The Toyota Probox is a light commercial vehicle that was introduced to the Japanese market in mid 2002. A few years later, it connected well with Kenyan businessmen and it has been a best seller ever since. The name simply stands for Professional Box. It is largely the same as the Toyota Succeed save for minor differences. Later in this review, we will highlight these differences
The first generation Probox known as the NCP50 was in production from 2002 to 2014. The second generation Probox known as the NCP150 has been in production from 2014 to present. The Toyota Probox is available with 2 engine options, these are the 1.3Litre 2NZ engine and the 1.5Litre 1NZ engine, mated to either a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual transmission. There are 4WD options available with the 1.5L engine.
Legroom & Space
The Toyota Probox is strictly made for commercial use and comfort is therefore minimal if not non-existent. All windows are manual and seats are made of a water-proof vinyl material. At the first row, the seats are mildly comfortable with fixed headrests. There is sufficient legroom here for tall people. At the second row, space is tight and tall people will find it uncomfortable. The 3 seater bench is really meant for carrying people at short distances. Anything longer than an hour is going to be agony.
At the front, there are 4 cup holders, door panel storage , storage spaces below the dashboard, an open glovebox and a tray in between the seats. At the back, the only storage is on the door pockets.
2013 Toyota Probox Boot Space
The boot space for the Toyota Probox is impressive. The rear seats have been squeezed to free up space for the boot. The boot is covered in a waterproof plastic material that is ideal for carrying heavy luggage. The rear seats can fold flat to create more space when required.
Other Extras: CD/Radio player, Air Condition
The Toyota Probox is a very basic car that comes with 13 Inch steel rims, halogen headlamps, and no fog lights. They are usually painted in white or grey with plastics accentuated in black. As the name suggests, the exterior can be best be described as a box.
2013 Toyota Probox Fuel Consumption
2013 Toyota Probox 1.3L Fuel Consumption: 18.0 km/L (On Average)
2013 Toyota Probox 1.5L Fuel Consumption: 15.0 km/L (On Average)
2013 Toyota Probox Acceleration
2013 Toyota Probox 1.3L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.0 sec.
2013 Toyota Probox 1.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.7 sec.
2013 Toyota Probox Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 Litres
2013 Toyota Probox Ground Clearance
The 2013 Toyota Probox has a ground clearance of 6.1 Inches(155mm). This is ok for Kenyan roads when used lightly. However, for heavy loading, it might be necessary to increase the ground clearance. Read our guidelines on how to safely increase ground clearance.
2013 Toyota Probox Stability and Handling
To be honest, I expected the Probox to perform much worse in this regard, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Toyota Probox handles itself surprisingly well at moderate speeds. At higher speeds, I felt a slight wobble around corners and did not push my luck any further. Overall, the Toyota Probox drives well. There is some cabin noise at high speed but I guess this is ok for a commercial vehicle.
Service and Maintenance Costs
Minor Service(Done after every 5000kms can be done by any reputable petrol station) – Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Engine Oil = Total
Major Service(done after every 20,000kms has to be done by a competent garage)-Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads(If available), ATF Oil, Engine Oil, ATF Filter = Total
Where to Service – see a list of our recommended Garages
Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
The Toyota Probox is a very cheap car to maintain. Spare parts are widely available and affordable. We visited several Toyota spare shops in Nairobi and we were able to quickly find the parts we wanted. For a list of these shops follow this link
2013 Toyota Probox Reliability
The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you make an informed decision when buying a car.
The 2013 Toyota Probox is reliable and no major problems have been reported. It is a simple car that uses minimal electronics and sensors. When it breaks down, it can be quickly and easily repaired due to its simple nature. Always follow the recommended guidelines as per the Owner’s manual. To download the 2013 Toyota Probox Owner’s Manual click here
Resale Value: Good
Toyota Probox Competitors: Toyota Succeed, Nissan Ad Van
Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: Between Ksh.750,000 to Ksh.850,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 53,000/- per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 20,000/- for 4 Tyres
See the latest Toyota Probox Price here
Toyota Probox Vs Toyota Succeed
- All parts are interchangeable
- The Toyota Succeed is more luxurious with extra padded seats and adjustable headrests.
- The Toyota Succeed has electric windows
- The Toyota Succeed has reverse lights on the tailgate
- The Toyota Succeed uses 14 Inch rims while the Probox uses 13 inch rims
- The Toyota Succeed is heavier
The Toyota Probox is not a particularly attractive or sleek car. However, it is highly reliable and it gets the job done.
What we like about the 2013 Toyota Probox
1. Ideal for small businesses
2. Cheap to maintain
3. Excellent fuel economy
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