All new Lexus GX/Toyota Prado



The Prado is sold as the Lexus GX in the US.
And this is the “new” one.

It does feel like what it is: something that was designed before gas prices went up, and before the “trucky SUV” market collapsed…

Plus, it is pretty much a clone of the current model.
Good luck with that…

Conversation 27 comments

  1. Very poor design, inside & out. Not gonna be big with comparison shoppers. Looks like a Suzuki from a decade ago. Toyota is starting to show the telltale signs of a Company with major problems — the way GM looked about 4 years ago.

  2. They sell like hot cake in my country Dubai too. Actually SUV sale is way more then car sales here and we love Toyota SUVS….best in the world not crappy like GMC or Ford..
    Sorry to hurt the feelings of lots of your GMC and FOrd lovers.

  3. Is it just me or lately is each successive new generation Lexus model LESS attractive than the previous model?

  4. After looking over the side profile, and dashboard, it looks to be based on the Toyota Highlander.

  5. IMO, the redesigned Lexus IS, GS, LS etc. are all quite good looking, it also helps that they are designed and sold as Lexus only…as for the shared models, such as the GX, they have that mixed Toyota/Lexus design look which can make for differing results.

  6. regardless of what this vehicle looks like, it's a highly practical vehicle for most families who can only aford one car but need the capability of many

    toyota has always known that form should follow function

  7. This car sells like hotcakes and will remain to do so! The new design is rather bland but this car is a formidable off roader, practical, and well priced. They come with a four banger or an optional 4.0 V6. Good cars…

  8. "Anonymous said…

    This looks like a Mahindra, not a Lexus.

    August 7, 2009 4:58 AM"

    That is the first thing I said.

    "Anonymous said…

    After looking over the side profile, and dashboard, it looks to be based on the Toyota Highlander.

    August 7, 2009 5:12 PM"

    It is based off of the 4Runner.

    "Anonymous said…

    They sell like hot cake in my country Dubai too. Actually SUV sale is way more then car sales here and we love Toyota SUVS….best in the world not crappy like GMC or Ford..
    Sorry to hurt the feelings of lots of your GMC and FOrd lovers.

    August 7, 2009 7:56 AM"

    It will sell well there because in your country, people have more money than common sense. They will probably guild the vehicle gold.

    "Anonymous said…

    regardless of what this vehicle looks like, it's a highly practical vehicle for most families who can only aford one car but need the capability of many

    toyota has always known that form should follow function

    August 7, 2009 10:12 PM"

    What an idiotic comment. How is a gas guzzling body-on-frame SUV practical?

    A family that can only afford one vehicle isn't going to buy a Lexus, you idiot.

  9. toyota has always known that form should follow function. ACTUALLY Toyota is know for "Form follows the competitor's best-selling forms". Tundra is a zerox of the Ram (except the Trademarked crosshair grill). Previous T1000 was a zerox of the previous F-150 (inside & out). The big Lexus Sedan is a copy of the previous BMW 7 (dogleg & all). The previous gen big Lex was a copy of an older Mercedes S class. The Sienna shares almost every dimension of the Chrysler minivans that came out a few years previously — not to mention it's similarily-sized V6 & transmission. And THIS monstrosity is an inept attempt to copy a less-than sucessful Suzuki SUV (aside from it's dash: a last gen Ford Freestar dash with a Dodge/MB instrument cluster). I'm not saying that all this copying is either good or bad; but it's pretty obvious that Toyota spends more time watching the competitors than they do being innovative or creative or letting "form follow function" –for whatever that's worth.

  10. This will sell well in the mid east… where everyone is just soooo classy. Pffft! Actually I think this looks like a ten year old design. Toyotas were okay back in the 90s. But not anymore.

  11. People need to think….,

    Before you start calling people idiots, you got to know that outside of the USA, like here in Australia, the Prado is sold as a relatively affordable Toyota 4×4 and not as a luxury Lexus SUV.

    I don't know where you live, but there are quite a few people out there who need to transport large families outside of the big cities who may actually need these type of vehicles.

  12. i'm glad that so many people can impart their wisdom on everyone who reads this blog!

    and this "gas-guzzling body-on-frame" suv is highly practical in countries with poor roads where you sometimes have to go off-road. it can carry up to seven people and has high towing and payload capacities. and in such countries (like australia, south africa, costa rica, etc.) you can buy the more practical toyota version without the tarted up lexus luxury equipment. you can even buy one with a stick shift that has an actual clutch pedal

    i owned a current generation prado in australia with a turbo diesel motor. averaged the equivalent of 26 mpg on a trip from brisbane to cairns with the aircon turned on and six passengers aboard!

  13. 'Anonymous said…
    This thing is not big…Your mind is small.

    These sell huge in South America.

    August 9, 2009 8:14 PM"

    They sell well in a third world country. Great.

    "Anonymous said…
    WTF is gas guzzling? Maybe to a useless weakling.

    August 9, 2009 1:45 AM"

    You make this SAME comment about weaklings in every single post.

    Do you not realize that bigger vehicles consumer more fossil fuels and pollute more?

    Do you even know what GLOBAL WARMING is? Let me guess, you think that is something that the government made up. I bet you also think that 9/11 wasn't a terrorist attack. Are you wearing a tin foil hat?

  14. lol You calling UAE a third world country. Dude get your facts straight and please be my guest and visit my country Dubai. I will show you how advance this country is and why people from USA and UK are dying to come over here..
    I will show you what an SUV means. You can only dream of those SUVs in your country.
    Peace.

  15. Do you not realize that bigger vehicles consumer more fossil fuels and pollute more?

    Do you even know what GLOBAL WARMING is? Let me guess, you think that is something that the government made up. I bet you also think that 9/11 wasn't a terrorist attack. Are you wearing a tin foil hat?

    August 10, 2009 7:12 AM

    Sorry Al Gore.
    Who cares?

  16. "They sell well in a third world country. Great."

    "You make this SAME comment about weaklings in every single post."

    "Do you even know what GLOBAL WARMING is?"

    "Let me guess, you think that is something that the government made up. I bet you also think that 9/11 wasn't a terrorist attack. Are you wearing a tin foil hat?"

    This guy is a major loser and he doesnt even know it.

  17. First of all I don't give two shits about global warming. Hello, let's not forget we're on a massive ball of moltent rock rotating around a gigantic ball of fire. So now some scientist says the average temp around the world shot up 1 degree and all you can do is clutch a box of wet wipes in horror cause the world is now "scary". People drive SUV's all over the world numb nuts because not all roads in the world are paved with marshmellows and gumdrops like your suburban cul-de-sac. I would drive my 4runner over a hurd of dolphins, whales, and spotted owls if I could, and then I'd back up just to make sure I got the job done.

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