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Toyota Prado 2018 Kakadu review: snapshot

The flagship variant in the Toyota Prado 2018 model range is the Kakadu, which is auto only.
EXPERT RATING
7.5
The flagship variant in the Toyota Prado 2018 model range is the Kakadu, which is auto only. It has a list price of $84,490 plus on-road costs, representing a drop of $1121 compared with the model it succeeds.  The Kakadu is the only model in the range with Toyota’s 'Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System' (KDSS) – a

The flagship variant in the Toyota Prado 2018 model range is the Kakadu, which is auto only. It has a list price of $84,490 plus on-road costs, representing a drop of $1121 compared with the model it succeeds. 

The Kakadu is the only model in the range with Toyota’s 'Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System' (KDSS) – a high-tech set-up that reacts to forces felt by the suspension that can modulate or disable the anti-roll bars. 

Further additions to the Kakadu include 'Crawl Control' (Toyota’s advanced traction system that monitors slippage at each wheel and works to ensure optimal traction), 'Multi-Terrain Select' (with rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock, mud & sand settings), a new drive mode select system that changes the settings of the drivetrain, chassis and air-conditioning (with Comfort, Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings). 

Other additions for this spec include a sunroof, woodgrain trim, power folding third-row seats, and a Blu-ray entertainment screen with three wireless headsets. That’s over and above the comprehensive list of gear in the models below, including Bi-LED headlights and daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic / surround-view camera monitor with low-speed forward view setting, ventilated front seats, heated seats front and rear, a cool box between the front seats and LED fog lamps. It also sports leather seat trim, and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.

And if you spend this much you also secure more safety equipment: blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. That’s over and above what you get in the models below: lane departure warning, a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, auto high-beam lights, and automatic cruise control.

The Kakadu is automatic only, powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque. It has permanent four-wheel-drive, with 4H and 4L drive modes. Fuel use is rated at 8.0L/100km.

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$55,990
Based on 229 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$36,990
Highest Price
$79,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
GX (4X4) 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $40,900 – 52,360 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2018 GX (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GX 7 Seat (4X4) 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $44,900 – 56,760 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2018 GX 7 Seat (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GXL (4X4) 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $45,600 – 57,640 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2018 GXL (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GXL (prem Int) (4X4) 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $46,400 – 58,630 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2018 GXL (prem Int) (4X4) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Matt Campbell
Senior Editor

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