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After giving the Prado a power boost in 2020, Toyota has now given its top-selling large SUV some extra equipment.

UPDATE, 7/7/2021Toyota has announced the Prado will receive additional updates for 2021. We’ve included this information below.

GX and GXL models’ suite of safety features now include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the GX also gets some aesthetic enhancements in the form of a chrome grille and puddle lights.

At the other end of the range, the VX and Kakadu get new 19-inch alloy wheel designs.

Updated models will arrive in showrooms from mid-July 2021.

There have been price increases across the board, with GX and GXL models up by $990 and VX and Kakadu models receiving a peculiar $777 increase.

These updates follow a 2020 update that included a more powerful 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, plus a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


  • 2021 Toyota Prado GX: $60,830 (+$990)
  • 2021 Toyota Prado GXL: $67,530 (+$990)
  • 2021 Toyota Prado VX: $77,157 (+$777)
  • 2021 Toyota Prado Kakadu: $87,807 (+$777)

All prices exclude on-road costs.


The 2021 Toyota Prado is powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine used in the HiLux and Fortuner, producing 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque.

The extra 20kW and 50Nm over the previous iteration comes courtesy of a new ball-bearing turbocharger, better cooling, and changes to the cylinder block and head.

It’s mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and switchable four-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Toyota Prado uses a claimed 7.9L/100km, and the Prado has a 150L fuel capacity as standard across two fuel tanks: an 87L main tank, and a 63L sub tank.

The flat tailgate version (without the boot-mounted spare tyre) only has the 87L main tank.


The 2021 Toyota Prado measures 4995mm long, 1890mm tall and 1885mm wide, with a 2790mm wheelbase.

Models with the optional flat tailgate are shorter at 4825mm.

The Prado’s kerb weight starts at 2230kg for the base five-seater and jumps to 2455kg for range-topping seven-seat versions.

Servicing and Warranty

The 2021 Toyota Prado requires maintenance every six months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.

Each of the first six services (or each scheduled service in the first three years of maintenance) will cost $260.

As with the wider Toyota line-up, it’s backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.


The 2021 Toyota Prado has an ANCAP rating of five stars.

All models come standard with the following safety equipment:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with daytime and nighttime pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam

Standard Equipment

The Prado GX features the following standard features:

  • 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite navigation
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors with power folding
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Air-conditioning
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Trailer sway control
  • Seven airbags
  • Reversing camera
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Hill-descent control
  • Air-conditioned centre console
  • Cargo blind
  • Puddle lights

Third-row seating is an additional $2550 on the base Prado GX.

Moving up to the Prado GXL adds:

  • Bi-LED headlights
  • Third row of seating
  • Privacy glass
  • Leatherette steering wheel
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear differential lock
  • Alarm
  • Side steps
  • Roof rails

An option package with leather-trimmed seats (ventilated, heated, and powered front, heated in the rear) costs $3470 on the GXL.

Step into the Prado VX and you gain:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Full-sized spare wheel
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Front parking sensors
  • Surround-view camera
  • Refrigerated cool box
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • 14-speaker JBL sound system

The range-topping Prado Kakadu also offers:

  • Tilt and slide moon roof
  • Faux wood steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Drive mode selector
  • Four-link rear suspension with air springs
  • Five-speed crawl control
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Multi-terrain select
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

A flat tailgate, which sees the spare mounted under the vehicle, is a no-cost option on GXL, VX and Kakadu models.

Premium paint is a $675 option.

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Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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