2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review
Good range of models
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV is a fry cry from its predecessor. The old version of the Prado was a rugged off-roader. In its current guise, the Prado is more of a luxury, mid-range cruiser. The Prado’s front looks soft and friendly. The headlamps are chunky, and extend a third of the way along the bonnet. There are some subtle body mouldings around the front and rear wheel arches. Around the back there is little that makes the car stand out, and generally it looks quite plain. However, the option of having chrome trim around things like the spare wheel makes it look more like an expensive handbag.
Inside the car you are surrounded by the familiar switches that you will have seen on most Toyota’s over the last decade. The layout is simple, and the dashboard is encased in the usual plastic. The fascia in the middle of the dash is quite smart, however. The interior options make all the difference, and in black and grey it feels far better than it does in beige. But as I sat in the car I couldn’t help but look at the proper Land Cruiser opposite me.
Although the Prado might look like an easy-going school-runner, the technology that sits under the bonnet exists to help you when you take the car off-road. The car comes with Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control. On higher-range models the Prado also comes with a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which in layman’s terms means that the suspension is controlled by hydraulic cylinders to give you a smooth off-road experience.
What’s on offer?
The Prado comes with either a 2.7 or 4.0 litre power plant, which produces 160bhp and 270bhp respectively. The very basic 2.7 model begins at AED 132,000, with the top of the range VXL model crowning the list at AED 210,000. A third row of seats is available which will increase capacity to seven people, and all the usual tricks and options are on offer, too.
The Prado is a junior Land Cruiser, and this is reflected in the price throughout the lower range models. But for a top of the line model, such as the VXL, which costs AED 210,000, you could also have a middling Land Cruiser (which is far better looking). If you are serious about your off-roading then the Land Cruiser is a better bet. Expect to see this car parked outside nail salons rather than in the desert, bashing sand dunes.