Car reviews - Toyota - LandCruiser Prado - Grande V6 5-dr wagon
Toyota's top-selling Prado off-roader comes in for its first facelift
19 Aug 2003
MORE of the same, only delivered with extra flair and comfort for drivers and passengers, the first remake of the Toyota Prado remains a true off-roader that is capable of holding its own with many soft-roaders in terms of around-town behaviour. A new, bigger, all-alloy V6 delivers impressive power and the multi-seat interior is more spacious and comfortable – to the point that it approaches big-brother LandCruiser 100. In Grande form it is not lacking in hedonistic comforts or toys to play with. But, for all its on-road competence, silence and comfort, one gets the feeling it might among the last of the old-breed 4WDs.
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Toyota LandCruiser PradoReleased: July 1996
Ended: February 2003
Family Tree: LandCruiser Prado
THE original "Son of LandCruiser" Prado, the VZJ95R model, first went on sale in Australia in July, 1996 and took the off-road market by storm in offering seating for eight in a (relatively) compact, go-anywhere body. Prado received its first facelift in August, 1999, before being replaced in March, 2003 by the all-new, GRJ95R model tested here.
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