After giving the Prado a power boost in 2020, Toyota has now given its top-selling large SUV some extra equipment.
UPDATE, 7/7/2021 – Toyota 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 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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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.