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Land Cruiser Prado Fiji’s Best SUV

When it first launched the Prado, Toyota appended the Land Cruiser badge to its name to add some credibility to its new offering from the best known, most respected offroader
19 Aug 2017 13:57
Land Cruiser Prado Fiji’s Best SUV

When it first launched the Prado, Toyota appended the Land Cruiser badge to its name to add some credibility to its new offering from the best known, most respected offroader in the land. These days, Prado clearly outsells its bigger brother and stands clear of the pack as the most popular of the truly capable SUVs sold around the globe.

Fiji is no exception. The Land Cruiser Prado has been in the market for a few decades now and remains Fiji’s number selling SUV. Fijians just love the Toyota Prado!

Although the Prado has seen model upgrades and changes over the years, the fundamentals remain the same.

The interior is undoubtedly well built and spacious, bar a tendency for knees up seating position in row two. Access to row three is improved by canting the folding second row seats further forward.

That combination of wheel articulation and crawling ability means Prado can clamber up and down slopes at walking pace – and take plenty of people along for the ride.

The turbo-diesel engine and five-speed auto remain unchanged. Safety features include seven airbags, stability control and a reversing camera. All passengers in all rows get three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests.

That’s all on top of an upgraded interior design that includes new switchgear and focuses on grouping the controls for the drive systems closer together. Central to this is a large dial that allows a simpler choice of terrain and speed modes for off-roading.

Luggage capacity is miniscule with all three seat rows in place but massive with rows two and three folded. That is not really new news, but the quietness of the cabin is. The diesel engine has never been the most ruly of companions, but in the cabin it’s now less audible than before. It’s not a pin-drop experience, but it is a significant leap forward from the previous model.

The Prado steers with more accuracy and has better body control in corners and the one major positive is that the Prado does deliver better than almost any vehicle on the road is a feeling of supreme solidity.

The sheer weight plays a role in that obviously, but it’s also the materials Toyota uses and the way it bolts them together.

 

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