2010 Toyota Prado Review

From Ksh 2,800,000
  • Toyota, Toyota Prado
  • Petrol
  • 2,700 cc

The 2010 Toyota Prado is a 7 seater, large SUV that is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. In Kenya, the Toyota Prado competes with the Land Rover Discovery, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Everest. The 2010 Toyota Prado falls in the J150 series that have been in production from 2009 to Present.

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Extras: Sunroof
  • Safety Features: ABS with EBD, brake assist, KDSS, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights, Roof Rails, Side Steps
  • Interior Features: 7 Seater

Detailed Review

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is one of the top selling SUVs globally. In Kenya, it competes with the Land Rover Discovery, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Everest. The 2010 Toyota Prado falls in the J150 series that have been in production from 2009 to Present. The Prado is a large 7 seater SUV that is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is prevalent in Kenya mainly because most Prados are shipped from the JDM where petrol is preferred.

The Toyota Prado 150 is a mechanically and technologically diverse car from the simple GX to the complex and highly advanced VX-L. If you are looking to buy the Prado 150, it is important to understand this diversity.

There are 3 engines offered with the 2010 Toyota Prado. These are;

  1. The 2.7 Litre petrol 2TR-FE Engine
  2. The 4.0 Litre Petrol 1GR-FE Engine
  3. The 3.0 Litre Diesel 1KD -FTV D4D Engine

2010 Toyota Prado Interior

Toyota Prado 150 Grades
There are 7 sub-models or grades of the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. These are: TZ, TX, TXL, GX, GXL, VX, and VXL. Below are the markets in which these grades are sold.

Japanese Domestic Market
Toyota Prado TX, Toyota Prado TX-L, Toyota Prado TZ, Toyota Prado TZG

Kenya, Australia, and UK Markets
Toyota Prado GX, Toyota Prado GXL, Toyota Prado TX, Toyota Prado VX, Toyota Prado VXL

For a detailed description of these grades, click on this link

2010 Toyota Prado Fuel Consumption
The 2010 Toyota Prado TX Consumes an average of 8.5 km/L
The 2010 Toyota Prado VX Consumes an average of 10.0km/L
The 2010 Toyota Prado TZ Consumes an average of 6.5 km/L

2010 Toyota Prado Acceleration
The 2.7L Petrol Toyota Prado TX accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.7 secs.
The 3.0L Diesel Toyota Prado VX accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.7 secs.
The 4.0L Petrol Toyota Prado TZ accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 secs.

Fuel Tank Capacity: 150L

2010 Toyota Prado Stability and Handling
The Toyota Prado 150 has a ground clearance of 220mm(8.67 Inches). It is a tall vehicle by all standards and it has a high center of gravity. Aggressive driving especially around corners is not advisable(This is a general rule for all 4x4s). The VX-L and TZ-G benefit from a raft of stability control sensors and a hydro-pneumatic suspension- KDSS – that lowers the vehicle at speed. These models are much more stable and have better handling.

 Service Intervals
Minor Service: Done at 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: Done at 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel/Diesel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Toyota Prado Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
The Toyota Prado 150 is not a particularly cheap car to maintain but when compared to the Land Rover Discovery, it is significantly cheaper. In our research, we found that most spare parts for the Toyota Prado 150 are available in Nairobi. We found that body parts and sensors can get very expensive(such as headlamps and height sensors). Service parts, mechanical parts and suspension parts are generally well priced.

2010 Toyota Prado Reliability
For this review, we interviewed Toyota mechanics and specialists to get insights on the Toyota Prado 150. Below are the most commonly reported issues

1. Injector Problems – Caused by adulterated fuel
2. Fuel Pump Failure – Caused by adulterated fuel
3. Turbo Failure – Not very common- caused by poor maintenance

We recommend that you thoroughly read the Owner’s Manual before operating the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Download the 2010 Toyota Prado Owner’s Manual in English here.

Resale Value: Very Good

Toyota Prado Competitors: Land Rover Discovery, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Everest

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: From 2,800,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 112,000/- Per Annum Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/-
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 140,000/- for 4 Tyres
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Petrol or Diesel? Which Prado Should You Buy
The Toyota Prado 150 is offered in both petrol and diesel engines. Many buyers struggle with the choice of which one to buy. In Kenya, diesel engines are preferred by 4×4 owners due to a number of reasons. Firstly, diesel fuel is significantly cheaper than petrol. Therefore, with a diesel engine, drivers greatly save on fuel costs. Secondly, diesel engines generally handle the rough work better than their petrol counterparts. This is due to the extra torque at low range, ideal for off road driving and carrying load.

But diesel engines have not been without fault. They have traditionally been expensive to maintain and less forgiving when poorly maintained. Modern diesel engines have changed greatly with the arrival of new technologies such as the common rail fuel injection system. Diesel engines are now clean, silent, powerful and cheaper to maintain while still retaining their traditionally desirable features.

The petrol engines are loved for being refined, smooth, clean, and silent. They are best suited for people with an urban lifestyle who occasionally go off-road. The petrol engines are easier to maintain and last longer than diesel engines.

The choice of engine greatly depends on your lifestyle. If you are an urban dweller with minimal requirement for towing and off-road ventures, then petrol will work just fine. But if you are the adventurous with regular towing and off road activities, then diesel is the most ideal.

What we like about the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
1. A great family car that can take you to the end of the world and back
2. Off road capability
3. Comfortable 7 Seater

What we don’t
Slow acceleration on the 2.7L Petrol

The Toyota Prado competes closely with the Land Rover Discovery which has been haunted by a history of unreliability. The Toyota Prado is a proven vehicle with stellar reliability which makes it the preferred option by many buyers.

When buying a used Prado, it is important to understand its technical specifications. As we have said, the 2010 Toyota Prado is a very diverse car with many grades targeted at different lifestyles. Before you walk into the dealership, have your facts right. Ignorance is your worst enemy when negotiating with a dealer. They like to oversell and will not blink at selling you a TX at the price of a TZG.

Lastly, it is important to undertake a thorough inspection of the vehicle for any mechanical defects and theft. Don’t rely on your judgement, get an expert to give the car a top-to-bottom inspection. Inspect the paperwork PLEASE and pay attention to detail.

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