Toyota largely built its enviable reputation for toughness and reliability on big, lusty four-wheel drives like the Prado.
The Prado may also be referred to as Land Cruiser LC70, LC90, LC120, and LC150 depending on the platform.
In North America, the Prado is not part of the Land Cruiser range; the Toyota 4Runner replaces the Prado with basic trim while the rebadged Lexus GX occupies the Prado’s position in luxury trim. The GX uses practically identical body panels and V8 engine.
It can accommodate up to seven in reasonable comfort, with some space left over for carrying the sort of gear a family on the move often has to take with it.
The 150 Series entered our lives in 2009 and brought with it a larger body, a raft of mechanical improvements, extra features and safety upgrades.
The Prado employed a proven dual-range 4WD system and was a serious off-roader
Inside, the four-door wagon offered those up fronts plenty of head, leg and foot room. Decent improvements in the 150’s cabin included a sliding second row seat and an improved third row seat that folded into the floor.
There’s no denying Toyota’s enviable record for quality and reliability, it’s largely what underpins the brand’s on-going popularity, and the Prado lives up to the reputation.