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  • toyota prado buyers guide (2009-2021)
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  • toyota prado buyers guide (2009-2021)


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  • Excellent guide - (Verified Purchase)

    I found this guide to be extremely useful especially in the detailed description on each of the grades and their features. It can be difficult to know what each grades means and I see many TX grades on the road but I did not know what they come with. thank you


    Aug 01, 2021

  • Best advice by far - (Verified Purchase)

    I test drove a 2.7L petrol and I almost gave up on the Prado. This information is what is missing in the market and dealers will not tell you anything useful. Even relying on mechanics for advice is not working anymore as they do not understand the new cars. Thanks for the great advice and keep up the good work.


    Oct 09, 2021

  • Thanks - (Verified Purchase)

    I have been a long time reader of your reviews and I like how you have packaged this information for non technical people like me


    Oct 31, 2021

  • New 2.8L engine - (Verified Purchase)

    I have been looking at the new 2.8L 1GD diesel engine and felt it was not as powerful as the 3.0L diesel. I drove the hilux with the 2.8L engine and felt that it was not as powerful. Thanks for doing a detailed analysis on this engines and addressing my worries.

    Geoffrey Githaiga

    Jan 01, 2022

The Toyota Prado is an exceptional SUV that has remained dominant for many years amidst the emergence of strong competition from the Landrover Discovery and the Mitsubishi Pajero. It inherited the envious title of being the most reliable SUV and this propelled it to global stardom. However, the Prado has evolved into a diverse range of grades whose capabilities most buyers do not fully understand. Some are so painfully underpowered and unstable that some owners have had to abandon them within days of buying. And yet, some are extremely powerful and stable that driving them feels like a cruise in a motorboat. The difference is like night and day. In particular, the 2.7-Litre petrol engine is ungainly and does not lend itself to swift acceleration. We will tell you more about it in this guide and advise you on the right engine and grade to buy. Through this guide, you will unlock the full potential of the Toyota Prado and save money by making the right decisions.

Contents of this Guide

  1. Toyota Prado Buying Guide
  2. Toyota Prado Grades
  3. Which Engine You Should Choose
  4. Off-Road Performance
  5. Problems to Look Out for When Buying a Used Toyota Prado
  6. Toyota Prado Reliability
  7. Cost of Maintenance
  8. Comparison with: Landrover Discovery, Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Fortuner