LandCruiser Prado Vs Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Here's a comparison of the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser versus the 5 door Toyota Land Cruiser Prado wagon. The FJ is finally available in Australia (March 2011) and other right hand drive countries. It is based on the 120 series although updated (engine wise) prior to the release of the 150 series in 2009/2010.

The new FJ Cruiser is priced lower than Prado starting price of $44,990 for the single range model (2011) which is probably one of the best real 4WD SUVs you can buy. Of course there are compromises - the first being the quality and presentation. Read below for more details.

The relative and realistic pricing for the FJ Cruiser is a surprise to us because of the single model and specifications. Based on other motoring reviews it is not as civilsed as the Prado and along with the smaller interior space the two door and unique styling will appeal to a different market.

Compare the specifications of the FJ Cruiser to the Prado below!
 
 

 


150 Series Toyota Prado
VS
FJ Cruiser

The FJ Cruiser's exterior styling appeals however the basic interior not as much. We think it will appeal to younger singles or couples.

The quality and presentation and packaging is the main issue with the FJ. Despite being physically big on the outside the interior is not. The dashboard is huge which means the front seats are located further back and as a result the design with the contra doors that require structural big side pillar means less space for rear passengers. Rear seat passengers will not be happy since there is little leg room. It will be fine for kids but only small adults will find it adequate. Meanwhile boot space is quite large.

The quality of materials and design is deliberately basic. Hard plastics and cheap looking dials do not give the interior any sense of upmarket feel. It's more commercial truck than family bus. The closet description to the interior quality is 'Nissan' like. As soon as you open the doors you'll know why it is priced affordably. It just feels underwhelming.

In terms of driver seat impressions you will it old fashioned and a hindrance. The seat doesn't go high enough for normal size people and you get the feeling of looking out of a letter box. Of course these issues are deliberate since it is basically the same design as the concept car all those years ago. The FJ is a must try before you buy.

The on-road experience is much different from the Prado and is pretty good. There is better road feel and handling but with more body roll it also feels stiffer than the Prado. The FJ is not a quiet car but it is acceptable with the limited drive we had.

 

 
Last known pricing (RRP)
LandCruiser Prado
NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
DECEMBER 2009

Petrol
5 door Kakadu - $87,990
5 door VX - $74,490
5 door GXL - $63,490

Diesel
5 door Kakadu - $88,990
5 door VX - $75,490
5 door GXL - $64,490
5 door GX - $58,490

Diesel (Only)
3 door ZR - $65,990
3 door SX - $55,990

3 door SX - $55,990

See Read Motorblog for more!

Landcruiser Prado (150 Series) FJ Cruiser

Engines  
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

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM

1GR-FE
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 179Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 376Nm @ 3800RPM (Auto)

 

 

Weight  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
1840 - 1948Kg
Towing capacity up to 2200kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
72 litres (assumed)
IL6 Petrol 13.1-13.6 litres per 100km
IL4 Diesel less than 9 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/width 1905/1875
Overall length/wheelbase 4850/2790
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
ANCAP 4/5
5 speed Auto
or 5 speed manual
Overall height/width 1828/1905
Overall length/wheelbase 4670/2790
Track (front/rear) 1605/1615
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
ANCAP 4/5
Capability  
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 32
Departure 31
Minimum ground clearance 243mm
Performance Performance

Performance figures

 
Pricing  
2010 $55,990 - 65,990 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 $44,990 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!


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