Geoff Maxted
By Geoff Maxted

The Toyota Harrier is distinctive from other sport utility vehicles (SUV), thanks to the simple, fluent coupé form. With a high-quality interior and a feeling of comfort, the Harrier offers a responsive driving performance. The latest model, featured, was new for 2020 and comes with a variety of model options. Pre-2020 versions (also available through our MHH Japanese Cars service) still cut a dash, enjoying the same Toyota quality buyers expect. Options vary and there is a wide selection to choose from. As can be seen from the images, the five-door model shape has a coupé look to it, yet still offers ample headroom for rear seat passengers.

2021 Harrier front Seats

The Interior

From the large central screen, the console cascades down to the drive selector with uncluttered simplicity. Extending out from the instrument panel to the door trims on either side, the dashboard presents a generous breadth, wrapping around the occupants to give, in the words of the company, a ‘sense of security and comfort’.

The interior employs tactile synthetic leather (the real thing is also available) with modern quality styling and plenty of room for occupants. The panorama roof (not all variants) on the latest version offers electro-chromatic windows, used for the first time by Toyota. A large sheet of electro-chromatic glass that covers the front seats and extends back over the rear seat passengers. Dimming the glass is intended to give a feeling of quality as soft light penetrates the cabin. This calming atmosphere gives the interior space a feeling that is both ‘chic and mature’. That’s the thinking behind it anyway.

2021 Harrier Interior
2021 Harrier - Black

The Technology

The 2020 Harrier comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which employs a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians and cyclists, day and night. It is fully equipped with safety equipment for owner peace of mind. Examples include the Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (spots stationary objects) that helps reduce and/or mitigate damage from collisions during low-speed driving. Meanwhile, the Digital Inner Mirror, another first for Toyota, enables recording of images to the front and rear of the vehicle while driving. The new Digital Inner Mirror now has an added front-facing camera, coupled with the existing rear-facing camera that can now record driving video on SD cards.

As would be expected from this brand, the technology is absolutely up to date and even with the older models the safety and infotainment package is up there with the best.

The Drive

With a highly rigid body and boasting a low centre of gravity the Toyota Harrier delivers on ride comfort and vehicle driving dynamics. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone setup at the rear. The front and rear suspension geometry has also been optimized for stability in a straight line and when cornering ensuring the vehicle moves in ways the driver can predict.

2021 Harrier in white
2021 Harrier Rear

The thinking behind this was to deliver a ride that is both solidly reassuring and smooth, keeping the driver alert through ensuring their line of sight remains steady. The electric-assisted steering is geared to enable the driver to feel the tyres gripping the road, eliminating that floaty, disconnected feeling found on some similar vehicles. Active Cornering Assist is employed for braking control to prevent understeer on corners. With a responsive 2.0L engine driving through an automatic box, the family can be catered for while the pilot enjoys the drive.

If you are interested in the 2020 model or earlier variants, we can help. Get in touch with us or browse our website for the right Toyota Harrier for you.

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