Toyota Harrier

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Toyota Harrier
2015 Toyota Harrier Premium 2WD 2.0 DBA-ZSU60W (190316).jpg
2015 Toyota Harrier Premium (ZSU60W)
Also called
ProductionDecember 1997 – present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door SUV

The Toyota Harrier (Japanese: トヨタ・ハリアー, Toyota Hariā) is a compact, later mid-size crossover SUV sold by Toyota since December 1997 in Japan and once exclusive to Toyopet Store Japanese dealerships. In export markets, the Harrier was rebadged as the Lexus RX from March 1998 to July 2013. At this stage, Toyota had yet to retail the Lexus brand to its Japanese customers.

The second-generation model debuted in February 2003, along with the export Lexus version. The third-generation RX arrived in late 2008, while the Harrier continued on in second-generation form unchanged. Lexus had by now made its debut in Japan as an independent marque, thus the third-generation RX was sold in the domestic market in the same livery as its export counterpart.

Toyota refreshed the Harrier in 2013, when it morphed into an independent model line constructed on a separate platform from the RX (the Harrier since then built on the same platform as the RAV4) but retaining a visual link with it. Starting from the XU60 model, it is considered as a more road-oriented and upmarket alternative to the RAV4, comparable to the luxury-class Lexus NX. From the XU80 model, it is sold as the second-generation Venza in North America.

The Harrier is named for the eastern marsh harrier, a bird of prey common to Hokkaidō and northern Honshū called the chuki in Japanese, and an emblem depicting the bird in stylized profile can be found on the grille until the XU60 model.

Lexus RX-paralleled models[edit]

Third generation (XU60; 2013)[edit]

Third generation (XU60)
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Toyota Harrier (pre-facelift)
ProductionNovember 2013 – 2020
AssemblyJapan: Toyota City, Aichi (Takaoka plant)[2]
Body and chassis
PlatformToyota New MC platform
Electric motor
  • 105 kW (141 hp; 143 PS) 2JM synchronous (front, hybrid)
  • 50 kW (67 hp; 68 PS) 2FM synchronous (rear, hybrid)
Power output
  • 111 kW (149 hp; 151 PS) (3ZR-FAE)
  • 170 kW (228 hp; 231 PS) (8AR-FTS)
  • 112 kW (150 hp; 152 PS) (2AR-FXE, petrol engine only); 145 kW (194 hp; 197 PS) (2AR-FXE, combined system output)
Wheelbase2,660 mm (104.7 in)
Length4,720–4,770 mm (185.8–187.8 in)
Width1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Height1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Kerb weight1,560–1,810 kg (3,439–3,990 lb)

Released on 2 December 2013 in Japan for the petrol model and 15 January 2014 for the hybrid model, the XU60 series Harrier replaced not only its XU30 series namesake, but also the XA30 series Vanguard. Unlike the second and third-generation RX, which is built on the K platform, the XU60 series Harrier derived from the XA40 series RAV4's New MC underpinnings.[3]

Trim levels available in Japan include Grand, Elegance, and Premium for both the petrol and hybrid models. The top-of-the-line Premium trim came with JBL GreenEdge audio with 8-inch T-Connect touchscreen entertainment system with navigation and sensing features. A "Style Mauve" special edition and subsequently the "Style Ash" special edition was released later.

The XU60 series Harrier received a facelift on 8 June 2017. For the facelift model, the Grand trim was removed and Elegance became the base trim. The Progress trim replaced Premium as the high-end trim, with the "Metal and Leather Package" added to both Premium and Progress trims. The "Style NOIR" special edition for naturally-aspirated Premium trim were also added later. A Turbo model was introduced with a 2.0 L turbocharged 8AR-FTS engine mated to a 6-speed ECT automatic transmission, while the 2.0 L naturally-aspirated 3ZR-FAE and 2.5 L 2AR-FXE hybrid engines remained.

Toyota Safety Sense P safety system (adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist, pre-collision system and automatic high beam) were standard across the trim levels.

The XU60 series Harrier was the first Harrier to be officially sold outside of Japan. This generation is currently sold officially in Singapore and Malaysia. In Malaysia, it was introduced in 9 November 2017 with two trim levels offered: Premium and Luxury. Both trim levels are powered by a 2.0 L 8AR-FTS engine.[4]

Fourth generation (XU80; 2020)[edit]

Fourth generation (XU80)
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2020 Toyota Harrier G 4WD (MXUA85)
Also calledToyota Venza (North America)
ProductionJune 2020 – present
Model years2021–present (US)
AssemblyJapan: Toyota City, Aichi (Takaoka plant)
DesignerYoshito Watanabe (project chief designer)
Body and chassis
PlatformTNGA: GA-K[5][6]
Electric motor
  • 88 kW (118 hp; 120 PS) 3NM synchronous (front, hybrid)
  • 40 kW (54 hp; 54 PS) 4NM synchronous (rear, hybrid)
Power output
  • 126 kW (169 hp; 171 PS) (M20A-FKS)
  • 131 kW (176 hp; 178 PS) (A25A-FXS, petrol engine only); 160–163 kW (215–219 hp; 218–222 PS) (A25A-FXS, combined system output)
  • Direct Shift-CVT (petrol)
  • eCVT (hybrid)
Wheelbase2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length4,740 mm (186.6 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
  • 1,660 mm (65.4 in) (Harrier)
  • 1,675 mm (65.9 in) (Venza)[7]
Kerb weight1,620–1,770 kg (3,571–3,902 lb)
PredecessorToyota Venza (AV10) (North America)

The XU80 series Harrier was announced on 13 April 2020 and went on sale on 17 June 2020.[5][6] It is built on the same GA-K platform as the XA50 series RAV4. Compared with the outgoing model, the width and the wheelbase is up by 20 mm (0.8 in) and 30 mm (1.2 in) respectively, while the height has been cut by 30 mm (1.2 in). Unlike the previous model, the turbocharged engine option is unavailable in this generation. It is available in S, G and Z trim levels in Japan. The Leather Package is also available in G and Z trims.


The Harrier was unveiled in North America as the second-generation Venza on 18 May 2020.[8] It went on sale in September 2020[9] and, unlike the Harrier, it is only available in four-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, and also lacks the grille-mounted foglamps on all grades. The second-generation Venza is built alongside the Harrier in Japan at the Takaoka plant, as opposed to the first-generation model which was built in the United States at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.[10][11] It is offered in LE, XLE and Limited trims.


  1. ^ Capparella, Joey (18 May 2020). "Toyota Venza Returns for 2021 as Two-Row Hybrid-Only SUV". US: Car and Driver. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Japanese Production Sites". Toyota. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Redesigned Toyota 'Harrier' Crossover SUV to Launch in Japan" (Press release). Toyota City, Aichi: Toyota Global Newsroom. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  4. ^ Lee, Jonathan (9 November 2017). "2018 Toyota Harrier Malaysia prices announced – 2.0T Premium at RM238,000, 2.0T Luxury at RM259,900". Malaysia: Driven Communications. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Toyota to Unveil New Model Harrier in Japan" (Press release). Toyota City, Aichi: Toyota Global Newsroom. 13 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b Chan, Mick (13 April 2020). "All-new 2020 Toyota Harrier debuts – TNGA (GA-K) platform, 2.0L petrol, Direct Shift-CVT, no more turbo". Malaysia: Driven Communications. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  7. ^ Beresford, Colin (18 May 2020). "2021 Toyota Venza vs. Toyota RAV4: How the New Crossover Compares". US: Car and Driver. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  8. ^ Evans, Brett (18 May 2020). "2021 Toyota Venza: The Midsize Crossover Is Back, And It's A Hybrid". US: Motor1. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Elevated Driving Experience Comes Standard in the All-New 2021 Venza" (Press release). US: Toyota. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  10. ^ Goodwin, Antuan (18 May 2020). "2021 Toyota Venza reborn with standard hybrid power and all-wheel drive". US: CNET. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  11. ^ Tan, Danny (19 May 2020). "2021 Toyota Venza – new fourth-gen Harrier goes to US". Malaysia: Driven Communications. Retrieved 19 May 2020.

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