Toyota Prado Vs Subaru Outback

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Here's a quick comparison between the current 150 series Toyota Land Cruiser Prado specifications and the latest 2010 Subaru Outback. Although the two are aimed at different parts of the market I thought it would be an interesting comparison. 

The Subaru Outback is the latest version of the model up from the smaller Forester and normal height Legacy/Liberty. I've driven a few from the B4 to the B6 but not the diesel and to put it nicely I have not bought one yet.

The reasons for not buying the Subaru Outback are based on the drive and personal preference.

 


Subaru Outback 
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The Subaru Outback is a great package in wagon form, good space and refinement and power in the V6 version will keep almost anyone happy. Quality of materials is up there with the best Japanese cars in the class with the bonus of some off road capability due to increased ride height and AWD. The V6 is very deceptive being very quiet, smooth and powerful. The 4 cylinder version is energetic but requires revs to make it go.

The interior of the Subaru is a blend of good materials and looks and feels integrated. It is not at the same level of Lexus or prestige marques but it is still a nice place to be. The only problem is that the design of the parts are not good enough for a car priced in this category. For example the Mitsubishi ASX has been design and hence better impression of quality than the Subaru.

The exterior design is more aggressive than the old model but not quite likable. It is not a pretty car but most of all it does not look like the premium vehicle. (As it appears to be marketed as in Aust) Sure the angles are modern but it verges on tacky in terms of design. It also makes the car look small and cheap.

The drive is not impressive for an AWD car marketed on its handling. I guess you really need time to appreciate the way it works or in wet conditions if you'll ever understand. If you need a 'likeness' metaphor it feels like a Honda except without the sporty edge. I would even go as far to say that it is a Toyota Camry in feel but with different interior trim and quieter.
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

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

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

Subaru Outback
2010 $37,990 - 55,990 AUD

 

 

The Outback's boxer 6 cylinder engine is the real stand out. It doesn't have the initial torque of the Prado but the B6 is just so smooth and willing to spin. If you want a 4 cylinder the slightly smaller Forester is probably the better choice but as with all Subaru's current model range the design needs attention. We refuse to pay this much for an interior that belongs in the 1990's or much less expensive cars especially when there was nothing exceptional about the drive experience.

Landcruiser Prado (150 Series) Subaru Outback (2010)

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
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM
 
  

B4 Petrol
B4 Petrol
SOHC Boxer Engine EFI iAVLS
2.5 Litre (2457cc)
Claimed 123Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 229Nm @ 4000RPM

B4 Diesel
IL4 Petrol
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
2 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 110Kw @ 3600RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 1800RPM

B6 Petrol
V6 DOHC Boxer engine EFI Dual AVCS
3.6 Litre (3630cc)
Claimed 191Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 4400RPM

 

Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
1465 - 2305Kg
Towing capacity up to 1800kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 65 litres
B4 Petrol 8.4L per 100km (Auto)
B4 Diesel 6.4 litres per 100km (Manual)
B6 Petrol 10.3 litres per 100km (Auto)
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
CVT Auto or 5 spd Auto or 6 spd manual
Overall height/width 1615/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4790/2745
Track (front/rear) 1535/1530
ANCAP safety rating 5/5
Capability  
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 xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system AWD
Max ground clearance 213
Water Fording depth xx Max
Performance Performance

Prado performance figures

B4 petrol 0-100kph 10.4secs
B4 diesel 0-100kph 9.7secs (manual)
B6 petrol 0-100kph 7.6secs

Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, on-road costs and specials, accessories etc...
 
2010 $37,990 - 55,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, on-road costs and specials, accessories etc...


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