2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado | new car review
Good range of models offering a choice of engines and various options.
Instead of the top of the line model, you're better off settling for a Land Cruiser.
The 2015 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.
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 2015 Toyota Prado comes with either a 2.7 or 4.0 litre power plant, which produces 160bhp and 270bhp respectively. The very basic 2.7 litre model begins at AED 131,500, with the top of the range model crowning the list at AED 181,500. 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, which costs AED 181,500, you’re better off spending just a smidgen more and driving out with a Land Cruiser. If you are serious about your off-roading then the Land Cruiser is a better bet. Expect to see the Prado parked outside nail salons rather than in the desert, bashing sand dunes.
|Specifications||2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2.7L||2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 4.0L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.7 litre / 4 cyl||4.0 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|160 hp @ 5,200 RPM||270 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|246 Nm @ 3,800 RPM||381 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic||5 speed auto|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||13.5 secs||9.0 secs|
|Top speed||170 km/h||200 km/h|
|Price||AED 131,500 - 161,500||AED 147,500 - 181,500|