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Toyota LandCruiser Prado 2021: off-roader gets more safety, more expensive

John Law

The ever-green LandCruiser Prado has been around in its current form since 2009, but for 2021 the off-roader has received a few spec tweaks.

The 2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has gained some running tweaks with extra safety features at the more affordable end and more bling for the range-topping variants.

Despite its age, the Prado continues to be a favourite with Australian buyers. In June 2021, the large SUV returned the sixth-best sales of any vehicle sold in Australia.

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2022
As more Aussies decide to holiday at home, Toyota’s LandCruiser sales go through the roof.

This 2021 spec update follows the engine changes that affected the Prado and Toyota HiLux late last year. Power was bumped to 150kW and torque 500Nm from the familiar 2.8L turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. 

Every Prado boasts an off-road capable AWD system and a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

What is new for the 2021 LandCruiser Prado range?

The price of entry to the Prado GX is up $990 to $60,830 plus on-road costs. The GX is a basic spec and the only LandCruiser to be fitted with five seats as standard. A third-row costs $2,550 extra.

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2022-3
The updated Prado is safer at the lower end, but more bling at the top end.

Toyota has fitted the GX with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert for 2021, bolstering the adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and frontal AEB already standard.

This extra safety equipment also features on the $67,530 (plus on-roads) Prado GXL. The GXL gets seven seats, foglights and roof rails as standard. 

Above the GXL sits the VX from $77,157 plus on-road costs. It gets premium features as before, including leather upholstery, front & rear parking sensors, electric seat adjustment and power steering wheel adjustment.

The VX and Kakadu get new 19-inch alloy wheels, but we don’t know what they look like yet.

The VX and range-topping Kakadu ($87,807 plus on-roads) now feature 19-inch alloy wheels (in place of 18-inch items) in a specific design for each grade.

The LandCruiser Prado retains all the same selling points as before, including 150L fuel capacity, space for seven, Toyota reliability and 3,000kg braked towing capacity.

The updated Toyota LandCruiser Prado range is on sale now.

Toyota LandCruiser Prado 2021: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are before on-road costs

  • Prado GX – $60,380 (up $990)
  • Prado GXL – $67,530 (up $1,990)
  • Prado VX – $77,157 (up $777)
  • Prado Kakadu – $87,807 (up $777)