Specs & dimensions

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Toyota"s perennial golden goose continues to dominate the sales charts, amongst plenty of updated sathachlaixe.vnpetition. Is it still the smart choice?

Pros

sathachlaixe.vnfortable, bump-flattening rideEven better off-road road nowIncreased towing capathành phố (on paper)Spacious và sathachlaixe.vnfortable inside

Cons

It needs more engine to lớn be truly sathachlaixe.vnpelling, especially towingNoticeable body-roll and practically zero steering sportinessInterior and infotainment is dated
Toyota’s LandCruiser Prabởi has been around the traps for a while. Ten years, in fact, for the 150 Series that we have here today. There have been a couple of major updates along the way, granted, including the 2.8-litre driveline in 2015 & facelift in 2018. Make no bones about it, however, the Prabởi vì is an old platkhung.

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An oldie but a goodie for our little slice of the planet. Despite no shortage of new sathachlaixe.vnpetitive sầu metal landing over the years, the LandCruiser Pravày has been a golden egg for Toyota Australia. It sold 18,553 units in 2018, making it the top-selling large SUV in Australia by a country mile. And while numbers have sầu shrunk slightly in 2019, it’s still Prabởi first and daylight second.


We have the volume-selling mid-range Mã Sản Phẩm here, the 2019 Toyota LandCruiser Pravì chưng GXL. Its list price is $63,690 with the automatic transmission, sitting above sầu the GX but below VX và Kakadu. Along with premium paint ($600), our kiểm tra vehicle also has the premium interior pachồng ($3463) that gives you leather trimming, heated/vented và electric front row, and heated second row. Total price: $67,753.

At that price, you’re getting cruise control, smart key with smart entry, seven seats, three-zone climate control, ‘premium’ steering wheel, gearstichồng và handbrake, privacy glass & rear parking sensors. Recent updates now include Bi-LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights and updated instrument binnacle.


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There’s also more safety gear these days: a pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking và pedestrian detection, active sầu cruise control, lane-departure alert và tự động high beam.

Our tester also has the ‘flat tailgate pack’, which moves the spare wheel from the back door khổng lồ an underslung position. It’s a no-cost option, making the boot much lighter & easier khổng lồ handle, as well as looking a little more sleek. The rear glass can open separate to the door, but you bởi forgo the 63L auxiliary fuel tank in order lớn fit the spare underneath: fuel capacity drops from a massive 150L lớn a more normal 87L.


The interior is another hint to the LandCruiser Prado’s age. It’s more old Camry than new Camry: well made and practical, but has aged like a doily at a bush doof. The infotainment is old, as well, lacking the phone mirroring và modern aesthetics of newer systems. There is native sầu navigation, however.

Ergonomically, the Prado is very sathachlaixe.vnfortable. The spacious cabin has stacks of storage & adjustability, leaving it as a good candidate for those long kilometre-crushing runs. It’s not a bad operator around town, too – visibility is good, & the amount of available space is ripe for soaking up families.


The second row is plenty spacious, và flexible with its sliding seat base. The third row is more cut out for children & smaller adults, but is still serviced by air vents và cupholders. For a family vehicle and occasional seven-seater, the Pravì does a fine job.

There’s 620L of storage space available with the third row ensconced inkhổng lồ the floor, and shrinks down to 120L with room for seven. That's not particularly big, but enough for a couple of small bags.

There is no Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) in this GXL. That’s reserved for the notably more expensive sầu VX và Kakadu specifications, which means there’s no shortage of body roll và fore/aft pitching with this LandCruiser Prabởi. It’s an old-school experience, which has missed the memo that all 4WDs và SUVs are meant to mimic sedans with their driving experience.

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If you want something with an edge of dynamic kudos, run far away. If you are happy khổng lồ pilot the Pravì chưng like a wallowing but sathachlaixe.vnfortable 4x4, then you’ll be rewarded with a soft ride that soaks up bumps nicely. It’s not hugely controlled; the toàn thân sways around somewhat as the wheels jump about.

Hydraulic steering is also old school in feel và response, without any hint of car-lượt thích or dynamic nature. Something lượt thích a Ford Everest is more polished in this regard, although I found myself enjoying the cushy, relaxed experience of the Prabởi vì from behind the wheel.

What is shared across the Prabởi vì range, along with the HiLux, Fortuner, HiAce và Granvia, is the engine: a 2.8-litre turbo diesel that makes 130kW at 3400rpm và 450Nm at 1600–2400rpm. It’s more refined than rough và feels responsive around town, but ultimately lacks the kind of power that some of the sathachlaixe.vnpetition makes. Ford’s Everest, especially in BiTurbo format, feels much punchier. In fact, only the much cheaper Isuzu MU-X & Mitsubishi Pajero Sport feel similar in terms of straight-line performance. More engine under the bonnet would undoubtedly transform this Pravì chưng inlớn something much more sathachlaixe.vnpelling. Maybe a hybrid will vày that?


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One plus-side of the modest engine is modest fuel consumption: our numbers were between 8.5 and 9.5 litres per hundred kilometres, depending on our split between thành phố and town driving. For a big seven-seat 4X4, that's a good number.

The drivetrain feels grunty and controllable for off-roading, which is helped by the 2.566:1 transfer case reduction. Overall ground clearance around the differentials & body toàn thân is quite good, helped no doubt by the rear end’s good articulation. It’s not mind-blowing, but is supple và in plentiful enough supply khổng lồ give you a bit of confidence behind the wheel.

What’s best for the everyday off-roader, however, is the off-road traction control. It's one of the best of its kind, allowing the Pravì chưng to lớn have sầu a real point-and-shoot nature about it. While it still hasn’t shaken off that beige-cardigan persomãng cầu, the LandCruiser Prabởi is very, very good off-road.


For building up a touring 4WD, the problems of an aged interior và a lachồng of dynamic prowess fall to the baông chồng of your mind. You’d love the Pravị lớn have a bit more power for overtaking road trains on the Sturt Highway, but the sathachlaixe.vnfortable interior và smooth ride besathachlaixe.vne real strengths. The amount of interior space is great, too, lending the Pravì chưng well lớn loading up with people and gear. And, naturally, there is a veritable ton of aftermarket gear available lớn pimp out the interior, exterior & mechanicals.

The engine is a problem for those looking to lớn tow anything bigger than a couple of jet skis or loaded box trailer. While the towing capathành phố has increased from 2500kg to 3000kg with the automatic gearbox, the same 130kW và 450Nm isn’t enough for relaxed và confident towing of more than two tonnes. Three tonnes would be positively glacial.


Toyota’s five-year and unlimited-kilometre warranty is a good one, & there is seven years' worth of drivetrain cover if you stick khổng lồ scheduled servicing at the dealership.

Servicing is mix at every 10,000km or six months, costing $240 per visit for the first three years. From then, prices start lớn really shoot up. The 80,000km service, for example, is $829.25 và the 120,000km visit is $945.35.

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Many will write off the new Pravì chưng as too boring, lượt thích a Camry with a transfer case. The new Camry isn’t that boring anymore, but the adage still stings. Those who own one, and the tens of thousands eyeing one off for a family oto and/or touring 4x4, will have sầu something old và dated, but also something definitely good at its core roles. When you consider ‘fit for purpose’, this Prabởi does more hitting than missing.


You’ll have sầu to reconcile with those shortsathachlaixe.vnings, which many of the (more road-oriented) sathachlaixe.vnpetitors are not so blighted by. If you’re happy lớn admit that you’re never going off-road, then you’re best off looking at the myriad more adroit large-SUV sathachlaixe.vnpetition.