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FJ90: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota Land Cruiser 90 Series (Prado, 1996-2002)

The Toyota Land Cruiser 90 Series, also known as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, was produced from 1996 to 2002 and represents a more compact and refined version of the Land Cruiser lineup. Targeted at urban users who also seek off-road capabilities, the Land Cruiser 90 Series strikes a balance between comfort and versatility, making it a popular choice for families and adventurers alike.’’

Exterior and Design:

The Land Cruiser 90 Series showcases a more modern and aerodynamic design compared to its predecessors. It features smoother lines and a sleeker front grille, giving it a contemporary appearance. The Land Cruiser Prado is available in both two-door and four-door body styles, accommodating different passenger capacities and market demands.

Engine and Performance:

During its production years, the Land Cruiser 90 Series was offered with several engine options, depending on the market.


3RZ-FE 2.7 L, 16 Valve Inline 4 making 150 HP at 4800 RPM and 177 lb-ft (240 N⋅m) of torque at 4000 RPM
5VZ-FE 3.4 L, 24 Valve Inline 6 making 183 HP at 4800 RPM and 217 lb-ft ( 294 N⋅m) of torque at 3600 RPM


3L 2.8 L Inline 4 making 90 HP at 4000 RPM and 139 lb-ft (188 N⋅m) of torque at 2400 RPM
5L 3.0 L Inline 4 making between 88-95 HP at 4000 RPM and 141-145 lb-ft (191-197 N⋅m) of torque at 2400 RPM (depending on destination country)
1KZ-TE 3.0 L Turbodiesel Inline 4 making 128 hp (96 kW) at 3600 RMP and 212 lb-ft (287 N⋅m) of torque at 2000 RPM.
1KD-FTV 3.0 L Turbodiesel Inline 4 making 170 hp (127 kW) at 3400 RPM and between 253-302 lb-ft (343-410 N⋅m) of torque at 1800-3400 RPM (depending on target market)

*A 2.7-liter 148 HP inline 4-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine (3RZ-FE) was added to the lineup in April 1997, and the turbo diesel unit was replaced with a 3-liter common rail diesel unit (1KD-FTV) producing 170 PS in July 2000.

Transmission and Drivetrain:

The Land Cruiser 90 Series came equipped with either a A343F 4-speed automatic transmission or a the 2L-TE 5-speed manual transmission, depending on the model and region. The drivetrain configuration was switched from part-time 4WD to full-time 4WD. The same suspension was used for both the Prado and the Hilux Surf, consisting of an independent double wishbone and coil spring system for the front and a 4-link coil spring system with a lateral rod for the rear. It featured a full-time 4-wheel-drive system, with the option to select low-range gearing for challenging off-road conditions. Additionally, it came with features like traction control and electronic stability control to enhance its on-road and off-road performance.

Interior and Comfort:

As a more refined Land Cruiser model, the Land Cruiser Prado offered a comfortable and well-appointed interior. The cabin featured premium materials, improved seating, and modern amenities, ensuring a pleasant driving experience for occupants. Depending on the configuration, the Land Cruiser 90 Series could accommodate up to five to eight passengers, making it an excellent choice for families and group travels.

Production Numbers and Availability:

The Land Cruiser 90 Series, being part of the Land Cruiser Prado family, was produced in significant numbers and was available in various global markets. It gained popularity in regions where customers sought a blend of urban comfort and off-road capabilities.

Collector’s Value and Considerations:

For collectors and potential buyers, the Land Cruiser 90 Series represents a pivotal point in the Land Cruiser lineup, offering more refinement and comfort while retaining its off-road DNA. As with any collectible vehicle, condition, service history, and maintenance are important factors to consider when evaluating the value of Land Cruiser Prado models from this era.

Restoration and Parts Availability:

Since the Land Cruiser 90 Series is not as aged as some of the 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 are readily available for maintenance and restoration projects.