here? I am in the market for a 2009 Kakadu Petrol or a 2008 Prado Grande Petrol? Which is the better of the two? Old Grande has: 8 seater , best looking 4WD , very popular , reliable model, still high resale value? the new Kakadu: 7 seater, keyless remote , hid lights, ugly look , yet to be proven , resale value is average. What is everyone?s opinion? Can afford one or the other its just I would love all the new features in the old one and that would be a hands down win.

    Ray of Brisbane Posted on 29 October 2010 12:53pm
  • I am in the process of upgrading and currently have 2004 petrol Prado. Was considering another toyota, especially for build and towing ability but now have concerns and looking further afield as well.
    some of our work vehicles are new V8 Turbo’s and have an oil problems. Four out of five are on “oil watch”.
    I keep looking at another Prado but the 2500kg limit is on the borderline should I purchase a bogie caravan.
    has anyone with a new prado diesel had an oil issue or is it only with the V8.

    Wayne of brisbane

    wayne of brisbane Posted on 18 October 2010 6:45pm
  • I have a 2010 150 series, Very good car, one problem is that the mud flaps are to small and the result is stone chips on the underside of the duco at the rear end and near the bottom of the front doors and strip above the running board. I also have an annoying rattle in the dash at about 1500 rpm. Report the stone chips to your dealer, apparently.  Toyota are aware of the problem. Not sure what they will do about it????

    Rob Chittick of Perth Posted on 04 October 2010 6:02pm
  • Discovery has the worst reliability. if you type “reliability index” in google you’ll see Landrover is at the bottom and Toyota is 3rd. I am sick of cars that break down

    Thusitha Welendawe of Victoria Posted on 04 October 2010 3:55pm
  • I have a 2010 Kakadu Prado 1500 RPM is a easy fix. Kyneton Toyota found the solution for the problem. Its the small piece of plastic on the viper aria which vibrates, not the dash. they put some padding under that plastic and voila… rattle gone. Great reliable, economical car. Kids love the entertainment system.

    Thusitha Welendawe of vICTORIA Posted on 04 October 2010 3:14pm
  • Just took delivery of Toyota Prado 4 x 4 Diesel Prado. VERY BAD VIBRATION on around 1500 rpm. Toyota say this is “natural characteristic” of the car. Very unfortunate - takes glamour off what could be a very great car to drive. Anyway still pursuing with Toyota on a remedy - but BUYER BEWARE ! Also not getting 8.5 L/100 klm but am getting 9.5 l/100klm on city/highway. If they can fix the vibration - excellent car

    John Ventura of Dandenong Victoria Posted on 01 October 2010 4:54pm
  • Bought the 2010 GXL Prado 2 months ago and love it! Have an annoying rattle in the dash around the 1500 rpm mark (anyone else???) but, that is about it. Everything else EXCELLENT. The consumption is out of this world; recently got 7.2 lts/100klms! That’s not bad for a 2.5T constant 4x4. Ours is an auto in Ebony. Looks fantastic but, colour is high maintenance of course. Regardless, the colour is worth the extra cleaning. Easy to see why re-sale of these vehicles is so good.

    Gavin of Hunter Valley Posted on 01 September 2010 9:14pm
  • Just finished reading all the comments here on the 150 series Prado.  I own a diesel Kakadu purchased last November, mainly to tow a 2 tonne caravan.  Just returned from a 12000km trip to Cape York and am very impressed with the performance.  With van in tow, averaged 13.7L/100km.  Power is more then adequate, it’s very quite inside and very comfortable.  Only problem that I have encountered during the entire trip is the transmission oil temp light came on twice, both on long, steep ascents.  Before we head off again, I will fit a cooler.
    All in all, very happy with the car.
    A final comment, last year we went on a trip to Darwin, at that point I was deciding which vehicle to buy.  We saw lots of Disco’s on the back of Tilt Trays so that is the reason I ruled them out.  Liked the Grand Cherokee, but getting parts or service in the outback is nearly non existent, so ruled them out as well.

    Bob Chapman of Newcastle Posted on 31 August 2010 6:58pm
  • Buy a new V8 Calais-V (or Fairmont G6E) for $60k and spend $5k on a Discovery 1 TDi. The Calais will be cheaper to run and the Disco will do as much in the bush as the Prado can but because it needs skill it’ll be more fun! Plus, it won’t matter if the paint gets scratched. And you’ll still have $5k in your pocket.
    Oh, and you’ll also have 2 cars that look way better than the Prado and you’ll be safer too since you’ll spend far less time on the wrong side of the road in the Calais.
    4x4 SUVs: The worst of both worlds: Performance of a 4 cylinder, economy of a V8!
    Michael N: horses for courses. A Prado is never going to turn corners, brake etc as well as a road car. These things are difficult to see around in the city (where they spend 99% of their life) and weigh 2.5T+. They should be where they belong. In the bush off road. They have no place on a regular road unless they are bought for towing (can’t see around a caravan anyway) and then they should have their brakes uprated.

    Adam of SA Posted on 18 August 2010 4:18pm
  • Babyboomer - test the SWB Pajero. More power and more torque than the Prado = better tow vehicle. Cheaper too!

    Angelo P Posted on 09 August 2010 10:53pm
  • Looking at the 3 door Prado to tow a van. Like to shorter length. Good Choice or Bad choice?

    Baby Boomer of Adelaide Posted on 05 August 2010 7:42pm
  • ‘Just bought a 2010 prado GXL and love it. Those who bag it obviously can?t afford it.’

    What a moronic comment! Pretty sure plenty of people could afford to spend $70k on a car. Ever consider people actually don’t like / don’t want a Prado? Why? Think… saggy, rolly polly rear end that bogs down in ruts, think under powered diesel in heavier body, think overheating gearboxes or rollover issues with its US counterpart. Think butt ugly face on it or ugly dash layout. What most people can’t afford is to be sucked in by the Toyota advertising and pay premium price for a sub-standard product.

    Mikey Posted on 05 August 2010 12:22am
  • PRADO JEEP ESPECIALLY THE 2.7LTR IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT AND ONE OF THE 2010 SUV. BUT THE 2010 MODEL DONT COME WITH SUBTANK. THE PRADO SUV 5DRS IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT THE SUBTANK

    Mike Isi of nigeria Posted on 05 August 2010 12:11am
  • Prado gearbox overheating? Yes, a common issue on the new model. Fancy that, spend $70k on a brand new car and have to fit an oil cooler for it to do its normal job. Way to go Toyota!

    jack spratt Posted on 30 July 2010 12:20am
  • Nice enough car but the prices are more in line with the US Lexus GX 480 version, not a bog standard Toyota. I’m considering it but would like Toyota to confirm that the right hand drive version (Prado) isn’t subject to the same handling issues as the GX 480 (US version). Theres nothing on their website about it.

    Dave Innes of Cairns Posted on 22 July 2010 8:36pm
  • We have a Prado which we were looking to replace so we hired a brand new Prado on a trip to NZ last month. It was a diesel auto and had 20Km on the clock. I loved the drive but we had continual problems with the auto transmission overheating driving around steep windy roads. I recall the 90 series didn’t have auto’s on diesel models for this reason. Same problem or did I get a dud?

    Ian Reid of Brisbane Posted on 12 July 2010 4:18pm
  • For the same amount of money I am putting mine on a Discovery 4 turbo diesel at 180kw it will do more use less fuel and overtake and tow effortlessly.

    Merv of Melbourne Posted on 18 June 2010 2:00pm
  • We own a GXL 2006 Diesel Prado in which we do big trips around Australia, towing a camper trailer and we cant fault our vehicle. We have had a little work due by ARB. We have traveled 40,000 km off road towing through flood watercourses, over sand dunes and all this is done at very slow speeds. We admit that with some steep climbs and big dunes we attempt it on the second try. But our Prado has never let us down.  We are in the process of updating our vehicle, but are unsure of the new 2010, due to the extra weight and only additional 30kw!!!!!!! But the engine is very economical!!!!!!  Undecided

    Greg of hawkesbury Posted on 09 June 2010 5:05pm
  • Just bought a 2010 prado GXL and love it. Those who bag it obviously can’t afford it.

    zed.m of preston Posted on 31 May 2010 7:06pm
  • Mark, why would you want a six stacker…it has USB. Several album collections can fit in your pocket….Fantastic inclusion. Thousands of songs…no weight no space…another example of a very silly comment…...

    And for those looking to purchase a new 2010 Prado…This feedback site is interesting yes but DO NOT base you decision on what you read here…Responses from the GP range from informed to down right ignorant/stupid…Try one…understand your application and read the results of PROFESSIONAL test drivers.

    Everything is overpriced from toothpaste to new homes…4WD are no different. Value for money is based on your application and disposable income…and beauty is in the eye of the beholder…Such threads as you read here are not a guide they are quite often a MIS-guide.

    ...and to Neil Davies of Newy…Why would Toyota care about the price…there’s a waiting list for the new model

    Ant, Sydney

    Anthony James of The Rocks Syd Posted on 31 May 2010 2:39pm
  • I have the latest release GXL Prado purchased Feb 2010. Just drove to Melbourne and back from Mackay QLD and found it to be a great car to drive. I did have problems with it starting and am very frustrated with the keyless Ign, Give me keys anyday. My wife drives it as well and puts off driving it because of the non starting issue. Been to Toyota and they say it doesn’t have a problem. No overspeed alarm, no 6 stacker which is a shame. Put outback drawers in it and fit perfect(wrapped) good job ARB Mackay. No hole in drawers for the inverter but extension lead fixed that. Apart from the starting issue-happy with it 8.6 l/100 diesel average 7000km 6 speed. cant beat that for a 4x4 and tons of power .

    mark swart of Mackay Posted on 19 May 2010 12:19am
  • I have a new model Prado GXL, ( this is my 2nd prado) drives well but after that, it is a heap of ShiT.
    3 individual times the car would not start, after I left it for 15 mins the 1st time it started, 3rd time left it over nite, I would hate to have to go somewhere in an emergency and it would not start on request, and yes I did do all the rite things to start it.
    4 WD, Don’t start me, gearing is too high and it ts gutless, ( compared to previous mode, 2003)
    In Low 4WD, to go down hill it wants too run away from you, going up hill, heaven forbid if you want too go steady and be careful, because you will be stopping regularly, too build your revs up too go again and then stopping because it wants too go too fast.
    The other day it got stuck in low 4WD, I then drove to my next destination on the highway, 10 k’s away in L4WD.
    Come on for the money u pay it is not too much to expect a vehicle too operate in a reasonable manner.
    It does ride better, but if it does not start on request, then the car is useless, unless u want too listen 2 the radio.

    Bernard Johnson of yass Posted on 04 May 2010 12:57pm
  • I am in the market for a new Prado, but do I go Diesel or petrol? That is the question.

    Tyson of Perth Posted on 30 April 2010 1:27am
  • I have a July 07 build Prado Diesel and I’m wrapped! Economy, handling and capability - all terrific. To date, I’ve knocked up 66K. I intend to keep this vehicle for a while and have been contemplating the pros & cons of a Berrima Diesel DP chip or the installation of a vapour gas system. Does anybody have any relevant experience/feedback on this as it relates to the current Prado?

    Ken of ACT Posted on 22 April 2010 9:51am
  • I have a New Prado - They are UNREAL and great on the beach!

    Drew of Brisbane Posted on 21 April 2010 2:31pm
  • Hubby and I owned a 2004 Toyota Prado and loved it. We lived in Weipa and travelled back and fourth to Townsville, not a problem, smooth.. We sold it and bought a Holden Col with tray, we missed our Prado, so finally we are going to buy another one and yes it is excellent car .Smile for me…..

    Farm Girl of Coolbie/Mutarnee Posted on 06 April 2010 6:49pm
  • I know all you guys will say what does a 26 yr old girl know about cars but I think the specs on the Prado are not too bad (petrol v6) and I think they are a very attractive car. As for the price yes it’s more than previous but that’s the economy. I CANNOT wait to pick up my sexy new black GXL and take my baby off road in style!

    Girly Girl of WA Posted on 01 April 2010 5:24pm
  • I upgraded my old 2005 VX for the new 2010 VX. Fantastic, love it. Would not chance the Diesel. However the bull bar now fitted after 4 gruelling months on order, is well below expectations. Come on Toyota, get your head out of the urban use market. No design or quality here?

    Colin Biggs of Brisbane Posted on 30 March 2010 10:29pm
  • Ive owned a hj75 for 16 years with a 2h motor(no turbo) and was still able to overtake on the highway. I have just bought the 2010 prado and am quite impressed with what it has to deliver. I have also driven just about every other model of 4x4 that is used on a minesite and the prado stands above the rest, even the v8’s. Sure plenty of grunt but not mechanic friendly or reliable. The prado is by memory only around 50mm x 50mm smaller in the back than the patrol and there is more leg room, plus you don’t have to take the seats out. Brad you are true to what you say mate, problem is ol son, people these days prefer to look at what things don’t have instead of what you get on top of buying $40,000 worth of junk.
    Oh and all I have received from people on the street(young and old) is ‘thats a nice car”.
    Thats good enough for me.

    Wayne Rowland of Perth Posted on 26 March 2010 12:50am
  • You dont know anything. The old Prado also has a three door model and the four door gasoline model has a four litre engine, not 3.9.

    jOHN jOHNSON of Miami Posted on 24 March 2010 6:52am
  • as a proud 2001 diesel prado owner, i feel as if i should mention that compared to its other, cheaper rivals, that the toyota exceeds in its unrivaled reliability (if serviced regulary), and enviable build quality. As for slow in overtaking which was mentioned in a previous comment, even my lower powered prado, overtakes just fine, considering 90% of my driving is on the freeway. People need to realise that the diesel prado is not going to be as quick as a V8 turbo like in the 200 series, and people need to realise that for a 2 tonne car its only powered by a 3.0 litre diesel, having said that, its power is quite impressive. People are complaining about price, then saying they want the new twin turbo sahara engine, which if you were to buy a sahara would set you back, new, $104000. The car is a great compromise, and anyone complaining about on road dynamics, is obviously not aware that they are driving a car nearly a tonne heavier than your standard sedan, its not a bloody sports car, and no matter how good the engine, suspension, and brakes are, you can’t escape the laws of physics eg. high centre of gravity and high speed cornering don’t go hand in hand.

    Brad Hogan of melbourne Posted on 19 March 2010 2:27am
  • Very expensive , I d rather buy L/C VXR than PRADO
    GOOD LUCK Toyota

    Abdullah of Riyadh-KSA Posted on 16 March 2010 10:18pm
  • I was going to upgrade to the Prado 2010 ( presently own Prado 2007 diesel ) however I don’t think I could face the interior design each day of this new model ..to me looks very cheap and tacky only part leather s/wheel , under powered motor ( I tow a c\van ) , 150kg heavier ,don’t like the way the rear seats are configured and the GXL is way over priced ,.....I will wait for the next model ...or have a look around for a better model\brand…..shame I liked Toyota

    Robert Catt of Au Posted on 05 March 2010 6:41pm
  • I have a 2005 td prado, I will not be updating to a 2010 for lots of reasons. back seats take up too much room, could not look at that dash board for long, same old td donk, that big new bar holding the back door open, Price. The new td land cruser is much better. Toyota need to lift their game.

    Martyn Posted on 20 February 2010 12:50am
  • I have the new Parado Kakadu and as for the over taking and “grunt” it is not an issue to overtake as you can just put the automatic from drive in to a manual mode and tap up or down through the gears. We do a lot of highway driving due to living in the country and have found it has great pick up for overtaking. As for the fuel consumption our car is sitting on about 9L/100KM so again really good on fuel, turbo diesel too. Dont knock this car until you try it I am so impressed and happy with it and all the features.

    Marnie of Queensland Posted on 28 January 2010 12:35pm
  • I own a 2004 V6 VX Prado and will be updating within the next 12 months. I love the reliability & quality build, but the driveability (drives like a bus), sheer weight and fuel consumption will be pointing me in other directions.
    I was thinking along the lines of a diesel VW Tiguan or Outback.

    Mark McNichol Posted on 20 January 2010 1:51pm
  • Paul, in a recent review of the 3.0 litre diesel version of the new Prado that you did for a newspaper, from memory, you said that at 90 kph the vehicle had “very little left for overtaking”. Imagine three hefty mates and a rear end full of camping gear, it would probably have nothing left for overtaking! Imagine if you were towing a camper trailer as well! To me this down right unsafe. If you are attempting to overtake,with the camper in tow you would need to have a clear run/vision for a good many kilometres. To me, this is an instance of the vehicle being overweight for the motor or the gearing being set for optimum fuel consumption. It reminds me of the days of the VW Combi. If you saw one overtaking coming towards you, you knew you had to hit the dirt or brake to allow it to complete its safe return to the correct side of the road. Too little power is as bad as too much!

    Old Dog of Adelaide Posted on 14 January 2010 10:34pm
  • i have a 2005 grande V6 and recently drove to WA from SA. down the south west and all around brilliant averaged 13.7 L/100 i believe the new model does not have as big a fuel tank and has electronic 4WD engagement bad move toyota my prado is just about to be kitted out with all the gear to tow a van terrific car

    paul of adelaide Posted on 13 January 2010 9:36pm
  • I bought my Prado grande 3 l Diesel 2008 model in april this year,i could not be happier any more The best car i ever had in fact help me quering my bad back,drove to Townswile and back belived or not 7.5 liters p 100km that is real good,also in the city i tested i drive around 1600 km and i never turn the engine of, as for the price also a very good deal so in all very happy customer,usualy change car every 10 years.

    Chris Kostadinov of Brisbane Posted on 07 January 2010 8:04pm
  • I bought a new 2007 model. Love it! Looked at the 2010 model and thought I could get a good deal on an upgrade. Wrong! Considering the 2010 is heavier, diesel lower performance, smaller fuel capacity and more $$, I’ll keep my 2007 and mod it, which was my original plan. (Cb, Snorkel, Rear draws, Suspension, A/T Tyres, blah, blah.

    Nigel Turton of vic Posted on 31 December 2009 12:04am
  • I have been giving very serious thought to upgrading my 2005 petrol VX, but the value equation with the new model doesn’t stack up. I drove the new diesel and it really is a bit ordinary. I also noticed that the leather seats in the new VX and Kakadu include some vinyl parts. It’s a bit cheap and nasty when the price is right up there with the Europeans.
    To conclude, I visited Toyota UK website and noticed that their Prado (Land cruiser) models have a neat looking lift up tailgate (no ugly tyre) that includes a hinged back window like the Kluger. I wonder why we don’t get this version.

    James of Sydney Posted on 20 December 2009 8:07pm
  • I’ve still got the first Prado 4 cylinder model with 2nd motor & hope to upgrade when its 15 year old. But please add the V8 4.5 litre turbo diesel & 3500kg braking for towing soon.

    Jesse of Helensburgh Posted on 17 December 2009 10:21am
  • Thank you Toyota!!
    You have just made my 2007 GXL Prado far more valuable. I’m hanging onto mine and will avoid the new Fugly.

    'Reddo of Newcastle Posted on 17 December 2009 7:18am
  • We had a previous Generation Prado VX with the Petrol Engine.  Fuel ecconomy of around 13L/100km when driven hard and it goes like a rocket.

    In the Prado I dont see any point in going diesel, that Petrol engine is an absolute Gem.

    Nathan of Brisbane Posted on 16 December 2009 6:54pm
  • Was looking forward to the 3 door but with the rubbish diesel engine theres not chance.  Hopefully Toyota will listen soon and provide a decent donk!  The landrover 4 looks to eb the go!

    Tim Newson of Perth Posted on 16 December 2009 4:51pm
  • Diesel engine is still a liability.  Styling worse than the outgoing model (same as the Landcruiser).  A pity because it was a formality that I’d upgrade to another Prado.  Now I need to seriously look at other contenders.

    Mark W of Adelaide Posted on 15 December 2009 11:46pm
  • I have had 4 Prado & 4 100 series Turbo Diesel units. I have hauled bogie axle 18.6 full size caravanes throughout Aust. I cannot fault the Toyota. Since retireing to the City I found the 100 L/C much too large to park etc. & have found the Prado an excellent unit. It is comfortable on long trips, fuel efficient & quite capable of hauling a 2.300t B/A C/Van. In my opionion, & as the new T.D Prado has less power, is heavier & costs more for what is little more than a facelift,I will seriously consider the new petrol unit,that is, if I stop with Toyota & if I change at all.

    Mark Pratt Posted on 13 December 2009 6:32pm
  • I’m very disappointed in the poor spec of the turbodiesel and think the extra weight is a poor outcome.  I retire soon and want to tow a small van & do not want the acreage & lard of the Landcruiser for only two of us.  Toyota this is a very poor outcome for an updated model in these times.  A decent diesel please & soon.

    Christo Posted on 11 December 2009 1:50pm
  • Can any one point out which is better for Middle East (Dubai)? Prado 2.7 - 4 Cylinder or 4.0 6 Cylinder (2010 Model). I want to know the differences related to the driving comforts. The 4.0 Ltr is AED 20K to 30K (Approx US$ 5500 to US$ 8200)costlier than 2.7 Ltr version.  Kindly advice me to take a right decision.

    VM Subair of Dubai Posted on 09 December 2009 7:13pm
  • What to buy, Discovery 4 or new Prado???? have a Discovery 3 diesel at the moment, wonderful car, but bad resale value!...We love travelling in Botawana, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique, and have done so very comfortably in the Discovery 3, ... to change or not?

    Jill Howitz Posted on 09 December 2009 1:35pm
  • currently own a Disocvery 3, and due to update, had a look at the new prado and was impressed with some of the bling, came to the following conclusions why I would not buy, the diesel motor is to under powered and will have to be updated in the next year or two, 3rd row seats to small and rear payload to small when compared to the D3,but most importantly Toyota have over priced by most likley 10-15%. I don’t really like the look of the D4 and will keep the D3 a bit longer, and take the family on a nice overseas holiday with the money i won’t spend on a new car.

    tgl of qld Posted on 04 December 2009 10:28pm
  • I purchased a new 1996 prado grande and traded it on a new 2003 prado grande which I still drive. I will nor upgrade to the new model, price too high while the aussie dollar has improved so much. A new 3.6 subaru outback is on the horizon.

    Rossco Maher of Tweed Heads Posted on 03 December 2009 10:06pm
  • Come on Toyota, you should price this vehicle a little better, cut down the models (5 door range), give the GX vinyl floor and optional traction aids for fleet buyers and make the Kakadu look different or flasher to the other models

    Bren Posted on 29 November 2009 2:17pm
  • I sprayed my vegetarian meatlovers pizza over my keyboard when I saw the new prado

    Ben Dover of Mars Posted on 28 November 2009 11:25pm
  • Whoa!  Just looked at the Discovery - and people say the Prado is ugly???

    Ferret Posted on 28 November 2009 2:59am
  • It’s time Toyota gave us the diesel engine we deserve in the Prado, the 4.5 Litre V8 diesel as appears in the Landcruiser 200. Without this I will be buying a new Discovery 4 twin turbo diesel.

    Tony current Prado driver Posted on 25 November 2009 7:47pm
  • is it just me or is this car BUTT UGLY!!! all the current toyota 4x4’s are ugly looking they look way to asian for my liking

    Mark K Posted on 24 November 2009 6:57pm
  • Brilliant vehicle on road (Neil of Newcastle). I sprayed my gluten free muesli all over the keyboard when I read that one.

    Howard Posted on 24 November 2009 4:23pm
  • It’s 200+kg heavier then the previous model, what the hell is Toyota thinking? Despite what the marketing blurb says, this will equate to bigger fuel consumption, tyre wear, suspension wear, and poor handling in corners.

    Jeff Walker of brisbane Posted on 24 November 2009 8:45am
  • Was driving the old model and turbodiesel was not coping well. Will be even worse with extra weight in new model. Would really expect V6 turbodiesel in new model.

    Peter Bevc Posted on 23 November 2009 10:42pm
  • Prado’s have always been a brilliant vehicle on and off road, but I’m thinking they are pricing themselves away from the average family? Don’t car manufacturers realise interest rates are going back up. Ah well, I guess the 2010 model will be a used car by 2011.

    Neil Davies of Newcastle Posted on 23 November 2009 2:22pm
  • Other than “more plush”, there is no indication of what it is like to drive on the road, which for 95% of drivers is where the vast majority of kilometres will be done. Steering, handling, braking anyone?  Not good enough for a review from Cars Guide.

    Michael Noonan of Summer Hill Posted on 23 November 2009 1:01pm
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