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Which Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Is Better: Diesel Or Petrol?

The bold and boxy exterior of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is hard to miss. Toyota is arguably one of the best automobile manufacturers in the world. The Land Cruiser Prado is one of their great innovations, providing an SUV that is strong and reliable. When it comes to driving on rough and uneven terrains, the Land Cruiser Prado is one of the best vehicles you can choose. It is solid, well-balanced and confident on the road, regardless of the terrain.

Backing up the stability and reliability of the Land Cruiser Prado is its engine. Toyota offers its customers the choice of picking between the V6 petrol engine or a 4-cylinder diesel engine. Each engine option provides optimum performance and efficiency; and are well up to the task of giving a confident ride.

Prices Of 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser In Nigeria, Buying Guide
Prices Of 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser In Nigeria, Buying Guide

To know which of the engines is better, let’s take a look at the engine performance and efficiency of the Diesel engine and the petrol engine:

Engine & Transmission

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2.8GD VXToyota Land Cruiser Prado 4.0 VX
Engine2.8-litre, turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel4.0-litre, V6 petrol
Transmission6-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Power150 kW202 kW
Torque500 Nm381 Nm
0-100 km/h9.9s10.9 s
Top speed175 km/h180 km/h
Fuel consumption7.9 L /100 km11.3 L /100 km
CO2 emission209 g/km266 g/km

From the above, the petrol engine obviously generates more power and has a greater top speed than the diesel engine. However, the fuel economy of the petrol engine is lower than the diesel engine: meaning you get to spend more buying fuel.

Which is better depends on your preference. If you like more power, the petrol engine is a good option. In Nigeria, the price of petrol and diesel is quite expensive, in fact, diesel costs more. So, you would be spending more on fuel if you get the diesel engine in Nigeria.

Similarities Between The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Diesel And Power Engine

  • Both are well-adapted to travel on rough terrains.
  • Both can travel long distances.
  • Both are reliable and efficient
  • Both comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission

Apart from the engine features, other components of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado makes it a great vehicle for daily use. Here are the other features of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.


  • The 9.0-inch touchscreen.
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
  • Reversing camera display
  • Cruise control.
  • Keyless entry and start.
  • Durable cloth seats.
  • 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Dimensions & Weight

Length (mm)4840
Width (mm)1885
Height (mm)1880
Wheelbase (mm)2790
Ground Clearance (mm)220
Kerb Weight (kg)2140
Front Tyres265 / 60 R18
Rear Tyres265 / 60 R18


Doors (Doors)5
Seating Capacity (Person)7
No of Seating Rows (Rows)3
Fuel Tank Capacity (liters)87

Comfort & Convenience

Air ConditionerYes (Automatic Three Zone)
Front ACTwo Zones
Rear ACSeparate Zone, Vents on Roof , Common Fan Speed Control
Third Row ACVents on Roof
Steering AdjustmentTilt & Telescopic
12V Power Outlets2
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Toyota offers the Land Cruiser Prado in four major variants including the:

  • Prado GX, 5-seats – $59,840 (34.1 million NGN approx)
  • Prado GXL, 7-seats – $66,540 ( 37.9 million NGN approx)
  • Prado VX, 7-seats – $76,380 ( 43.5 million NGN approx.)
  • Prado Kakadu, 7-seats – $87,030 ( 49.6 million NGN approx.)


The Prado GX is the base trim in the 2021 Land cruiser Prado. Under the hood is a turbo diesel engine mated with a six speed Automatic transmission. It comes standard with a five seating capacity, but for an extra charge, a third row can be added. Standard features of the Prado GX includes The 9.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Reversing camera display

Cruise control, Keyless entry and start, Durable cloth seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, Rain-sensing windscreen wipers etc.


An upgrade to the GX is the Prado GXL which comes with a seven-seating capacity as standard. In addition to the standard features of the GX, the GXL has Roof rails for mounting luggage systems, Long-lasting LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED front fog lamps, Rear parking sensors; Three-zone climate control air-conditioning, which lets the driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers separately set their desired cabin temperatures etc.


More expensive than the other two trims, the Prado VX boasts more standard features than the GX and GXL. Some of its features include Bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, Leather-trimmed seats, Refrigerated center console cool box, 14-speaker JBL premium sound system, Front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights etc.


More advanced and better than the others is the Prado Kakadu. The Kakadu offers great value for its worth. It comes with the unique Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which gives both flatter on-road handling and more off-road capability.

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