Toyota Alphard Executive Lounge

Toyota Alphard Review: “Executive Lounge, better than business class” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Executive is the Alphard’s flagship model. The vehicle’s body costs more than 7 million yen. This is the price range of luxury vehicles a car owner would have to take on to compete with high class sedans.

The most remarkable element in this grade is its two-seater executive power seat. I tried sitting on it as the test drive vehicle drove towards the shooting venue. I thought, “Oh. They are aware of what the business class lacks.”

In particular, the seat width indeed exceeds the size of a typical passenger vehicle’s, the headrest supports the head from both sides, and the large left and right armrest are tight and secure. There lies the stark difference in terms of comfort. Both the backrest and the seat surface are functioning well; the texture, thickness and versatility of the leather material are comfortable; and worn out seats similar to machine parts of a business class airline are present.

The comfort on the Century rear seat is excellent. However, the feeling when leaning is not satisfactory.

There were so many features I could try. I appreciated the ventilation function attached, not just its heating function. It seemed to offer passengers a more comfortable posture and security, because the footrest is elastic.

The single parts such as the retractable table and the various switches were realized. Its accuracy is high class, and various electric power mechanisms are really smooth. The squeaking sound and harsh mechanical noise were completely eliminated as they were particular about this during its manufacture.

The first row is made of seats that do not lose to others vehicles’. The space for the seats and legroom in the third row seats stand out, which is expected of this class. This grade is a hybrid vehicle that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 4WD driving system. Its powertrain is appropriate for its automobile character exhibited by its excellent sound proofing and user-friendliness. Therefore, it should not betray the expectations of the owners.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)