2009 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 by

2010 Land Cruiser Prado


Toyota Prado is a mid-size four-wheel drive SUV that’s hugely popular in the GCC.

With a strong heritage as befits the Land Cruiser name, the seven-seat Prado is a more road-friendly, smaller and more popular alternative to the larger Land Cruiser and an all-new model has been introduced for the 2010 model year. The Prado name stretches back more than 50 years and Toyota considers it fundamental to its reputation of quality, durability and reliability.

The 2010 Toyota Prado is longer and wider than the outgoing model and the looks have been overhauled, although the overall impression is very similar to models past. The face is carried over from the last generation Prado with the same seven-bar grille, although the headlights are larger and the bumper reprofiled.

Under the surface, the frame structure and body rigidity have been enhanced and plenty of new technology has been introduced to the higher-level models for both on and off-road improvements.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoA Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) has been added to increase stability during city driving and improve performance off-road. There’s also the addition of a five-speed Crawl Control – a kind of off-road cruise control – and a Multi-terrain Monitor, which uses external cameras to display footage of road conditions around the vehicle. Multi-terrain select adjusts traction control for the optimum performance on a variety of different terrains, according to the driver’s selection. There are settings for mud and sand, loose rock, rock or mogul, controlled via a switch on the steering wheel.

Top-of-the-range 2010 Prado features Adaptive Variable Suspension, which lets drivers adjusts vehicle height and the air suspension settings to Comfort, Normal or Sport mode.

The 2010 Prado has a full-time four-wheel drive system with lockable rear and centre differentials for off-roading.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoInside, the interior is all new with a focus on balancing 4×4 functionality and the comfort of an SUV. Cabin space is increased over the outgoing model and the quality of materials is higher. There’s a key-free push button start and optional triple-zone air conditioning, as well as a range of audio systems up to a 17-speaker JBL set up with iPod connectivity. A powered cool box is mounted under the front arm rest.

A pair of three-door, five-seat models aside, the Prado seats seven on three rows of seats, the rear two of which can be folded down to increase cargo space. There is the option of a power folding function for the third row. Boot access is by way of a horizontally hinged glass hatch or a vertically hinged main tailgate.

There are plenty of options for potential Prado buyers, so take a deep breath.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoFirstly, the 2010 Prado is available largely in five-door form, although there are two three-door versions. There are four available engines – two petrol and two diesel, although the latter two will be mainly for business fleets. The petrol engine line-up consists of a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder unit with 160bhp, and a 4.0-litre V6 with 271bhp, while the diesel line-up features 3.0-litre units with or without a turbocharger.

The entry-level petrol Prado is the three-door TX, which seats five and comes with the 2.7-litre petrol engine attached to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Features include manual air-con, fabric seats, a six-speaker CD system with Bluetooth phone integrations, power mirrors and windows and central locking. The spare wheel is mounted on the tailgate.

The other three-door, five-seat version is the TX-L, which adds a leather-covered steering wheel, a chrome front grille, a sunroof and parking sensors.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoThe entry-level five-door seven-seater is also called the TX, and comes with the same engine but with a five-speed manual transmission and comparable specifications to the three-door TX.

The five-door TX-L has the four-speed automatic transmission and adds dual-zone air conditioning and the chrome front grille. A top-range version of the TX-L is also available, with a CD changer and nine-speaker sound system, parking sensors, rear lamp guard and leather steering wheel.

Similar TX, TX-L and TX-L top range levels are available with the diesel engines, with five or six speed manual transmissions or five-speed automatics.

For those that want the maximum power, the entry-level 4.0-litre TX model comes with similar equipment to the TX three-door Prado and a five-speed automatic transmission. There are two TX-L models – the first adds dual-zone automatic air-con, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a chrome front grille, cruise control and parking sensors, as well as a roof rail and rear lamp guards. The second TX-L has an uprated stereo and leather seats, while the spare wheel is carried in the floor rather than on the tailgate. It also comes with a larger sunroof, called a moonroof.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoThe VX models come with either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. Two versions of the VX are available. The first comes with fabric seats and leather steering wheel as well as high-intensity headlights, cruise control and the KDSS system, as well as front and rear parking sensors. The spare wheel is mounted on the tailgate. The second VX adds roof rails and rear lamp guards.

The top-range VX-L is available in a variety of configurations with different features.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoThe first introduces electric leather seats, a leather and wood steering wheel, curtain, side and knee airbags and the powered third row of seats that fold at the touch of a button. It also features a ‘premium quality’ front grille, headlight cleaners and active height control suspension, as well as a sunroof. The spare wheel is mounted under the floor.

The second grade of VX-L adds a DVD changer and satellite navigation system, as well as the camera system that lets drivers monitor around the car. It also gets remote engine start and a rear step.

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser PradoThe third VX-L grade features Multi-terrain Select, while the fourth adds radar cruise control, hill start control and downhill assist control.

Models with the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate of the car have a much larger fuel tank than those with the spare in the floor – 150 litres versus 87.

Phew. Something for everyone there, then.


2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Price (AED):118,000-218,000

Engine size (litres)Power (bhp/rpm)Torque (Nm/rpm) Transmission
2.7 four-cylinder160/5,200246/3,800 4A
4.0 V6271/5,600381/4,4006M/5A
3.0 four-cylinder D94/4,000197/2,400 5M/6M/5A
3.0 four-cylinder TD161/3,400400/1,600 5M/6M/5A

Body style:SUV, 3/5 door

Weight:2,990kg (4.0-litre)

Trim levels:TX, TX-L, VX, VX-L

4 Responses to 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review

  1. Asif Reply

    February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Everyone, My prado 2010 vx-l suddenly steering wheel front camera button and multi-terrain selection and menu button stop workinh, while other all steering button functions ok. Please anyone can help to solve it….please send me reply on my masifraza@yahoo.com !!!!!

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  4. Jemima Jackline Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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