2004 Daihatsu TeriosReview
A Mini Beach Jeep, With Some Godzilla Personality. —
Terios isn't super powerful and it's not designed with heavy duty off-road work in mind, but it's affordable, bright and breezy inside and out, and comes reasonably well equipped. The styling of the Terios looks a little unusual, being quite tall and narrow, but it has the edge over its two-door Feroza and Rocky stablemates by providing the convenience of four-door access. Rear leg room is a little cramped with the front seats set right back, but put them just a notch forward and you're OK. Front and rear seat comfort is basic and lacking in good lateral support, but overall, rates as satisfactory for the class. With both the backrest and rear cushion able to be folded in a 50/50 arrangement, a luggage area of useful proportions is available, depending on the number of occupants to be carried. Even with all seats in use, the Terios has a better-than-average load length. With just a 1.3 litre engine, the Terios isn't over-endowed with power and performance, however it's satisfactory for the conditions where it's destined to spend most of its time - that's running around town and the suburbs. Four-wheel-drive vehicles never handle as well as cars, but the Terios's high, narrow stance exacerbates the feeling of instability in difficult conditions, or on sudden changes of direction. The Terios was noticeably affected by cross winds and jumped around a bit over corrugations. You need to exercise caution and don't expect too much of the Terios when it comes to handling and roadholding.
Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)
Pros: Capable, mini Japanese workhorse. Great MPG's, and can park it anywhere. Like a Mini and a 4 Runner had a little one together. Reliable and very affordable.
Cons: Small for an SUV- not a ton of storage.
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