Toyota Harrier - Popular even as a second hand car!
Three popular reasons for HARRIER's popularity
The three reasons for the popularity of the Japanese brand TOYOTA, HARRIER, are:
- Excellent luxury
- Riding comfort
- Good accessibility of spare parts even in overseas!
The first model of the Japanese Toyota brand, Harrier, was released in 1997 and was sold as a sister model from the Lexus series until the third generation.
However, from the 3rd generation Harrier, it has become independent from the Lexus series and has become a luxury SUV with a sense of luxury different from Lexus.
The glossy body reveals a luxurious feeling, and the interior looks more expensive as if it were crafted by artisans. You can enjoy a luxurious design and appearance from the exterior and interior.
Harrier was developed as a crossover SUV that has the ride quality and comfortability of a luxury sedan with the stability and powerful driving performance of an SUV.
Harrier, which is a pioneer in a new market as a crossover SUV, has luxury and comfort and is very popular only in Japan but also overseas.
Therefore, this time we will introduce the reasons for its popularity and detailed information on Harrier as the luxury Toyota car. And the difference from the sister car Lexus RX is explained as well.
- The three biggest reasons for Harrier’s popularity!
- What are the popular model codes for Harrier?
- Differences between LEXUS RX and Harrier
- Previous models and model code for Harrier
- Introducing the test drive report of Harrier!
- New Harrier information (to launch in March)
- Engine models for Harrier
- What if you want to buy a good quality SUV Harrier cheaply?
1. The three reasons for Harrier’s popularity!
Harrier is a luxury car that is popular not only in Japan but also overseas. Harrier imported as a Japanese used car has a high quality, and you will definitely be satisfied with it!
The three reasons for Harrier’s popularity are
- A sense of sophistication and luxury
- Ride comfort with high operability and stability
- Easy access to spare parts
Therefore, from here, we will introduce the reasons for the popularity of Harrier in detail.
A sense of high quality and luxury
The Harrier's exterior is designed with the concept of "elegant city" and features a simple, elegant, and luxurious appearance without unnecessary decoration. Not only the exterior but also the interior has a high-quality feeling.
The interior has a luxurious feel as if it were crafted by artisans, and the interior has a high sense of sophistication. Not only it has a luxurious exterior and interior, but it also uses a 2L direct-injection turbo engine that allows you to experience a powerful acceleration feeling. The dynamic torque control 4WD makes it possible to have stable running even on rainy days.
The trunk space is large enough to hold four golf bags and can carry a large amount of luggage.
There is no doubt that the grade of the Japanese used car is highly valued overseas, and it has a high-class feel that makes you want to show off!
Excellent ride comfort
Harrier is highly regarded worldwide not only because of its high-class appearance but also because of its excellent ride quality.
Normally, the higher the speed of a car, the less stable it becomes, but since Harrier has a performance damper at the front and rear ends of the side members, it is highly stable at high speeds and ensures steering stability.
In addition, a vibration responsive shock absorber that changes suspension movements according to the driving conditions on the road has been adopted, ensuring excellent steering stability, and reducing major shakes even on unpaved roads. You can experience a comfortable ride.
Since the driver's seat automatically moves, getting on and off is exceptionally smooth.
Since the vehicle height of Harrier is high, the driver's seat has a very wide visual field. Even if you drive for a long time, you will not get tired easily, which will also help reduce the fatigue of the driver.
Easy access to spare parts
Even if a Japanese car, Harrier, is imported from Japan as a used car, some people might think that parts may not be available required for a breakdown.
The third-generation Harrier, which was no longer in the same series as Lexus RX, was initially sold as a domestic vehicle, but later started to be officially imported into Singapore and Malaysia only for late-stage turbo vehicles.
This makes it easy to obtain parts such as headlights and blower motor even from overseas.
One of the secrets of the popularity of Harrier as Japanese used cars from overseas, in that they can be purchased at stores that sell genuine parts and easily purchased online.
2. What are the popular model codes for Harrier?
At our company, Harrier is sold well in the following countries, and the most popular model code is ZSU60!
Countries with a high sales prospect
- 1st place (by far the best): Malaysia
- 2nd place: African countries
- 3rd place: Oceania countries
3. Differences between LEXUS RX and HARRIER
Harrier, which shares the same platform with Lexus RX, has existed as a sister model of each other until now, and it was almost the same until the second generation.
However, from the 3rd generation Harrier, which started selling in 2013, they were not the same cars but have existed as completely different cars.
From here, we will introduce the differences between Lexus RX and Harrier, which have been almost the same until now.
Differences between exterior and interior
Comparing Harrier and Lexus RX, the exterior of Lexus is slightly larger.
Also, in terms of design, Harrier has a luxurious design with a high-class feel, while Lexus RX has a sporty design that creates a mature atmosphere.
Differences in ride comfort
Lexus RX can provide a splendor riding comfort.
Lexus RX has a long 130mm wheelbase and achieves a comfortable ride by balancing the vehicle weight and body.
But Harrier is as good as Lexus RX.
Compared to Lexus RX, Harrier has a firmer suspension. By matching the tires, Harrier can provide a more supple riding comfort than Lexus RX.
Differences in running stability
Lexus RX has reviewed the front suspension by expanding the stabilizer and setting the spring rate softly.
This achieves a ride quality in which a driver hardly feels fatigue, but Harrier has a higher level of driving stability.
Harrier redesigned the spring constant of the coil spring and optimized the bushing and friction characteristics to achieve both steering stability and riding comfort.
Differences in safety equipment
The "Lexus Safety System +" installed in Lexus RX and the "Toyota Safety Sense P" installed in Harrier have basically the same functions.
Lexus RX and Harrier have both high safeties, for example, "pre-crash safety" that detects pedestrians and avoids collisions, and "radar cruise control" that follows the vehicle while keeping the inter-vehicle distance.
4. Previous models and model codes for Harrier
Harrier continues to exist as a pioneer of luxury crossover SUVs to this day since the first-generation Harrier was launched in 1997.
Therefore, from here, we will introduce the previous models and model codes of Harrier.
The first-generation Harrier (1997-2003)
Launched in December 1997, the first-generation Harrier was developed based on Toyota's CAMRY GRACIA platform.
Based on the concept of "WILD but FORMAL", it has an SUV type body while being on-road, yet it gained attention for its design with a luxury feeling.
The first-generation Harrier has a powerful and impressive exterior and an interior with an elegant silhouette and high-quality. It uses a 4-wheel independent suspension system to achieve high running performance and a comfortable riding quality in various fields.
Vehicle model code: GF-MCU10W-AWPGK, GF-MCU15W-AWPGK, GF-SXU10W-AWPGK
The second-generation Harrier (2003-2013)
The second-generation Harrier released in February 2003 is based on the concept of a "new generation luxury SUV" and has improved handling performance, comfort, and safety performance compared to the first-generation Harrier.
At the same time, the exterior, interior, and equipment have been improved.
Like the first generation Harrier, it was developed based on FF and full-time 4WD model, and the drive system also has a combination of 220 hp 3.0 LV 6 cylinder DOHC + 5 speed AT with a continuously variable valve timing mechanism and 160 hp 2.4 L in-line 4 DOHC + 4 speed AT as a lineup.
Vehicle model code: UA-MCU31W-AWAGK, UA-MCU30W-AWAGK, UA-ACU30W-AWPGK
The third generation Harrier (2013-2020)
The current third-generation Harrier was released in December 2013 and was released as a model independent of the previous Lexus RX series.
Under the concept of "luxury, evolution, and new", it has been developed as a pioneer of high-class crossover SUV that continues from the first-generation Harrier.
In the 3rd generation Harrier, the engine to be installed was reviewed. For example, downsizing to the conventional 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder engine and the wheelbase were revalued. By shortening the minimum turning radius, it has improved the handling in the city.
In addition, by enhancing silence and enlarging the rear seat space and luggage space, the habitability and comfort of the interior have been significantly improved.
A flat and comfortable ride has been achieved by reviewing the suspension and changing the platform.
Vehicle model code: ASU60, ZSU60, AVU65W
5. Introducing the test drive report of Harrier!
HARRIER is a popular Japanese used car all over the world. In terms of luxury, Harrier has a superior presence among SUV cars of other companies and has a slightly smaller body than Mazda CX-5 or Nissan X-Trail.
When we drove it, the car height was rather low, there was no roof rail setting and no attachment of a mall to the wheel arches, etc. We strongly have the impression that it is more on-road.
Each part of the exterior is decorated with chrome silver, and the interior is more luxurious than SUVs of other companies.
The power source can be selected between in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 2.0L "3ZR-FAE" gasoline engine and in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 2.5L "2AR-FXE" gasoline engine + electric motor hybrid.
In a hybrid car, you might particularly feel a delay in response when the accelerator is installed, but we felt that it was comfortable and quiet when driving on a general road.
Good handling characteristics make it easy to ride, and the foot area is wide enough to drive.
The trunk is wide enough to hold four golf bags, and the floor of the luggage room is relatively high, which prevents the tire house from overhanging, so the depth is long and an underfloor has a large space.
6. Information on new Harriers to be released in 2020
New Harrier to be released in June 2020 in Japan.
The advanced form of the new Harrier, which has inherited the luxury form the previous models, has characteristic of a design that impresses with luxury and uniqueness immediately.
The 19-inch tires and tire wheels will be standard equipment on higher grades Z and above. They are painted in high-brightness silver and have a simple but elegant shape.
Since the maximum size of the current third generation Harrier was up to 18 inches, the suspension will be stronger as the model becomes a new Harrier.
In addition, the new Harrier has evolved from the current 3rd generation and has a more luxurious design. Also, plating parts will no longer be in the upper grade, and a simpler and elegant design is adapted.
Although it will take some time to be sold as a used car, it will surely be as popular as the current Harrier. Please pay attention to the trend of the Japanese used car and Harrier in the future!
7. Engine model for Harrier
Here we will introduce the engine models from the first generation to the current model!
Please check which model and model code you want!
|Engine model||5S-FE 2.2L straight 4 140PS|
2AZ-FE 2.4L straight 4 160PS
1MZ-FE 3.0L V6 220PS
|Vehicle Model||GF-MCU10W-AWPGK |
|Engine model||2AZ-FE type 2.4L straight 4 160PS|
1MZ-FE type 3.0L V6 220PS
2AZ-FE type 2.4L straight 4 160PS
2GR-FE type 3.5L V6 280PS
|Vehicle Model||UA-MCU31W-AWAGK |
Third-generation（2013 - 2020） ZSU6#W/ASU6#W/AVU65W
|Engine model||2.0L gasoline：3ZR-FAE type：1,986cc inline 4-cylinder DOHC|
2.0L turbo：8AR-FTS type：1,998cc in-line 4-cylinder direct injection DOHC turbo (June 2017-)
2.5L hybrid：2AR-FXE type：2,493cc in-line 4-cylinder DOHC
8. What if you want to buy a good quality luxury SUV Harrier cheaply?
Harrier is a luxury car that costs a lot when it's new, but the best way to buy cheap is to get a used car.
There are many used car dealerships that sell used Harrier cars, but you can get a better-quality Harrier if you buy one from a trusted used car dealer.
Carused.jp stocks used cars in which ride comfort, exterior, and interior, etc. are in good condition, so you can get a satisfying Harrier.
The repair history can be disclosed if you contact us, so we guarantee the quality of a car.
You can also negotiate the price, so we can prepare Harrier according to your budget.
At Carused.jp, our experienced staff will sincerely support you. Please contact our professional Carused staff as we will make a proposal tailored to customer needs.