Toyota Prado Vs Mitsubishi Challenger/Pajero Sport Review

Ultimate SUV/4WD Comparison

Price Lists
All prices

200 Series
Vs 2011 Nissan Patrol

150 Series
3 Dr 1st drive
5 Dr 1st Impressions
5 Dr 1st Drive petrol
150 Series Diesel
150 Series Performance

Vs RX350 & RX450h
Vs Grand Cherokee
Vs Audi Q5
Vs Toyota FJ Cruiser

Vs Ford Territory

Vs Nissan Murano
Vs Jeep Commander
Vs VW Toureg2
Vs Discovery 4
vs Jeep Wrangler
Vs Ford Explorer
Vs 70 Series LC
Vs Nissan Pathfinder
Vs GU series Patrol
Vs Toyota Kluger
Vs Mitsu Pajero
Vs Mitsu Challenger
Vs Subaru Outback
Vs Subaru Tribeca
Vs M-Class
Vs sangyong Rexton
Vs CX-7
Vs CX-9
Vs 2011 Patrol
Vs Lexus GX460
Vs 120 series Prado
Vs 200 Series

3 Dr Prado vs Pajero
3 Dr Prado vs FJ cruiser

Vs Lincoln MKT
Vs Lincoln MKX
Vs Lincoln Navigator

Hilux Vs Colorado
Hilux Vs Amarok
Hilux Vs BT-50/Ranger
Hilux Vs Triton L200
Hilux Vs Navara
Hilux Vs GWM V240

120 Series
ALL 2003-2009 120 series Toyota Prado reviews and comparisons have been moved here!

Stereo Upgrade
Tyres - Cooper ATR
Tyres - D694
Tyres - Scorpion ATR
Why buy the Prado?
3 months review
6 months review
12 months review
24 months review
36 months review
FAQ & Misc. stuff
History of the Prado
4wd systems
About this website
Links & Contacts



I put this page up so that you can compare the 150 series LandCruiser Prado to the Mitsubishi Challenger otherwise known as the Pajero Sport else where in the world.

The Challenger is not related to the regular Pajero despite the name used in some countries. The Challenger or Pajero Sport is based on the Mitsubishi Triton/Trojan/L200 utility truck. It's like the original Toyota 4Runner in terms of design concept. It is not a sporty car no matter how you analyse it.

It's engines and frame and other cosmetic interior and front suspension are shared with the Triton but the rear end suspension have been replaced by more passenger friendly technology according to the press material. It seats also up to 7...

For 2011 The base Challenger's price was reduced by about $3000 which means its a very well priced especially when you consider that it is a real 4WD and can seat 7.

Mitsubishi Challenger - Pajero Sport
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

This car is not a direct competitor to the Prado since it is smaller. I've put up the page for interest only purposes. After all it is a traditional 4WD and clearly more off-road orientated than the regular small SUVs you can buy and vaguely similar in concept to the Prado.

The interior is a spec'ed up version of the Triton which is OK for a commercial pickup but needs more plush materials for a passenger car. The 'plastic wood' is just unnecessary. Mind you the bonus of having a commercial truck based interior means you can customize it more easily your self as demonstrated by what they've done to the essentially standard Triton trim.

The engines available for the Challenger Sport are the same as those for the Triton utility but seemingly modified. So they are decent enough in this respect. We have driven the Triton so expect a similar experience namely small truck like its not the 'smooth' and a world away from the Prado diesel or petrol.

One thing interesting about the Challenger is that I think it looks much better in real life than it does in pictures. Overall I think its a great smaller 4WD alternative to the larger 4WD.

If you're thinking of the Challenger consider the Suzuki Grand Vitara as well. The Grand Vitara may be smaller again but more refined for suburban use yet capable off-road.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

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

Mitsubishi Challenger
2011 FROM APPROX $41,490 AUD



Although we've already driven the Triton haven't tried the latest Challenger yet however we expect the same sort of experience.

150 series Landcruiser Prado Mitsubishi Challenger / Pajero Sport

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
6G74 Variant???
V6 Petrol
SOHC 24 Valve EFI
3.5 Litre (3497cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4750RPM
Claimed 309Nm @ 3500RPM

4D56 Variant
IL4 Diesel Twin Cam 16 valve
Turbo charged with intercooler
Common rail direct injection
2.5 Litre (2477cc)
Claimed 131Kw @ 4000RPM
400Nm @ 2000RPM (Manual)
350Nm @ 2000RPM (Auto)

Kerb weight 2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Kerb weight 2055Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500Kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
70 litres
V6 Petrol 00(M) 00(A) litres per 100km
IL4 Diesel 8.3 litres per 100km (Manual)
IL4 Diesel 9.8 litres per 100km (Auto)
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1905/1875
Overall length/Wheelbase 4850/2790
Track (front/rear) 1575/1575
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
5 spd Auto or 5 spd manual
Overall height/Overall width 1800/1815
Overall length/Wheelbase 4695/2800
Track (front/rear) 1520/1515
4WD system: 2WD and Selectable modes
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Min ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 36
Departure 25
Min ground clearance 215mm
Performance figures  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 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!
2011 $41,490 - 58,990 AUD
2010 $44,490 - 58,990 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!

Any images, trademarks, content, copyrights are held by their respective owners.

All other content is : Copyright 2005 - 2019 Daniel Dixon and Contributors