TOYOTA – TARAGO
When the Tarago was re-launched in 2006, it dominated the people mover market. Fast forward to 2016 and the Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey both outsell the Tarago in Australia. But that’s not to say that it’s no longer a good family car option. Owners generally praise their Taragos, they like the flexibility of the interior seating, and they love its reliability – especially compared to the Kia Carnival. As a result a number have hung on to their cars for a long time and have racked up a lot of kilometres, but the good news is that they have done it without any serious trouble.
One thing to be aware of is the requirement to use Premium unleaded fuel in the V6, which will add to the running costs. Another thing some owners comment on is the toning of the interior trim, which marks easily – and that can bring down the resale value.That’s certainly something families with kids should be aware of, and something buyers should look out for.
If you are selling a Toyota Tarago, it can be helpful to see how some of the slightly newer models compare. In the Tarago family there are five different variations offered between the four-cylinder and V6 engine options. Let’s see how prices vary and what features and can be expected across the range.
Keep in mind that these prices reflect new vehicles. If you are buying or selling a Tarago its still useful to see how the various versions stack up and to have a base level price to start from. All prices below are before on-road costs. Something to note as well is that prices have dropped by roughly $1,500 across the board.
The four-cylinder engine in the GLi is the entry level option starting at $45,490.
If you opt for the V6 engine prices go up to $50, 490
With the four-cylinder engine this mid-range version starts at $47,990.
The V6 option will cost you $55,990.
The Ultima only comes with a V6 option and tops the range at $65,600.
Costs include a Glacier White or Ebony Black body colour but you can choose from five more colours for an additional $580. If you want to keep costs down, go four one of the more fuel-efficient four-cylinder options.
Specs and Features
This entire range enjoyed a bit of a refresh from its predecessors and now even the entry-level options come with a few extras like satellite navigation, 6.1 inch multimedia screen that corresponds to a reverse camera, and overall upgraded materials inside.
Looking at the GLi along, it still has cloth upholstery and 16-inch steel wheels, but now enjoys a push button start, bluetooth connection and multi zone climate control.
Moving up to the GLX you will have the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass for the kids in the back, roof rails, and very helpful parking sensors. If you go for the V6 it gets even juicier with synthetic leather and suede seats (the front ones heated), keyless entry, power sliding doors in the back and even adaptive headlights.
Opt for the top-of-the-range Ultima and you’ll experience two moonroofs, a Bluray capable entertainment system for passengers, and electrically folding third row seats.
As the Toyota Tarago is often sold as an ideal family vehicle, it’s important to know what the seating arrangement is like. In the four-cylinder options you will enjoy 8-seats with a standard second row bench. The V6 GLX and Ultima models include a second row centre console with two Captain’s Seats instead of the bench meaning you’ll only have room for seven passengers.
Cargo capacity starts at 549 Litres but can go up to 1780L with seats folded down.
As expected, the Tarago range gets a five-star ANCAP rating that you would hope to see in a car designed to carry your whole family and more. You’ll have airbags throughout the cabin including full-length curtain and driver’s knee airbags. There is ABS, ESC, rear-facing camera and parking sensors. There are also anti-skid brakes and stability control. The Tarago seems to be a bit lacking when compared to competitors as its lacking on emergency braking and collision alerts.
Engine and Transmission
Four cylinder option
The GLi and GLX options are 2.4L petrol engines and make 125 kW. They are equipped with a CVT automatic transmission.
The GLi, GLx and Ultima all come in a V6 variation. These have a 3.5L engine with a six-speed automatic transmission with torque-conversion.
Consumption and Emissions
The GLi and GLX versions have combined ratings of 8.9L per 100km consumption.
The GLi has a figure of 10.2L/100km while the GLX and Ultima have a claim of 10.3L/100km.
Combined Emissions hover around 207g/Km.
Toyota offers a fairly standard 3-year, 100,000km warranty with the Tarago range. You’ll have to get 6-month servicing but they are capped at $180 and you can view the proposed job before it’s done.
What our experts say
Pros: Spacious with entertainment options for passengers, lowered price from previous models and some updated features.
Cons: Can get pricey for families, lacking some modern safety comforts, not as flash looking as some competitors