The least costly Prado, the GX, offers the third row of seats, and extended curtain airbags for their occupants, as options. Step up to the GXL and both are standard.
The GXL also gains satellite navigation, side steps, which make it easier to get in and out of the car, and roof rails for mounting luggage systems. It also has front foglights, a cargo blind to hide whatever you may have in the cargo area, and rear parking sensors.
The driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers can also separately set their desired cabin temperatures, via three-zone climate control.
Spend more for the VX and your best additional feature will be its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which gives both flatter on-road handing and more off-road capability. KDSS works by automatically adjusting the tension on the suspension’s anti-roll bars.
The VX swaps the standard 17-inch alloy wheels for 18-inch alloys, and has headlights that switch on automatically when it gets dark. Windscreen wipers activate automatically when it rains.
You also get leather-trimmed and heated seats, a premium sound system, and front parking sensors. The third-row seats can be deployed and retracted electrically.
At the top of the range, the Kakadu adds a Pre-Crash Safety System, which includes a form of automatic emergency braking. If it concludes that a crash may be imminent, it triggers an audio-visual warning, pre-tensions the front seatbelts, and if necessary adds brake pressure. If the brakes have not been applied, the system will brake for you.
The Kakadu also warns the driver of vehicles in blind spots to either side, and has radar-operated cruise control, which automatically slows the car to the speed of traffic in front.
A rear cross-traffic alert warns you of approaching cars when you are backing out of a parking spot.
There is a sunroof, a refrigerated box in the centre console, and the driver’s seat remembers the individual settings for two different drivers. A rear-seat DV-D entertainment system can help keep children occupied.
The Kakadu’s off-road specific features include a driver-switched lock for the rear differential, which can help you go further in difficult 4WD conditions. For such situations there is also Crawl Control, which automatically controls the accelerator and brakes at a speed you select: all you have to do is steer.
Multi-Terrain Select allows you to tailor stability control and traction control for different off-road conditions. The Kakadu also has self-levelling and height-adjustable rear suspension, and the driver can change suspension settings for a softer ride, or sportier handling.