Which LandCruiser Is Best? Here's the Lowdown
The LandCruiser is the complete all-rounder, but with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? If you're considering purchasing an off-road vehicle, then there are various factors to consider before you make a decision.
You need to consider fuel consumption, off-road capability, and reliability as well. So, which iteration has caught your eye and will it live up to your expectations?
LandCruiser LC200 vs Prado
Let’s start with the difference between a Prado and a LC200 LandCruiser.
The Prado is a smaller, mid-size SUV. The engine is four cylinders, 2982cc, and operates on diesel. It has horsepower at 171 bhp at 3400 RPM and torque 410 Nm at 1600 RPM. Transmission is auto and five-speed.
The LC200 is larger with eight cylinders, 4461cc, and is much more powerful, with a max horsepower of 200kW at 3600 RPM and torque of 650 Nm at 1600 RPM. Transmission is auto, six speed.
The following gives you a bit more information about the top models on the market in 2021.
Prado: GX, GXL, VX, Kakadu
The LandCruiser Prado range offers four different options.
All of these vehicles offer the same fuel economy so, put that out of your mind. While the GX and GXL offer 17" alloys, the VX and Kakadu come with 19" alloys. All feature a 2.8L turbo diesel automatic 4WD. So, what's the difference between all of these options in the LandCruiser Prado range?
What We Love About The GX
The LandCruiser Prado GX is the entry-point model, but that doesn't mean it's lacking. It's comfortable, both to drive and to travel in. The Prado GX is a family-friendly vehicle and it's good value, and not just because it's the entry model. It comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense and has a 5-star safety rating.
What We Love About The GXL
The GXL comes with extra torque and power which makes a great difference to the handling. It's more suitable for off-roading, but it maintains the comfort of a city car. The GXL has both rear and centre locking differentials. It comes equipped with rear parking sensors, Toyota Safety Sense, and has a 5-star safety rating.
What We Love About The VX
It can go anywhere. The newest iteration offers more grunt with added refinement. It has larger alloys and retractable third-row seats. Additionally, it's equipped with parking sensors, front and rear, Toyota Safety Sense, and has a 5-star safety rating.
What We Love About The Kakadu
It is a monster off-road and fully kitted out. The Kakadu is extremely comfortable to sit in and drive. It comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, parking sensors, front and rear, and has a 5-star safety rating.
LC200 Versus LC300
If you look after your LandCruiser, you could be driving it for the next 25 years. It's a titan of the industry for good reason. With the LC200 being phased out in place of the LC300, what notable differences can fans expect?
Essentially, you’ll pay more for the LC300 than you did the LC200, but it's worth it. It's similar in design, but it has improved on every other front, it has more power, equipment, it's more efficient and there have been major upgrades on the equipment and safety fronts.
Whether you’re after a Prado or a used LC200 or LC300 LandCruiser, Sunshine Coast buyers have plenty of vehicles to choose from. Once you weigh up the pros and cons, you’ll have a better chance of finding the model that best meets your needs. Of course, booking in for a test drive will also go a long way in helping you decide, so get in touch with the friendly Ken Mills team today!