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Reviewing Toyota Harrier

The Toyota Harrier is one of the best mid-sized crossover SUV being sold since December 1997 by Toyota in Japan. In export markets, the Harrier was rebadged as the Lexus RX from March 1998. Toyota introduced second generation Harrier models in Japan in 2003. The third generation models arrived in 2008. In 2013, Toyota refreshed the Harrier model completely separated from Lexus RX.

Reviewing Toyota Harrier

The compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) from Toyota does not wear a Toyota badge. It has its own – a symbol of the predatory bird it was named after.

But what is so new about the Harrier?  For starters, this is a turbocharged version, powered by a 2-litre 227bhp/350Nm engine found in the Lexus NX (but slightly detuned). This makes the parallel-import version – powered by a rather dated 2-litre 149bhp/193Nm engine – seem, ahem, old and boring.

But the Harrier’s imminent success may come at the expense of the Toyota RAV4, which shares its platform. Merely $2000 costlier than the RAV4 (starting price), the newer and sexier Harrier is a no-brainer for those looking for a reliable compact SUV.

To be sure, the current RAV4 is a well-built and well-equipped car with a better fit and finish than any of its predecessors.  The Harrier is more attractive in every way. To begin with, the new car has a sportier design. On the road, it resembles the Lexus NX (another car which shares its platform) more than it does the RAV4.

The XU60 series Harrier was facelifted on 8 June 2017. For the facelift model, the Grand variant was removed and the Elegance became the base variant. A new variant Progress replaces the Premium as the high end variant. A Turbo model was also introduced with a 2.0 Turbocharged engine (8AR-FTS) and a 6-speed ECT transmission, while the 2.0 Naturally-aspirated and 2.5 Hybrid engines remain. Toyota Harrier is one of the top mid-sized crossover SUVs available in the international market.

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