Malaysian Review

Toyota Harrier Reviews

While there are numerous high-performance cars and rally homologation specials that dot Toyota’s long and storied history and arguably define it, it is the Toyota Harrier that helped Toyota to break into markets and change market perception radically – providing a luxury SUV that became hugely popular, especially in our Malaysian market.

It’s amazing to think that the particular model line has been around since the late 1990s, with the fourth-generation model being launched just last year. Over time the positioning of the Harrier has been adjusted and it eventually diverged from the Lexus RX SUV, not continuing to expand and grow in size. Instead, it became the sister car to the Lexus NX midsize crossover SUV.

This current generation Toyota Harrier is only available officially in one variant for Malaysia, which is in contrast to the two variants offered with the previous generation model. Also in larger contrast is that there is a singular naturally-aspirated petrol powertrain on offer, as opposed to the turbocharged motor from the generation before.

In other markets, there is a hybrid variant of the Toyota Harrier that packs a larger 2.5-liter engine and a hybrid motor, although this isn’t offered here because pricing would make it highly uncompetitive. Hybrid variants are some of the most expensive offerings in other countries, and without any incentives in place, it can be difficult to make them competitive in our market.

Toyota Harrier Interior Design 

Stepping inside the Harrier, you’re greeted by an interior that pleases the senses. The predominantly black interior might not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying that the Harrier’s cabin is upscale and sophisticated. 

Trim and material selection are of a high quality, nothing felt cheap or scratchy. Soft touch leather adorns the seats, dashboard, armrest, and door cards. Speaking of door cards, remember the missing Harrier bird motif outside? It’s now engraved on the front door cards, brilliant!

Other goodies include dual-zone climate control, powered front seats, electric steering adjustment, and a full suite of ADAS. As you can tell, Toyota pulled no punches when it came to equipping the Harrier. Generously-kitted is another word to describe it. Electrochromic glass roofs are pretty cool!

More good news comes in the form of a dual panoramic (electrochromic as well) glass roof, injecting a sense of airiness inside. The bad news is, only the sunshade can be opened, as the glass roof neither tilts nor slides. To us, that’s alright, one less component that will fail over time.

Toyota Harrier Safety and Driver-Assistance Features


  • Air Conditioner
  • Power Steering
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Accessory Power Outlet
  • Cruise Control
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Quality Control
  • Power Windows Front
  •  Low Fuel Warning Light
  • Adjustable Seats
  •  Heated Seats – Rear
  • On Board Computer
  • Cup Holders-Front
  • Bottle Holder
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
  • Heater
  • Folding Table Rear
  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Keyless Entry
  • Rear A/C Vents
  • Rear Seat Headrest
  • Rear Seat Center Armrest
  • Cup Holders-Rear
  • Power Windows Rear
  • Foldable Rear Seat
  • Central Console Armrest


Toyota Harrier Price

Being available in one variant, the Toyota Harrier 2.0 Luxury goes for RM 249,706.50. This is a little cheaper than the previous generation model which was RM 238,000 for the Toyota Harrier 2.0T Premium, and RM 259,900 for the Toyota Harrier 2.0T Luxury. That being said, the new model obviously doesn’t have the more complex turbocharged engine powering it.



Author: Jomaineseow