Used Toyota Prado buying guide
The Toyota Prado is known for being a capable off-road vehicle, and an Aussie family-favourite too. The five or seven-seater 4x4 SUV has the muscle to tackle the toughest trails, and is roomy and practical enough for busy family life as well. The Prado’s economical diesel engine and ample standard equipment makes it a fantastic choice over competitors like the Nissan Patrol or Ford Everest. Like all Toyota cars, it’s affordable and packed full of value. If you’re buying a used Toyota Prado, you can expect nothing less of that.
At a glance
What features do Toyota Prado cars have?
There’s four common variants when you’re buying a used Toyota Prado: the GX, GXL, VX, and Kakadu. Let’s take a look at some highlights.
Landcruiser Prado GX
The GX comes standard with a 2.8L turbo diesel engine, and 6-speed auto (8.0L/100km) or manual transmission (7.9L/100km), also delivering a 3,000 kg braked towing capacity. It is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, five or seven seat options, keyless entry and start, tonneau cover, satellite navigation, bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera, Toyota Safety Sense+, vehicle stability, and active traction control. There’s plenty of features to satisfy many, with comfortable seats inside a very roomy and well-designed cabin. You get all the 4WD essentials, and it offers a quiet and smooth ride on daily drives as well.
Landcruiser Prado GXL
Next comes the seven-seater GXL, with more features like 3-zone climate control, roof rails and side steps, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, and rear differential lock (auto only). You can also opt for the leather accented pack, to add a touch of luxury with heated and ventilated seats. The locking central and rear differentials combined with traction control offers excellent off-road control, which is great news for beginner off-roaders.
Landcruiser Prado VX
The VX is auto only and has 18-inch wheels, and adds features like auto-levelling headlamps, rain sensing wipers, leather accented heated seats, a cool box, BackGuide monitor, panoramic and multi-terrain monitor, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The safety tech on the VX provides convenience and added support for urban drives, perfect for daily commutes.
Landcruiser Prado Kakadu
Along with everything on the VX, the Kakadu includes features like kinetic dynamic suspension, multi-terrain select system, crawl control, drive mode select, a moonroof, power fold down third row seats, blu-ray rear seat entertainment system with wireless headsets. The 4WD driver assist systems and entertainment features make the Kakadu a solid all-rounder for school runs and outdoor family trips.
Is a used Toyota Prado a good family car?
There’s a reason why the Prado is so popular with Aussie families, often choosing it over other SUVs like the Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9, and it’s because of how versatile it is as a daily commuter and an outback adventurer. Fitted with two ISOFIX anchor points and seven SRS airbags, the Prado is comfortable and big enough to keep up with urban life, while also being more than capable of towing a boat or caravan out for a fun outdoor trip with the whole family.
The Prado is also packed full of safety technologies, including pre-collision safety system, trailer sway control, lane departure alert, automatic high beam, and active cruise control. For off-roading, features like downhill assist, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, and active traction control are effective in providing a commanding drive across all kinds of terrain. All models since 2010 have recorded the maximum 5-star ANCAP ratings, and used Toyota Prado cars have also been picked as the ‘safer pick’ by the Centre for Road Safety.
What are the benefits of buying a used Toyota Prado?
There’s a lot to love about the Toyota Prado, and all of that is enjoyed on used Toyota Prado. It’s a great value-for-money choice, a strong leader in fuel economy, and is as reliable and dependable as all Toyota cars are. You’ll be able to find many used Toyota Prado cars with extra accessories already installed, like snorkels, bullbars, and more. With such high-quality builds and impressive capabilities, you’ll be sure to find a used Toyota Prado that’s perfect for your family, no matter the activity.
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