We love it. Apart from the "Cons" listed above, both my wife and I love driving this vehicle. We (a family of 3) have many needs that identified the Tarago as the best vehicle to suit our needs. We often need to move theatre props and costumes (and other related bits) as well as a number of elderly parents in the eighties with baggage. I equate the driving experience to low level flying. It is not as economical as our 1994 SAAB 9000 turbo estate, but we average around 10 litres/100K at the moment. That can blow out if you get stuck into the sem...i-auto gear box and have a bit of fun without a load. Relax and take it easy - and the fuel economy is fine, but get the V6 is you need more power! Seats are comfortable - as there are plenty of adjustments. We do a lot of long k's in this vehicle and find it most comfortable and easy to drive. Lots of room, Reasonably flexible space. Great cruiser. Toyota reliability - and we need reliability being self employed! Can't remove the last row of seats to get more room in the GLi version - basic problem that should not exist on such an expensive people mover. More expensive versions remove the problem - but is should not exist! Period! Not comfortable with the instruments being so far from the drivers view - messes a bit with the visually impaired (us glasses users)
Good for families with young children.
We have a 2007 GLX V6 and bought it as a second hand at a Toyota dealer with having 96K on the odometer at the time of purchase. We have had this vehicle now for 1 year and are quite happy with it. Toyota generally has a good build quality and it shows on this vehicle. Sound proofing and suspension are good as well as the list of safety features and number of storage, which is quite handy.
Would recommend this vehicle for families with 3 kids or more who generally still use child/booster seats - very flexible. Mrs currently sits on the 2nd r...ow with our 7 months. Our 2yo and 5yo sit at the back. 2nd & 3rd row space, which is far more superior than any other 7 seaters on the market; Deep boot space on the GLX V6, which accommodates our double pram and still has room for groceries and other stuff; Ability to fold the 3rd row seat flat on the floor, which is ideal for moving furniture and other like; Good configuration of having 2 seats in the 2nd row and having the capability of walking thru to the 3rd row (this is very handy especially when Mrs have to attend to the kids quickly at the back); Good bright dash to display speedometer; Front & rear parking sensors are a bonus for this long vehicle; Very good adjustable driving lights for night time. Premium unleaded (95 RON) which is expensive; Beige cloth seat fabrics and carpet, which is not ideal for young families - would have prefered darker colours to hide those stains; No trip computer to display kms to go til empty; Spare wheel is not a full size alloy.
I enjoy driving this car, this model is not equipped with too many electric gadgets, it is responsive, toyota reliability and great family car
Go the V6 Tarago. Finally a reliable people mover made with real power - Aurion/Lexus engine. I own the GLX (2007) model, bought near new and its a great car. I have 4 kids (ages 3 to 12) and easy for kids to get in and out - 2nd row has captain chairs (7 seater), rear seats go into floor, comfort plus and I feel safe. Beats my previously owned Chrysler Voyager (2003 model) by a mile.
No trip computer, too much front end power
We bought an 8 seater 2010 model V6 Tarago on the arrival of our twins. Having 4 children meant we needed a large car with plenty of space for a twin pram and and the luggage that goes along with a family of 6. We noticed there was an upgrade of fabric quality as an option on 7 seater models and tried to pay for the upgrade on the 8 seater but was told they wouldn't do it ( even though the car was yet to be built and we had a 4 month wait on it). We were only trying to change it to a darker colour (4 kids = dirty seats) as at the time we were...unaware of the poor quality of the beige fabric we would be getting. When the car arrived we had two safe'n'sound baby capsules professionally fitted by kidsafe and had their bases resting on a towel. At the 6 month service we removed the capsules and were shocked to see that where they met the seat backs had nearly frayed the fabric. We were told it was normal "wear and Tear" (after 6 months?!) and Toyota will not fix it. They then added insult to injury by telling us the repair (on the middle row of seats only) would be in excess of $3000 dollars. We are now terrified the other seats will be damaged ( belts/buttons on rear of jeans etc) and wanted to buy car seat covers but guess what ... Toyota don't make them!! The capsules have been used without incident in two other cars for a far longer period of time so buyer beware!! The fabric will really let you down and it wont be a cheap exercise to replace it!!! It has really soured our opinion of Toyota and made the less serious issues listed in the cons section above seem even more annoying to us. We have now filed a complaint at consumer protection as the fabric quality is not fit for purpose. Very spacious, rear seats split and even when in upright position has good boot space. Drives smoothly. The fabric in the 8 seater model is VERY POOR QUALITY!!! Also only available in a very light colour and Toyota will not allow any upgrade. Ipod Docking set up is a joke (and so poorly configured it is a safety issue) and don't bother with the $4000 nav system with reversing camera. Reversing Sensors beep nearly all the time if you have a tow ball fitted. Toyota service is incredibly customer unfriendly. The basically tell you to get lost with a smile on their face!!
a great people mover that has a large enough boot to fit a twin pram, interior kiddie friendly material that is easy to clean after those accidental spills
this is a great people mover, we have brought the 7 seater vesion and i just love the room...great boot space plenty for our pram as having 5 kids ( 3 under 3) i found the boot space in many other cars insufficent to fit our pram.sat nav and inbuilt dvd player along with the foot rests for the middle row of seats make this car a superior car to have. easy to operate door opening by the push of a button and electrical fold down of the back row of seats
you cant fit an additional car seat bolt as it is illegal lucky for us our toddler is heavy enough to go into a booster seat.
Excellent People Mover.
We bought our Tarago near new after comparing it to many other vehicles in the same class. We bought a GLI V6 with a few extras. This is our first Toyota and we had heard they were reliable and safe so we bought one. In all the years we have owned it it has never let us down on any level. Unbelievable reliability. We had 4 kids, all in car seats at the time so we bought the seven seat version. Ours has leather trim which I would recommend for any family - No stains, easy to clean and super hard wearing. The boot is deep and roomy with room enou...gh for our 2 double prams. The power of the V6 is awesome, 7 airbags, stability and traction control. Build quality is first class. 6 speed auto is smooth. I've owned heaps of new cars so I've dealt with plenty of dealer service departments but I found Toyota service to be massively expensive so we've learnt to avoid using them. No trip computer. No button to turn the traction control off.
The Toyota Tarago GLX is a somewhat roomy if inelgantly designed people mover. Many of the controls from the drivers seat are counter intuitive and give poor feedback. The seats are quite hard and gave me back pain after a prolonged drive. The fuel economy isnt so great either averaging 18 litres per 100km on one trip with my cousins family. Also the seats are kind of awkward to get into, especially for the rear passengers and they often stick so that they cannot be moved out of position to be readjusted. The engine feels udnerpowered and takes...a long time to get the Tarago moving, which makes overtaking nigh on impossible and makes long trips very frustrating when its hard to top 90kmh on the freeway. All in all this is a bland looking and poorly built people mover, that i would not recommend to perspective purchasers. Poor fuel economy, poor handling and bland looks, amongst others.
Questions & Answers
My tarago was working fine,sat on lawn for awhile battery had died recharged battery tried to restart and it wouldn't crank over it trys to but won't. I hear everything come on like normal when I turn key on....it was low on fuel i tipped more fuel in from jerry can after doing so i realised the funnels nozzle had dirt in it could dirty fuel cause this? Any ideas? Prior to all this it was running fine
I have a 2010 model with 215/55R17 tyres(as designed- low profile). Has anyone tried a a more standard size style to provide more width on the wall. Having issues with puncturing with collecting traffic islands / gutters.
I have 2015 4cyl GLX model, bought new in Feb. It is very comfortable and easy to drive. One annoying problem is sometimes when I take the foot off the accelerator to turn a corner when I need to depress the accelerator again nothing happens. I have to depress the accelerator twice to get power. Does any other Tarago owners have this problem?
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