Top 3 Large Family-Friendly 4WD Hire Vehicles

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In the not so distant past, most off-road vehicles had uncomfortable seats, hard suspension, questionable handling and no creature comforts. These days that couldn’t be further from the truth. All the vehicles in our fleet have all the features of the average suburban. The choice of which vehicle to choose is not contingent on the amount of cabin space, engine and towing capacity you’ll want for your off-road adventure.

Two of our most popular vehicles for a family or group holiday experience are the LandCruiser Prado GXL and the LandCruiser 200 GXL Wagon. For a larger group, we have the eight-seater 70 series LandCruiser Troop Carrier. For a quick summary of our 6-8 person vehicles, scroll down to our table summary of family-friendly 4WD hire vehicles. For an in-depth comparison please continue reading.

LandCruiser Prado GXL – 7 Seater

Toyota LandCruiser Prado Wagon - 7 Seater 4wd Diesel

The LandCruiser has proven off-road reliability for more than 50 years. It is frequently the vehicle of choice for tackling off-road treks. The Prado is the most compact of all the vehicles in our fleet that offer more than five seats- it offers seating for seven with reasonable access for third row passengers. In common with the 200 series Toyota, when you have the third row of seats fully occupied there is little room for luggage and camping equipment, but you are able to configure the third row to have one seat up and the other down if you only need six seats.

The third row is most suitable for children aged 7 to 14. The Prado’s five-speed auto transmission and constant 4×4 with limited-slip torsen centre differential takes you seamlessly from on-road to off-road and the low range system is a simple process to engage for low speed. There is also centre locking differential to take you across the toughest terrain.

Though compact, the Prado offers many noteworthy features:
• Push button ignition and 4WD selection
• Automatic transmission
• Reversing camera
• Seven SRS air bags
• Vehicle stability control
• Active traction control
• Auxiliary fuel tank
• Anti-roll suspension
• Cruise Control
• Air Conditioning control front and rear
• Up to 2.5 tonne braked towing capacity

Roof racks and a cargo carrier can be fitted at an additional charge if you need to access all seven seats and carry luggage. Be aware that hire vehicles fitted with roof racks are not allowed on Fraser Island. If you need more luggage room that a roof rack provides, perhaps you should consider hiring one of our larger vehicles.

LandCruiser 200 Series GXL – 8 Seater

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series - 8 Seater 4wd

The 200 Series GXL is $25 more a day than Prado GXL, but you get a roomier cabin with excellent seating capacity, particularly in the second row rear seats. There is also a third row of seats that can be accessed if you don’t need the luggage room; adults will need a bit of agility to access this area, but the kids will enjoy the novelty of travelling in the back.

There is more room in the third row of this vehicle than Prado, giving the 200 Series an extra seat. The 200 Series also has more luggage space. You are able to configure the third row seating to have half up and half down allowing for even more luggage space if you only need six seats.

The way this LandCruiser is built, means it drives like a large limousine with a quiet and comfortable ride that lives up to the ‘cruiser’ part of its name out on the highway.
There is plenty of power from the six-speed gearbox, and all the FleetCrew 200 series LandCruiser GXL’s have Old Man Emu suspension upgrades that give an extra two inch lift to ensure your comfort and ease of handling when driving across rough terrain.

With the 200 series LandCruiser you get:

  • Automatic transmission with push button start
  • Push button engagement of 4WD
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Active traction control
  • Tailgate boot access design
  • Cruise control
  • Air Conditioning control front and rear
  • Reversing Camera
  • Air bags for passenger safety
  • Up to 3500kg braked towing capacity
  • V8 engine Twin Turbo Diesel
  • CRAWL technology for intelligent off-road driving

LandCruiser 70 Troop Carrier -8 Seater

LandCruiser 70 Troop Carrier

For a larger group and an extra $15.00 a day from the Prado, and $10 less than the 200 Series, you can have the pleasure of having the LandCruiser Troop Carrier, fondly known as the ‘Troopy’, at your disposal. Since they were first introduced into Australia in the 1970s, these workhorses have been the vehicle of choice when a large passenger carrying capacity 4WD is needed. The iconic side-facing rear seating is no longer available due to safety issues, but this is a small price to pay for the sheer pleasure of driving this classic Toyota. Even with all the seats occupied, there is still ample room for luggage and a small amount of camping gear, making the Troopy a favourite for a larger group.

The third row of seating in this 4wd is the most comfortable of the three vehicles for adults. Although, this is offset by the fact that the front row has a three person bench-seat, so it’s best to have the smallest adult in the middle if you require all eight seats. Having the highest wheel base clearance of all the Toyota 4WDs, the Troopy is the vehicle of choice if you are looking to tackle serious off-roading. Be aware that this 4WD is available with a manual transmission and manual engagement of the 4WD transmission.

The FleetCrew Troopy features are:

  • V8 engine
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-roll suspension
  • ABS brakes
  • Manual lock front wheel hubs
  • Front Air bags
  • Up to 3500 tonnes of braked towing capacity

Summary of Features & Differences of our Family-Friendly Hire Vehicles

Features200 Series GXLPrado GXL70 Series Troop Carrier
Seating Configuration8 seats7 seats8 seats
Front row2 seats2 seats3 seats
2nd row3 seats3 seats2 seats
3rd row3 seats2 seats3 seats
Number of Child Seat Anchor Points3 Anchors3 Anchors5 Anchors
Air Conditionerfront & rearfront & rearfront
TransmissionAutoAutoManual
IgnitionPush ButtonPush ButtonKey
Activation of 4WDPush ButtonPush ButtonManual Gear Stick & Front locking hubs
Engine Type4.5L V8 Twin Turbo Diesel3L Turbo Diesel4.5L V8 Turbo Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity138 Litres150 Litres180 Litres
Main Tank93 Litres87 Litres90 Litres
Auxiliary45 Litres63 Litres90 Litres
Dimensions
Length (including Bull bar & Tow bar)5,290 mm5,230 mm5,510 mm
Width (mm)1,970 mm1,885 mm1,790 mm
Height (excluding roof racks)1,955 mm1,890 mm2,115 mm
Spaciousness18.726 m317.145 m319.724 m3
Towing Capacity
Gross trailer weight unbraked (kg)750kg750kg750kg
Gross trailer weight braked (kg)3,500kg2,500kg3,500kg
Approximate Weights
Kerb Weight (kg)2,780kg2,400kg2,490kg
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)3,350kg2,900Kg3,300kg
Running Ground Clearance225 mm220 mm235 mm
Approach Angles303235
Torque650410430
Note: All measurements and weights are approximate and nominal based on FleetCrew standard fitouts. Each vehicle may vary depending on actual changes made to the vehicle

When deciding which 4WD vehicle is best for your group, consider the amount of luggage and equipment you will be carrying. It’s important not to overload any vehicle, and this is vitally important when driving off-road to avoid getting stuck in sand or mud.

For a larger group with lots of luggage and equipment the best option may be to hire two vehicles. All the 4WD’s in FleetCrew’s fleet are fitted with UHF radios, which are fun and add an element of adventure when traveling as a convoy on an off-road holiday.

If you need more information about the vehicles or our company, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. It is our pleasure to provide the best four-wheel drives to meet the unique needs and requirements for groups and families on a four-wheel adventure.

 

LandCruiser 200 Series 8 seater - Rear View

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