Written by Tim Marsh:
Few vehicles can pull off being both rugged and elegant. The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is one of them. For 2014, the Prado’s exterior and interior have been modified significantly. Most notably, 3-door models are no longer available, and a new oversized grille makes for a bolder look. Wondering if the Prado is a good buy for the luxury price tag? Keep reading below for our in-depth 2014 Toyota Land Cruise Prado review.
Toyota has expanded the Prado line-up, and there are now 4 models to choose from: GX, GXL, Kakado, and VX. You can choose between an automatic or manual transmission on the GX and GXL as well as diesel or petrol engine on the GXL, VX, and Kakado for a total of 9 options.
Exterior and Styling
Along with the 5-bar grille, the headlights wrap around the front at an upward angle to give the Prado a bold, unique appearance. The muscular body also has smooth contours to give you that sleek yet rugged look. Running boards and alloy wheels accent the body, and there’s a rear-mounted tire in the back.
Interior and Comfort
As you would expect from a luxury vehicle, the Prado has high-quality materials inside. More expensive models offer leather-accented seats, a wood-grain dash, and a wood and leather steering wheel and gear knob. Technology upgrades include a new audio system display. The big change though is the redesigned second row of seats, which now has an increased folding angle for easier access to the third row seats.
Under the Bonnet
The Prado’s V6 engine offers 202 kW of power, while the diesel engine generates 127 kW. Of course, the diesel will give you better gas mileage at 8.5 L / 100 km, making it economical for its size. With the GX and GXL, you can also choose between a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic 5-speed.
On the Road
The Prado is an impressive off-road vehicle that can handle the most challenging terrain changes. The Kakado adds Multi-Terrain Select for even greater adaptability depending on the type of terrain. We also really like the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which can be utilized in conjunction with Multi-Terrain select. One drawback of the Prado is that the faster it goes, the more its handling capabilities start to fade.
Fitted with 7 SRS airbags and safety features that include Active Braking with Intelligence (ABi), reversing camera, rearview monitor, and park assist, all Prado models have a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. VX and Kakado models add blind zone warning and radar cruise control technology.
Value for the Money
As a highly capable off-road vehicle with a luxurious interior and exterior, this Land Cruiser offers decent value for the money. However, there are cheaper 7 seaters out there that offer just as nice of a ride, if not nicer. The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado price ranges from $55,990 to $92,120.
The Nissan Pathfinder has a price range of $39,990-$65,090, making it a more affordable option than the Prado. Some models in the Pathfinder line-up, however, don’t have 4-wheel drive. The line-up also doesn’t have a diesel option, though the petrol engine does consume a moderate amount of petrol (around 10 L / 100 km) considering its large size. The Prado is also a better off-road vehicle than the Pathfinder, which sacrifices some of its off-road capabilities to be more of a family-friendly vehicle.
Although pricier than the competition, you may want to look for a 2014 Toyota Land Cruise Prado for sale if you are an off-roading enthusiast. Though the Nissan Pathfinder is not quite as luxurious, it’s a better choice than the Toyota Prado if you’re looking for a more affordable, family-friendly vehicle.
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