2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado
About the Toyota LandCruiser Prado
The Toyota LandCruiser Prado is a large 4x4 wagon that sits between the flagship LandCruiser 300 Series and the Hilux ute-based Fortuner in the brand's off-road SUV line-up.
Four trim levels are available in Australia: GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu. All models are powered by a 150kW/500Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel shared with the HiLux and Fortuner.
Switchable four-wheel drive is fitted as standard, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Prado is available with both five-seat (GX) and seven-seat interiors.
It does what it says on the box with little fuss
Very capable off road - you'll struggle to find terrain it won't cross
Smartphone mirroring finally included
Still doesn't feel overly punchy
Starting to feel very dated inside the cabin
Some four-wheel drive controls only work in low range
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2022 Toyota Prado on/off-road review (inc. 0-100)
Toyota has rolled out updates to the MY22 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. While we already have a review of the 2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Kakadu (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwcyPcc-ZqQ), this is a review of the step down the ladder.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Photo Gallery
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Price
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GX: $62,830
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GX 7 SEAT: $65,380
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL: $69,530
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL FLAT TAILGATE: $69,530
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL PREMIUM INTERIOR: $73,000
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL PREM INTER FLAT TAILGATE: $73,000
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado VX: $76,848
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado VX FLAT TAILGATE: $76,848
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado KAKADU: $87,468
- 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado KAKADU FLAT TAILGATE: $87,468
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) and before on-road costs which vary state by state.
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Toyota LandCruiser Prado Range Guide
Prado GX highlights:
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Satellite navigation
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Heated mirrors with power folding
- Keyless entry and start
- 4.2-inch multi-information display
- Trailer sway control
- Seven airbags
- Reversing camera
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Hill-descent control
- Air-conditioned centre console
- Cargo blind
- Puddle lights
Third-row seating is an additional $2550 on the Prado GX.
Prado GXL adds:
- Bi-LED headlights
- Third row of seating
- Privacy glass
- Leatherette steering wheel
- Three-zone climate control
- Rear parking sensors
- Rear differential lock
- Side steps
- Roof rails
An option package with leather-trimmed seats (ventilated, heated, and powered front, heated in the rear) costs $3470 on the GXL.
Prado VX adds:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Full-sized spare wheel
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Front parking sensors
- Surround-view camera
- Refrigerated cool box
- DAB+ digital radio
- 14-speaker JBL sound system
Prado Kakadu adds:
- Tilt and slide moonroof
- Faux wood steering wheel
- Paddle shifters
- Drive mode selector
- Four-link rear suspension with air springs
- Five-speed crawl control
- Adaptive variable suspension
- Multi-terrain select
- Rear-seat entertainment system
A flat tailgate, which sees the spare mounted under the vehicle, is a no-cost option on GXL, VX and Kakadu models.
Premium paint is a $675 option.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Variants
The interior is classic Prado. Woodgrain on the steering wheel, dashboard and doors (in Kakadu spec), expanses of space, a centre stack full of four-wheel drive controls, and a fridge in the centre console.
Visually you won’t spot many differences between the current LandCruiser Prado and the 2019 model. The key differences sit with an updated infotainment unit that features different buttons on its side flanks and a new operating system.
The rest of the centre stack is virtually the same as it has been for years with digital automatic climate control screens and a section beneath dedicated to four-wheel drive controls.
The updated infotainment system consists of an 9.0-inch colour display fitted with AM/FM and DAB+ digital radio linked to a 14-speaker JBL branded sound system.
It now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring technology. It requires a cable and both technologies take up the entire screen. They both work well, but were slightly laggy when we tested them. That goes for the main infotainment interface as well – it can feel a little slow during transitions between screens and during entry of navigation destinations.
Strangely there’s just one USB port in the first row, which means it’s out of action when using smartphone mirroring and you’ll need to find a 12V adaptor to charge other USB devices.
Leg and headroom in the first row is good and creature comforts like heated and cooled seats, plus a fridge in the centre console, make long-distance cruising in the Prado Kakadu a breeze. You’ll hate us for this but we think the woodgrain looks cool, too.
Knee and headroom in the second row is excellent for adults. Toe room is a little tight and the floor sits a little high so you feel like you’re sitting upright much of the time. Adults to one side, there’s a stack of room in the second row for kids.
ISOFIX points on the two outboard seats are joined by top tether points for all three seats in the second row.
Access to the third row involves sliding the second row forward and tilting the seat back forwards. The third row can then be electrically lifted into position for access.
There’s ample room in the third row for children, but adults will find the space a little compromised. The second row can be slid forward to accommodate extra room in the third row though, so the space can be customised to afford more fit.
Cargo space comes in at 120 litres behind the third row with the third row erect, 620 litres with the third row folded into the floor and 1833 litres with the second row folded flat. There’s a 230V power outlet in the rear too – very handy if you’re out camping.
The current-generation Prado has been on sale in Australia since 2009, with a facelift coming in 2013 and then a second refresh launching in 2017.
Overall the aesthetic hasn't changed. It's a big, boxy off-roader with squared-off, chunky proportions and a lofty ride height with chubby tyres.
All models get LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels, and the full-size spare is mounted as standard on the tailgate to allow for the long-range fuel tank setup that includes an 87L main tank and 63L sub-tank for 150L in total
However, if you prefer a cleaner rear end, you can opt for the spare to be stored under the rear floor in the GXL and above, dubbed the 'flat tailgate pack' which also brings an opening glass hatch but removes the 63L sub-tank.
GXL and above also get bi-LED headlights to match the LED daytime running lights, as well as side steps for easier entry/exit.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Colours
There are 10 available exterior finishes for the Prado line-up, including:
- Glacier White
- Ebony (black)
- Crystal Pearl (white)*
- Silver Pearl*
- Wildfire (red)*
- Peacock Black*
- Eclipse Black*
- Dusty Bronze*
- Espresso Brown*
*Premium paints demand a $675 upcharge.
Cost of Ownership
As with the wider Toyota line-up, it’s backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
The Prado requires maintenance every six months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.
Each of the first six services (or each scheduled service in the first three years of maintenance) will cost $260.
How it Drives
Tipping the scales at 2455kg (kerb), the latest engine's extra 50Nm of torque was never really going to make a night and day difference.
But, while the updated engine doesn’t pin you back in the seat, it offers something the last Prado struggled with – confidence behind the wheel.
When you sink the boot in now, there’s a quicker and more urgent surge of torque that doesn’t taper off as quickly. It still takes a little over 11 seconds to travel from 0-100km/h, but it’s the mid-range where you will notice the most difference.
Peak torque kicks in from 1600rpm and flows through to 2800rpm meaning there is a wide band the transmission can lean on before needing to shift back through gears. The six-speed automatic transmission isn’t lightning fast on up or downshifts, but that wide torque band accommodates for in-gear acceleration without hunting through gears.
Toyota hasn’t shifted from hydraulic to electrically assisted steering, so you miss out on the variable steering weight you find on most of the Prado’s competitors, along with safety technology like a proper lane-keeping assistant (this uses a system that grabs the brakes momentarily to move the car back into line).
That means the steering can feel a little heavy at low speeds, with the rack retaining a lack of feel about centre at city and highway speeds.
Suspension comes in the form of a double wishbone up front, a four-link setup at the rear, and height-adjustable air springs on the rear axle. There’s also adaptive damping with three suspension settings to match the terrain being driven on, and anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles.
In and around the city the Prado feels smooth and comfortable. It doesn’t feel as brittle or rough as some of the ute-based SUVs at low speeds and that’s thanks to a slightly more sophisticated suspension setup.
Out on the open road and at highway speeds the ride is good, but it can feel a little brittle at times. Corrugations and bumps on country roads at highway speeds tend to translate through the cabin and aren’t adequately isolated by the suspension. It’s certainly not the end of the world, but you will notice it over longer country drives.
Speaking of which, given its reputation, the LandCruiser Prado’s off-road credentials match its rugged appearance.
We’re talking about 219mm of ground clearance, 30.4-degree approach angle, 23.5-degree departure angle and a 700mm wading depth, as well as a centre and rear differential lock.
In addition to these systems, the LandCruiser Prado comes with KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), which is a hydraulic decoupler for the anti-roll bars. KDSS activates the anti-roll bars to improve handling on-road, and can disconnect them when extra wheel articulation is required.
There’s also Crawl Control and Multi Terrain Select system. These features help manage off-road terrain by electronically controlling slip at each wheel based on preset speeds and terrain. For the most part they work well, and are there to serve buyers who may not be entirely confident off-road.
The only downsides to the package are the noisy hill descent and Crawl Control modes, and an inability to enter any of the advanced drive modes or engage the rear differential unless the vehicle is in low-range.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Safety Rating
The Toyota Prado wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on tests conducted in 2010.
When it was first tested it achieved an overall score of 35.11 out of 37 against older crash test criteria. It's unclear how it would perform against the latest, most stringent requirements.
All models come standard with the following :
- AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic high-beam
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Lifecycle
The current generation Toyota LandCruiser Prado was launched in November 2009 and is currently 96 percent through its lifecycle. The last update was a technology change that was launched in August 2022 with the next model expected in 2024.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Options
GXL, VX and Kakadu models offer the flat tailgate package as a no-cost option.
The base Prado GX offers optional third-row seating for $2550, while the GXL lists an available leather interior package for $3470 – which also adds power front seat adjustment with heating/ventilation, as well as heated rear seats.
Premium paint is $675.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Warranty
TOYOTA suggests that owners service their 2023 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO every 6 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.
The 2023 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO has a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Stock Availability
While Toyota has been plagued by supply and component issues over the past year, it seems the Prado is less affected than some other models in the brand's line-up – namely hybrids and LandCruiser 70/300 Series models.
VFACTS data shows Toyota is still able to offer around 2000 deliveries per month, with 2021's yearly figure of 21,299 units an 18.1 per cent increase on the year prior.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Boot Space
Cargo space comes in at 120 litres behind the third row with the third row in use, 620 litres with the third row folded into the floor and 1833 litres with the second row folded flat.
There’s a 230V power outlet in the rear too – very handy if you’re out camping.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Fuel Economy
Toyota claims the Prado's 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel uses 7.9L/100km on the combined cycle – though our own testing returned closer to 10L/100km in real-world use.
The 2023 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO is Combined (7.9) and E10 Compatible (-).
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Dimensions
The Toyota Prado measures 4995mm long, 1890mm tall and 1885mm wide, with a 2790mm wheelbase.
Models with the optional flat tailgate are shorter at 4825mm.
The Prado’s kerb weight starts at 2230kg for the base five-seater and jumps to 2455kg for range-topping seven-seat versions.
Depending on the variant, the 2023 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|GX 7 SEAT||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4995||1885||1845||2790|
|GXL FLAT TAILGATE||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4825||1885||1890||2790|
|GXL PREMIUM INTERIOR||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4995||1885||1890||2790|
|GXL PREM INTER FLAT TAILGATE||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4825||1885||1890||2790|
|VX FLAT TAILGATE||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4825||1885||1890||2790|
|KAKADU FLAT TAILGATE||GDJ150R||4D WAGON||4825||1885||1880||2790|
The 2023 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO has a braked towing capacity of 3000kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Market Fit
Within Toyota's range, the Prado sits between the HiLux ute-based Fortuner off-roader and the full-sized LandCruiser 300 Series.
It's a similar story to the wider market, where the Prado is priced and sized somewhere between the likes of the Ford Everest and Land Rover Discovery.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Sales Data
The Toyota Prado was Australia's favourite Large SUV in 2021, and has been for numerous years before that.
VFACTS reported 21,299 Prado sales for the 2021 calendar year, an increase of 18.1 per cent on 2020. The Prado held 18.8 per cent of the mainstream large SUV market.
Should you buy the Toyota LandCruiser Prado
Overall the 2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado is more of the same and for those wanting a brand new product, we’re expecting a new-generation Prado in 2022-23. that’s likely to sit on a new platform and come with a range of new engines.
But in the interim, it’s a safe purchase if you’re upgrading an existing Prado and don’t need any surprises.
The Prado's price and size positioning means it has very few direct competitors, but it does go up against a number of segment rivals in the mainstream and premium space.
Ute based off-roaders like the Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X (as well as Toyota's own Fortuner) significantly undercut the equivalent Prado price and spec-wise, though the Prado's cabin is far more luxurious and refined and physically it's a bigger vehicle.
At the top end, the Prado Kakadu (at nearly $90,000 plus on-road costs) can be logically be cross-shopped against premium rivals like the Land Rover Discovery and Volkswagen Touareg. The new full-size Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series also starts at $89,990 for the base GX.
Compared to premium competition, the Prado loses out on engine performance, technology and refinement, though counters with Toyota's reputation for reliability, more rugged off-road credentials as well as a wider-reaching dealer and service network.
Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interesting Facts
The Prado debuted as a version of the 70 Series LandCruiser in 1990.
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