2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review

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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
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AEDAED 132,000 - 210,000
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  • 2014 Land Cruiser Prado
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  • Interior
    Editor: 50%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The is the junior version of the popular Land Cruiser. But it is more a fashion accessory than an tool.

Pros

Good range of models

Cons

Dated interior

Looks

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.

2014 Toyota Prado Front

Feels

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.

2014 Toyota Prado interior

Engineering

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.

2014 Toyota Prado Rear

Summing it…

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.

2 Responses to 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review

  1. maduok Peter Dut Reply

    January 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I need Toyota Land Cruiser Proda TXl model 2015, need to know the cost delivery to Juba South Sudan.

  2. Faseru olubunmi Reply

    May 20, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Dear sir,I am a dealer in Nigeria
    I want to make enquiry about the brand new Prado
    The price of getting it to Nigeria and the spec you have in stock

    Your reply will be treated urgently

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