Toyota Prado GXL 4WD 2021 Radio Review

We drive the Toyota Prado GXL

Toyota Prado has been a mainstream 4WD for years now and recently got a much needed power boost and after driving the Prado GXL my  immediate thought is that this is the engine we should have had all along.

Toyota Prado GXL front

Producing 150kW and 500 Nm still driving through the six speed auto transmission with selectable 4WD low range. This makes a huge difference to the feel of the vehicle when driving in all situations, especially on sand where the higher torque allows smoother driving style.

The GXL is priced from $66,540 plus the usual costs and includes as standard Toyota Safety Sense, revised 9.0 inch touch screen, with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, auto wipers and reversing camera side steps, roof rails, tri-zone A/Cl, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daylight running lamps, and rear parking sensors.

2017 Toyota Prado GXL Interior premium

A $3000 option pack adds leather- ventilated, and power-operated front seats and heated second-row seats – all of which are standard on VX

The Prado GXL with premium interior is probably the sweet spot in the range, just enough features to keep most people happy and still priced well.

Im Rob Fraser

Toyota Prado GXL Profile

What is Good:

  • Value for money
  • Upgraded power and torque
  • Towing & 4WD ability

Not so Good:

  • Showing its age a little
  • Lacking some safety features
  • Spare undermounted reduces fuel capacity

Toyota Prado GXL rear

Also Look At

Model – Toyota Prado  GXL Premium 

  • Model Price   $69,717 MLP*
  • Engine           2.8L 4 Cyl  D4D
  • Drivetrain      6 Sp AT 4WD
  • Power            150kW @ 3,400rpm
  • Torque          500Nm @ 1,600rpm
  • Safety            S Star ANCAP
  • CO2                209g/km
  • Economy actual    7.9L/100 km ADR
  • Servicing        Capped Price 6 Mths / 10,000km
  • Tow Rating    Max 3,000kg
  • Tow Ball Rating     300kg
  • Warranty       5 Yrs / 100,000 km 5 Yrs Roadside Assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Overall Rating 86/100

  • Behind the Wheel    8
  • Comfort                       8
  • Equipment            8
  • Performance         8
  • Ride & Handling          8
  • Practicality            9
  • Fit for Purpose             9
  • Towing Ability             9
  • Off Road Ability          10
  • Value for Money          9

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.