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Mid-2018 4x4 Sales Report Card: #4 Toyota Prado

By Fraser Stronach, 02 Sep 2018 Reviews

Mid-2018 4x4 Sales Report Card Toyota Prado feature

The Prado remains Australia’s most popular new 4x4 wagon, and its popularity is on the rise.

JUST when you thought the days of the 4x4 wagon were numbered due to the dual-cab onslaught, the Prado has fought back to take fourth place in the top 10 and move past Holden’s Colorado.

Prado year-on-year sales are up around 7.0 per cent off an increase last year and in spite of the popularity of dual-cab utes and more direct competition in the form of Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport, Isuzu’s MU-X, Ford’s Everest, Holden’s Trailblazer and Toyota’s own Fortuner.

Looking at the broader picture, Toyota now sells more Prados than it did five years ago, despite a lack of direct competition back then beyond Jeep’s Grand Cherokee.

After a slow start in late 2015, the Prado’s then newly arrived 2.8-litre diesel has been accepted as a decent replacement for the previous 3.0-litre diesel. And while the 2.8 isn’t a particularly exciting engine, it’s certainly quieter, smoother and generally more refined than the previous 3.0-litre and is both torquey off idle and still happy to rev.

It’s offered with a six-speed manual (used with the 3.0-litre engine) and a six-speed gearbox, which has two overdrive ratios, whereas the previous five-speed had a single overdrive. If anything, sixth gear is too tall and it’s a shame Toyota didn’t see fit to lower the final drive gearing to bring the new sixth back to where the old fifth was and gain a performance benefit everywhere else.

Regardless of the new powertrain the Prado remains happy in town, on the open road and off-road, and it’s a do-it-all wagon that impresses with its refinement, day-to-day practicality and effortless long-distance touring ability. It also now offers a 3000kg towing capacity; a long-overdue upgrade.

The pick of the Prado range is the VX, with the brilliant KDSS suspension which improves the Prado both on- and off-road. Unfortunately, KDSS is not available as an option on the popular GXL, nor does Toyota now offer the sweet but unloved 4.0-litre petrol V6.

Toyota LandCruiser Prado mid-2018 Year-on-Year sales

June 2018 YTD June 2017 YTD Sales Change
9268 8657 +7.1%

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Specs
 2.8-litre 4-cyl turbo-diesel 
Power: 130kW at 3400rpm
Torque: 450Nm at 1600-2400rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed auto
4X4 system: Dual-range full-time
Kerb weight: 2290kg
GVM: 2900kg
Towing capacity: 3000kg
Fuel tank size: 150 litres
ADR fuel claim: 8L/100km

Grading 4x4 sales performance on 4x4 Sales Report Card

Prado 4x4 Report Card

Attribute Grade
Powertrain C
On-Road C
Off-Road A
Cabin & Equipment B
Towing & Practicality B
Final Results
It’s none too exciting to drive,
but it still does everything well.

*Scored against class competitors. A = Excellent; B = Very Good; C = Good; D = Fair; E = Poor; F = Fail.