150 Series Toyota LandCruiser LC5 Prado Vs Toyota Kluger

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Recently one of us had the opportunity to drive a 2009 Kluger for an extended period so here's the updated review and comparison between the Prado and Kluger.

The Kluger was initially released in 2001 as one of the ugliest SUVs you could buy. However there was not much competition in the class at the time that had the combination of refinement and quality. The updated model seen here was released in 2008 addressed the issues that the original version had.

The Toyota Kluger is an interesting car and SUV. It is smaller than the Prado and larger than the RAV4. It does have a lots of internal space, power and 4WD ability. Sitting in one leaves a good impression but driving is a mixed experience.

An updated model was released in 2011 which had mainly cosmetic changes.


Toyota Kluger  
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The interior of the Kluger is a great place to be. The design is integrated and the materials although typical Toyota is very good. It is also and probably one of the most stylish interiors in the range. You sit more car like in the latest Kluger and also cosseted, meaning more outstretched as opposed to to up right in the Prado. The overall design reminds us of a grown up RAV4. The top range model has the look and feel of a luxury car - just don't look too closely.

It's exterior design is up to date and at the same time conservative and will appeal to most. The current Kluger is infinitely better than the hideously ugly first generation model. The 2010 Kluger is nice looking car that hides it bulk because it is as wide as the Prado! 

The drive impression can be summarized as this: it is like a Camry to drive but with more go (V6 engine). Also in V6 form it is smother and quieter. I wouldn't say it is 100% like a high rise Camry but at suburban speeds the Kluger leaves that impression. The V6 engine has plenty of power although it puts the power down in a less aggressive fashion than the Prado's engine. There is nothing exceptional about the way it drives. Handling is pretty good if you go at normal speeds.
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

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

Toyota Kluger
2010 $40,990 - 65,900 AUD
 

 

 

The Kluger has a 2WD only as well as a range of AWD models. The Kluger doesn't have a hard core 4wd system so don't expect it to work too well in that environment. So if you want off-road capability the Prado is the pick whilst if you you spend most of your time on road than the Kluger is the pick. It comes in 2WD only models as well so there's money to be saved. I think the Kluger is the best of the competition to date.

Toyota Prado Toyota Kluger (Model code GSU45R)

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
2GR-FE
V6 Petrol
DOHC VVTi EFI
3.5 Litre (3456cc)
Claimed 201Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 337Nm @ 4700RPM


2TR-FE
IL4 Cylinder Petrol
DOHC VVTi EFI
2.7 Litre (2694cc)
Claimed 118Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 241Nm @ 3800RPM

Weight  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
1840-2030Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000kg
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
V6 Petrol 11.6 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 Auto
Overall height/width 1760/1910
Overall length/wheelbase 4785/2790
Track (front/rear) 1630/1640-1645
NCAP safety rating 5/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
4WD system: AWD with selectable modes
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach ???
Departure ???
Breakover ???
4WD system: 2WD or AWD with selectable modes
Minimum ground clearance 206mm
Performance  
Prado performance figures  
Pricing  
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!

 
2009 $43,785 - 64,974 AUD
2010 $40,990 - 65,900 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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