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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV

The 1996 Land Cruiser Prado was one of the best in-between 4WD cars on the market.

It offered comfort and endurance, plus high off-road capabilities.

In the past, there were not too many choices. It was either a rugged 4x4 with its bone-shaking chassis or a comfortable car on the road. There was no in-between. But Toyota flexed its muscles with the Land Cruiser Prado, a car with independent front suspension and a low-range transmission.

The bulky design of the vehicle was dominated by flat and big surfaces with barely any curves on it. A tall, wide, and flat front fascia with a small grille over a big plastic bumper was all that other people would see in the rear-view mirror inside their cars. From the side, the flared arches and plastic strips tried hard to make that truck look like a car. In the back, the Land Cruiser Prado featured a spare-wheel mounted on its tailgate.

Inside, the Prado was available with up to 8 seats in the 5-door version. There was a lot of room for any size of passengers. On the center stack, the Prado was fitted with air-conditioning and a stereo. On the center console, the gear-stick and the transmission lever were accompanied by the hand-brake. The switch for locking the rear differential was located next to the steering column.

For the drivetrain, the Land Cruiser Prado was available with a choice of diesel and gasoline engines. In some markets, it was offered with either a 2.7-liter four-pot or 3.0-liter V6 gasoline. On others, it was offered only with a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel with four cylinders. Standard transmission, apart from the VX trim level, was a 5-speed manual, while a 4-speed auto was available, or standard on the VX.

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TOYOTA Prado / Meru 1996 - 2001
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.7L 4AT AWD (150 HP)
  • 2.7L 5MT AWD (150 HP)
  • 3.0d 5MT AWD (125 HP)

TOYOTA Prado / Meru 2.7L 4AT AWD (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.7L 4AT AWD (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2694 cm3
Power
112 KW @ 4800 RPM
152 HP @ 4800 RPM
150 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
235 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/70 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
169 in (4293 mm)
Width
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Height
72.2 in (1834 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.3/59.5 in (1,506/1,511 mm)
Wheelbase
93.3 in (2370 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.1 in (231 mm)
Cargo Volume
26.1 cuFT (739 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3858 lbs (1750 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5908 lbs (2680 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.1 mpg US (18 L/100Km)
Highway
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)

TOYOTA Prado / Meru 2.7L 5MT AWD (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.7L 5MT AWD (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2694 cm3
Power
112 KW @ 4800 RPM
152 HP @ 4800 RPM
150 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
235 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/70 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
169 in (4293 mm)
Width
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Height
72.2 in (1834 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.3/59.5 in (1,506/1,511 mm)
Wheelbase
93.3 in (2370 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.1 in (231 mm)
Cargo Volume
26.1 cuFT (739 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3586 lbs (1627 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5522 lbs (2505 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.1 mpg US (18 L/100Km)
Highway
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)

TOYOTA Prado / Meru 3.0d 5MT AWD (125 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0d 5MT AWD (125 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2982 cm3
Power
91.9 KW @ 4800 RPM
125 HP @ 4800 RPM
123 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
235 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/70 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
169 in (4293 mm)
Width
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Height
72.2 in (1834 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.3/59.5 in (1,506/1,511 mm)
Wheelbase
93.3 in (2370 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.1 in (231 mm)
Cargo Volume
26.1 cuFT (739 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4001 lbs (1815 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
6173 lbs (2800 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
21.2 mpg US (11.1 L/100Km)
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