Our favorite Toyota, still believes there is much to be “milked” from the current generation of the Prado SUV hence the decision by the automaker to continue with the model for the 2020 model year with minimal changes. Aesthetically, it is difficult to spot any new changes unless you compare the current model and the 2020 Toyota Prado closely. The SUV will still be available in five trims (Kakadu, VX, Altitude SE, GXL, and GX) like the current model. The cabin is slightly revamped but there are no major changes. Similarly, there are no changes in the engine department.
2020 Toyota Prado Exterior
There are no recognizable changes on the 2020 Toyota Prado “boxy” exterior look. The 2020 Prado continues with the signature 5-bar “barbecue” grille. The large LED headlights and gigantic front bumper on the current models also continue unchanged. The rear fascia is still boxy; the rear bumper is also unchanged but the taillights look somewhat thinner than units on the current models. Overall, the SUV is as boxy as the outgoing one, thanks to the flat roof.
According to photos in our possession, the SUV also features similar wheels and tires as the current models. In terms of size, the 2020 Prado has the same length, width, height, and wheelbase as the model it is replacing. In short, Toyota refrained from making any changes on the Prado, which in fact are not necessary because the SUV’s current design is very popular.
The Toyota Prado offers a large cabin that can accommodate five to seven passengers depending on whether the buyer opts for two rows or three rows of seats. Second row and third-row seats can be folded effortlessly to expand space for cargo. All passengers except those on the third row enjoy ample legroom; the third-row seats are suitable for children. The model comes with an extensive list features as standard including a premium stereo, MP3 player, USB ports, infotainment system and several driver assist systems.
Engine and performance
The Prado is usually offered in a variety of engines to choose from. They include a 4.0 L, V6 that makes around 271 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. There is also a turbodiesel 3.0 L inline-4 good for 170 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. As for transmission systems, there is a 6-speed automatic system as standard; a 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as an option.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the diesel engine is rated at 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on highways and 28 mpg on combined drives while the petrol engine returns 15 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on highways and 20 mpg on combined drives. The two drivetrains have 4×4 capability and models with the diesel engine can tow as much as 5,500kg. Upper trims get stability control, traction control, hill descent control, slope-start aids among others as standard options.
Price and release date
Toyota is yet to announce official prices of the 2020 Toyota Prado but we do not expect a significant hike from the current price range. A starting price of around $48,000 is likely for the base model. Fully equipped models can fetch over $80,000.