Africa’s Top 3 Used Toyota SUVs Reviewed

by Mutimba Musonda in Zambia

Africa is known to have a terrain that is very unique in terms of its versatile weather patterns and climatic changes. With these  kinds of weather patterns the demand for SUVs, with their rugged off-road and on-road capabilities, continues to increase as their popularity grows. Here, we take a closer look at 3 of the most popular used Toyota SUVs that Africans love to import from Japan.

Breakdown of Africa’s Favorite Used Toyotas

Here are the fuel economy, key features, and used BE FORWARD pricing for the Toyota Land Cruiser, RAV4, and Harrier, all summed up into one neat little package.

ModelFuel ConsumptionKey FeaturesAvg. BF Price

Land Cruiser
5.5 - 7.7 km/lPower steering

Power windows

Air conditioning

$87,985 *
Toyota RAV410.6 - 14.9 km/lKeyless entry

Auto-off halogen headlights

Tinted windows

$35,300 *
Toyota Harrier9.1 - 11 km/lLeather seats

Vehicle skid control

GPS navigation

Rear view camera

$37,605 *

Toyota Land Cruiser

A used 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.


All the components of the Toyota Land Cruiser are made to withstand the most rigorous terrains of the world and I must say that with a humble budget, it is easy to get a hold of one on sites such as BE FORWARD. This legendary SUV has a frame and body structure that is fully built to withstand any terrain in the world, while a strong and wide underbody offers a great amount of protection. Apart from that, the frame also contributes to improved handling and comfort ride, working hand in hand with the suspension.

The interior of a used 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.
Above: Interior of a used 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

This SUV has a very spacious interior with enough sitting capacity for up to 8 people. Other accessories that can be found are power steering, power windows, A/C, airbag, and more. However, available features and accessories can differ across various models. This model mainly comes in four-wheel drive but don’t be surprised to see a 4×2 model. In terms of its performance on and off the road I can mention here that it’s one of the best, as its superior performance and raw power in wet and sandy areas are unmatched.

Toyota RAV4

A used 2004 Toyota RAV4 from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.


Another popular SUV that is worth mentioning here is the Toyota RAV4. This compact medium-sized SUV is known for its fuel efficiency and easily accommodates small to medium families. The popularity of this model is primarily due to its low maintenance costs, low fuel consumption, and overall versatility. The interior of the model is roomy and comfortable, with Toyota having created enough legroom to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. Other features include power steering, power windows, A/C, ABS function, airbags, and more.

The interior of a used 2001 Toyota RAV4 from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.
Above: Interior of a used 2001 Toyota RAV4

Exterior features of the RAV4 include a surprisingly stylish and modern design, which was also built in order to reduce air friction when driving, as well as the convenience of a higher ground clearance. Although the RAV4 has undergone a number of aesthetic changes in recent years, it still offers the unique touch of being a car that’s meant to be enjoyed and accommodating.

Toyota Harrier

A used 2007 Toyota Harrier from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.


The next SUV on the list is the Toyota Harrier. This SUV comes with an engine capacity of 2,990cc, and an automatic transmission. The standard features of a Harrier include a luxurious leather interior, alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, A/C, ABS, airbags, and power seats. The interior leather of a Harrier is nicely designed to blend with the rest of other non-leather material.

The interior of a used 2005 Toyota Harrier from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.
Above: Interior of a used 2005 Toyota Harrier

Like most other SUVs on the market, the Harrier comes in four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive, with a sitting capacity of 5. Other features that might be included are an added sunroof, rear spoiler, jack, spare tire, wheel spanner, and grill guard. This luxury SUV also performs great both on and off road, as its ideal for most kinds of African terrain.

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3 thoughts on “Africa’s Top 3 Used Toyota SUVs Reviewed”

  1. reading through this article, i do agree SUVs are really taking over the africa car market, because they do have a long life span, there amazing strong shocks comfortable with African feeder roads, i guess i too would go for one especially the TOYOTA RAV4

  2. Africa has so many roads that can’t be travelled by just a normal car but higher cars like SUVs.Being from Lesotho I know for sure that at some point I’ll need to own a SUV in order to travel safely and freely exploring the beautiful mountains of Lesotho and other highlands areas of Africa.I love ford Wildtrack. It is so wild and beautiful when its actually challenged to ride on wild spaces. The value of SUV can’t be known by those who can’t test it on our beautiful mountains.


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