Toyota Harrier

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Toyota Harrier
FAW Toyota Harrier (XU80, China)
Also called
ProductionDecember 1997 – present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door SUV

The Toyota Harrier (Japanese: トヨタ・ハリアー, Hepburn: Toyota Hariā) is a five-passenger compact, later mid-size crossover SUV produced by Toyota since December 1997 in Japan, which was once exclusive to Toyopet Store Japanese dealerships. In export markets, the Harrier was rebadged as the Lexus RX from March 1998 to December 2008. At this stage, Toyota had yet to retail the Lexus brand to its Japanese customers.

The second generation (XU30) debuted in February 2003, along with the export Lexus version. The third-generation RX (separated from the Harrier) arrived in late 2008, while the Harrier continued on in second-generation form unchanged (although the second generation Harrier 350G, equivalent to second generation RX350, was discontinued after the release of third generation Lexus RX). 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.

The third generation (XU60) debuted 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 at this point, it is considered as a more road-oriented and upmarket alternative to the RAV4, comparable to the luxury-class Lexus NX. From the fourth generation (XU80), it is also sold as the second-generation Venza in North America and China.

The Harrier is named for the eastern marsh harrier, a bird of prey common to Hokkaidō and northern Honshū called the chūhi 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
2015 Toyota Harrier Premium FWD (ZSU60)
Model codeXU60
ProductionNovember 2013 – May 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)
Hybrid drivetrainPower-split (hybrid)
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 flagship 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-litre turbocharged 8AR-FTS engine mated to a 6-speed U661 automatic transmission, while the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated 3ZR-FAE and 2.5-litre 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. It was offered in Singapore and Malaysia. In Malaysia, it was introduced in November 2017 with two trim levels offered: Premium and Luxury. Both trim levels are powered by a 2.0-litre 8AR-FTS engine.[4]


Chassis code Engine Transmission Power Torque Year of availability
Petrol engines
ZSU65 (4WD)
1,986 cc 3ZR-FAE DOHC 16-valve EFI straight-four with Dual VVT-i and Valvematic Super CVT-i with 7-speed simulation 111 kW (149 hp; 151 PS) at 6,100 rpm 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm 2013–2020
ASU65 (4WD)
1,998 cc 8AR-FTS DOHC 16-valve EFI turbocharged straight-four with VVT-iW and D-4ST 6-speed U661 automatic 170 kW (228 hp; 231 PS) at 5,200–5,600 rpm 350 N⋅m (260 lb⋅ft) at 1,650–4,000 rpm 2017–2020
Hybrid engines
AVU65 (4WD) 2,493 cc 2AR-FXE DOHC 16-valve EFI straight-four with VVT-iE eCVT 112 kW (150 hp; 152 PS) at 5,700 rpm 206 N⋅m (152 lb⋅ft) at 4,400–4,800 rpm 2013–2020


Fourth generation (XU80; 2020)[edit]

Fourth generation
2020 Harrier G 4WD (MXUA85)
Model codeXU80
Also calledToyota Venza (North America; China, GAC Toyota)
ProductionJune 2020 – present
Model years2021–2024 (US)
DesignerNobuhiko Honda, Pansoo Kwon, Hideo Koyama and Daisuke Iguchi[5]
Body and chassis
PlatformTNGA: GA-K[6][7]
Electric motor
  • 88 kW (118 hp; 120 PS) 3NM synchronous (front, hybrid)
  • 40 kW (54 hp; 54 PS) 4NM synchronous (rear, hybrid)
  • 134 kW (180 hp; 182 PS) 5NM + 40 kW (54 hp; 54 PS) 4NM (plug-in hybrid)
Power output
  • 126 kW (169 hp; 171 PS) (M20A-FKS/M20D-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)
  • 225 kW (302 hp; 306 PS) (plug-in hybrid, combined system output)
  • K120 CVT with physical first gear (petrol)
  • eCVT (hybrid)
Hybrid drivetrainPower-split
Wheelbase2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length4,740 mm (186.6 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Kerb weight1,620–1,770 kg (3,571–3,902 lb)
SuccessorToyota Crown Signia (North America)

The XU80 series Harrier was announced on 13 April 2020 and went on sale on 17 June 2020.[6][7] 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 not available in this generation. It is available in S, G and Z grade levels in Japan. The Leather Package is also available in G and Z grades.

In September 2022, the plug-in hybrid version was released in Japan in a sole Z grade level. It shares the same system with the RAV4 PHEV.[8]

In other Asian markets, the fourth-generation Harrier was launched in Singapore on 29 January 2021.[9] It is offered in Elegance trim with a regular petrol engine, and Premium and Luxury trims with a hybrid engine. It was also launched in Malaysia on 8 April 2021, offered in a single Luxury trim paired with the 2.0-litre M20A-FKS engine and CVT.[10] It is also offered in China under both Harrier and Venza nameplates.[11]


The Harrier was unveiled in North America as the second-generation Venza on 18 May 2020.[12] The Venza for this market is only available in a four-wheel drive hybrid powertrain. It went on sale in September 2020.[13] Unlike the Harrier, it lacks the grille-mounted fog lamps on all trims. The second-generation Venza for North American market 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.[14][15] It is offered in LE, XLE and Limited trims.

The Venza is also sold in China by GAC Toyota and produced at the Guangzhou factory. The front fascia differs from the Harrier that is also sold there by FAW Toyota, being produced at the Tianjin factory, making China the only country that offers both the Venza and Harrier models.[11]


Chassis code Engine Transmission Power Torque Year of availability
Petrol engines
MXUA85 (4WD)
1,986 cc M20A-FKS/M20D-FKS DOHC 16-valve EFI straight-four with Dual VVT-iE and D-4S Direct Shift-CVT 126 kW (169 hp; 171 PS) at 6,600 rpm 207 N⋅m (153 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm 2020–present
Hybrid engines
AXUH85 (4WD)
2,487 cc A25A-FXS DOHC 16-valve EFI straight-four with Dual VVT-iE and D-4S eCVT 131 kW (176 hp; 178 PS) at 5,700 rpm 221 N⋅m (163 lb⋅ft) at 3,600–5,200 rpm 2020–present


Year Japan[16][17] Malaysia[18][i]
1998 49,954
1999 34,087
2000 863
2001 17,198 1,615
2002 9,520 2,657
2003 28,686 3,320
2004 26,222 3,395
2005 25,525 2,656
2006 28,040 1,650
2007 33,923 2,361
2008 26,920 2,283
2009 14,375 1,945
2010 11,239 2,326
2011 8,117 1,820
2012 5,790 1,591
2013 1,937 1,298
2014 64,920 941
2015 58,991 1,801
2016 41,403 2,102
2017 58,732 1,435
2018 44,952 2,647
2019 36,249 2,593
2020 66,067 1,983
2021 74,575 2,573
2022 34,182 4,014
  1. ^ Figures based on registration, includes grey imports and used car imports


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