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. We’re not particularly impressed by the big Toyota’s interior trappings, but we do like that it’s equipped with serious, trail-ready equipment such as a two-speed transfer case and a locking center differential. 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.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, the Land Cruiser carries over mostly unchanged. The only update is that the Heritage Edition can now be optioned with a third row of seats. The top-of-the-line model is also now available in Classic Silver and Magnetic Gray metallic paint colors.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base: $87,000 (est.)
- Heritage Edition: $89,000 (est.)
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 401 lb-ft 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 8100 pounds, which is substantial but still slightly lower than some rivals, such as the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
This Toyota’s mammoth dimensions take a toll on its fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Land Cruiser achieves gas mileage of just 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. You’ll do better with rivals such as the Lincoln Navigator (up to 16/22 mpg city/highway) and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class (19/23 mpg city/highway). The Land Cruiser we tested earned 17 mpg on our real-world 200-mile highway route.
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. With the standard eight-person seating setup, the Land Cruiser provides 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 41 cubic feet behind the second. There’s more cargo space in competing models like the Lincoln Navigator, which provides about 20 cubic feet of room for your belongings behind its third row.
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.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Land Cruiser hasn’t been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, every model comes standard with a bunch of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard blind-spot monitoring
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While Toyota’s warranty coverage is competitive among mainstream models, it’s underwhelming when compared with the warranties offered by many of the luxury SUVs against which the Land Cruiser is typically cross-shopped. Models such as the Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80 provide longer warranty coverage.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles
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