Toyota Land Cruiser Review

  October 31, 2013


Toyota brought the legendary Land Cruiser, a truly dominant 4WD vehicle that has been running on roads across the world for over 50 years. Over the years, the Land Cruiser has emerged not only as a flagship model in Toyota's SUV line-up but has also been an integral part of the lives of a wide variety of people. As Toyota claims, over 5 million Land Cruiser units have been sold globally which makes it one of the most successful SUVs in the world.

Described often as the 'King of SUVs', the Land Cruiser blends ultimate driving experience and luxurious interior/exterior with comfort features and complete freedom of movement, strength, durability, reliability and outstanding off-road performance.

The new seven-passenger Land Cruiser comes in single variant. It is available in 10 different colours for exterior and two different trims for interior.

Powertrain & Performance

A robust 4.5L Common Rail V8 diesel engine rated at a peak power output of 261.4 bhp and 650 Nm of torque is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission on the new Toyota Land Cruiser. The driver can select the shift range to deliver driving control of a manual transmission through the newly developed 6-speed Super ECT's sequential shift control.

The innovative Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension regulates the behaviour of double wish bone suspension at front and four-link with coil spring at rear. The TEMS system offers both on-road stability and a long suspension stroke for off-road exploration. Ventilated discs ensure higher cooling of brake discs and result in effective braking force.

Build & Styling

The bold and stylish front-end grille represents a steadfast and majestic stance. Front and rear combination lamps boost the vehicle's visibility in the dark and a rear spoiler featuring a LED high-mount stop lamp alerts drivers of trailing vehicles of the Land Cruiser's braking. Rain sensing wipers automatically activate the front wipers when they detect rain droplets.

The interior has versatile seat folding option offers ample space for luggage. The SUV comes with an advanced world-class 4-zone air-conditioning system where each passenger has independent temperature control facility. Other notable interior highlights are heated driver's seat with personalised memory settings, power adjustable front seats, steering wheel mounted controls for audio, voice and phone, new design Optitron instrument cluster, cruise control, 28 air outlets with rear a/c vents, and premium quality audio system with EMV screen, 6 DVD changer, and 14 JBL speakers.

Advanced safety features on the Toyota Land Cruiser include Unique Crawl Control System, Hill-start Assist Control, Multi-Terrain ABS, 10 airbags with Seat Position Sensors, Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and Clearance and Back Sonar (to assist in cornering/reversing). The multi-terrain ABS constantly monitors engine revolutions and vehicle speed, instantly adjusting wheel-slippage regardless of surface conditions. The Hill Assist Control further assists to smooth hill starts making the Land Cruiser suitable for mountainous terrain.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Powerful engine in its class
    • Flawless performance
    • Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System
  • Cons

    • Petrol variant not available
    • High price