The Toyota Land Curser is one of the oldest models that Toyota still manufacturers. The earliest model of Land Cruiser was made originally in 1958 and was introduced as a tough and rugged truck. The Land Cruiser still offers a very rugged package in its new SUV body style. The Land Cruiser is not an entry level sports utility vehicle and the price starting at almost $70,000 makes this apparent. The Land Cruiser offers a huge amount of interior necessities and brings the best of the best to this Toyota 4 door SUV.
The Land Cruiser takes full advantage of technology to make it one of the best performing off road vehicles on the market today. The Land Cruiser offers Crawl Control, a kinetic suspension system and a powerful 381 horsepower engine to make it a very formidable opponent on any off road terrain. This high end 4WD vehicle is meant to be driven hard off road, but also offers a very refined driving experience on the road. There are limited upgrades and trim levels on the Land Cruiser because almost all of the high end features come on board in the base model.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 5.7L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Land Cruiser
The Land Cruiser is a low-volume luxury model, a combination that almost guarantees it doesn’t receive changes all that often. That’s the case here: the Land Cruiser was all-new for the 2008 model year, when it was restyled and given a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine. The only change for 2011 is that the Land Cruiser gets Toyota’s brake override system.
The Land Cruiser was redesigned a few years ago, making the large body-on-frame SUV look more modern, but no less rugged. It rides on standard 18-inch wheels and comes with foglights, runningboards, and a moonroof standard.
The Land Cruiser luxury off-roader comes in one trim level, with 10-way heated power driver seat and eight-way heated power front passenger seats standard. Fourteen-speaker audio is standard; navigation, rear-seat entertainment system, and backup camera are optional.
The Land Cruiser seems to defy the laws of physics. It’s big, and heavy (the one we tested weighed 5920 pounds), yet it is surprisingly capable off-road. Crawl Control makes things even easier out on the trails, controlling throttle and brake when the going gets rough. The Land Cruiser is just as surprising at the track, where it goes from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 6.5 seconds.
The Land Cruiser features driver and front passenger airbags, two rows of seat-mounted side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags, and dual front passenger knee airbags are standard. It also comes with traction control, stability control, and ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
Land Cruiser: 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway
- Off-road capability
- Roomy cabin
- Luxury features
- Gargantuan size
- Poor fuel economy
- High price
- Navigation not standard
Rugged off-road luxury
- Land Rover LR4
- Jeep Commander
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class