2012 Toyota Vanguard Review

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  • Toyota, Vanguard
  • Petrol
  • 2,400 cm³

The Toyota Vanguard is a versatile and functional vehicle that can serve both small and large families. It is a bigger version of the Toyota RAV4 and has been sold in the Japanese market since 2007. In Kenya, its popularity has been gaining steadily due to its off-road appeal and 7 seater capacity.

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Extras: 7 Seater, Leather Seats, Spoiler, Sunroof
  • Safety Features: ABS, EBD, SRS Airbags, Traction Control
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights(optional), Rear Spoiler, Roof Rails
  • Interior Features: 7 Seater, A/C, Aux Power, CD/DVD Player, DVD/Navigation, Lie Flat Seats, Optional Leather Seats

Detailed Review

The Toyota Vanguard was introduced to the market in 2007 as a crossover SUV to replace the Kluger. It’s however much bigger and boasts of 7-Seater capacity and better off-road capability. It competes with the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5 Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail and VW Tiguan.

Highlights

  • Spacious Interior
  • 7-Seater Capacity
  • Good performance
  • Low maintenance
  • Fuel Efficient
  • Good ground clearance

It comes with either a 2.4 Litre 2AZ-FE engine or a 3.6 Litre 2GR-FE V6 engine and it’s available in both 2WD and 4WD.

2012 Toyota Vanguard Grades

  1. Toyota Vanguard 240S G package – This is the 5 Seater version – It comes with the 2.4L engine and available in both 2WD or 4WD
  2. Toyota Vanguard 240S S Package – This is the 7 Seater version – It comes with the 2.4L engine and available in both 2WD or 4WD
  3. Toyota Vanguard 350S – This is the 5 Seater version – It comes with the 3.5L engine and only available in 4WD
  4. Toyota Vanguard 350S G Package – This is the 7 Seater version – It comes with the 3.5L engine and only available in 4WD

Interior & Exterior
The Toyota Vanguard is a spacious car. The legroom on the first row is excellent and even a tall driver will have enough room to play with. On the second row, the legroom is also good including the middle seat which is usually cramped on most cars. The third row seating is somewhat small for adults but nonetheless better than its competitors such as the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2012 Toyota Vanguard has a pretty attractive exterior. It’s well-rounded just like the RAV4 with smooth curves and edges that enhance its elegant look. All grades come with alloy rims and optional roof rails.

Storage space
The 2012 Toyota Vanguard has plenty storage compartments in the cabin. For the first row, there are two cup holders, door pockets, cubby box and glove box. For the second row, there are two cup holders in the armrest and front seat jacket pockets. For the third row, there are two cup holders and storage compartments on the wheel arch.

Boot Space
The boot space is quite big in the 5-Seater configuration. The 3rd-row seats fold neatly into the floor creating a huge boot space. In the 7-Seater configuration, boot space is small and the only thing you can manage to squeeze back there is probably a laptop bag.

Extras: Sunroof, Roof Rails, 7-Seater, Leather Seats

2012 Toyota Vanguard Fuel Consumption
2012 Toyota Vanguard 2.4L Fuel Consumption: 12.6 Km/L
2012 Toyota Vanguard 3.5L Fuel Consumption: 9.1 Km/L

Performance
As mentioned earlier, the 2012 Toyota Vanguard comes with a 2.4-liter engine that is balanced for power and economy. The 3.5 litre engine is extremely powerful and much as it accelerates like a sports car, it’s also a thirsty engine.

2012 Toyota Vanguard Acceleration
2012 Toyota Vanguard 2.4L Accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in 10.0 Sec
2012 Toyota Vanguard 3.5L Accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in 8.6 Sec

2012 Toyota Vanguard Reliability
The Toyota Vanguard’s 2AZ-FE and 2GR-FE engines are reliable power plants that serves in many Toyotas around the world. The mechanics we interviewed for this review pointed out one major issue which of course can be mitigated. Some engines that have not been well maintained may develop a tendency to burn oil. When buying the Vanguard either straight from Japan or locally, ensure that the car has had a good service history.

Toyota Vanguard Service Intervals
Minor Service – At 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service – At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2012 Toyota Vanguard Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres

2012 Toyota Vanguard Ground Clearance
The Toyota Vanguard has a ground clearance of 7.5 inches which is good for both on road and off road driving. Even when fully loaded, the car easily clears the biggest of speed bumps. While not a pure off-road vehicle, the 4WD models of the Vanguard have off-road capabilities.

Resale Value: Good
Toyota Vanguard Competitors: Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail and VW Tiguan.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: Between Ksh. 2,200,000/- and Ksh. 2,450,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Ksh. 154,000/- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/-
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 60,000/- for 4 Tyres
NB: figures as at October 2019

What we like

  • Spacious cabin
  • Good ground clearance
  • 7-seater Capacity
  • Good performance

What We Don’t

  • It’s expensive to buy compared to its competitors

Conclusion
The Toyota Vanguard is a versatile and functional vehicle that can serve both small and large families. As much as possible, go for the 4wd option as it offers better handling and off road capability. Whether buying locally or from Japan, be sure to inspect the vehicle for engine faults and underbody damage.

Where to Buy the 2012 Toyota Vanguard in Kenya
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