2013 Toyota Harrier Review

With the introduction of the third generation in December 2013 the Toyota Harrier was decoupled from the Lexus RX and they are now separate entities. The Harrier has undergone extensive changes with the most notable being the futuristic frontal redesign. The driving dynamics have also changed significantly with the introduction of a 2.0 Litre powerplant.

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Detailed Review

The Toyota Harrier has been in production for three generations starting from 1998 to present. For the first and second generation, it was virtually the same as the Lexus RX with minor variations. But from the third generation, the Harrier is a distinct brand with no relationship with the Lexus RX. It competes with the Nissan Murano, Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW X5, Mercedes M Class and VW Touareg.

It’s offered with 2 engine options; A 2.0-Litre 3ZR-FAE petrol engine and a 2.5-Litre 2AR-FXE petrol Hybrid engine. The are linked to a 7-Speed Super CVT-I transmission and available in both 2WD and 4WD. The Hybrid version is available only in 4WD.

2013 Toyota Harrier Grades

  1. Toyota Harrier Grand – This is the entry level grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, clothe seats manual seats and 17-Inch alloy rims.
  2. Toyota Harrier ELEGANCE – This is the medium level grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, clothe seats electric seats and 17-Inch alloy rims, an optional sunroof, and chrome finish.
  3. Toyota Harrier Premium – This is the luxury grade that comes with a choice of either the 2.0L or 2.5L hybrid engines, leather seats electric seats and 18-Inch alloy rims, an optional sunroof, chrome finish and the complete Toyota Safety Sense suite.

Interior & Exterior
The interior dimensions have not changed much and the Harrier retains the same seating arrangement. The dashboard retains the same layout but the instrument cluster has been modernized with LCD displays and a touchscreen entertainment console. The legroom on both rows is good and tall people will find it comfortable.

On the outside, the new Harrier is more angular with sharp LED headlights and a narrow grille that is covered in plastic. The rear retains its form with the major changes being the upgraded LED taillights and a redesigned bumper.

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox and the center-box. At the second row, there are 4 cupholders and front seat jacket pockets.

2013 Toyota Harrier Boot Space
The Toyota Harrier has a sizable boot that is sufficient for a family of five. The rear seats can fold to create extra space when required.

Other Extras: Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Qi charging, touchscreen entertainment console, panoramic sunroof

Safety Features: Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Crash Safety System, Frequency Adaptive Damping, Steering assisted Vehicle Stability Control

2013 Toyota Harrier Fuel Consumption
2013 Toyota Harrier 2.0L fuel consumption: 16.0 km/L
2013 Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid fuel consumption: 21.8 km/L

2013 Toyota Harrier Acceleration
2013 Toyota Harrier 2.0L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.5 sec.
2013 Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 sec.

2013 Toyota Harrier Fuel Tank Capacity: 75 Litres

2013 Toyota Harrier Driving Experience
The new Harrier is much smoother than the previous generation and it feels solid to drive. The 2.0L engine is not as accelerative and it takes a bit of time to gain speed when pushed hard. The 2.5L hybrid is much quicker and feels lighter.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
The Harrier shares many parts with other Toyotas such as the RAV4, Crown, Vellfire and the Prado. The parts are well priced and available in major towns across the country. Electronic components such as batteries for the Hybrid are expensive and not readily available in the market.

2013 Toyota Harrier Hybrid Reliability
We have conducted a detailed analysis of the Toyota Harrier by interviewing current owners, mechanics and dealers to come up with bullet proof guidelines for potential buyers and owners. All this information is contained in the Toyota Harrier Buyer’s Guide. It’s a guide available for purchase and we highly recommend it for first time buyers and owners. Click here to purchase the Toyota Harrier Buyer’s Guide

Resale Value – Good

2013 Toyota Harrier Competitors: Nissan Murano, Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW X5, Mercedes M Class and VW Touareg.

Cost of Ownership
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What we like about the 2013 Toyota Harrier
1. Smooth and quiet ride
2. Fuel efficient
3. Luxurious and spacious interior

What we don’t

The Toyota Harrier is an excellent family car that has steadily evolved in terms of design, safety and comfort. If the high price point is not a hindrance for you, the definitely this crossover SUV is worth having.

Where to Buy the 2013 Toyota Harrier in Kenya
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