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FJ120: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

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Toyota Land Cruiser 120 Series (2003-2009)

The Toyota Land Cruiser 120 Series, also known as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, was produced from 2002 to 2009 and is one of the most popular SUVs within the Land Cruiser lineup worldwide. Building upon the success of its predecessors, the Land Cruiser 120 Series introduced modern comforts, advanced technology, and enhanced off-road capabilities, making it a popular choice for families and adventurers seeking a well-rounded and capable vehicle.

Exterior and Design:

The Land Cruiser 120 Series features a modern and aerodynamic design, showcasing sleeker lines compared to earlier models. It retains the signature front grille and bold appearance associated with the Land Cruiser family. The Land Cruiser Prado is available in both two-row and three-row configurations, offering seating for up to eight passengers, making it an ideal choice for larger families or those who need extra space for passengers.

Engine and Performance:

During its production years, the Land Cruiser 120 Series was offered with various engine options, depending on the market. Options Include:

Gas:

  • 3RZ-FE 2.7L I4 making 150 hp (112 kW; 152 PS) at 4,800 RPM and 177 lb-ft(240 N m) of torque at 4000 RPM

  • 2TR-FE 2.7L I4 (16 valve, VVT-I) making 134 hp (100 kW) at 5,600 RPM and 135 lb-ft (182 N m) of torque at 4,000 RPM

  • 5VZ-FE  3.4L V6 making 190 hp (142 kW) at 4,800 and 220 lb-ft (298 N m) of torque at 3,600 RPM

  •  1GR-FE 4.0L V6 (VVT-I) making 237 hp (177 kW) at 5200 RPM and 266 lb-ft(361 N m) 37 kg⋅m) of torque at 4000 RPM (87 octane), and 240 hp (179 kW) at 5,200 RPM and 278 lb-ft(377 N m) at 3,700 RPM (91 octane) 

 

Diesel:

  • 5L-E 3.0L I4 making 237 hp (177 kW) at 5,200 RPM and 266 lb-ft(361 N m) of torque at 4,000 RPM when tuned for 87 octane, and 240 hp (179 kW; 243 PS) at 5200 RPM with 278 lb-ft(377 N m) at 3,700 RPM (91 octane)

 

  • 1KZ-TE 3.0L I4 turbodiesel making 128 HP (96 kW) at 3,600 RPM and 212 lb-ft (287 N m 2,000 RPM

 

  • 1KD-FTV 3.0L I4 turbodiesel making 170 HP (127 kW) at 3,400 RPM and 253–302 lb-ft (343–410 N m) of torque at 1,800-3,400 RPM depending on destination market, emissions specifications and tune.

 

All of the available engine options with the exception of the 1KZ-TE are known for offering a good balance of power, fuel efficiency, and low-end torque for both on-road driving and off-road adventures. While the 1KZ-TE works well in low altitude environments with limited highway driving, it can get pretty winded accelerating up hill and keeping up on the highway.

Transmission and Drivetrain:

The Land Cruiser 120 Series had (4) transmission options depending on the model and region:

  • A343F 4-speed automatic

  • A750F 5-speed automatic

  • R150F 5-speed manual

  • RA60F 6-speed manual

 
It featured a full-time 4-wheel-drive system, with the option to engage low-range gearing for more demanding off-road situations. Advanced off-road technologies like a center differential lock and electronic stability control enhanced its off-road prowess.

Interior and Comfort:

The Land Cruiser 120 Series’ interior offers a balance of practicality and comfort. The cabin features high-quality materials, comfortable seating, and modern amenities, ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable driving experience. Depending on the model and trim, the Land Cruiser Prado offers various convenience features, infotainment options, and safety technologies.

Production Numbers and Availability:

The Land Cruiser 120 Series, being part of the Land Cruiser Prado family, was produced in significant numbers and was available in various global markets. Its mid-size design and versatility appealed to customers seeking a combination of comfort and off-road capabilities.

Collector’s Value and Considerations:

For collectors and potential buyers, the Land Cruiser 120 Series represents a more modern and refined generation within the Land Cruiser Prado lineup. As with any collectible vehicle, factors such as condition, service history, and mileage are essential in determining the value of Land Cruiser 120 Series models.

Restoration and Parts Availability:

As the Land Cruiser 120 Series is not as aged as some classic Land Cruisers, finding parts and components for these models is generally more accessible. Toyota’s continued support for its Land Cruiser lineup and a robust aftermarket community ensure that replacement parts and accessories are readily available for maintenance and restoration projects.

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