It may have a different name, but the Toyota Prado’s pedigree is 100% Land Cruiser. This mean, lean, off-roading machine has all the poise of its older brother when getting to grips with tough terrain, but also has the refinement and sophistication for on-road activities. It’ll keep up with the scenery in the middle of the desert, and keep up with the commuter traffic on the highway into the centre of the city. The Prado is a definite all-rounder, with plenty of surprises under the bonnet for even the most demanding of drivers.
A new, updated look
SUVs are supposed to look like they can go anywhere and do anything, so it’s no surprise that the aggressive, bullish styling of the Prado has been given a tough new makeover. The result is a bold and contemporary design that is offset by a luxurious cabin that wouldn’t look out of place in a top-of-the-range sedan.
Driving modes – pick the right one for your terrain
The Toyota Prado doesn’t just have a single driving mode. It has five of them, which you can select using the Multi-Terrain Select function. Kick in the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and the ride stability smooths out to the point you could almost forget you were off-road.
With a 4.0-litre V6 engine driving you forward, the Prado is a go-anywhere-do-anything SUV that embraces its Land Cruiser heritage and takes it up to a whole new level. Everything is controlled through a six-speed automatic ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission) system for super-controllable power delivery, no matter what the terrain.
Internal comfort and exceptional driver tech
You may have mud on the tyres, but that interior is straight out of a luxury car, providing up to seven people with soft, supportive seating and plenty of entertainment. Even the tallest passengers won’t feel cramped in the back of the Prado – there’s ample leg and headroom, as well as plenty of space in the boot for all your camping equipment.
The driver has everything they need at their fingertips. A multi-terrain monitor with panoramic view monitors gives you all the information you need to plot the safest and best route through that dry wadi. A 4.2” colour TFT display gives you the heads up about what’s surrounding you, and you can easily access the functions thanks to fingertip steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Stay safe on and off-road
Toyota has a reputation for delivering cars and SUVs that can respond to almost any challenge the road (and tracks) can throw at them. However, they’ve also got an exceptional name for safety, and the Prado is no exception. This SUV is packed with both passive and active safety features, including Rear Cross Traffic Alert so that you don’t inadvertently reverse into a line of traffic, and the innovative Blind Spot Monitor, which warns you if you have another vehicle hiding in your blind spot.
The Toyota Prado is what happens when the Land Cruiser’s baby brother grows up. The result is an incredibly adaptable SUV that’s equally at home on the sandy tracks of the desert, rocky mountain slopes, or the city streets of the urban jungle. Its butch styling and responsive handling appeals to drivers who like to challenge themselves and their vehicle at the weekend, and then commute in total comfort during the week.
Find out more about the Toyota Prado by dropping into your local Hertz Car Rental branch and chatting with one of our friendly team today.
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