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The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, A Car With Top Notch Quality & Faultless Reliability
According to Car from Japan, “the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been quite the popular kid in the Ugandan SUV market since its launch in the late 2004. The Land Cruiser Prado is an able competitor for the Mitsubishi Montero, Pajero, Ford Endeavour and Nissan X-Trail, with loads of hi-tech devices and safety features.”
The petrol-fed behemoth is a stunning SUV on road and comes with a very powerful 3.0L I-4 engine and is affordable only to a few. It is a large and the most capable SUV on our soil and has all the latest technologies available in a luxury car.
The 7-seater Land Cruiser Prado is a completely built unit from Toyota’s plant in Japan with features like 5-speed auto-transmission, permanent four-wheel drive, 3-zone air conditioning, height control mechanism and the Electronic Modulated Suspension. Since its launch in 2005 globally, it has been the bestselling SUV. As per online sources, the monster ride is only available in colours of Black, Grey Metallic, Greyish Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic and White Pearl CS.
The Prado has a monster engine; under the SUV’s hood is a meaty 2982 cc (3.0L) I-4, 16-valve, Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) engine that knocks out 170 bhp @ 3400 rpm and generates 410 Nm @ 1600-2800 rpm. The engine breathes through Toyota’s Diesel Intercooler Turbocharger, which boosts the output from the engine.There is plenty of power at all rpms; most of it would be sparingly used under normal driving conditions. The Prado will very easily leave others trailing behind even on the highway; the monster sprints to 100 km/h in just 9.5 seconds and its top speed is 188 km/h.
The 5-speed automatic is really soft and features full-time all-wheel drive with transfer modes. The automatic transmission shows no shift lags and is always in the right gear. The central differential distributes power to all wheels, based on the stress exerted on the wheels hence making it the perfect car for the perfect trip especially across Africa. To top it all, the Prado is a fun-to-drive, off-road SUV.
Build & Styling
It is huge, looks sturdy but still very easy on the eye. The Prado is a head turner in any city and leaves others trailing behind on the highway. It has beefy looks, yet is contemporary in design. It has huge wrap-around headlamps; the vertical slat grille is symmetrical with the fog lamps and air dam. The bulged fenders and side dressing give Prado that masculine look.
The interiors are no less than those of a luxury car; it has spacious seats and room for passengers of all sizes. The dash is nicely designed to provide convenience to the driver; all controls are easy to operate and gauges are easy to read. It is a bit awkward to get in but once you get nestled in the seat, you get a commanding view of road and exemplary feel of the ergonomically designed cockpit.
The steering is quite firm in terms of grip and with a little pressure on the pedal in city limits, you can zip ahead in no time. All the three rows get AC ducts; distribution of temperature is uniform and individual controls are also available. The engine sounds as quiet as a baby from inside. There is absolutely no vibration inside the cabin. All features on the Prado are standard and it gets top-of-the-line safety features too.
Conclusively, numerous car review websites have ranked the Prado for its incredible combination of on-road presence and off-road performance it delivers. The Prado is a darling of all sorts of high fliers who were attracted to the appeal of an extravagant equipment list, top notch quality, faultless reliability and go anywhere capability.