The ultimate Toyota.
The Land Cruiser last received a full redesign in 2008, when a good economy and low gas prices ensured strong demand for big, cushy trucks. That’s all gone, but the Land Cruiser is still one of the most comfortable ways of getting around, especially if getting around involves going off-road. The seventh-generation Land Cruiser has pretty much everything you could ask for, starting with a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces a hefty 381 hp. Paired with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, it hurls this 5765-pound vehicle to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. Of course, you pay for this quickness at the pump. For off-roading, features such as multiterrain ABS and five-speed crawl control provide optimal traction on any surface. The Land Cruiser offers a plush on-road ride and plenty of premium features, including parking assistance and fourteen stereo speakers. But the live rear axle and the chunky body-on-frame construction mean it’s not as nimble as newer, more carlike crossovers. The big Toyota has long departed from its utilitarian roots, but a higher base price for 2013 (formerly optional equipment is now standard) puts it even higher in the luxury stratosphere. It also brings it into more direct competition with the similarly plush Land Rover Range Rover, which is all-new this year.
new for 2013
Minor exterior changes include a revised grille and new LED accent lights. Formerly optional equipment, including a rear-seat DVD player, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and navigation, are now standard. Said navigation now incorporates Entune.
Front, side, side curtain, and front knee air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; trailer-sway control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A one-year complimentary subscription to Toyota’s Safety Connect service, which includes emergency and roadside assistance, is standard.
About as luxurious as an off-road vehicle can be
Third-row seats don’t fold flat
V-8 drinks gas like it’s 1999
Base price has crept higher
Base Price: $79,100
TRIM LEVEL: Land Cruiser
BODY STYLE: SUV, 8-passenger
ENGINE: 5.7L V-8, 381 hp, 401 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CAPACITIES: Towing 8500 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 16.1/43.0/81.7 cu ft