Toyota’s upgraded 2014 Toyota Prado is exactly what Toyota – the brand – is everything about. It’s sensible, solid, conservative and exceptionally capable.
There are few points to point at in the Prado that can be referred to as cutting-edge. Possibly the KDSS suspension, however little else.
However that’s a Toyota thing: it seldom rests beside the cutter, more commonly at its strong facility.
And this is where the 2014 Toyota Prado sits. It is Prado, not Prada, and it is neither latest thing in style neither in on-road characteristics.
Yet it is a quite compelling investment. It’s difficult to picture any Prado customer being let down. That said, there are, nonetheless, a few debits that take the gloss off things.
The most up to date 2014 Toyota Prado has a bolder front, courtesy of a five-bar grille atop a large bumper. The grille attracts attention due to the fact that the fitting has no base with the five bars embedded on the top of the bumper. The grille and changed headlamp collections sit higher on the car and are further from harms means when off-road.
There is no change to the vital statistics of size or the off-road handling with the transforming circle continuing to be at 11.6 meters while the approach, separation and ramp over angles are also untouched.
The raft of 2014 Toyota Prado interior changes consists of a new top facility console as well as fresh interior inlays, materials and color pattern. Set down in between the motorist’s tools is a new Optitron meter with 4.2-inch color show with computer animations that can reveal the vehicle’s angle, diff lock procedure and what the traction control is doing at each tire.
The instruments are clear and legible, and controls are well outlined and with a ‘solid to the touch’ really feel.
On the disadvantage, the repainted silver faux-metal highlighting looks a little naff, and there is way too much plastic moulding for my liking, especially in the top-spec Kakadu.
When you’re investing the most effective part of 100-large ($91,590), you may be seeking a dashboard of leather; someplace on the doors, for example.
As before, purchasers could choose in between a 3-litre turbodiesel and 4-litre V6 gasoline engine.
The diesel has been updated to make it Euro 5+ compliant and its outcomes have raised to 140kW at 3400rpm and 420Nm from 1600rpm (up from 120kW/400Nm). Nonetheless, Toyota South Africa can not verify, at this stage, whether regional models will obtain the engine upgrade.
According to supplier claims, the upgraded diesel Prado will accelerate from 0-100km / h in 11.0 secs, get to a full blast of 175km/h and drink around 8.1 l/100km on the bundled pattern.
The 3956cc V6 petroleum design now presses 207kW and 385Nm, gets to 100 in 10.9 secs, reaches 180km/h and guzzles 10.8 l/100km.
Anticipate to see the new Prado in South Africa in November this year, fresh from making its very first local appearance at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October.
Australia’s grey-nomad area will certainly be pleased with the addition of trailer persuade control. This steps in to help the motorist if a towed motor vehicle such as a caravan ends up being unsettled by crosswinds, sharp change of direction or rough roads.
Prado has 7 airbags, stability and footing control, an emergency brake signal that automatically flashes the stop lights to advise various other vehicle drivers and a back perspective camera.
2014 Toyota Prado Price
2014 Toyota Prado GX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel five-seat 4WD: from $55,990 (manual), $58,690 (auto).
2014 Toyota Prado GX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $58,490 (guide), $61,190 (automatic).
2014 Toyota Prado GXL 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $61,490 (guide), $64,190 (automated).
With the Prado you pay most wherefore you don’t see: sturdy engineering and the been entitled to credibility that opts for it.
The truth that this Toyota does so many things capably and without hassle, is the secret to its success.
You’ll never ever see a Prado with its tongue socializing by the side of the road, with a campers in tow. You could give thanks to the safety margins crafted into engines, drivetrains and tow rankings for that.
If you’re thinking about ‘the huge expedition’, or reasoning of hauling something big to elsewhere, there can be few more secure bets compared to the Prado.
Wherefore it can do, on roadway and off, for its credibility and the high trade-in values that have it, it’s a blue-chip buy.