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Toyota LandCruiser Prado soldiers on with successful cosmetic, tech, towing upgrades

19 Jan 2018

TOYOTA’S 150 Series LandCruiser Prado has been around since 2009 and the latest version tested here represents the biggest cosmetic makeover since 2013, while an all-new engine and transmission combo arrived in 2015 to address Euro 5 emissions requirements.

Despite its age and relatively high price, the Prado’s reputation as a tough, reliable, go-anywhere Swiss Army knife on wheels has helped maintain its position as Australia’s best-selling large SUV with a dominating 13.8 per cent market share in 2017 and sales that grew by 8.5 per cent in a segment that was down 2.0 per cent during the year.

Arguably the best-looking Prado yet inside and out, this latest update finally receives a segment-competitive 3000kg towing capacity along with price cuts and equipment upgrades across the board – including the democratisation of active safety tech for lower-grade variants.

We tested the second-from-top VX that has benefited from a number of trickle-down treats from the flagship Kakadu, resulting in a luxurious off-roader with none of the complex suspension and electronic driveline adjustments that can be perceived as more stuff to go wrong when travelling in remote locations.


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Model release date: 1 November 2017

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