150 Series LandCruiser LC5 Prado Vs 70 series LandCruiser

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Here's a quick comparison between the current 150 series Toyota Land Cruiser Prado specifications and the seemingly ageless or ever green 70 Series Land Cruiser. 

Still in production 70 series (now called the 79 series) - often known as the Troop Carrier has been around since the mid-1980's and remains basically the same. A general consumer friendly 70 series was the basis for the original Prado which was a Japan only model back in the 1980's.

It is unlikely that you would consider the current 70 series against any of the newer LandCruiser models because this model is now primarily a commercial model aimed at farmers, miners and those who really want a basic 4WD. If you do get one its truck like mechanicals should keep you reliably on the road for many years.

70 Series Toyota LandCruiser
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado


Sit inside a 79 Series as we did recently and you will discover what is a real life replica of a 80's style interior and instrument panel. Hard plastics and real metal combined with gauges, buttons and slides that look flimsy but clearly tough enough to handle real hard work. Note that is was updated for the wagon version at least for late 2010 models but that doesn't change our overall opinion. The update is the typical parts bin approach from various existing models in the Toyota range.

Side by side with the latest LandCruisers the 70 series the interior feels cramp and awkward and not particularity comfortable.

The 70 series has had so many updates since the original, but most of it has been to the engine. Which by all accounts the main choice is completely modern. It has power low in the rev range and lots of it too. It needs it too because it weighs over 2.2 tons!

I would only consider the series 70 LandCruiser if I wanted a towing or high customizable 4WD.  Otherwise it is really a commercial vehicle.

Why? The 70 series does not have any safety features apart from air-bags on some models and seat beats. The base model only has 2 doors while only the GXL has 4 doors. The 4WD system is manually activated too! And only a manual 5 speed transmission.

It is also noisy and does not ride very well around town. After all it is built to spend its time off road so if that's where you live then you there are very few modern 4WD that will handle that sort of punishment. It is a basic 4WD with very few traction aids and it is also quite expensive but then again it will go the distance. It's back to the 80's with this model.


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

79 Series Toyota LandCruiser
2010 APPROX $64,000 - 67,000 AUD



Landcruiser Prado Toyota LC70

1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM
V8 Diesel
Single Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
4.5 Litre (3456cc)
Claimed 151Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 430Nm @ 1200-3200RPM


2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Towing capacity up to 3500kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
90-180 litres
V8 Diesel 11.5 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto
or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1845/1890
Overall length/Wheelbase 4930/2790
Track (front/rear) 1585/1585
ANCAP safety rating 4/5
5 speed manual
Overall height/width 2115/1870
Overall length/wheelbase 5220/2980
Track (front/rear) 1515/1420
NCAP safety rating ?/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach ???
Departure ???
Minimum ground clearance ???mm
Prado performance figures  
2009 $47,100 - 79,500 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 APPROX $64,000 - 67,000 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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