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We recently at MARIDADY MOTORS had a client inquire about the widespread appeal of the Toyota Harrier, prompting us to delve into the subject for an in-depth article. Join us as we explore the merits and drawbacks of this popular model.

When it comes to the midsize premium SUV segment, the Toyota Harrier stands as a dominant force in Kenya, especially earning the endearing nickname "aunty wa harrier" among rich middle-class women. Named after the British fighter jet 'Harrier,' this model has captured hearts since its introduction eight years ago.

Originally designed as a compact crossover SUV, the Toyota Harrier later evolved into a mid-size crossover SUV, entering its fourth generation. Notably, from 1998 to 2013, it was re-badged as the Lexus RX.

Driving Experience and Efficiency

The Toyota Harrier hybrid is a remarkable SUV suitable for both city drives and road trips. Boasting a spacious interior, a sleek exterior, and impressive fuel efficiency (17km/L), it delivers a powerful yet quiet and smooth driving experience.

Safety Features

The team from Maridady Motors noted that safety takes center stage with the Toyota Safety Sense system, including Pre-Crash System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and more. The Harrier ensures occupants' security with seven airbags, Adaptive High-beam System, and various other safety technologies are found in the Harrier.

Premium Interior Features

Inside, the Toyota Harrier dazzles with modern amenities like a 12.3-inch TFT touch display, SmartDeviceLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, and a head-up display. The vehicle also offers a panoramic moon roof, Nanoe X air purification, and dual-zone automatic climate control for a luxurious driving experience.

Striking Design

The Harrier's design is nothing short of bold. With three-dimensional projection headlamps, a unique glass-covered front grill, and transparent tail light units, it exudes a futuristic appeal. The JBL infotainment system, which Maridady has identified as a major draw for the youth, adds a touch of sophistication.

Engine Efficiency

The Harrier boasts two engine options, offering improved fuel economy. The 2.0 L M20A-FKS straight-4 direct-injection petrol engine coupled with Direct Shift-CVT achieves 8.3 L/100 km, while the 2.5 L A25A-FXS straight-4 petrol hybrid engine with Electric continuously variable transmission achieves an impressive 4.4 L/100 km.


What We ( Maridady Team) Like and Dislike


Spacious interior and ample features.

Beautiful exterior design.

Smooth steering and modern wood trim finish.

Efficient fuel consumption.

Keyless feature and auto-tailgate.

Impressive LED headlights and taillights.

User-friendly controls.


Manual and console in Japanese.

Lack of GPS navigator.

Sound insulation and stock audio system concerns.

Small 17" stock rims.

Piano black panels attract dust.

Sensitive touch panel controls.

No rain-sensing wipers.

There are some operational inconveniences with the Smart Stop system.

Air-con performance in the big cabin.

In summary, the Toyota Harrier combines style, efficiency, and comfort, making it a noteworthy choice in the competitive SUV market. While it has its quirks, its overall appeal and features make it a compelling option for those seeking a premium driving experience.

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By Churchil | 19 Jan 2024