Toyota LandCruiser Prado Vs Mitsubishi Pajero

Toyota LandCruiser Prado
Mistubishi Pajero

 I put this page up so that you can compare the 120 series Toyota Land Cruiser Prado to the Mitsubishi Pajero otherwise known as the Mitsubishi Shogun or Montero. This is probably a better comparison according to the general media – and they are probably right when you look at the specifications.

If you view the technical specifications of both models the NM (NT and NS model) Pajero and LandCruiser Prado are very similar. (Specification comparison here are for 2009 models.) Of course technical similarities do not always mean that superior specifications means better performance. Real life experience with both models are needed to judge properly. Note that Mitsubishi has updated the diesel engine for 2009 and it provides significantly more power and torque than the Prado! – Specification comparison is below.

To pick an easily understood example of why specifications are NOT the ultimate factor on what makes a car popular – take the example of the Toyota Corolla. It’s a consistent best seller in its class all over the world – not because it’s specifications are better than other competitors but other less tangible things like perception of reliability, reputation, cabin feel, style and price.

Both Prado and Pajero are lovely cars and choosing between them would technically be difficult however after driving both you will decide that they are quite different. So chose the one that most appeals to you. We didn’t do a drive report because we honestly could not remember what it was like in any detail until a revisit with the 150 series. Needless to say…

Note that specifications will change according to the trim models available and additional or less accessories. You should check the official Mitsubishi website for your country for the most up to date information. 

120 series LandCruiser Prado (2002-2010)
Mitsubishi Pajero (NW Series)
1GR-FE – V6 Petrol
4 Litre (3956cc)
Quad Cam with VVTi EFI
Claimed 179Kw 5200RPM
Claimed 376Nm 3800RPM (Auto)
Claimed 343Nm 2400RPM (Man)

1KD-FTV – IL4 Diesel
3 Litre (2982cc)
Turbo-charged – Direct Injection – Common Rail
Claimed 127Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600RPM

1KZ-TE – IL4 Diesel (2003-2006)
3 Litre (2982cc)
Turbo-charged Diesel EFI
Claimed 96Kw 3600RPM
Claimed 343Nm 2000RPM (Auto & Manual)

V6 Petrol
Single Cam 24 value MIVEC EFI
3.8 Litre (3828cc)
Claimed 175Kw @ 5500RPM (Manual)
Claimed 184Kw @ 6000RPM (Auto)
Claimed 329Nm @ 2750RPM

IL4 Diesel
DOHC 16 valve
Turbo charged with intercooler
Direct injection
3.2 Litre (3200cc)
Claimed 118Kw @3800RPM (Manual)
Claimed 125Kw @2000RPM (Auto)
381Nm @ 2000RPM (Manual)
373Nm @ 2000RPM (Auto)
147Kw @ 3800RPM
441Nm @ 2000RPM

Kerb weight 1900-2190 Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500 Kg

Kerb weight 2280Kg
Towing capacity up to 3000Kg

Fuel capacity & consumption  
180 litres
V6 Petrol 13.6 litres per 100km (1GR-FE)
V6 Diesel 9.3 litres per 100km (1KD-FTV)

88 litres
V6 Petrol 13.5(A) litres per 100km
IL4 Diesel 8.4(M) 9.0(A) litres per 100km

Other specifications  
5 Speed Auto or 6 speed manual transmission
Overall height/width 1905/1875
Overall length/wheelbase 4850/2790
Track (front/rear) 1575/1575
Tyre size: 265-65-17
NCAP safety rating 4/5

5 speed Auto or 5 speed manual
Overall height/width 1900/1875
Overall length/wheelbase 4900/2780
Track (front/rear) 1570/1570
NCAP safety rating 4/5

Angle of: (degrees) Approach 32 Departure 27 Minimum ground clearance 205mm
4WD system: AWD with selectable modes

Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 36.6
Departure 25
Minimum ground clearance 225mm

Toyota Landcruiser Prado performance figures Mitsubishi Performance figures
Petrol: Max Speed: 200Kph 0-100Kph:10.8secs 
Diesel: Max Speed: 180Kph 0-100Kph: 11.1secs
2009 $47,100 – 79,500 AUD
*Always check with the dealer
for up to date pricing, on road costs
and specials accessories etc…

2013 $50,590 – 77,690 AUD
2010 $49,690 – 76,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer
for up to date pricing, on-roads
and specials accessories etc…