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The Toyota Prado is an off-road landcruiser delight, but it’s equally at home in the city or suburbs, where most owners will generally keep it.

The Prado, a four-wheel drive muscular car that seeks to take on the highway or the unbeaten path, isn’t all about flash and power, however. This is a car that provides a comfortable ride, and room for whatever you want to carry.

If you’re bringing along the family, you’ll want to know that this car comfortably seats 8 and features three-point seatbelts and headrests for all occupants. Standard features include an in-dash CD player, power windows and locks, and 17” steel wheels. In standard models, the features can be basic, but include multiple airbags, 6 cup holders, mud flaps, and an engine immobilizer.

Upgrade to an “option pack” and get ABS brakes, cruise control and leather bound steering wheel.

Now, while the ride is comfortable and smooth, most buyers are looking for the vehicle’s off-road ability. Although many Australian drivers will never take their Prado off road, it performs well when given the chance. Whether in the dirt or on the beach, this car can handle it all.

The vehicle’s 3.0-litre diesel engine is surprisingly fuel efficient and runs smoothly and as quietly as can be expected.

Most drivers stick with the standard Prado model, as this car is more about fire and muscle than comfort and luxury. But the standard model nonetheless offers enough features to keep even the luxury-seeker happy. Some of these features include a power accessory socket, the Toyota Safe-T-Cell, 3 rows of seats and – for solid sound while on those off-road drives – a 6 speaker CD system.

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