The UAE is a remarkable region with huge open spaces that just beg to be explored. From the remote beauty of the Empty Quarter to the mountains and coastline, there is plenty of adventure just waiting to be had out in the Great Outdoors.
To make the most of what’s on offer, you need the right car to get you there. Toyota cars include some of the most capable SUVs on the road today, from the sleek Urban Cruiser to the granddaddy of them all, the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser. At Al-Futtaim Toyota, we love spending the weekends exploring, so we’ve put together a list of our top five pre-owned SUVs to buy if you’re planning your own adventures in the UAE.
This may seem like an unusual choice to start with, but not every explorer wants to throw themselves at the scenery every weekend! The Toyota Urban Cruiser is ideal for those family camping trips or drives to the beach. With plenty of room for extra luggage such as bodyboards or snorkelling gear, spare towels and a change of clothes, the Urban Cruiser is a smart crossover that also doubles up as a family-friendly car during the week. It is capable of coping with a dusty track or two but is most at home on the tarmac, where it delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. Once you arrive, its compact size makes it easy to park, too.
The Toyota RAV 4 has been around for a while, and with performance and versatility in its DNA, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the most popular pre-owned SUVs in the UAE. The RAV 4 is technically a crossover, but it has a lot more off-road capability than the Urban Cruiser, for example. A two-wheel drive GX version is available, but if you want to head down the road less travelled, it’s wise to choose the 4x4 options of the GXR or the Adventure, which can tackle more challenging terrain. There’s no compromise on comfort, though, with a spacious cabin, comfortable seats, and a plethora of technology to keep you on the right path.
With the Toyota Fortuner, we’re moving more into the territory of true SUVs. This exceptional SUV has a bold design with a large front grille and ‘bash plate’ that protects the underside from impact damage. However, the clever thing about the Fortuner is that it’s lighter than you’d expect a big SUV to be, which means it’s nimble, agile over tough terrain, and easy on the petrol gauge, too. A choice of a 2.7Ltr four-cylinder engine or a beefy 4.0Ltr V6 means you can have as much power as you want, with no negative effect on comfort or driver experience.
The Toyota Prado is an epic SUV packed with technology and capable of taking on dunes, wadis, and mountain passes with ease. Like the Fortuner, it’s been on a diet recently too, and a lighter body means better handling and better fuel consumption numbers to make it a more economical ride. However, the interior makes you feel like you’re in a luxury car rather than a go-anywhere-do-anything SUV. A 4.0Ltr V6 engine and permanently-engaged 4x4 means there’s nothing that this SUV can’t handle. Crawler control (also known as Downhill Assist Control) means you’ll never worry about getting into or out of trouble in a Prado.
Finally, if there’s one SUV that is made for adventures, it’s the Toyota Land Cruiser. This remarkable SUV has a heritage stretching back decades and was often the first vehicle remote tribes ever encountered as it thundered its way through the toughest jungles or remotest deserts. Today’s Land Cruiser is just as capable as its predecessors, with a twin-turbocharged 3.5Ltr V6 engine delivering class-leading performance.
The Land Cruiser is, quite simply, the granddaddy of all SUVs, with a huge cabin and a wealth of technology including rear seat entertainment systems in the 4.0Ltr version to keep the kids happy. Pre-owned Land Cruisers are highly desirable, making this one of the top used SUV choices in the UAE.
No matter where the road takes you, a Toyota SUV can get you there in style. Find out more by browsing our section of pre-owned SUVs online, or book a test drive today and experience the versatility, comfort, and the sheer driving experience of a Toyota SUV from Al-Futtaim Toyota.