The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021
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26 MOTORING NTNE01Z01MO - V1 VALUE The Prado is a value-driven entry point to Toyotas LandCruiser family. Making do with HiLux power rather than the big V8 engine of the full-size LandCruiser 200 Series, its a more affordable ticket to off-road adventures. The Prado range starts at about $65,000 drive-away for the entry-level GX and runs to about $94,000 drive-away for the rangetopping Kakadu, making it nearly $30,000 cheaper than the larger LandCruiser 200. The mid-range VX tested here costs about $83,000 drive-away. Running changes to the Prado brought a more powerful engine, bigger touchscreen and extra driver aids in August 2020. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality make the Prado a relatively modern proposition. The Prado is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. Capped price servicing costs $240 per visit for the first three years or six services. COMFORT Though it shares mechanical elements with the work-ready HiLux, the Prado is a much more comfortable proposition. Its quieter on the road, with a smooth ride thats biased towards comfort over load-carrying ability. High-grade models are well equipped with electrically-controlled, heated and cooled leather seats. Three-zone climate control is also good to have it even chills the enormous centre console enough to keep drinks cool. A 14speaker JBL hi-fi system drowns out the are we there yet chorus from the back seats. Less impressive is the Prados side-hinged tailgate and spare tyre, a heavy unit that requires a lot of space around the car. A no-cost-option flat tailgate, which relocates the spare wheel under the car, makes life a touch easier but it takes the place of a The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has sophisticated air suspension, a smarter transmission and more powerful V6 diesel engine. LAND ROVER DEFENDER, FROM ABOUT $85,000 DRIVE-AWAY A better drive than the Prado in town or the wilderness, the new Defender has design flair Toyota cant hope to match. Its expensive, though. VERDICT Toyotas Prado is a winner and one of the most popular cars in Australia. Few machines match its combination of value and rugged ability, though the current version is showing its age. second fuel tank that stretches the Prados diesel capacity from 87 to 150 litres. That reduces the cruising range from 2000 kilometres to about 1200 km. SAFETY The Prado has seven airbags and a five-star safety rating from 2011. It has the basics covered with auto emergency braking, active cruise control and lane keeping assistance, but misses out on tech such as reverse auto braking or passenger exit assistance found in more modern rivals. DRIVING The Prado balances off-road ability with everyday comfort. Unlike most high-riding wagons, its genuinely capable off-road, able to take you places off-limits to road-focused models such as the Toyota Kluger. The trade-off is that the Prados rugged underpinnings make it feel heavy and a little unwieldy in town. It lacks the agility of more bitumen-focused models in town, but thats a trade-off thousands of customers are willing to make. Toyotas upgraded 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine is quieter than expected, and punchier 150kW and 500Nm outputs translate to less laboured performance than pre-2020 models. The six-speed auto is a smooth unit and the Toyota has strong brakes, but all-terrain tyres call for caution on wet tarmac. ALTERNATIVES FORD EVEREST TITANIUM, FROM $72,690 DRIVE-AWAY Based on the well-regarded Ranger ute, the Everest is a big truck with impressive driving manners on dirt and tarmac. It makes more sense at lower price points. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRAILHAWK, FROM ABOUT $81,000 DRIVE-AWAY S H O R T C U T ADVENTURE MACHINE About $83,000 drive-away AT A GLANCE 5 years/ unlimited km, $1440 for 3 years 2.8-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 150kW and 500Nm 7.9L/100km Full-size spare 553 litres TOYOTA PRADO VX Its getting a little long in the tooth but Toyotas rugged SUV wont let you down DAVID MCCOWEN Five stars, seven airbags, auto emergency braking, active cruise control, lane keeping assistance. hhhkj [ ] Ill