The Toyota Land Cruiser has a legendary resume as an off-roader, but the current model comes across as more luxurious than adventurous. Still, this large two- or three-row SUV continues to be sturdily built and hugely capable. While it’s not as opulent as its corporate counterpart, the Lexus LX, the Land Cruiser has been outfitted with a plethora of upscale features in an attempt to justify its towering sticker price. Its standard 381-hp V-8 engine isn’t particularly special, and it’s certainly not fuel-efficient, but it moves the rig with authority. The 2021 Land Cruiser lacks the prestige of equally expensive metal, but it’s a lot more capable than most of them out in the boondocks—something to think about for those few buyers who will actually venture there.
The Land Cruiser is incredibly capable, but it’s also incredibly expensive, especially when compared with other large non-luxury SUVs. Still, if we were to spend the money on Toyota’s grandest three-row SUV, we’d opt for the snazzier Heritage Edition. It comes standard with myriad desirable features that include a 14-speaker JBL audio system and a camera system than has multiple views for navigating obstacles. Every Land Cruiser also has standard four-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and wireless charging. The Heritage Edition comes exclusively with a unique grille design and rooftop rack, bronze 18-inch BBS wheels, and dark exterior accents. The 2021 model now has a third-row option, which we’d choose to maximize the number of people we can bring with when we explore parts unknown.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup generates 381 horsepower and 545 Nm of torque. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard. With a ride quality that’s smooth and well-planted, the Land Cruiser delivers comfortable driving dynamics. Its steering feel is light, however, and there’s a fair amount of body roll. Rival SUVs in this price range offer handling that’s more rewarding. In spite of its beefy exterior, the Land Cruiser is relatively quick off the line. It’s also capable of towing up to 3650 kilograms, which is substantial but still slightly lower than some rivals.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
As far as the Land Cruiser’s cabin is concerned, it’s all about the execution, and there’s an impressive attention to detail at play. While the cabin isn’t as visually opulent as that of rivals such as the Mercedes GLS-class, it’s home to top-rate materials. Build quality is excellent, and knobs and switches move with a weightiness that conveys quality. The front row provides comfortable accommodations and commanding sightlines. There’s lots of room in the second row, but the third row is best suited for kids.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Land Cruiser comes fully loaded with a bevy of appealing tech features. Standard Bluetooth connectivity facilitates hands-free phone conversations when you’re behind the wheel. All models come with wireless device charging and an integrated navigation system with a 9.0-inch touchscreen. Satellite radio is standard, as well as a 14-speaker JBL sound system. On the options list, there’s a rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of wireless headphones and two 11.6-inch display screens.
Yes, other SUVs may have an edge in on-road manners or infotainment, but the Land Cruiser is a go-anywhere, take-everyone, do-anything SUV. It’s the original definition of a sport-utility vehicle, and the Land Cruiser name is a heritage brand on its own. Thanks to its torquey and smooth V8 engine, advanced off-road-oriented traction control system, and articulation-promoting suspension, the Land Cruiser will get you and your family through snow, mud, gnarly trails, rain, and icy roads with comfort and confidence.
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