Toyota landcruiser Colarado is a big family car and apparently a great 4X4. I upgraded from a small car to this and found this to be a very useful car. You can carry so many things in it. We had experienced the drive in Dubai's sandy desserts and from then on we had loved it. Ours is an automatic diesel 3 litre car. Approx 70 litres of diesel drives us for nearly 400 miles. because of its 3 litre engine, its acceleration is excellent- it doesn't feel like you are driving a big car!
It has 2 front seats, 3 mid row seats and 3 last row seats. The last row can be folded sideways to get more boot space. The boot space otherwise is just enough for a folded stroller. it is one of the big car with 8 seats, most of the other cars have only 7 seats.
I bought a second hand vehicle for just under £10,000. New ones are nearly £40000. The car came with leather interiors which is an advantage with kids- because it is easy to clean them.
I haven't used the 4x4 yet but supposedly it is excellent on bad roads.
My kid loves sitting in this car as he feels he is sitting in a car which is bigger than many other cars-it is quite high.
but only thing is because of its size, it si difficult to fit into small parking spaces.
To summarize, it is an amazing car- good for big family and on bad roads.
I've had my Landcruiser now for 3 years and it has been my dream car. Beautiful to look at from the outside and great to drive on the inside. I have the automatic 4 litre petrol version (am in Australia). Although it seems very big from the outside, it is surprisingly easy to drive and I love being so high up on the road as I'm pretty short and it gives me a much better view of the road. Inside it has all the usual plus individual climate control - which is great as my hubby and I prefer different temperatures.
Plenty of space inside for all the kids and their stuff, and the third row is great for hauling extra friends around or visiting grandparents. There's a lot of space back there compared with a lot of third rows.
Very easy to drive, and got loads of power - more so than a lot of little sports cars, and it means that you can overtake etc with confidence. Overall a great car. Downside is the fuel it drinks. With a 180 litre double fuel tank it can take a fair amount of money to fill it up, but the upside is that if you have little kids that hate waiting in the car while you get petrol, that at least you only have to go every 3-4 weeks.
I never saw myself driving a large tank- like 4x4. However the imminent arival of our 4th child necessitated a reevaluation of this class of car. The landcruiser was up against Mitsubishi Shogun / Mercedes estates / Volvo estate. Having test driven them all the big Landcruiser came out on top by a mile. The car has immense presence and overwhelms Range Rovers physically. The driving position is commanding but at the same time giving you a sense of its size. It's an easy car to drive and park in town. My wife was very concerned about handling it - now she won't let me near the car. The engine is endlessly powerful and full of torque yet at the same time quiet and restrained. There is no turbo lag or drivetrain shunt. The leather interior adds quality and every electric gadget is included as standard. The plastic work inside could be a bit more subtle - I'm used to this having had 3 Jap cars. My first car was an MX5 - beautiful balance and controllable handling. This will sound bizarre, but the Toyota, for a car of its weight, handles equally as well. There is fully independet suspension at each corner which is perfectly sprung and damped. The car goes round corners like its on rails , with no body roll or kickback, the steering is precise yet light. Mechanically invincible - I bought second hand a year ago with 114,000 miles on the clock. it simply does not go wrong. A small oil leak was due to a broken O ring on the filter housing - pennies to replace, worth doing prophylactically at major service Having had my arm twisted into buying one, it's turned into one of the best cars I've ever owned.