by Matt Brogan

Toyota’s new Prado, due to go on sale later this month, is being claimed as a “tougher, yet more refined” vehicle than the one it replaces.

The new Prado is also said to be more capable in all driving conditions while also being more comfortable, thanks to the addition of new premium features.

With state-of-the-art driver-assist technologies, new Prado will for the first time in Australia be offered in both three- and five-door configuration.

Fuel economy has been significantly improved in most models with Prado’s 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine now featuring dual VVT-i, which has helped boost its maximum power at least 10 per cent to more than 200kW.

The 3.0-litre direct-injection turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine gains new injectors and improved cooling efficiency from a front-mounted intercooler. The diesel engine will offer more than 400Nm of torque from just 1200rpm.

Both engines can be matched to six-speed manual or five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmissions.

All new Prado models will have seven airbags, ESC with Traction Control, as well as ABS with EBA and EBD. Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) is newly available and incorporates multi-terrain ABS.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC) maintains vehicle speed to ensure vehicle stability when descending slopes, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) minimises vehicle roll-back when the vehicle starts to ascend a steep incline or slippery surface.

Toyota’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system with Roll Posture Control lets the driver tune the ride characteristics with a choice of three damper settings.

An electronically controlled rear air suspension system provides an auto-levelling function and switchable height control.

Pricing and full specification details will be released closer to the launch.




  • Mitch

    I’ve already seen a handful of these on the roads.

  • Jimmy James

    Did you poke your eyes out Mitch?

  • TM

    Another winner from Toyota.

  • Simon

    Still going to take a while to warm to the new looks.
    I think the take up of bull bars is going to be the highest rate ever for a Prado!

  • Simon

    That chocolate brown colour is just awful!

  • Baddass

    I don’t think this will ever grow on me.

  • Mark G

    A 4.0L V6 in a 2200 kg vehicle is just only adequate, really. It would be better to have the 4.7L V8 as the standard petrol engine. Another option would be to have the 5.7L V8 (from the LX570) as an optional extra (perhaps being standard on the top of the line Grande). This also applies to the 200 series LandCruiser. When the 100 series was launched it had a 4.5L straight-six on base models, and a 4.7L V8 on the range topper. The new model should have a 4.7L V8 on base, and 5.7L V8 on the upper specs.

  • Chris

    I wonder how well the new model will address chasis and sloppy on-road handling traits found in the outgoing model. From all the forums/reviews I read about the 200 Series, alot of the bad handling front end traits were carried over. Given the separate chasis design, any improvements will no doubt be minimal.

  • swampdawg

    The ugliest prado ever.

  • Allen

    I hope it’s more reliable than the current model. I’ve been held up twicw in the last two days by broben down Prados.
    Toyotas reliability bubble burst, goo everywhere. Backs up my own unfortunate experiences with 3 of the bluddy thngs.

    • Tomas79

      Judging from stupid posts on other articles,You are just the usuals troll posting anti-toyota garbage!! I bet you don’t even own a prado, you tool!!

      • Settle down

        Tomas not out to make friends are you?

      • Skodaman

        Tomas79, I haven’t seen any stupid posts from “Allen”, the only stupid posts seem to come from you.

        And if you could actually read I’m pretty sure the statement was
        “Toyotas ……. Backs up my own unfortunate experiences with 3 of the bluddy thngs”.
        No mention of owning a Prado there! You seem to have problems with facts and the truth sometimes Tomas79. Unfortunately you never have any problem with abusing people. Can Car Advice ban people who are contunially abusive?

        • Car Fanatic

          I’m surprised he owned three if the first two were unreliable, says alot about Allen if he keeps getting his fingers burned.

          • Allen

            Says more about you that you can’t comprehend what people are saying, and feel the need to reply with insults instead of contributing anything worthwhile.

            If you must know, mine and the wifes were concurrent – maybe I should have dumped my Camry after the engine failed in her Corolla. The inlaws V6 camry egine failure was a couple of years later.

            Toyota reliability is a myth in my personal experience.

          • http://caradvice.com.au Peter

            That’s surprising. I’ve had two prados over the years and they’ve been both bullet proof.

          • Skoda man

            Perhaps Toyota trading on past reputations is coming home to roost, as the current model Prado has had some reliability issues.

          • Stephen

            Skodama, what reliability issues do you post about? I have had a 120 series for 6 years. She has been up the Cape, across the Simpson and through the Strez. Not to mention a cast of other places reached by bitumen. The only problem I have experienced is getting my Coopers to last beyond 80,000. I would dearly love to buy a new one but my wife says I can’t until I break the one I have… and that will never happen.

      • Wheelnut

        Tomas – you of all people should know that you don;t have to own or have owned a particular make/model of car to have an opinion on it.

        Look at the countless negative comments you have made on this site about a range of cars – cars which you yourself have said that you have never or would own let alone driven.

        • Tomas79

          Such as?? Ive driven falcon, and commodores, and had 2 company falcons!!

      • Wheelnut

        Then there are the times when you feel as if you have enough experience and knowledge to argue the findings of respected international journalists who have driven more cars than you [or I] have or are ever likely to.

        Just because it goes against your prejudiced views and could upset the status quo in your little world.

        • SteveH

          Pot calling the kettle black if ever there was hey Wheelnut?

          • Wheelnut

            Difference is Tomas likes to pass off his comments as Fact – yet hardly ever provides the facts to back up his claims which makes them nothing more than his opinion just like everyone else

            He always DEMANDS people provide facts to back up their statements but very rarely does so himself..

            When they do he often chooses to ignore it.. saying that the website/magazine they referred to lacks credibility – but should he happen to find an article on the same website or magazine which supports his case its credibility is somehow restored.

          • SteveH

            Once again Wheelnut, have seen plenty of your rants based on fudged figures and passing off your opinions as fact.

          • Tomas79

            Too Right StevenH,
            Looks like i joined Wheelnut obsessive list, along with toyota, and lexus…

            Wheelnut, thats a pretty generic template you go there…
            You can put anyones name into that, especially your own!!

  • http://CARADVICE.COM.AU Shackleford

    Well done Allen,
    I agree our 07 GXL 120 WAS way overpriced, underperforming and frustratingly unreliable i expected more from a 50k plus wagon with such a reputation, Shame! Toyota Shame! never again shall i set foot in a Toyota dealership……….

    • prado rules!

      A prado unreliable and underperforming WHAT LOAD OF CRAP! where the hell do you get it serviced? oh maybe you dont! every new model prado is sold before they even get off the boats, another huge seller for toyota and the best mid size suv on the market!

      • Thommo

        As long as your standards are low enough to accept the fuel guzzling, boat like handling excessively heavy truck then OK. Others have a right to their opinion, and there are MANY better mid-sized SUVs on the market, just depends on you own personal standards.

        Now if your no one criteria was the Toyota badge on the front, then agreed their is nothing better on the market. If, however you have an open mind then you will find plenty better SUVs for most people.

        • Simon

          Thommo, while I respect your opinion, and I’m not a Toyota fan, I find that statement hard to agree with. Can you please tell me which mid-size SUVs you think are better than the Prado and why?
          I think the Prado is expensive and not keen on the new model’s looks, but it is hard to beat in terms of it’s off road ability. No doubt there are a few lemon Prado’s kicking about but by and large their owners swear by their reliability and solid build.
          Obviously some people would never buy one and I understand that, but for what it is, it is pretty decent.
          The new diesel is tipped to consume under 9L/100ks.
          Considering the vehicle mass it’s reasonable.
          Regarding “plenty better SUVs for most people”, most people that buy an SUV will buy a softroader which is smaller than the Prado. I don’t believe it is a fair comparison. The class the Prado is in includes the Pajero and Patrol. These vehicles are serious offroaders, not play in sand pretenders.

          • Thommo

            Actually Simon there are a lot more than those three in the Mid-size SUV class (note that ther is NO such thing as a 4WD class, even the LandRovers and ‘Cruisers are classed as Large SUVs).

            “Better” depends on your personal needs/wants:
            Kluger fails, take the Prado (I hinted at that before).
            Handling and everyday driveability; Territory, Freelander 3, Outlander (?), Outback to name a few. Some can “tow” others can’t.
            Durability and reliability, in everyday suburban use like 99% of them, the Prado is no more reliable than anything else, and I’ve seen relatively young Prados with quite serious mechanical failures (just like some of the others too).

            Personally, If I was in this market, I would opt for the Freelander 3, or a Territory with aftermarket LPG for a budget option.

            Plesant chatting Simon.

          • Tomas79

            Don’t worry about it Simon, I suspect thommo is just the regular site troll, using another identety to push her anti-toyota bias…

            Thommo says:

            Actually Simon there are a lot more than those three in the Mid-size SUV class (note that ther is NO such thing as a 4WD class, even the LandRovers and ‘Cruisers are classed as Large SUVs).”

            Funny, last time i checked, Overlander Magazine listed a few groups of 4wd types, and listed a few under each group.
            The groups were; Cross-overs, Soft-roaders, Light Duty, and true offroader!

            Thommo says:”Prado is no more reliable than anything else, and I’ve seen relatively young Prados with quite serious mechanical failures (just like some of the others too).”

            Actually Prado’s are renowned for their Reliability. Much Better then their Clossest competitor, The Pajero.
            Thats why Prado has one of the Best Residules in the 4wd market!!

            Thommo says:”Personally, If I was in this market, I would opt for the Freelander 3, or a Territory with aftermarket LPG for a budget option”

            Obviously if your after a softroader, a Prado isn’t for you!

          • Thommo

            Tomas79, why did you feel the need to but into a pleasant discussion on which you clearly have no idea, yet are willing to just dump abuse yet again.
            No I am NOT the person you have alluded to. You’re a trollop tomas.

            Who gives a rats about what classes a hardcore magazine wants to invent?

            The discussion is about medium SUVs, as classified by VFACTS. And my comments stand true.

            And finally I’m not too sure, but I would think that a Freelander 3 would pretty much match a Prado in almost any off-road situation, it can tow plenty, and is 100% better car on-road. Bottom line, Freelander 3 is a far better thing than Prado in the mid SUV class.

          • Simon

            I agree there are others in this category. I don’t think Territory or Kluger are. They are just not serious off-roaders. Towing capacity is one thing, where you can tow with that capacity is another altogether.
            Reliability will always be a debateable issue. I’ve no doubt there have been catastophic failures of Prados. But they would be exceptions. The Landrovers used to have a terrible reputation for reliability and I have heard they have improved a lot. But this doesn’t mean they no longer fail either. So I think we agree that reliability is pretty good in general terms for both Prado and Landrover.
            I’m glad you aren’t a one-eyed Prado lover, there are enough of them already. I do think for what it is and what it can do it is a good vehicle and lots of SUVs simply aren’t in the same category.

          • Simon

            For the record I do realise there are more options in the medium “SUV” 4×4 segment. I just made mention of the 3 most common.

          • Thommo

            Thanks for your thoughts Simon.
            The original BS claim by Mr “prado rules!” was that Prado was the “best mid size suv on the market”.

            Clearly, as I first said, that would depend on you criteria, and for most private buyers in this segment, that are many better SUVs.
            The mid size SUV segment is very diverse, and yes it does include the crossovers such as Teritory and Kluger.

            I don’t actually dislike the Prado at all, but since I actually prefer handling and everyday liveability over outright 4wd ability, I will probably never own one. Unfortunaltely Kluger loses the offraod ability but reatains the poor handling traits (and is somewhat polaring in styling).

            So there it is “for most people there ARE better mid size SUVs than Toyota Prado”

            BTW Prado is the biggest seller in the segment, but most are fleet and many are companies downsizing from the bigger ‘Cruiser. In the environment some of them are used, Prado shines, but as a suburban family truck, they’re not that good.

          • Tomas79

            Thommo says:”
            Who gives a rats about what classes a hardcore magazine wants to invent?
            The discussion is about medium SUVs, as classified by VFACTS. And my comments stand true.”

            Overland Australia is not a hardcore magazine, it is a magazine for 4wd community/enthusiasts. As such it’s grouping is more relevant then the automobile sales statistics report (VFACTS)!!

            FYI, the landcruiser Prado won this year’s best Diesel Medium 4wd Wagon, and best Petrol Medium size 4wd wagon categories in Overlander Australia!

            Thommo says:”The discussion is about medium SUVs, as classified by VFACTS”

            You only brought up VFACTS in your last comment (Why???), while i’m referring to the general 4wd grouping system, as supported by overlander magazine!!

            By the way SUV means a lot of different things to different people, so lets not try argue about it’s actual meaning!!

            Thommo says:”And finally I’m not too sure, but I would think that a Freelander 3 would pretty much match a Prado in almost any off-road situation, it can tow plenty, and is 100% better car on-road. Bottom line, Freelander 3 is a far better thing than Prado in the mid SUV class.”

            Well you’d be clearly wrong in thinking that, obviously freelander is a soft-roader, it has no low range, smaller wheel articulation. It also has a fuel tank less then half the size of the Prado’s, giving it a less then half the range then a prado, it also has a smaller payload, and towing capacity. Not to mention it only a seats 5 people!!

          • Thommo

            Tomas, when people talk about cars as a particular class they mean as classified by the official system of VFACTS not some obscure system invented by some random magazine.
            As such every single one of your useless statements hold no credability and my comments still stand, since that was the context in which they were made.
            You can’t keep changeing the rules as you go because you lose under the real rules.

            BTW “hardcore” is something that caters for a specific enthusiast group, ie “Overland Australia … it is a magazine for 4wd community/enthusiasts” Talk about grasping at straws to try to invent yourself out of an uninformed hole you’ve dug for yourself.

          • Tomas79

            Thommo says:”when people talk about cars as a particular class they mean as classified by the official system of VFACTS not some obscure system invented by some random magazine.”

            Mate, that is pretty stupid thing your saying!! Your not wheelnut by any chance?? Because only he would say something stupid as that, and is absolutely clueless when it comes to 4wds!
            The magazines uses the same grouping convention, normal people use. It is grouped according to physical/utilitarian attributes!! Vfacts only cares about sales figures, not the physical/utilitarian properties of the vehicles, as their buyers do!! Equivalent VFACT reports in other countries use different grouping to VFACTs, this is because once again, they care about sales statistics, not grouping of vehicles according to physical/utilitarian properties!!

            Thommo says:”BTW “hardcore” is something that caters for a specific enthusiast group, ie “Overland Australia … it is a magazine for 4wd community/enthusiasts” Talk about grasping at straws to try to invent yourself out of an uninformed hole you’ve dug for yourself.”

            Mate seriously, you are the one coming across as completely uniformed.
            Do you even own a 4wd?? Because i doubt a genuine owner would dribble so much crap?!!
            Actually “Hardcore” refers to 4wd owners that heavily modify their vehicles for special competitions and or purposes. Most hardcore 4wd aren’t road legal in Australia!! Overlander magazine, just caters for the normal 4wd enthusiats/community. ie The everyday 4wd buyers!!
            Sure a lot of Hardcore 4wd enthusiasts purchase the mag too, but they aren’t the target market!!
            Hardcore 4wd enthusiast ussually go for australian 4wd action, And australian 4wd Action Customs!!

            No wonder you are into softroaders, you probably get most of your information from tv ads!! No wonder you seem to think there is no difference between softroaders, and true offroaders!!

  • Wheelnut

    Tom-assumes says:By the way SUV means a lot of different things to different people….”

    Thats true Some people may regard the Freelander or Kluger as a SUV but would call the Prado or Pajero etc a 4×4… or they may group them together
    based on size price features seating capacity etc…

    But yet again because someone’s opinion as to whether or not a car is an SUV or a 4×4 etc is different to yours; you feel as though you have the god given right to set them straight; to make them see the error of their ways.. and to start seeing “The world according to Tomas” .

    Which you’re unlikely to do when you reply with insults and personal atttacks and insults etc.

    • Tomas79

      Wheelnut,
      Please try to comprehend the comments first, before you wonder off into your ussual stupid rant!

      It was Thommo who said”note that ther is NO such thing as a 4WD class, even the LandRovers and ‘Cruisers are classed as Large SUVs”!!
      In other words, he saying there is no difference between softroaders, and offroaders (normal 4wds)!!

  • reliable cruiser

    have 1995 cruiser 80 series . done 350,000 km since new. changed starter once. water pump once. alternator once. batteries about 4 times ? 5 times. tyres last about 70K to 80k . aircon replaced once. just replaced rotors and callipers on all 4 wheels at 350K for first time. Prior to this just replaced discs and odd wheel bearing ( at routine services ). Manual still original clutch !!! . still original gearbox. drives like new one solid feel .no rattles . right rear door remote lock does not work .Has to be locked and unlocked manually. Thinking about upgrading to a PRADO in next few days 2010 diesel. Should I go petrol or diesel ?. Should I choose another “suv” .? Value your opinions .

  • Sean

    I have owned two prados long weel base one the v6 3.4 litre 5 speed manaul and i had alot clutch problems and it had 5 clutches fitted the last one didn’t slip at all and with the other clutches in it you could see the gear shifter move left to right the same with the clutch pedel if you put the foot just touching the side i wouldn’t get another petrol v6 manaul again but i would get a diesel manaul anyday. I profer the turbo diesel automatic and never had a problem with it and kept up with the service. But driving a manaul diesel to a petrol manaul the diesel is easer to drive and there great if anyone has a learner driver in the family it would be better being a 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine for them to be able to drive. But i’m looking at the 3 door prado short wheel base wich has a 3000 kg towing compasity with a diesel automatic and my first 4wd was a 3 door patrol with a petrol 4.2 litre motor and if nissan bring back the 3 door patrol i would think about it and all vechelles i have had has only been 4wds and also nissan should bring out a 3 door pathfinder that would bring the prices down and the 3 door prado is about $10,000 cheaper then the 5 door prado but only has one fuel tank and only comes in diesel only unless they bring out a v6 version