The Heritage Edition’s bronze wheels are wonderful.


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Toyota’s Land Cruiser has remained typically unchanged in the US due to the fact the two hundred-series was released back again in 2007. That sort of longevity in the automotive field is scarce and for most cars, it would be a loss of life sentence. But for the Land Cruiser, which is just how the proprietors like it and the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Version is probably the final expression of that if-it-ain’t-broke-do not-resolve-it loyalty.

Like

  • Feels like it’ll final without end
  • Simple off-street prowess
  • Clean on-street manners
  • Heritage Version styling is epic

Really don’t Like

  • Horrendous gas financial state
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Vehicle
  • $90,000 price tag tag

All of the Land Cruiser’s bones are outdated, from its physique-on-frame design to its big, the natural way aspirated V8. Though Toyota’s 3UR-FB engine is not what everyone would get in touch with the image of performance, it is really received other qualities that make it the great gasoline engine for the Land Cruiser.

To begin, the five.seven-liter twin-overhead-cam V8 produces sensible quantities of electrical power and torque — 381 horsepower and 401 pound-ft — so the Land Cruiser doesn’t really feel sluggish or ponderous on the street. That in and of itself is an accomplishment when you contemplate the Cruiser’s around 6,000-pound suppress body weight. It really is also a incredibly clean-functioning V8, which adds to the Land Cruiser’s overpowering experience of solidity.

Sad to say, the engine drinks gas like OPEC sponsors it, irrespective of Toyota upgrading the transmission to an 8-speed unit in 2016. Really don’t assume to do better than seventeen miles per gallon on the highway and 13 mpg in town, or even less if you retain the Heritage Edition’s roof rack.

The Land Cruiser’s comprehensive-time 4-wheel-generate program also eats into its gas financial state quantities, but yet again, the tradeoff is worth it. Not only does the massive SUV really feel perfectly pleasant, that program also tends to make the Land Cruiser practically godlike in the dirt. This Toyota will get you shockingly significantly into the wilderness in advance of you even need to have to contemplate participating minimal assortment or turning on the differential lock. Portion of that has to do with the Cruiser’s off-street geometry. It really is received an strategy angle of 32 degrees, which is two degrees better than the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The departure angle is 24 degrees (the Cruiser has a massive butt) and the breakover angle is 21 degrees. Not bad for a comprehensive-size SUV, right?

It really is really hard to match the Land Cruiser’s off-street prowess.


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The Land Cruiser’s suspension is incredibly soft, which is not stunning contemplating the model’s off-street mandate, but it is really also shockingly very good on-street. It has no issue smoothing out even the worst of Los Angeles’ notoriously bad roads and it can do so without experience wallowy or disconnected. It really is even now a incredibly tall and incredibly large SUV, so it is really not just what I would get in touch with sporty, but even if you never ever just take it into the dirt (which would be a crime), you is not going to find you regretting your purchase.

The Land Cruiser’s brakes are quite critical pieces of kit, which is very good for the reason that they perform really hard for a dwelling stopping some thing as large as the Land Cruiser is not quick. They also enjoy a portion in two crucial pieces of off-street tech: Crawl Manage and Hill-Descent Manage. These each basically act as a sort of off-street cruise command, enabling the vehicle to control itself on steep declines by pulsing the brakes as nicely as sustaining speed on degree ground and on hill ascents. The sound the program tends to make while heading downhill is horrific, but the over-all outcome is epic and can take a massive bite out of the off-roading understanding curve.

The Land Cruiser is at ease, far too. There is nothing at all even remotely approaching the time period “newest and best” inside the Land Cruiser, nevertheless all the things feels right at dwelling. The seats and steering wheel are wrapped in shockingly supple leather and all of the other finishes that you contact really feel great. The gauge cluster is outdated-faculty far too, but I never ever found myself seeking a electronic dash, it would just really feel strange in an SUV like this.

The interior is not just present day, but even now damn at ease.


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The seating place is outstanding and supplies a commanding watch down the Land Cruiser’s massive hood, while at all-around 6-ft, 4-inches tall and with a great deal of that height in my torso, I would really like it if the driver’s seat dropped a different inch or two. This is not just a Land Cruiser situation both I find this is the case in most Toyotas. My Heritage Version tester lacks managing boards, so shorter drivers could possibly need to have to acquire some or get a managing begin to hop inside this detail.

The rear seats are also perfectly awesome. There is loads of home, even for comprehensive-size older people. Sitting powering the driver’s seat is totally wonderful, even with it established to my typical seating place. The rear seats in the Land Cruiser are also fairly quick to fold up, including to the previously sizable cargo place in the back again. That cargo spot is a additionally when it arrives time to haul items, but I would really like to see more regular cargo nets or grocery bag hooks to keep items from rolling all-around.

One particular of the highlights of the Land Cruiser is its break up tailgate. Substantially like the Land Rover Selection Rover, the Cruiser provides you the solution to open up only the prime half of the rear (which is run, a semi-new growth) or fold down the durable minor tailgate. It really is a great location to sit and hold out and I desire more SUVs had this. The Heritage Version is only accessible with two rows of seating, but the regular Land Cruiser can be had with a pair of side-folding, third-row seats. The cargo dimensions are eighty two.8 cubic-ft powering the initially row irrespective of product. If you opt for the Heritage Version, there is certainly fifty three.five cubic-ft of place powering the next row, shrinking to 41.4 in the regular product with the folding chairs and just sixteen.1 cubic-ft powering mentioned third row.

The throwback badge is worth some bonus design and style points.


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When it arrives to infotainment, it is really really hard to get in touch with Toyota a leader in any respect. The firm’s systems normally really feel out-of-date even in cars with considerably more recent architecture than the Land Cruiser. So, except for monitor size — which is regular at nine inches — and that truth that it is really a touchscreen, items are rather dismal. Apple CarPlay or Android Vehicle? Nope. But hey, it does have a good-sounding JBL stereo program and presents Qi wireless charging, but individuals do not just bridge the gap with other quality SUVs.

Basic safety tech is also not precisely bleeding-edge, but there is certainly loads of it and it all is effective nicely. Toyota’s Basic safety Sense driver support suite is regular and includes lane-departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, computerized significant beams and adaptive cruise command. In truth, all the things on the Land Cruiser Heritage Version is regular. There are no options, which is practical specified the hefty price tag tag.

Talking of which, the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Version — which includes bronze wheels, a Yakima roof rack that would not in shape in my parking structure and one of a kind badging — retails for $89,070 which includes $1,325 for location and which is in advance of you include equipment like rubber ground mats ($215) and the like. If you opt for the marginally less-pricey regular Land Cruiser ($86,740), you get the solution of including a rear-seat amusement program for an more $two,220. You also get other colour options over and above the Heritage Edition’s black or white.

We will pass up the Land Cruiser when it is really gone.


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I have an understanding of that paying $90,000 for an SUV that doesn’t even have CarPlay is sort of a great deal to talk to, particularly when you contemplate the luxurious and usefulness capabilities that you can get on the off-street-capable Selection Rover, which begins just less than $ninety one,000. But here is the detail: For most buyers, the Land Cruiser is a long-time period purchase and with the model’s record of verified trustworthiness, you know you’re not probably to have to pour a great deal of income into it (nicely, aside from gas) through its life. That doesn’t even start out to get into the subject matter of used car values, which skew closely in favor of the Land Cruiser.

Furthermore, what else out there really competes with the Land Cruiser? The Mercedes-Benz G550 is at minimum as capable off-street, but it has a beginning price tag $forty,000 increased than the Cruiser and which is in advance of including options. The Nissan Armada is also massive, outdated and takes advantage of physique-on-frame architecture, but it lacks the Land Cruiser’s off-street chops. You will find even competition from in just the Toyota spouse and children in the form of the Lexus LX 570, which prices around the exact and seems to be twice as hideous. The LX’s regular adaptive air suspension is a awesome attribute and are unable to be had on the Cruiser, but the off-street geometry is not as very good, so it is really a wash.

The Land Cruiser is not for every person and revenue definitely replicate that, which is eventually the reason why Toyota is discontinuing the SUV before long. But in the meantime, there is certainly nothing at all else fairly like it and for that reason by yourself, if you’re contemplating selecting one particular up, I are unable to think about you are going to regret that alternative.