The name of the Land Cruiser as an off-road vehicle has a history that stretches the length of the second world war. It was used as a military vehicle at the time.
As time goes by, this car has successfully adapted as a power family car, where as its cruising ability is above the average of other cars.
In 1984, the development of the Toyota Prado was done. The design of the basic model is designed based on the Land Cruiser. It’s just a different target market with the base model, the Prado is positioned one level below the Land Cruiser and the engine is tend to have lower specifications. Toyota Prado TXL 2010 was introduced to the public to replace his predecessor that is marketed since 2003 to 2009.
Toyota Prado TXL Price and Spesifications Reviews
Toyota Prado TXL Exterior Review
In terms of the exterior look of the new Prado, it is a clear evolution from its predecessor model, the dimensions have increased, increased length by 80 mm, width increased by 10 mm while the height is decreased by 15 mm. This provides Toyota Prado the masculine, muscular and macho accents. It has leaner lower panel that is able to reduce the number of aerodynamic 0.35 Cd. A new three-dimensional grille, bonnet and curvaceous teardrop lights creating the aesthetic modern looks. On the back, LED stoplamp is embedded with a spoiler.
In the end of 2014, the car overhauled with a facelift process where the headlights use a tapered models with changes of HID, the presence of DRL, and its grill becomes larger. While on the back its still using the same lamp shape, only slightly modified with light color layout. The chrome garnish looks gets larger, extending from the left side to the right.
Toyota Prado TXL Interior Reviews
Toyota Prado TXL have seven passenger seats. The third row seats powered with a pretty unique configuration, because all seats on third row can be folded with the press of a button. The good news is, this seats able to accommodate adults without getting crowded. On the second row of seats, you can feel total comforts although its legroom and headroom remains not too spacious. While the front row seats are designed wide and its adjustment can be controlled electrically.
The ergonomics dashboard looks quite attractive with the neat and accessible button layout but its slightly bigger. For those people who have large fingers, it can be can operated easily. 9 inch LCD as the monitor for rear, side, and front cameras is available at the center console. Below it, there is an air conditioner with climate control accompanied by audio control and off-road settings. The color scheme is applied in the form of two-tone plastic mix between dark and trim silver counter. There also a few ornaments was given such as wood panel to add to the luxurious accents.
Toyota Prado TXL Engine Performance Review
Toyota Land Cruiser equipped with a gasoline engine and diesel V8, however this does not apply to the Toyota Prado TXL. Series of its predecessor sold with two engine types, i.e. petrol 2.7 liter and diesel 3.0-liter. While this time, diesel version were retired and only available with 2TR-FE petrol engine with capacity of 2.7-liter 4-cylinders configured with 16 valves DOHC. This engine type is also used on Toyota Fortuner and only able to produce power of 160 HP at 5,200 RPM and maximum torque of 246 Nm at 3,600 RPM. The engine was equipped with an automatic 6 accelerations transmission. The power produced by its engine is distributed directly to the 4 wheels 60:40, and this ratio can be adjusted if needed, such as on tires slip condition.
Toyota Prado TXL Impression and Handling Reviews
Toyota Prado provided with a good suspension and capable of creating the feel of a high level of comforts, but the consequences is car is swaying during maneuvers or hit the high speed above 120 km/h. But the symptoms of swaying slightly corrected thanks to the use of tire footprint with maximum grip to the asphalt. The suspension is compatible and beyond what is normally expected from a soft off-roader.
As additional features, Prado has been equipped with additional features such as Hill-start Assist and Downhill Assist intelligent control system that can work interchangeably. The optional off-road package (full option) are also available for the serious offroad enthusiast, multi-terrain features to optimize settings control the track suit, be it sand, mud, rocks and hard mogul rocks. Other special features in the package include optional traction control system, multi terrain ABS and differentials key control electrically.
Toyota Prado TXL Specifications
- Engine: 2.7 liter 2TR-FE.
- Power: 160 HP @ 5,200 RPM.
- Torque: 246 Nm @ 3,600 RPM.
- Bore x Stroke: 95 mm x 95 mm.
- Compression ratio: 10.2:1 (gasoline); 10.5:1 (diesel).
- Fule consumption: 4-6 km/L (in the city), 7-10 km/L (out of town).
- Transmission: automatic 5 accelerations Super ECT.
- Suspension: Front – independent Double Wishbone. Rear – 4 Link Rigid Axle with coil spring.
- Safety features: Downhill Assist, Hill-Start Assist, stability control, traction control, ABS with EBD, VSA, 7 airbags, parking sensors, and 3 points cameras.
- Competitors: Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed (not Pajero Sport).
- Sales: 2008-2015.
Toyota Prado TXL Price Review
For Toyota Prado TXL 2013, you can bring it home by providing cash 45.000 – 50.000 US dollars. Whereas other packages in the form of full option, a feature which he carried, for the same price can reach 70.000 US dollars.
Toyota Prado TXL Pros
- Good suspensions.
- Easy engine maintenance.
- The availability of spare parts is ensured.
- Macho, muscular and masculine in one package.
- Offroads? No problems!
- The built quality and nice interior materials.
- Good reliability.
- Good security features.
Toyota Prado TXL Cons
- Noisy cabin.
- Too expensive.
- Power is not in tune with the fuel consumption, as does it weigh almost reaches 2.5 tons.
- It is very inefficient in fuel consumption.
- The automatic transmission is not triptonic model.
- They can do better with dashboard designs.
- Headlamp is not bright.
- Secondhand or resale prices is low.
So, thats a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Toyota Prado TXL. Unfortunately, Toyota Prado TXL use the Toyota Fortuner’s engine, due to very heavy weigh, its acceleration capability is worse if we compared to Toyota Fortuner. For the sake of reaching a better acceleration time, you need more stepping the gas pedal, consequently fuel consumption being very wasteful.